BA single honours or in combination with another subject Education Studies 2020/21

Year of entry

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 and argue your case for alternative models of education and society drawing upon informed and cutting-edge research and debate.

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 globalisation and the impact of neoliberalism, politics and education or the role of the arts in education. There are also opportunities to explore how education is represented in the media, film or in literature. 

Our personalised tutoring will give you the opportunity to develop a deeper and more holistic understanding of education as a philosophy as well as a pedagogy and you will be supported 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, psychology and literacy
  • sustainability
  • ethics, politics and 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 but the course also examines comparative, alternative or futures models of learning with a particular focus on issues of sustainability. Moving beyond this core you will also have opportunities to take your focus in interesting directions of specialism such as exploring the importance in education of literacy, numeracy or wellbeing or considering representations of education in film, media and literature or learning about the role of the arts.

The course is taught by a passionate team of lecturers, all active in education research communities and with a background in teaching in schools and on the PGCE or other training routes. This will help them support your move from school to university and ensures that the course maintains its strong links with schools as places of research.  In addition, we also have lecturers with experience in charities and social work. Over the three years 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, Including, in addition to teaching in primary, secondary or further education, the option to consider work in museums, charities, education media or publishing or local education authority council work. You will  also have the opportunity to take your interest in education research further by applying for an MA in Education.

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. There is an expectation that you will challenge and debate the key issues of local and global policy regarding education and consider that there are alternative models of education and society explored through theoretical and intercultural dialogue. 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)

The course offers a range of optional modules alongside specialist modules. These modules will enable you to acquire interdisciplinary skills and concepts to help you work across a variety of disciplines.

Modules are subject to availability and may change. 

Year 1

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 Arts in Education (20 credits)

The creative arts have a role in education throughout the lifespan, from the mother singing to her child to the intergenerational learning of a grandfather teaching his grandson the piano. Yet some argue opportunities for music and art are being sidelined in schools and formal settings. This module gives you the opportunity to engage in this debate and share in some of the best practice around Arts education across the lifespan.

The Power of Words (20 credits)

This module is intended to help you read, read critically and read effectively. It will then help you communicate the ideas in the readings powerfully in both spoken and written form. The module gives you a chance to consider how education is represented in literature and popular fiction. The module then moves on to consider the transformative power of literacy, exploring critical literacy and the work of Paulo 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 modules introduces you to the concepts surrounding educational action reseach 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:

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

Further Suite Option Choices in Year 1: 

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

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.)

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)
  • Drama and Education (20 credits)
  • Voluntary Action in Education (20 Credits)

Further Suite Option Choices in Year 2

Programme options, as in Year 1, are joined for the first time in 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 some of your 20 credit options from these also. More details about these titles of the modules available to Education Studies students will be forthcoming when you make your choices at the start of the course.

Typical Suite option choices from other programmes will include:

  • Sustainability and the Global Village (Human Development) (20 credits)
  • The Arts as Transformation and Provocation (Arts in Education) (20 credits)
  • Perspectives of Autism (Special Educational Needs) (20 credits)

Year 3

Programme Core Modules

You will do Education on the World Stage, The Researching Education Dissertation and then choose 4 options from the remaining modules including the Ethics and Enquiry second dissertation module.)

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 (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

(These will include further options from the Suite in Human Development.)

  • 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)

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.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

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.

“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. It is the perfect blend of history, psychology, philosophy and sociology, explored within the framework of education. It has made me more reflective and critical of our current education practices nationally and internationally; and more confident in forming and expressing my own opinion on these issues.“

Georgia, Education Studies BA (Hons), graduate

“Education Studies is a fantastic course for people who have a passion for education. It enables you to explore personal interests, which in my case led to discovering a side to education I never realised I had an interest in.“

“Education Studies provides you with the skills to develop an in-depth understanding of multiple aspects of education. It enables you to access a career in a variety of educational fields that you may not have considered before.“

Zachary, Education Studies BA (Hons)


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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 2020

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