This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Education Studies BA (Hons)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: X300
Code: EH3101A16
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 3 academic years
Part time: 6 academic years
Start Dates: september 2021
Term Dates: View term dates

The BA (Hons) Education Studies programme offers a breadth of learning experiences that provide you with the multi-professional development essential to pursue a career in a range of educational settings.

The course is delivered by practitioners and academics in the Education team who have specialist knowledge and experience of working in a range of educational settings such as schools, post-16 educational settings, and further and higher education.

The 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. 

Our goal is to encourage you to look at the theoretical, philosophical and practical approaches to what education is, what it does and the challenges faced by learners, teachers and institutions in the 21st Century. We aim 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 to develop a wide spectrum of critical analysis on different forms of education in practice, and theory.

Please note: 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?

When you study at Level 4 you will study further introductory modules which will strengthen your introduction to Education as a discipline and will challenge your perceptions as to what Education is, and what Education does. You’ll look at the history of education, key learning theories and gain transferrable study skills that will support you as you progress into the later stages of the programme.

As you progress through the programme at Level 5 and Level 6 you will be able to begin to study specialist modules that look at how education interacts with digital developments, employment and the international environment.  In the final stages of the programme you’ll conduct a dissertation which will be in an area of your interest, chosen in conjunction with your dissertation supervisor. This will be your opportunity to specialise in an area of interest to your personally – or to your chosen career.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Introduction to Study Skills
  • What is Education?
  • History of Education
  • Research and Presentation Skills
  • Learning Theories
  • 21st Century Education

Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Educational Research
  • Educational Learning Theory
  • Investigating Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Education and Employment
  • Education in a Digital Age
  • International Perspectives in Education

Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Dissertation
  • Education and Community
  • Future of Education
  • ICT Project
  • Alternative Education: Pedagogical Tactics for Utopian Futures

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 80 UCAS points to join this programme.

All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

In addition, for this programme, please note: If you are intending to progress into teaching roles after this programme and completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, you will need to have attained GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above in Maths, English and Science. 



Care Leavers or Young Carers

We want students from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to go to University. If you have spent three months or more in local authority care OR are a young carer, you will be eligible for a contextual offer. This is a grade reduction of 1-A Level grade below our standard entry requirements. For example, a standard offer of CCC, would become CCD. MMM at Level 3 Extended Diploma would become MMP. To apply we advise that you tick the box on your UCAS application which identifies you have spent time in care and to help identify you as eligible for our contextual offer.

See our General Entry Requirements.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building. 

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examinations, open book examinations, group projects, essays, assignments or briefs, presentations, group presentations, portfolio building, peer assessments and a dissertation. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal 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. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could 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.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


On this course, students generally spend up to 3 days a week in College, if you choose to study the course full-time. As all course timetables are subject to change you should not make definite plans based on this information; this information is intended as a guide only. Please remember that you will be expected to carry out work in your own time in addition to the time you spend in College.

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research 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 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.

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 via an additonal period of study - and more!
Supplementary Information

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.

Career Options

E-learning Developer

E-learning developers work with others to develop courses that can be studied on a computer network. This can be an internal network, or an external one offering courses to people in different places.

If you can use internet technologies and you would enjoy building learning programmes, this job could suit you.

In this job you would need to use web authoring and development software. You would also need to communicate well, give presentations, and design interesting learning programmes.

Employers usually look for a degree, though some will take you with A levels or a suitable IT apprenticeship and train you on the job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Education Welfare Officer

Education welfare officers work with schools, pupils and families to support regular school attendance. They help to sort out problems in school or at home. If you want to help children make the most of their school years, this could be perfect for you.

Employers will expect you to have some experience of education or the protection of children. Some may expect you to have or be prepared to work towards a qualification in social work. Others may allow you to train on the job.

To become an education welfare officer you will need to be a good listener without judging people. You will need to be able to build good working relationships with pupils, parents and teachers. A calm and firm approach in difficult situations is needed.

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Secondary School Teacher

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Learning Mentor

If you enjoy helping people overcome barriers and want to work in education, this could be an ideal job for you.

Learning mentors work with students and pupils who need help with overcoming difficulties that are getting in the way of their learning.

To be a learning mentor you will need a good standard of general education. You will also need experience of working with children or young people. People working with children will need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

A learning mentor has good communication and listening skills. They also have a non-judgemental approach.

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Careers Adviser

If you like meeting different people and want to help them reach their full potential, this could be an ideal job for you. People who do this job help others make decisions about their education. They also help with training and work options.

You can qualify by completing a careers adviser qualification at university or through work.

You will be suited to this job if you have good listening and questioning skills. You’ll also need the ability to develop good working relationships with a wide range of people.

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Online Tutor

Online tutors, or e-tutors, support students who are studying courses over the internet.

If you've got knowledge and experience in a course subject, and you would enjoy helping students learn through the internet, this job might be ideal for you.

In this job you would need good IT skills and an interest in keeping up to date with technology. You would also need to be able to communicate clearly by email, social media and over the telephone.

Entry requirements vary for this job, so it is best to check with employers. Colleges and universities usually require you to have a teaching qualification. Some tutor agencies, offering one-to-one roles with younger students, only require subject knowledge and enthusiasm.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Training Manager

Training managers organise and manage training programmes within an organisation. They make sure staff gain and develop the skills they need to carry out their jobs effectively.

If you've got excellent communication and presentation skills, and you enjoy helping people to learn and develop, this job could be perfect for you.

In this job you would need to be able to relate to all levels of staff to identify training needs. You would need a very organised approach and be able to plan ahead and manage your time well.

Many training managers have previous experience as a training officer and have professional qualifications. There are also degree courses in related subjects like business studies, and professional courses in training and learning, which could help you to get into this job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Training Officer

Training officers organise training for staff within companies. This can involve delivering training personally, or arranging events through colleagues or external providers such as colleges.

If you are good at communicating and organising and you like to help people develop and learn, this could be the ideal job for you.

In this job you would need to get on well with all levels of staff and have the confidence to deliver presentations. You would need to be able to plan your time well.

You could get into this career by starting as an assistant or an apprentice in a training department and working your way up. You could also study for professional qualifications in learning and development before looking for a job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire