Education Studies

BA single honours or in combination with another subject Education Studies 2016/17

The BA (Hons) Education Studies degree is an innovative programme that offers a challenging and engaging course of study for anyone interested in education and critical debate. Education Studies is concerned with understanding how people learn and develop throughout their lives, and examines education in the wider context of social, cultural and political domains. The degree programme will appeal to anyone with an interest in education in its broadest sense, and who is keen to study a rigorous, relevant, academic discipline. It offers you the opportunity to study education critically through the academic disciplines of sociology, philosophy, history and psychology. As a result the Education Studies degree develops ways of thinking and doing that are highly transferable to a wide range of careers.

Education Studies is a multi-disciplinary undergraduate degree programme that consists of eighteen modules, studied over three years. During your degree you will visit a range of educational locations which may include including mainstream, early years and special schools, museums and the Houses of Parliament. You will also be offered study opportunities in European and international settings.

If you study single honours you will study 6 modules in each year. If you study combined honours you will study 3* compulsory modules in Year 1 and between 2 and 4 modules in Years 2 and 3 depending on your options. Modules for the degree usually include the following options:

Year 1 is an introduction to the philosophy, sociology, history and psychology of education through the modules: The Construction of and Deconstruction of Childhood; Human Learning across the Lifespan 1*; The Problems with Knowledge; The Aims and Functions of Education*; Ethics, Morals and Values Education*, The History of Education.

Year 2 explores and analyses contemporary educational theory and practice through the modules: Human Rights Education; Diversity and Participation; Human Learning across the Lifespan 2; Researching Education*; Language and Thinking in Education; Curriculum Theory*; The Politics of Policy; The Idea of a University.

Year 3 analyses ‘The World of Education − Researching global perspectives on education’ through the modules: European and International Dimensions of Education*; Leadership and Management for Learning; Ethical Enquiry − Research Methods; Critical Contemporary Issues in Education*; Faith in Education; Learning Fads and Fashions; Film and Education; Media and Education: Professionalism and Professional Ethics; Psychoanalysis in Education; Radical Education.

* compulsory module

The BA (Hons) Education Studies degree offers a wide range of career opportunities. It opens up routes into teaching, through PGCE or GTP, at either primary or at secondary level for some subjects. It also qualifies graduates for careers in speech and language therapy, educational publishing, business, commerce, social and educational research, educational administration or management in both local and national government.

In addition it offers a range of careers in the commercial or public sector, including administration, the museum and library services, educational journalism, educational activities within the community including training organisations, youth leadership, caring organisations, charities, advisory groups, and learning support organisations.

Education Studies graduates also go on to study a range of degrees at Masters level.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:




Part-time N/A


Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Some categories of additional costs are always payable by the student, as set out in the general principles.  These include costs for own purchase text books; DBS / Health Checks (although some may be reimbursed); Professional Body registration; travel to other sites; Library Fees and Fines; Printing & Photocopying; and travel and accommodation / subsistence costs whilst on Placements or Exchange visits.

Formal contact hours with tutors involve lecture, seminar, discussion and workshop type activities. Lectures are used to underpin key concepts and challenges and initiate areas of study. Seminars, workshops and discussion focus on developing critical thinking, enabling students to comment upon particular aspects of current research; and to devise, justify and sustain their arguments. They are expected to work collaboratively in pairs, groups and action learning sets to aid support and critical reflection. It is expected that they will also benefit from the University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) interface both to initiate areas within the programme as well as extending their engagement, not least through extended further study and self-help mechanisms. Students are allocated a personal tutor who will support them both personally and academically throughout their study.

A wide variety of assessment strategies are chosen to suit the subject matter. Examples of our assessment strategies include oral presentations, poster presentations, examinations, and a wide range of different kinds of written assignments, including reviews, essays and portfolios.

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UCAS code

  • X301 Education Studies


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points.
    Entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
    More entry requirement details.

    This course is also available with a Foundation Year for those who don't have the relevant entry requirements. Find out more about our Education Foundation Year.



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