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BA (Hons) Education with Integrated Foundation Year

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Bognor Regis campus

4 Years Full Time

Top 10
UK university for Education
Top 25
best university in the UK
5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.?
  • Enhanced DBS check required
  • If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent
  • Non-standard Application Entry Routes: The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments.


2021/22?UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course content


8th out of 80 institutions?for our Education courses (Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course overview

Are you interested in studying for an education degree but you’d like to build a better foundation of knowledge? Then the BA (Hons) Education with Integrated Foundation Year is an ideal option for you. This four-year route will help you gain a deeper understanding of the philosophy, policy and practice of education while building your academic skills.

Why study this degree?

Studying at university can be challenging but that’s the beauty of this course. It includes an introductory year to build your academic knowledge, skills and confidence.

Alongside building your academic writing, research and presentation skills, in the first introductory year you’ll take modules from the BA (Hons) Education and BA (Hons) Primary Teaching degrees. This means you’ll get to see different careers in education.

Choosing this course will help keep your options open with future study and job prospects in or outside of the classroom. Gain the skills needed to progress within numerous industries that contain an education element to their work.

This course offers:

  • An additional year to build academic skills
  • Lower entry requirements than the main degree pathway
  • More insight into education degree pathways and careers
  • Includes a school placement to give you a taster of a career in teaching

Have a read of our?Education brochure?for more information on our different Education degrees.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.? It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors?
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access?PC and Mac?stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you?further your research
  • Online library resources you can access?from anywhere?at any time
  • Costa?Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone?(SIZ) to help with any enquiries?while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings?laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

Teaching resources

Education and teaching resources

Our teaching spaces range from modern, purpose-built classrooms to a beautiful historic Grade I listed building so we can provide the learning experiences you need. We have collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus including Bognor Regis Beach, Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore.?

Where this can take you

Career possibilities

This course is designed to maximise career opportunities in a diverse range of settings including schools, museums, art galleries, church and faith organisations, prisons, hospitals, charities, or?international development.

Postgraduate study options include?PGCE?and Masters courses:

Work placements

As part of this course, you get the opportunity to experience placements during the third and fourth year. This will give you?great insight into how different industries integrate education in their organisations. Placement opportunities include:

  • Special Needs Schools
  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Early Years Settings
  • Chichester Festival Theatre
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Museums such as the Sea Life Centre
  • And more

Indicative modules

Foundation Year:

Foundation in Knowledge and Skills

Build a?base?of knowledge and skills that will support your academic development. This module will make sure?you feel confident with academic writing?and reading.

Children’s Literature in Education

You'll be introduced to the features of children’s literature and its place in the primary classroom. You'll explore a range of children’s books including?classic and contemporary picture books and novels. You'll analyse?aspects such as narration, narrative structure, character, setting and theme. In addition, you'll?consider diversity in children’s books and how books can be used as a stimulus for discussing challenging, and sometimes controversial, issues with children.?

Learning Outdoors

The module aims to provide an opportunity for you to consider the use of the outdoors as an exciting, engaging and purposeful learning environment. You will consider the theory underpinning the use of the outdoors and will reflect upon how and why it can support learners of all ages and abilities.

Personal Study in Education

This module is designed to develop your personal and independent study skills including?reading, writing and researching?at university level. ?You'll?learn how to analyse the complex situations concerning human learning and development (this may be through reflecting on your own learning as part of the process).

Professional Studies: Learners and Learning

This module?will enable you to develop an understanding of how learning is influenced by a diverse range of factors. There will be a focus on the role of a teacher in areas such as assessment, behaviour management and planning inclusive, adaptive teaching as well as establishing a safe and stimulating learning environment. You'll learn through a balance of?tutor-led, student-led and?school-based?activity,?

Valuing individual differences

Areas covered in this module will develop your understanding of the social, medical and psychological models of disability and social, biological and?neurobiological?influences on child development and learning. You will observe good practice for pupils with atypical development in an Early Years setting.

