BA single honours or in combination with another subject Education Studies with Foundation Year 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.

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to 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.

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 breadth of educational job opportunities exactly what interests me and where I want to hold a career.” (Carmen, Year 3 student)

This course 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 very broad course which you may personalise to suit your particular interests. Studying Education Studies provides you with a specialism, but keeps your career options open.

Education Studies offers 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 will also be offered study opportunities in Europe through the Erasmus+ scheme. 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.

On this course you will have the opportunity to explore Forest Schools and learning outside the classroom.

Work experience

We encourage all our students to gain experience in educational settings during the course. In the past such experiences have ranged from trips to India to visits to a Swedish Forest School.

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 (during our Alternative learning Experience module) or beyond.

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

This course can also be studied over four years with an initial foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. It is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to this degree.

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.

Year 0

You will take 5 core modules plus one optional module. Optional modules will be offered subject to cohort size and you may choose to take a module which relates to your overall degree choice.

Optional module choices are made in the second semester and become the last module taken.

However, you are not locked into the choice of overall course but may choose to change pathways at the end of the Foundation Year (Year 0). Alternatively, you may choose to take a Certificate of Completion and apply to another degree course, subject to entry criteria.

Core modules

  • introduction to education
  • applied literacy, numeracy and science skills for education
  • communication and academic skills for higher education
  • personal and career development
  • introduction to human development through the lifespan

Year 1

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. 

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.

Imagining Education (20 credits)

Do we all have an equal experience of education? Is the current school system succeeding in providing educational opportunities for all? These are some of the big questions in education and broader society today. This module gives you the opportunity to explore the most recent research behind these big issues.

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.

Year 2

Investigating Education (20 credits)

You will have the opportunity to explore two of the four key disciplines in more depth, choosing two modules from a focus on history, sociology, psychology and philosophy. You will be introduced to some of the key debates in this area through research and policy papers.

What does it mean to be good? (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.

Politics and Education (20 credits)
This module looks at the crucial interplay between education and policy. Education, especially in schools, colleges and universities, is increasingly governed by policy and policy makers. Understanding this policy and how it is created is fundamentally important to those seeking to gain a full knowledge of education systems in both the UK and in other parts of the world.

Education in Practice (20 credits)
This module offers you the opportunity to observe and experience education in a setting outside the university. It might involve work experience in a special needs school, volunteering at a museum or taking part in a Forest School. You will be encouraged to observe carefully and critically reflect on your experience using the learning from a range of other modules on the course.

Sustainability (20 credits)
By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate awareness and understanding of the well-established concepts, principles and knowledge associated with sustainability and sustainable development and the ways in which they have developed. A wide variety of practical activities are used to support your development on this module.

Year 3

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

Education on the World Stage (20 credits) 
In this stimulating core module you will explore comparisons between different countries in their approaches to education, you will consider issues of sustainability, gender equality, race and cultural understanding and use your knowledge of the course as a whole to constructively interrogate the notion of what it is to educate or to learn. This module will ask you to question your own pre-conceptions about schools and education and challenge current models historically, geographically and culturally.

Independent study (20 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You may wish to link this to the research literature you critique in the following module.

Fads and Fashions (20 credits)
This module forms part of a pathway across the course that aims to prepare you for teaching, if that is a career that interests you. The module aims to develop your understanding of how the educational landscape shifts and changes as a result of ‘fads and fashions’ in research and practice.

Human Rights Education (20 credits)
Human Rights Education is found in different forms, school ethos projects, citizenship and religious education, in community development projects as well professional training. The module aims to critically explore these themes and developments through theoretical, educational, and philosophical texts, as well as international case studies.

Film and Education (20 credits)
This module seeks to encourage an examination of the ways in which education is represented in cinema. The use of key concepts from film theory will enable you to explore the narrative, genre and character constructions of a range of films with education as the central theme. You will analyse popular representations of education, and will gain an understanding of the ways in which the history, philosophy, sociology and policies are represented within film.

Extremist Education: Religion, education and fear (20 credits)
Fear that education might be a breeding ground for dangerous ideas is an ancient worry - Plato was convicted of moral corruption of the young through his teaching. In the present time the idea of extremism is fuelling concerns about the place of religion in education, particularly in countries where religion is a major sponsor of state schools. Stories of extremist individuals taking over schools have made headlines and changed government policy on inspection. Secular organisations point to religious schools as sources of homophobia, inequality and irrationality. Governments are seeking to assert shared national values and use schools as tools to bring extremism to light. Extremist Education will examine these and related issues.

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 Year one there are 6 modules, one of which is ‘core’ and 5 others that are fixed by the programme team. In Years Two and Three there are both core modules and optional modules.

For each module you can expect around 50 hours of contact time. This includes lectures, seminars and tutorials. 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. The vast majority of our teaching team are permanent principal lecturers or senior lecturers at the university. All of the team are involved in educational research at or beyond doctoral level.

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.


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Year 1

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UCAS course code

  • X399 Education Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time including a Foundation Year


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • One AS Level pass or a pass in a Level 3 vocational study programme e.g. BTEC

    Candidates without formal qualifications will be considered following an interview and should demonstrate an interest in education.

    Candidates must be motivated to benefit from study at this level

    A current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required. Where you do not already have this you can apply for this check through the University. There will be a charge for such applications.

    This course can also be studied over four years with an additional foundation year (Year 0)

    More entry requirement details.



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