Education and Computing Studies BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)


September 2018

This course is available for September 2018 entry.

code: I100

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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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Full description


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

  • Computing 1: Introduction to Computing Fundamentals
    This module introduces you to computing essentials. The module covers a range of topics from hardware to operating systems and system software. You will be able to identify, define and specify components of a complete standalone or networked PC Systems, as well as troubleshoot common hardware and software problems.
  • 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.
  • 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 one, optional modules

  • 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

  • Computing 2: Computer Architecture, Networking and Web Design
    This module builds on from the Computing Essentials module. The module covers the essential principles of Computational Thinking and discusses how important it is to develop students’ computational thinking skills. The module will consider the component elements: algorithmic thinking, logical thinking, generalisation, abstraction and evaluation. You will learn how these concepts are applied to everyday problems and also how crucial they are to effective problem solving.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Year two, optional modules

  • Intermediate Computing for School
    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. This module covers a range of topics that come under Information Technology (ICT) and Digital Literacy (DL) in the National Curriculum for Computer Science. ICT and DL are key elements of Computer Science and students need to be confident in their ability to identify what constitutes ICT and DL and how that could be used within the school environment.
  • Risk and Resilience in Children and Young People
    This module introduces the concepts of risk and resilience and looks at how these shape responses to children's well-being and welfare. You’ll study a range of different perspectives drawn from sociology, psychology, social policy and childhood. You’ll examine theories which explain why child abuse occurs and how these influence safeguarding children in the context of current legal and procedural frameworks. You’ll study the literature on safeguarding children in the wider context of risk and get involved in the debate around children’s welfare, protection and control. You’ll be empowered to act appropriately and effectively in response to concerns about children’s welfare. This will be informed by reference to current practices involving multi-agency working and the Every Child Matters (2003) agenda.
  • Education Abroad: A Personal Experience
    The notion of experiential learning is central to this module. You could either undertake an Erasmus student mobility experience or use your existing contacts in another country to arrange a small placement in an educational setting. You’ll be required to research the opportunities and limitations afforded by your placement and to propose a plan of your intended learning. This module will allow you to demonstrate self-reliance and a diversity of experiences, attributes highly valued by potential employers.
  • Special Needs in Education
    This module looks at historical perspectives and current theories of disability and special educational needs. You’ll also address the complexity of early identification and assessment of children described as having special educational needs. Different strategies to assess children’s needs will be discussed and you’ll learn about provision of appropriate support and intervention. You’ll also explore the effects and consequences of disability and special needs on the child and their family.

Year three, core modules

  • Computing 3: Advanced Computing Principles
    This module covers the topic of Systems Analysis, a key skill in computing. Here you will learn to work with a client to find out what the client needs, design and implement a simple application system. The module will cover traditional systems development methodologies, modern approaches as well as prototyping as part of the course. You will be able to implement your final system using a programming language, web or database application of your choice.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Year three, optional modules

  • Computer Science Mini Project
    The Computer Science Mini Project enables you to demonstrate the ability to raise and address a significant computer science based question in relation to a chosen topic/issue. This module provides you with the practical tools required to carry out a small scale project over the course of one semester.
  • Special Study
    This module will help you deepen your knowledge of one of the key themes in Education Studies. Lectures and workshops will address a selection of these themes. Guided by discussion with your tutors, you’ll choose and research a topic and write an essay which explores and analyses conflicting evidence, approaches and theoretical viewpoints. You’ll also prepare and deliver a short oral presentation about your topic.
  • Investigative Approaches to the Curriculum
    You’ll engage with both broad issues raised by the purposes of the Primary or Foundation Stage Curriculum and also with a narrower individually-selected subject area. You’ll consider the various approaches to learning current in the UK against the background of a range of theoretical perspectives on learning. There will be a particular focus on experiential approaches to learning at primary level and at your own level. You’ll engage in self-directed knowledge development and report on a curriculum related investigation of your own choice

Optional modules available all years


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)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


Fees statement 

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2017/18 are currently set at £9,000. These fees are regulated by the UK government and may increase in line with government policy. There is a possible increase for the 2017/18 intake of 2.8% which would put the fees at £9,250.

How do I pay my fees?

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

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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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:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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