Year One:?

Learning Communities: children learning, children thinking

Complementing the module ‘Childhood to Adulthood’ this module explores the sociological influences brought to bear on our success as learners. The module draws on research into thinking, learning and development in order to consider how individuals can maximise learning opportunities for themselves and help others to learn. You'll explore influences on learning, development and identity.

Childhood to Adulthood

The central aim will be to develop an awareness of the biological, intellectual, social and emotional changes that occur from childhood through to adulthood. It will examine the phases of development in children from conception through to puberty, early adolescence and adolescence in a changing world. Psychological perspectives on physical, cognitive and social development will predominate.

Learning Outdoors

The module aims to provide an opportunity for you to consider the use of the outdoors as an exciting, engaging and purposeful learning environment. You will consider the theory underpinning the use of the outdoors and will reflect upon how and why it can support learners of all ages and abilities.

From Bognor to Bogota and Beyond:? an introduction to the SDGs

You will be encouraged to look beyond their immediate surrounding to the wider world. You'll find out how global issues such as those outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals have an impact on people across the world as well as on their own lives. ?The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and its role in educational provision will also be considered.

Equality of Opportunity and Diversity

This module?explores relationships between cultural identity, social policy and issues of equality and diversity. Examine key features of the theory and?practice of social and educational inclusion from a number of perspectives across the wider social and more specific educational arenas and explore issues, central to inclusion, human rights, equal opportunities and social justice. You'll look at patterns of inequality in selected areas of social policy and provision.

Education Philosophy and Thinking: historical perspectives

You'll?begin to explore the key debates in philosophies of education with a particular focus on personal and institutional value systems and how educational contexts have developed over time. The module introduces a coherent historical framework, which helps you to understand how educational perspectives and values change and evolve.

Children’s Literature in Education

This module will introduce you to the features of children’s literature and its place in the primary classroom. You will critically analyse a range of children’s books, with reference to academic theory. Drawing upon the motivational power of texts, you will come to recognise how engaging texts can promote children’s language and literacy development. You will be introduced to a variety of ways in which children’s literature can be used as a stimulus for creating engaging learning experiences for pupils.

Arts in Education and Society

You will engage with a range of discourses surrounding arts and society and within the processes of teaching and learning. A range of disciplinary subjects, including Performing Arts, Drama, Theatre, Music, and Visual Art will be explored. Key concepts such as creativity, design, performance and aesthetics will be considered from philosophical, pedagogical and social perspectives.

Year Two:

Global Citizenship

This module will fulfil the aspiration in the University of Chichester’s Vision Statement that our students should become Global Citizens. It will enable you to critically engage with some of the key global issues of our times and prepare you to think beyond your immediate locality about how you are connected with people and environments that you may never have seen.

Facing Environment Crisis: facilitating learning for the ecological self

This module is designed to introduce student teachers to the role that education might play in the face of serious environmental challenges. We will look at different perspectives of what it means to be human, the changing nature of our ecological awareness and how this might be most effectively presented in educational settings.

Learning From and Within the Community

This module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to investigate a variety of organisations and groups which operate within the local community that have an educational element to their work. You will have the chance to create an educational project for an organisation in the community.

Work-based placement

In order to broaden your knowledge and understanding of a range of educational contexts, and to develop insights beyond the classroom you will undertake a placement experience in an education setting of your choice.? ?

Research in Education

This module is designed to develop your understanding of the role and importance of research in the field of education. It will start to prepare you for undertaking a dissertation on an aspect of Education. The module will introduce you to key important theoretical and conceptual issues in research; introduce shaping research questions, research design and the selection of appropriate data collection methods and data analysis.

Forest Schools

A Forest School is a journey of self-discovery and awareness in the outdoors in which participants are given the freedom to explore their surroundings, themselves and others through their curiosity and imagination. The approach is heralded by some as inspirational?but described by others as re-branding of old ideas giving questionable impact. This module explores principles that underpin the Forest School approach and reflects on evidence for its effectiveness.

