BA single honours or in combination with another subject Education Studies 2019/20

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The content of this course is currently being reviewed and is subject to change. Applicants will be informed of any changes that impact on the structure of the course.

Explore the big questions underpinning education through the lens of history, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Discover learning across the lifespan, from the cradle to the grave. Examine key issues around sustainability and arts education.

You’ll compare education systems indifferent countries and cultures, and buildan understanding of how people learn and develop throughout their lives. This thought provoking and stimulating course also gives you the chance to move beyond this core,exploring issues such as extremism and the role of the arts in education.

You’ll be taught by a passionate team, all experienced educators and active researchers,and our personalised tutoring gives you the opportunity to develop your studies to suit your career aspirations. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit a range of educational settings such as schools or community education groups

You will explore areas including:

  • sociology, philosophy, history and psychology
  • sustainability
  • extremism
  • the role of the arts in education.

This thought-provoking and stimulating course offers the opportunity to explore the fundamental questions underpinning education, across the lifespan from the cradle to the grave. Education Studies is concerned with understanding how people learn and develop throughout their lives, examining education in the wider context of social, cultural and political domains.

You will have the opportunity to study education critically through the traditional academic disciplines of sociology, philosophy, history and psychology. At Canterbury Christ Church University we also move beyond this core, exploring issues such as sustainability, extremism and the role of the arts in education.

The course is taught by a passionate team of lecturers, all active in education research communities, but most with a background as school teachers. This helps them support our students in the move from school to university settings. You will have tutorials with a personal academic tutor as a way of bringing coherence to the course and ensuring progression for all.

If you are interested in educational issues and want a broad introduction to a variety of education careers, including teaching, this is the course for you. 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.

100% of our most recent Education Studies students were in jobs or further study six months after finishing their course
(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17)

Education Studies offers you the opportunity to study the four traditional academic disciplines that underpin education, alongside more innovative approaches. During your degree you will have the opportunity to visit a range of educational settings such as schools or community education groups.  You may also participate in an international module organised by the University. Previous students have travelled to Spain and Ghana.

Certain themes run throughout our course:

  • A consideration of research ethics, methodologies and findings
  • Exploration of issues at all geographical levels, from local to national and European to global
  • A focus on study skills to support you in the move from structured learner in year one to independent researcher in year three
  • A focus on employability and possible career pathways.

Work experience

You can take a work-related learning module to gain experience in educational settings during the course.  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.


The education sector, including expenditure on national education systems, is the second largest sector globally after healthcare. (GCC Education Industry Report, 2010)

Year 1 Modules

Suite Core Module

Orientation to Higher Education (20 credits)

This module acts as an introduction to the course, offering a series of seminars and workshops that set out some of the key principles and thinkers in education. These modules will be followed up by tutorials to specifically support your transition into university life.

Programme Core Modules

How do humans think and learn? (20 credits)

You will be introduced to the major discourses around learning. This module explores learning across the lifespan from the cradle to the grave. It’s not only about formal opportunities for learning - it’s also about the informal learning that takes place in a range of contexts. Where have you learnt today

The Power of Words (20 credits)

This module is intended to help you read, read critically and read effectively. You will analyse and discuss how words are used in a number of text genres and for a range of audiences and purposes. The module gives you a chance to consider the impact of words in speeches, fiction texts, drama performance, journalism, educational research texts, poetry and pop lyrics, as well as children’s literature. The module considers the transformative power of literacy, exploring critical literacy and the work of theorists and practitioners including Paolo Freire and Augusto Boal.

What are Schools For? (20 credits)

In this module, you will be offered the opportunity to critique current schooling systems and to consider alternatives. This module is built around three core concept of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. You will be introduced to alternative models and you will be able to visit educational settings to consider these concepts in practice. This module introduces you to the concepts surrounding educational action research and prepares you for the Education in Practice option module in Year 2.

In addition to these core modules, you can choose 2 further options in semester 2 from the option list. Your Education Options are:

Programme Option Modules

  • Education in Literature (20 credits)
  • Responding to Refugees (20 credits)

Suite Option Modules

But these are joined for the first time Education Studies by a Suite of programmes that include Early Childhood Studies, Special Education Needs, Arts and Education Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring and Human Development: you will be able to select your 20 credit options from these also. More details about the titles of the modules available will be forthcoming when you make your choices at the start of the course.

