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Education and Social Policy Degree

Education Studies and Social Policy - BA (Hons) Degree (Flexible)


Key Facts

UCAS Code: X3L4

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Course Overview

This new flexible degree in Education and Social Policy gives you the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing society by combining a range of relevant social and educational subjects, enabling you to consider these in various international and comparative contexts.

Combining these areas provides opportunities for those who wish to work in professions associated with education, but who don't wish necessarily to become teachers. It is designed for students who are looking for choice and flexibility in their studies, or who don’t want to commit to one career path at the start of their studies. Please note that this course doesn't allow you to qualify as a teacher, but it will equip you to explore postgraduate routes into teaching careers (via the PGCE). 

Social policy is a theoretical and applied subject which draws on many different disciplines such as history, sociology, anthropology, economics, law, psychology and politics to improve our understanding of how different societies organise their resources to meet individual and social needs and how they measure progress in these areas. 

Education studies allows you to develop knowledge of the education systems of the UK and beyond, looking at issues including policy, social justice, equity and inclusion. 

The course will be based around inquiry led approaches, considering key questions such as how should education and social policy adapt to a changing global, digital, connected and information-rich world? How can education and social policy effectively address the needs of a more diverse society?

This programme is subject to validation for September 2020 entry and the information provided may be subject to change. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.

Course Content

Year One / Level 4: 

Education - why? (40 Credits) 
What is education? Who decides what is taught? Why are education systems different around the world? Which approach is the best? These are questions that have been discussed for centuries and this module will equip you to take part in that discussion. You will explore key educational issues across a range of themes in different national and international contexts, including teaching and learning, curriculum, access to education and the impact of technology. You will discover the changing historical relationships between formal and informal learning for all ages and in all educational settings, including those outside of schools and explore the socio-economic and political contexts of education. This module aims to provide you with an understanding of what a quality, inclusive and equitable education is, and what the barriers to achieving that are. 

What is Social Policy? (40 Credits) 
How can we define poverty? Why do people become homeless? Who is responsible for supporting vulnerable members of our community? This module will help you develop an awareness of the key theories and issues that relate to these questions within the field of social policy. There will be a focus on the critical analysis of key concepts from an international, ethical and technological perspective to enable you to develop your ability to contribute to the debates about these contemporary issues. 

Unlocking My Future: Exploring possibilities (40 Credits) 
During this module you will explore the range of options and opportunities that this degree provides and will assist you in shaping the future direction of your studies. You will be guided by a range of specialist practitioners and professionals who will provide information and experiences linked to the options available to you next year. This will include bespoke input from the careers service, work placement and job shadowing opportunities that will allow you to refine your personal subject-specific focus and develop your reflective skills. You might choose to spend time working in an adult education centre, a youth club, a pupil referral unit, a crèche or any other setting where education is happening- the module aims to give you chance to find out about all the age groups, all the settings and all the contexts that you might want to work in when you graduate.


Year Two / Level 5: 

Optional Modules (2 x 40 credits)
Depending on your focus following the level 4 ‘Unlocking My Future: Exploring possibilities’ module you will select two modules related to your professional interests. 

These could have a managerial (e.g. Institute of Leadership & Management qualifications), pedagogical (e.g. the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)), entrepreneurial or digital (e.g. Apple/Microsoft qualifications) aspect, or other academic alternatives including assistive technologies, regeneration and sustainability, understanding inequalities, law and regulation or working in the community. 

Developing Your Research Skills (40 credits)
This module aims to encourage you to ask questions about the key concepts relating to academic research and the research process so that you will have the requisite knowledge to enable you to conduct the extended independent research project in your final year. You will be involved in problem based learning sessions which will ask you to debunk some of the myths about education and social policy and to critique current research by highlighting its strengths and weaknesses. In addition to generic content relevant to all students, you will also receive support tailored towards to your own discipline-specific research and you will plan, do and review your own small scale research project.

