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This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Education Studies with Placement Year BA (Hons)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: YP30
Code: EH3101A16P
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 4 academic years
Part time: 8 academic years
Start Dates: september 2020
Term Dates: View term dates

This 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 as well as undertake a Placement in the 3rd year of your course.

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?

The introductory modules will give you an 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 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.

The Placement Year

The placement year must last between 9 and 12 months and will commence between Level 5 and Level 6 study. You will be required to complete work during the industry year and then present this to students on the programme when you enter the 4th year.

During your year placement year you will receive two visits from a member of staff to check on your progress with your employer.

The Placement Year will commence with a short series of lectures introducing the benefits and requirements of undertaking a placement, and developing the basic skills needed to gain a placement and benefit from the experience. Your placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context. Please note: Placements are subject to availability.

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



Entry Requirements

You’ll need 80 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 200 UCAS points).  

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.

You should see the Programme Specification for the full requirements of the work-placement element of this degree programme. 

The year in industry

The year in industry must last between 9 and 12 months. You will be required to complete work during the industry year and then present this to students on the programme when you enter the 4th year.

During your year in industry you will receive two visits from a member of staff to check on your progress with your employer.

The year in industry will commence with a short series of lectures introducing the benefits and requirements of undertaking a placement, and developing the basic skills needed to gain a placement and benefit from the experience.

Your industry placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.

Please note: Industry placements are subject to availability.  You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report (around £50).

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.

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 with Placement Year. 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

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.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Education Technician

Education technicians work in schools, colleges and universities. They support science, design and technology, art and IT teachers, by preparing equipment and materials and helping in practical lessons. If you like working with young people, and want a career in education, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need practical skills for handling tools and materials, and knowledge of the subjects you’ll be helping with. You’ll also need to get on with staff and students.

To get into this job you’ll need a good standard of general education, for example GCSEs. Some employers may ask for higher qualifications like A levels or equivalent. You may be able to get into this work through an Apprenticeship. You’ll also need to pass Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

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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.

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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

Primary School Teacher

In this job you will help to give young children the best possible start in life. If you like spending time with young people, and want to work in education, a job as a primary school teacher could be perfect for you.

You will need to have enthusiasm for the subjects you teach. You’ll also need to be able to relate to pupils and their parents, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

One of the main routes into primary school teaching is to do Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) and get qualified teacher status. To do this you must have GCSEs in English, maths and a science subject. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Further Education Lecturer

Further education (FE) lecturers teach students over the age of 16. Also known as further education tutors or teachers, they work with some 14 to 16 year-olds studying work-related subjects. If you enjoy spending time with young adults and want a teaching career, this could be perfect for you.

To become a further education lecturer, you will need to be able to relate well to students of all ages and abilities. You’ll need good organisation and planning skills. You’ll also need patience and a sense of humour.

To qualify as an FE lecturer, you'll need at least a level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach as well as a teaching qualification.

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Higher Education Lecturer

Higher education lecturers teach and carry out research in universities and some further education colleges. They teach academic and vocational subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level to students over the age of 18.

If you have a high level of knowledge in a subject area, and want to pass it on through lectures, seminars and written materials, this job could be for you.

In this job you’ll need enthusiasm for your subject, so you can motivate and inspire your students. You’ll also need confidence so you can stand up in front of large groups and deliver lectures.

You’ll need a good degree (first or 2:1), and for most jobs a PhD or be working towards one. You’ll also need to have had academic work published.??

Job Opportunites in Lancashire