Education and Computing Studies BA (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (6 years)


September 2018

This course is available for September 2018 entry.


At a time when there's increasing emphasis on computer science in schools, and huge growth in digital technology in education, the economy and society, our course will give you expertise in this important area. It's excellent preparation if you want to work in education or pursue teacher training.

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Our course will put you on the path to a number of careers. With further professional training or postgraduate study, you could consider teaching, or working with and supporting vulnerable children, young people and adults.

Other options include teaching and learning assistants, careers related to using computers and computational thinking with others, and delving into becoming an academic, researcher or scholar.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Studying Education and Research in Higher Education 1
    You’ll use your personal experience of education and learn to develop it into an academic piece. You’ll also learn the basics of data gathering used in educational research.
  • Introduction to Computing for Schools
    In this module, you will study the computer science curriculum. You will be able to choose whether you want to focus on the primary or secondary stage. The new computing curriculum has been developed to give pupils a greater understanding of the ways in which computers actually work. The core component of the new curriculum is computer science which aims to teach pupils principles of information, digital literacy and computation, ultimately developing their computational thinking skills in the process.

Year two, core modules

  • Critical Education and e-Environments 1: Introduction to Online Learning Spaces and Critical Education
    Semester one introduces you to e-Environments through the practical exercise of designing and working with a critical friend to evaluate your own online learning space. In semester two, you’ll begin your engagement with critical education through studying what it is and why it is needed. You’ll focus on current educational policy.
  • Understanding Learning
    Education Studies engages you with new and more critical ways of studying learning and teaching in education. This module helps you to ground your study on the learning theories developed through the twentieth century, which remain the fundamental theories of learning in face-to-face contexts.

Year three, core modules

  • Critical Education and eEnvironments 2: Considering Critical Theory, Curriculum and Communities of Practice
    This module gives you the opportunity to use critical theory and pedagogy to engage with the concepts of curriculum and communities of practice. Using key examples of curriculum through time, you’ll use critical theory to investigate how the examples reflect thinking about social class, gender, ethnicity and disability at the time the curriculum was in use. In semester 2, you’ll we explore critical education and what it means to learn as an online community of practice. You’ll use the online learning space you developed in Critical Education and e-Environments 1.
  • Computer Architecture, Networking and Web Design
    This module builds on the first year module. You'll consolidate your knowledge of the functions of a computer system, and further develop your computational thinking skills including algorithmic thinking, abstraction and logical thinking. You will also learn how computers work with data in its various formats, and study the more complex features of networking, such as networking topologies, protocol standards, cabling and how the internet works. With everyone using the internet in one way or another, you'll also learn to develop interactive websites using different techniques.

Year four, core modules

  • Studying Education and Research in Higher Education 2
    You’ll spend the first semester planning, carrying out and reporting on a small observation project in an educational setting. In semester two, you’ll develop your skills in project planning by learning how to carry out a literature review on a chosen topic.

Year five, core modules

  • Critical Education and eEnvironments 3: Identities, the Web and Perceptions of Old Age
    In the first semester, you cap your study of e-environments by studying what the developments in digital technologies, the internet and social networking mean in terms of our senses of identity, privacy and democracy in a global, networked society. You'll then reflect on the final stages of life: how is old age perceived in society and how have these perceptions been formed through education and the internet.
  • Advanced Computing Principles
    This module will introduce you to the key computing concept of systems analysis. You'll learn about the processes involved in conceiving, designing and implementing new application systems. This means studying traditional methods of systems design as well as more modern and collaborative methods. With technology evolving rapidly, there's also a need to understand emerging technologies and consider their place in the modern world. With our ever-growing reliance on technology, you'll also learn about the legal, ethical, social, moral and professional responsibilities of computer scientists. Crucially, you will also be asked to consider the health and safety aspects of using all this technology.

Year six, core modules

  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You'll be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.


You’ll be assessed in a number of ways, all designed to enhance your learning. As well as traditional essays and a Major Project, you’ll also demonstrate your use of ICT through web-based communication and the creation of a personalised and shared online learning space.

Other forms of assessment on our course include a presentation, coursework and a written exam.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

Entry requirements

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  • 200 UCAS Tariff Points from a minimum of 2 A levels (or equivalent)
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 ( Academic level) or equivalent English language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University
  • A maximum of 20 UCAS Tariff points may come from the Extended Project Qualification at Grade B or above
  • UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted
  • Access to HE Diplomas are accepted, 30 level 3 credits at Merit grade are required
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points is accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted
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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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