Humanities in Education & Society

This module is based upon the belief that a broad and balanced curriculum enhances learning – the humanities play an important part in this. You will learn about the areas of history, geography and RE and understand how they can motivate children.??

Comparative Education

The module explores global issues in education and the different contexts in which children and young people learn and educators teach – in formal and informal settings. It begins by introducing key concepts used in international education policy and practice. It presents information and research around educational opportunities and inequalities worldwide and discusses their historical and sociological origins.

Year Three:

Independent Project

The Independent Project builds the level 5 module ‘Research in Education’ and as a double level 6 module is a substantial piece of work that makes a significant contribution to your overall degree classification. This module and the 30 credits which are attached to its successful completion should be viewed as an exciting opportunity to pursue your own personal lines of enquiry.

Exploring Mathematical Thinking

What is mathematics and why does it seem to matter so much? This module will inspire students to reflect on this question and, in doing so, increase their critical knowledge of mathematics education. Students’ own relationship with the subject will be explored, as will ideas on the beauty and power inherent within the subject.

Creativity, Technology and Learning

This module will enable students to investigate, both academically and practically, how new technologies can be used in learning and teaching in a wide variety of mainstream and specialist educational settings.

Education in Multi-ethnic Britain

You will consider the benefits and challenges that result from the ever-changing demographics of the UK’s population. You will consider the historical perspectives that have resulted in the UK becoming such a diverse and multi-ethnic society. Specifically relating to education you will be considering the debate around the place of faith schools and the role of phenomena such as ‘Saturday Schools’. You will consider the challenges faced by schools where a large percentage of pupils have English as an additional language. You will look at statistics relating to educational achievement, participation in higher education and exclusions and analyse and interpret the data. You will also consider and debate the nature of and the responsibility to promote fundamental British values (FBV).

Do the Right Thing: Moral Issues in Education

This module examines key themes that traditionally underpin western moral philosophy including utilitarianism, duty-based theories, relativism, absolutism, rights theory and pluralism. Students are invited to understand how the underpinning concepts of western ethical thought have developed historically and their relevance to education. For example, unless one understands the basis for deciding whether something is right or wrong, how can one justify promoting or sanctioning it?

Work-based Placement

This module builds on the placement experience in Year 2 and will serve as a context for the Independent Project to be submitted after Easter in the final semester. The module provides you with an opportunity to work with children and young people in a professional setting.

Year Three module options:?

Special Educational Needs and Disability – engaging all learners

This module will introduce students to a range of developmental, cognitive, social and emotional influences that affect pupil learning and progress. You will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to learning, including the use of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) AAC and ICT.

Early Education and Sustainability

As sustainability becomes more acknowledged within the educational debate, this module provides the opportunity to explore the topic from an early childhood education perspective both globally and locally. You will explore current themes and discourse to develop an understanding of the complex term and the pivotal importance of early education in laying foundations for future thinking and actions.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

This module investigates the importance of good social, emotional and mental health for children, young people and into adulthood. It will examine the current climate of children’s mental health in the UK and in comparison, to other countries. Students will consider some of the features in school environments that might result in poor mental health. It will also consider cultural influences on a decline in mental health in the population of the UK.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment


We use strategies that are designed to enable you to effectively master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge, understanding and practice. You will be challenged to go further and be encouraged to be proactive, responsive and responsible for your own learning. You’ll experience a mixture of:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • practical sessions
  • outdoor learning experiences
  • field trips
  • case studies
  • whole group
  • sub-group activities


There will be a range of methods to assess your knowledge, understanding and skills of this course. These assessment methods include;

  • essays
  • presentations
  • examinations
  • academic posters
  • lesson plans
  • lesson commentaries
  • curriculum packs
  • an independent project
  • practical application in a workplace setting

Meet our experts

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