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Teaching & Learning Studies - BA (Hons) Degree

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 at Cardiff Met 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. You 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 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 (Hons) Teaching and Learning 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. Students can choose from a range of professional qualifications in diverse areas such as adult education and training, online education and support, English language teaching and leadership and management. 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).

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Course Content

All modules marked* are also available to study through the medium of Welsh.

Year One / Level 4: 

Studying Education [1]: Evolving Systems (20 credits)* 
This module provides an overview of the historical developments within the field of education since 1870, to help facilitate an understanding of the contemporary system. Furthermore, the module explores the relationships between education, society, politics, and the individual. Finally, the module aims to develop key transferrable skills relating to academic study and writing, to support the transition into Higher Education.

Studying Education [2]: Controversies and Debates (20 credits)*
This module builds upon 'Studying Education [1]: Evolving Systems' to develop students' knowledge of contemporary debates and controversies, to deepen your understanding of the key themes and strands that characterise the field of education studies. Moreover, the module highlights the cyclic nature of key issues, and reflects on the underlying explanations for the persistence of certain patterns. 

Foundations of Learning and Teaching (20 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. 

Additional Learning Needs (20 credits)
What are SENs and ALNs and what does it mean to have these needs? What does it mean to be inclusive and how inclusive is our education system? What agencies partnerships collaborate to provide special education? This module considers historical developments in the fields of inclusion, disability and special/additional needs and will examine theories and concepts in these areas. There will also be opportunities to explore what inclusive practice means in the classroom. It will cover topics such as models of disability, inclusive educational practice, support services, legislation and policy and the role of practitioners and parents in supporting learners with learning disabilities and additional educational needs. You will be prepared for a work experience placement immediately following the module, which in turn is linked to second year work placement module.

Alternative Sustainable Teaching and Learning (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, settings and contexts that you might want to work in when you graduate.


Year Two / Level 5: 

Optional Module (20 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 additional qualifications could have an ethical aspect in working with adult learners, a digital element in online education and support, contribute towards your global citizenry in teaching English in the community or a qualification in leadership and management. Each of these additional qualifications will help to put you ahead of the competition post-graduation. 

Work Placement (20 credits)
How does what you learn on the course relate to professional settings? What skills do you already have and what skills do you need to further develop that enhance employability? This module requires you to have already completed a work experience placement at the end of the first year, and it will continue to develop employability skills and encourage thinking about careers following graduation. Placements should be linked to your area of expertise that you have selected as an additional qualification in the optional modules. These can vary across age ranges and educational settings and can help you to gain practical experience in your chosen area. You may also have the opportunity to further enhance your employability by extending your placement by mutual agreement with the provider.

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. 

Education and Equality (20 credits)*
This module will provide you with a critical understanding of contemporary research and practice in education and equality. You will examine key theories and concepts surrounding education and equality (e.g. gender, EAL, bullying, looked after children) and relate these to relevant examples.

Explaining Diversity in Education (20 credits)
Why and in what ways do people differ? Are there more similarities than differences?  Can diverse learners be supported equally? These questions reflect some of the core issues in psychology and education. Using the concept of neurodiversity (that differences are part of normal human variation), individual differences will be explored. By considering the development of children and young people at a biological, cognitive and environmental level, an understanding can be gained of how and why individuals can differ in terms of personality, intelligence, neurodevelopmental disorders, thinking, speech, language and communication, vulnerability and resilience, and mental health.

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. 

Global and Comparative Education (20 credits)*
This module will enable you to apply knowledge and synthesise ideas encountered in a variety of comparative examples, major issues and settings to global education. The module will engage you in debates and arguments from competing perspectives and identification of possible new concepts in respect of Comparative Education. Moreover, you will develop a critical and systematic understanding of well-established theories and concepts in respect of Comparative Education in a globalised context.

The Future of Education (20 credits)*
This module will critique contemporary and emerging issues within education and the relationship between education and other political, economic, social and technological issues or policies. You will explore contemporary and emerging initiatives within the UK and wider education sectors and display an ability to effectively communicate different perspectives. 

Developing Educational Professionalism (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 postgraduate 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 CELTA, Post Compulsory Education and Training, PGCE Primary, MA Education, MA Education: TESOL, 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 teaching in the Primary context, teaching overseas in private language schools, online educational support administrators, managers in the educational context and university lecturers both in the UK and overseas. 

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 (subject to the course being open with UCAS). 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. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers 
  • 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, Gabriel Roberts: 
Tel: 029 2041 7188

Key Course Information

UCAS Code: X30A

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time.


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