Year Three / Level 6:

Independent Project (40 credits)
During this year you will complete an independent research or enquiry-based project of a practical or theoretical nature. You may choose to build on the options that you explored last year or you might want to tailor your project to support your future career aspirations. The project is the culmination of your three years of study, building upon the knowledge gained in year one and the understanding developed in year two it allows you to refine your skills and will enable you to demonstrate independence in your approach to research and enhance project planning experience. You will supported and guided through then process by an academic supervisor. 

Optional modules (2x40 credits)
You will be able to select any level 6 modules identified within the department’s portfolio. You might choose to continue with a theme that you chose at level 5 in order to gain greater depth of expertise or you might want to choose a new area and develop a wider range of knowledge - you have the flexibility to design your own degree.

Learning & Teaching

Course delivery We use a range of teaching approaches, best suited to meeting your needs and those of employers. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. We use ICT throughout all modules within the Learning and teaching course. We place a huge emphasis on the collaborative and social aspects of learning. You will be assessed through a range of methods including group work, presentations and critical analysis of research.​ 

Each 40 credit module has an average of 48 hours of taught hours. Every module also contains directed study tasks that will need to be completed outside of the taught hours.

There are a range of support structures available to students both within the teaching teams and within the university as a whole. These include personal tutors who are available to help students with any aspect of university life that they need assistance with, module tutors who can advise on assessment requirements and disability services who provide bespoke packages to enable access to learning for students with additional needs. As well as staff support learning is underpinned by the university’s virtual learning environment, Moodle, which allows students to access teaching materials and resources via web from wherever they are. On campus there are range of specialist facilities to support different types of teaching and learning, ranging from formal lecture theatres to outdoor learning spaces. There is a fully equipped early education space, a sensory room, an observation room and a media suite that are all used to allow students to experience authentic learning and teaching. 

The backgrounds of the teaching team are diverse, reflecting the breadth of the field of education. They have experience ranging from early years to post compulsory age phases as well as specialist knowledge in areas such as English Language Teaching/TESOL, technology in learning and additional learning needs.


A wide range of innovative, exciting and authentic assessment methods are used. These include coursework, seminar presentations, research trails, blogs, patchwork texts amongst others. These assessments are designed to ensure that our students are reaching their potential and can demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. They are designed to reflect the range of professional environments that our students seek to work within.

Employability & Careers

We pride ourselves on our record with employment and further opportunities for our students.

Learning, teaching and education studies offers key academic preparation for graduates who wish to work in a wide range of settings related to education including teaching, nursery management, educational welfare and community work. Our graduates also undertake postgraduate training including Master's and PhD study at Cardiff Met. This degree helps develop a range of skills applicable to a wide range of settings and careers. Because of this, students are not restricted by the subject studied and many graduates will develop successful careers in a range of areas including Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Progression to PGCE Teacher Training:
We are pleased to guarantee entry to the interview process for the PGCE Primary Course at Cardiff Met for all graduates of this programme. An Honours degree minimum classification of a 2:2 is currently required, and the statutory entry requirements (including B grades or equivalent at GCSE for English and Maths, C grade for Science) must also be met.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants should have 104 points from at least 2 A Levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include: 


  • 104 points from at least 2 A levels to include an A level grade C. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject​​ 
  • RQF BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma with an overall grade of MMM 
  • CACHE Diploma with a grade C (minimum 96 points) 
  • 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4) 
  • 104 points from Scottish Advanced Highers to include a grade D 
  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma 


If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

If you are a mature applicant and have alternative qualifications or experience that you would like us to consider, please contact a member of staff.

A DBS check is not compulsory for this programme unless you undertake a placement involving work with children or vulnerable adults, in which case you will require one. More detail on the DBS procedure can be found at

International Applicants

Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email or tweet @CMetAdmissions

For course specific enquiries, please contact Programme Director Siân Sarwar: 
Tel: 029 2020 5599

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting