BA (Hons) Education & Learning with foundation is an exciting new degree at the University of Bolton that combines aspects of current educational policy, the history of education, sociology, philosophy and psychology. It will allow you to explore key issues in education both in the UK and abroad. After completing this degree you will be able to progress to postgraduate study in education or related fields. While this course does not lead directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will have the opportunity to gain experience in schools or other educational establishments that will give you the edge if you choose to apply for teacher training courses including Primary teaching. Teaching, learning and schooling shape lives and affect everyone in society. How do we learn? Why are experiences of education so varied? How do we promote equality in education and training? This course will explore these issues. Some key themes, central to the course, are critical and reflective thinking, equality and diversity. By thinking about how we learn, through our conscious and unconscious knowledge, you will consider formal, examined learning as well as the other knowledge that shapes our lives, our interests and our value structures. You will research and analyse different educational practices and reflect on your own and others’ experiences of education. This will allow you to think critically about learning and teaching and the way education is perceived and received. The University is known for its friendly atmosphere and small class sizes and the foundation year equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to complete your degree. You will be studying with students from a variety of backgrounds, each with an individual and unique perspective on education. Throughout the course, you will be taught by professional and approachable tutors who offer one-to-one support.