Through engaging sessions and supportive lecturers, studying Education Studies gave me the opportunity to confidently explore a wide range of learning theories, practices and concepts.


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Our foundation year enables you to enter our BA Education Studies course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements.

If you are passionate about how education has shaped your life and wider issues facing the world, and believe it is vital to address topics such as sustainability and social justice, then Education Studies is for you.

Our course explores some big questions underpinning education through the lens of psychology, sociology, history and philosophy. You will engage with the issues that influence approaches to learning and will be able to compare education systems in a variety of countries and cultures to build an understanding of how people learn and develop throughout their lives.

This thought provoking and stimulating course also gives you the opportunity to explore areas such as gender, race, equality, politics, multiculturalism, pedagogy and representations of education in popular culture.

Why Study Education Studies with Foundation Year?

Education Studies examines how people learn and develop throughout their whole lifetimes, investigating how successful this is and exploring the impact education does or does not have on how we live our lives as individuals, communities, countries and cultures.

During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to education and human development and you'll develop the skills needed to study at degree level.

As you progress through the degree, you'll develop a deep understanding of the key issues, policies and debates in education, while developing personal and professional skills. You'll examine education and learning in all its settings and contexts and you'll become highly knowledgeable about the learning process and the purpose and function of education.  

On completion of the course, you'll be equipped to follow a rewarding career where you can make a positive impact (directly or indirectly) on education and people.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is not an entry requirement, however if you take part in work-related experience, visits or placements to settings where you are undertaking regulated activity, the setting may determine that a DBS check is required. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and arrange this through the University before undertaking the activity.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

The foundation year will help you develop the transferable skills you need to undertake research, reflect on your learning, and communicate effectively in speech, writing and other format. You'll learn about aspects of education and human development, and you'll gain study skills to help you throughout your degree.

As you progress through the degree, you'll study a variety of themes and concepts in education, exploring them from different perspectives such as psychology, sociology, history and philosophy. This could involve looking at the role of schools, considering how humans learn, and exploring the transformative power of literacy. 

You'll develop the skills and confidence to challenge and debate the key issues of national and international education policies, and consider how education influences and shapes societies. In addition, you'll build your research and analytical skills, which will help you to develop professionally and support you with undertaking individual study/research in your final year.

Work experience and field trips are available during the course as well as the the opportunity to visit a range of educational settings. You can take a work-related learning module to gain experience in educational settings and we have links with a variety of educational establishments and third sector organisations who may be able to offer you observation opportunities or work experience either within the course or beyond.

If you are interested in studying abroad, you can also participate in an international placement. Previous students have travelled to Kenya, Spain and Ghana. You'll also have the option of spending your whole second year at a European university, such as the Stockholm Institute of Education in Sweden.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

The course typically consists of lectures, seminars, group work, guided learning activities and tutorials.

In each year you will complete six modules with a combination of core and optional modules.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

Education Studies is taught by a passionate team of tutors.

Many team members have experience working as school teachers and teacher educators while developing their expertise in educational research.

For each 20 credit module you can expect around 50 hours of contact time, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials and online activities. In addition, you will need to complete 200 hours of self-study per module.

Education Studies is a great opportunity to consider one of the most important themes in the modern world: the impact of education, how it affects people and influences the choices those people make.

Graham BirrellProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

A wide variety of assessment strategies are chosen to suit the subject matter and to give you the opportunity to develop a broad set of communication and presentation skills. Examples of assessment strategies include oral presentations, poster presentations, reviews, journals, essays, blog posts and portfolios.

Your future career

Education Studies is a broad academic course that provides a foundation for many different professional career paths. 

Our graduates have gained employment in various fields, including corporate training, teaching English abroad, educational publishing, the third sector, social and educational research, educational administration, speech and language therapy, and management in local or national government. Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, such as Masters degrees, teacher training or other professional qualifications.

At a time when the world is faced with ever greater problems, particularly around climate change and issues of social injustice, the need for education has never been greater. Education Studies is therefore a great opportunity to consider the importance of education in appreciating the world, its inhabitants, and the sometimes positive but also sometimes disastrous choices those inhabitants make.

Graham BirrellProgramme Director


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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