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BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning Degree

Teaching & Learning Studies - BA (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: X30A

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Course Overview

What is a quality education? Does education only happen in schools? Can an education system ever be truly inclusive? The UNESCO sustainable development goals highlight 17 areas that promote education as a way to transform people’s lives and these show that there are a wide range of issues that relate directly to teaching and learning but that do not link directly to what happens in classrooms. The goals show that learning and teaching happen in a huge range of places - in youth clubs, on sports grounds, in museums, on the internet and they happen to everyone all the time regardless of their age, background, race etc.

This unique and innovative degree in Learning and Teaching offers a detailed insight into education at all ages and in all places and will examine both theory and practice to unpick ‘effective’ learning and teaching based on international best practice and research evidence. We will consider a diverse range of factors that influence learning including the importance of learner voice, the diverse needs of learners of all ages and the importance of health and wellbeing for both learners and educators.

The course will be based around inquiry led approaches, considering key questions such as how should education adapt to a changing global, digital, connected and information-rich world? How can education effectively address the needs of a more diverse society? The Teaching and Learning Studies programme offers prepares you to explore these questions within a wide range of settings. The programme addresses the need for an informed and contemporary outlook to learning and teaching by providing a lifespan approach with the opportunity to gain a range of externally accredited qualifications within the fields of education and leadership. 

The BA Learning and Teaching Studies prepares graduates for a variety of dynamic roles. It 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 some choice and flexibility in 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).

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. 

Foundations of learning and teaching (40 Credits)
Learning is happening everywhere, all the time, at all stages of life and in every situation. This module will help you to understand the psychology associated with how and why learning happens, and to explore the processes associated with effectively supporting learning. You will look at learning throughout the lifespan, wherever it happens- from nurseries to ex-offender rehabilitation classes- and you will start to critically analyse the impact that aspects such as technology, ethics and international approaches have on teachers and learners alike. 

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 Module (40 credits)
Depending on your focus following the level 4 ‘Unlocking My Future: Exploring possibilities’ module you will select one module related to your professional interests. These could have a managerial, pedagogical, entrepreneurial or digital 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. 

Developing Learning & Teaching (40 credits)
This module builds upon the key concepts and issues studied in the level 4 ‘Foundations of Learning and Teaching’ module. You will critically explore contemporary issues within the field and use theoretical perspectives to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with them. There will be a focus on inquiry led learning to contextualise the issues explored and allow you to develop you own perspectives on education, learning and teaching.

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. 

Enhancing Learning and Teaching (40 credits)
This module further refines the knowledge and understanding gained in the ‘Foundations of Learning and Teaching’ and the ‘Developing Learning and Teaching’ modules by exploring current international issues in teaching, learning and education studies and the impact they have. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of a number of differing perspectives on contemporary global educational cultures and contexts. This will include drawing on your own experiences of the education system and making comparisons with different educational approaches. It also seeks to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the use of various ICT in pedagogy, curriculum and practice in a range of education contexts by a range of contemporary applications of a variety of forms of technology. 

Developing your Professional Self (40 Credits)
This module focusses on your future by critically examining the opportunities and demands facing everyone who works in the field of education and equipping you with your own professional toolkit of strategies and resources to deal with these. It will allow you to develop a detailed knowledge of professionalism and professional standards within a range of educational contexts. There will be opportunities to identify strategies to manage challenges associated with the profession, such as stress management and work/life balance. You will also have opportunities to develop leadership and management skills and engage in entrepreneurship tasks to maximise your potential to enter graduate level employment or post-graduate study.

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. 

Student support
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. 

Teaching Staff
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 details on the BBS 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 age 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, email or tweet @CMetAdmissions.

For course specific enquiries, please contact, Dr Jane Dorrian: 
Tel: 029 2041 6576

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