Interesting titles from Suite programmes will include:

  • Meaning and Feeling in the Arts (Arts and Education) (20 credits)
  • Perspectives of Childhood (Early Childhood Studies) (20 credits)
  •  Whose Morals are they Anyway? (Human Development) (20 credits)
  • An Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies (Special Educational Needs) (20 credits)

Year 2 Modules

In this year you will take a Suite core module and a programme core module and choose 4 options modules from a range of choices. (At least two of your choices will be from the Education Studies programme but you can also select from the Human Development Programme)

Suite Core Module

Exploring Research (20 credits)

This will be done by all students and will be an opportunity to develop understanding of the essential concepts of research and information gathering by negotiating an area of study around children, childhood, young adulthood, family, community, or adulthood. It will involve the design of a hypothetical research project. The focus of the module goes beyond the research process in so far as affording students the opportunity to analyse research perspectives and evaluate and reflect on the relevance of their proposed study in academia, professional development and in practice.

Programme Core Module

How to be good? Teaching Ethics, Morals and Values (20 credits)

This is an opportunity to explore the ethics, morals and values that underpin education systems. What values did your parents encourage in you? Are they the same set of values that your school encouraged? Are they the same values you want to share with your children? Should we have moral education in schools? There are some very big questions here, but our students love to debate them.

Programme Option Modules

  • Investigating History and Education (20 Credits)
  • Investigating Philosophy andEducation (20 Credits)
  • Investigating Psychology: Contemporary Learning Theories (20 Credits)
  • Investigating Sociology of Education (20 Credits)
  • Politics and Education (20 credits)
  • Education in Practice (20 credits)
  • Voluntary Action in Education (20 Credits)
  • Sustainability and the Global Village (20 credits Human Development option)

Year 3

Programme Core Modules

Education on the World Stage (20 credits)

The module examines the extent and impact of cultures and policies on educational practices in Europe and international contexts.  Issues such as education structures, policy and practice will be discussed within the context of the key concepts of nationalism, internationalism, globalisation and internationalisation. The consideration of educational principles such as cooperation, collaboration, mutuality, tolerance and peace will be explored in juxtaposition to global issues such as poverty, exclusion, ignorance, oppression and war.  Critical comparative education elements will be integrated into the study where appropriate, using a range of perspectives to challenge attitudes and perceptions.

Independent study Dissertations (20 or 40 Credits)

In year three you have the opportunity for further specialism within an area of your choice. You may opt to write an independent study on an area of your choosing. A further module gives the opportunity to explore one of the four key disciplines in greater depth

Research in Education Dissertation (20 credits) and Ethical Enquiry Dissertation (20 credits) (Note: The first is a Programme Core module in Semester 1 and the second is an optional module in Semester 2 for those who want to combine the dissertations for the total 40 credits)

This module Research in Education gives you the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in the form of a literature review. You will have a supervisory tutor to guide you through this. You may wish to link the research literature you critique to the following dissertation module, Ethical Enquiry which will provide the opportunity to engage with case study research in a setting.

Programme Option Modules

  • Fads and Fashions (20 credits)
  • Human Rights and Citizenship Education (20 credits)
  • Film and Education (20 credits)
  • Extremist Education (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management for Learning (20 credits)
  • Maths and Society (20 credits)
  • Darwin, Knowledge and the Imagination (20 credits)

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. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Education Studies is a broad academic course that provides a foundation for many different professional career paths. It opens up routes into teaching at either primary level or as a secondary teacher in some subjects.

Other employment pathways that graduates have moved into in the past include corporate training, educational publishing, third sector employment, social and educational research, educational administration, speech and language therapy or management in either local or national government. A large proportion of Education Studies graduates go on to further study, many studying Masters level qualifications.

One of our students, having been awarded a prestigious graduate traineeship at a major bank said:  “It was largely down to the presentation skills that I developed on the Education Studies course.”


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900

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

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

DBS / Health Checks There is a charge made for this process of £52.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

In each year you will complete six modules with a combination of core and optional modules. For each module you can expect around 50 hours of contact time. This includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and online activities. For each module you can expect around 200 hours of self-study time.

Academic input

Education Studies is staffed by a very passionate team of tutors, many of whom have experience working as school teachers and teacher educators while developing their expertise in educational research. 

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.
Our well-stocked library and wide range of e-books and online periodicals help you keep up to date with the latest thinking in education.

“The Education Studies experience is interesting and thought provoking and has allowed me to experience and learn about parts of education I had never thought about before. Education Studies has allowed me to decide from a range of educational job opportunities exactly what interests me.“

Carmen, BA Hons Education Studies


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UCAS course code

  • X301 Education Studies
  • X399 Education Studies with Education Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year


  • September 2019

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