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BA in Education, ALN and Mental Health

Full-Time, Part-Time
Level 6
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Telephone: 01792 284000 (Tycoch)


NEW for 2024

Awarding body: Cardiff Metropolitan University

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Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Education has the power to change lives and provide the opportunity to change your career and pathway. This new and innovative course looks at education from a holistic perspective covering primary and secondary but with a strong emphasis on the post compulsory sector. It looks at how to support learners and help them develop personally alongside developing their knowledge and skills. 

There is a clear focus on putting your skills into practice as there is a placement module each year and assessments are focussed on practice.  

This is a multi-disciplinary course that includes sociology, psychology, social policy, educational theory, history and cultural theory.  

If you are interested in teaching in the post compulsory sector, successful completion of this course will guarantee you an interview on our PgCE programme.  

Level 4   

  • How we learn  
  • Supporting Learners   
  • Emotional Health and Well-being   
  • Developing Study Skills for HE   
  • ALN and Inclusive Practice  
  • Professional Practice in Education 1.

Level 5   

  • Education in Context   
  • Coaching and Mentoring   
  • Mental Health   
  • Technology in Education   
  • Professional Practice in Education 2  
  • Trauma Informed Practice.

Level 6   

  • Understanding Learner Behaviour   
  •  An Introduction to Teaching   
  • Contemporary Issues: Equality and Inclusion in Education  
  • Leadership and Management in Education   
  • Action Research   
  • Professional Practice in Education 3.

Key information

Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be accepted on an individual basis:  

Typical A-Level Offer: DD   

Typical BTEC Offer: relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass   

Typical Welsh Bacc Offer: Grade C and DE at A Level   

Typical Access to HE Offer: Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all passes.  

B) Non-Standard Entry   

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualifications e.g. mature students with relevant employment experience will be considered on an individual basis by the Programme Lead and other members of the programme team.   

Full-time: This course is delivered 3 days a week and a placement each year.  

Part-time: This course is currently delivered 1 day a week one year and 2 half days the following year. 


No examination, 100% coursework. Assessment is through a variety of methods, including practical and interactive activities as well written coursework. There is also the addition of placement related assessments.   

This course is graded in percentages in line with Cardiff Metropolitan University standards

Student Support roles, teacher training, Additional Learning Needs settings, Education Welfare roles, MA Education.

How to apply?


You will need to apply via UCAS (UCAS code is F160)

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You need to apply via the college Higher Education part-time application form.

Course Costs: £9,000 a year full time. The College is offering a £1,000 bursary per year towards full time HE courses (this is dependent on satisfactory course progression). £2,625 a year part-time. For information on financial support - including tuition fee loans - please visit

Additional fees:   

  • Travel to and from college, or placement  
  • Photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)  
  • Printing and binding  
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies  
  • Occasional trips and visit costs (optional)  
  • £38 for a DBS check for the placement elements of the course.

Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) 

Students might be able to apply for recognition of previous study.