Education Studies BA (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information


Our BA (Hons) Education Studies course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the education system in the UK and overseas and enable you to relate educational and learning theory to teaching practice. The degree will operate around six themes, extended through a succession of related modules. These themes are: Educational; Issues in Practice; Teaching, Learning & the Curriculum; Educational Pedagogy; Technology Enhanced Learning; Education & Society.

The programme will encourage an in-depth approach to education in the UK and overseas. Our goal is to encourage you to look at the theoretical, philosophical and practical approaches to what education is, what it does and what challenges are faced by learners, teachers and institutions in the 21st Century. The general aim of the programme is to stimulate discussion in relation to education and explore the potential for diversity and innovation alongside established practices and ideas. The course operates from a wide span of interest and considers education, teaching and learning across all age groups and is not specific to any one sector. Including the state sponsored systems, informal learning and organisational approaches allows you to develop a wide spectrum of critical analysis on different forms of education in practice, and theory. The course is not designed to provide Qualified Teachers Status but can be used as a platform for further post graduate study in to the Primary and Post Compulsory sectors.

What will I study?

The programme covers six distinct themes that have been designed to offer a comprehensive approach to educational issues. These themes run throughout each of the three years of study and comprise of: Educational Issues in Practice: These modules prepare you for academic life and give you the skills required in academic writing, presentations, report writing, referencing and general research. Research Academic Skills: preparing you for the rigours of academic research and a giving you opportunity to develop your own interests into research projects and papers. Teaching, Learning & the Curriculum: Ever wondered how people learn? What is different between a behaviourist approach and humanist one? This thread explores key educational theories from psychology and culminates in a project based on which of these theories will grow in the future. Educational Pedagogy: This thread explores the various ideologies that define what we mean by education, what it is, how it is seen across the globe and, ultimately, what does it mean to you. Technology Enhanced Learning: From pre-school, through primary and throughout our lives technology plays an increasingly significant role in our lives. This thread looks at what we learn, how we learn, the ways in which technology changes what we mean by teaching, and learning, and even what knowledge is. Education & Society: This thread looks at how education is used to shape society, to develop our sense of what society is and how values and beliefs lie in all educational programmes, formal or informal.

Modules include:

  • Presentation & Research Skills
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Practical Research in Action
  • 21st Century Identity
  • What is Education?
  • Historical Issues in Education
  • Learning Theories I & II
  • Alternative Education
  • The Future of Education
  • International Perspectives
  • Educational Practice in a Digital Age
  • Education & Citizenship
  • Dissertation

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Education Studies. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.


Entry Requirements

You will need 200 UCAS points plus a good standard of written and spoken English. If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your ability to study at Level four and upward before being accepted on the programme. Applicants that do not have the standard entry criteria but that have relevant work/ life experience may be considered on an individual basis and this will be discussed in an interview with the programme leader. 

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 80 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit:

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

Our assessment strategy is designed to reflect our interest in the different approaches to education. These include presentations, seminars, projects, ICT based collaboration and more traditional approaches such as written assignments and examinations.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

The programme will provide the basis for a number of career pathways. Teaching (after completion of a suitable pathway), social and educational research; work for local education authority administrations; organising education programmes for museums or transferable skill for general employment opportunities in business and commerce, with the emphasis on people and interpersonal relationships. Many students have progressed onto master's level study.

If you have entered this programme after completing Teaching & Learning Support (Primary) Foundation Degree FdA students are currently offered a guaranteed interview scheme with the University of Cumbria. This means that students from BA (Hons) Education Studies who have completed this route are guaranteed an interview on a PGCE course (to become a Primary School teacher) with the University. This a route taken by many graduates and enables students to become a qualified teacher by studying for an additional year at the University of Cumbria.

Just some of the diverse careers that graduates of this course have moved into include:

  • Head of ICT at Primary School
  • PhD in Education – Research into Adult & Community (national project)
  • Disability Services Manager
  • Art Therapist
  • English Language Teacher (China)
  • Montessori Teacher
  • Primary Teacher (Multiple)
  • Home Schooling Coordinator (local authority)
  • Musician and Music Teacher
  • Head of School in Tanzania
  • Learning & Development Manager 
  • Learning Mentor (Primary)
  • Learning Mentor (Secondary)
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Designer
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Support Coordinator (FE)
  • Higher Education Lecturer
  • Community Education Lecturer
  • Asylum/ Refugee Centre Manager
  • Homeless Charity Manager
  • Women’s Centre Education Officer
  • Supply Teacher
  • Graduate Scheme Manager (Retail)
  • Social Worker - and more!

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"I would like to commend the Programme team, and the leader Peter Shukie in particular, for what is an innovative programme, with a strong ICT and technology-enhanced learning focus." 

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