Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Education Secondary and Creative Arts Practice

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Course summary

On our Education Secondary course, you will combine your specialist subject with a degree in secondary education, which offers the ideal preparation for further study (PGCE Secondary).

  • Providing a strong foundation for a career in Secondary teaching this course allows you to combine a degree in Education with the subject you are passionate about.
  • Gain practical school-based experience from a Secondary school placement each year.
  • Tutors with a wealth of research and practice-informed expertise.
  • Benefit from our established partnerships with hundreds of schools across the South West
  • Employability focused; on successful completion of the degree you will be offered a guaranteed interview for a place on our PGCE Secondary course.
This combined degree in Education Secondary offers the best possible start to your chosen career, by providing the foundations you need to embark on a career in secondary school teaching. It is designed to enable you to gain real experience of secondary schools before you embark on your PGCE. You'll study Education in the broader contexts of professional practice, policy, teaching and learning - alongside a 50% focus on your chosen subject specialism. To give you the edge, this award also offers the practical experience of working in schools with young people, which is exactly what employers are seeking. The course offers a guaranteed interview for our PGCE Secondary course, and is flexible; we'll support you in achieving your aspirations as a professional educator, however they develop during the programme. When you join this community of learning, you will benefit from practice-informed expertise and recent research in the Centre for Policy, Pedagogy and Practice (PPP), Centre for Research in Scientific and Technological Learning and Education (CRiSTLE) and Centre for Research into Equity, Inclusion and Community (CREIC).

Course details


You’ll explore education from many theoretical and ideological perspectives in your core modules. This in-depth knowledge of the education industry, combined with your specialist subject knowledge, gives you that all-important edge when you embark on your professional education career. Level 4 core modules:

  • Introduction to Secondary Schools.
  • Professional Practice in Secondary Schools.
  • Working with Young People in the Community.
  • Controversial Issues in Inclusive and Special Education.
  • Educational History and Heritage.
Level 5 core modules:
  • Issues in Education.
  • Professional Practice in Secondary Schools.
  • Understanding Classrooms.
An optional module which may include:
  • Environment and Education.
  • Education Inequalities and Social Justice.
  • Literacy Learning in a Multi-media World.
  • Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.
Level 6 core modules:
  • Teaching and Professionalism.
  • Dissertation Part 1.
  • Dissertation Part 2.
An optional module which may include:
  • Childhood, Reading and Children’s Literature.
  • Social and Education Inclusion.
  • Learning in Science.
  • Learning in Mathematics.
  • Culture Creativity and Society, Perspectives in Art Education.
* Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment method

Coursework is designed to allow for creativity and innovation, alongside developing strong academic skills. There are no exams, and there are opportunities to complete a range of assignment formats including essays, group presentations, research-based reports, portfolio-based work and educational resource design. We’ll provide you with prompt feedback and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Students must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with us prior to school placements. Further information will be supplied to students on course.


Applicants who are not predicted A level Grade B or equivalent in Art will may be invited to interview.


Applicants who are not predicted A level Grade B or equivalent in Art will may be invited to submit a portfolio.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Education Secondary and Creative Arts Practice at Bath Spa University - UCAS