Education and Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (4-6 years)


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This course has been replaced by our new BA (Hons) Education.


It’s not just what children learn, but the context in which they learn, that affects their life experiences. Many other factors can also impact on education outcomes. This course explores all these fascinating ideas, and will prepare you for a range of careers in education.

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Full description


You’ll open up a wide choice of careers in education with the skills and experience you develop. This course could prepare you for a career in early childhood settings or primary education. 

When you graduate you could also apply for postgraduate training, which many career paths require.

During the course, you’ll take modules which help to prepare you for future employment. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from potential employers who come in to address our students.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

Level 5 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.
  • Primary Education and Schooling 2, Understanding and Enriching the Primary Curriculum
    In this module, you’ll study the fundamentals of curriculum theory and design. Building on your knowledge, you’ll then investigate the National Curriculum. You’ll reflect on if and how the National Curriculum can be enriched, why it is a National Curriculum and what alternatives might be available.

Level 6 modules

  • Education Studies 3, Ideology, Educational Policy and Cultural Texts
    This module examines current educational policy and resources in terms of their ideological and political contexts. You’ll reflect on how ideology works its way through education to influence how we understand ‘good’ teaching and learning. In the first semester, you’ll concentrate on how the ideology of neoliberalism in education might maintain and develop the English class structure. In the second semester, you’ll study how the ideologies of social class, gender, ethnicity and disability influence our reading and use of children’s and school texts.
  • Primary Education and Schooling 3, What is Meant by Inclusion and Diversity in Primary Education?
    This module investigates the current legislative and policy contexts of inclusive and diverse practice in primary education. Focusing on particular categories of practice (e.g. English as an additional language, gifted and talented, gypsy roma and traveller children and special educational needs and disability), you’ll focus on practice through early intervention and inter-agency work.
  • Undergraduate Major Project: Studying Education and Research in Higher Education 3
    This module enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You'll negotiate, agree, undertake and write up a 10,000 word project in the area of education. 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.

Level 4 optional modules

  • Outdoor Play Experiences
    In this module you’ll consider how children can access outdoor environments and you’ll debate the nature and importance of risk in outdoor play. You’ll discuss the opportunities and experiences offered by the natural environment to children at different ages and stages of development. You’ll also begin to engage with the theories of how and why to provide outdoor activities for children and young people.

Level 5 optional modules

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Level 6 optional modules

  • Critical Engagement of the Individual with the e-Learning Environment
    In this module, you’ll engage with the e-learning world from the perspective of critical theory. The dominant idea of the internet as an empowering learning tool will be challenged by approaching the internet as the oppressive tool of an 'elite'. You'll engage with ways of understanding how identities are constructed through the concept of e-learning.
  • Education & the Inclusive Society: Identity and the Later Life Stages
    You’ll concentrate on the relationship between the age of an individual and the worth placed in them by society. You’ll address this through related explorations of the meanings of inclusion and the construction of the mature and later identity. You’ll also consider these questions: Why do we live our later lives? To enjoy a richer existence based on our cumulative experiences? Or to prepare for a new generation to serve their own or society's purpose? Is later life a stage rich in itself, or an age of increasing burden on society that needs to be managed? This is a vital area because an understanding of the purposes of later lived experiences can help further your understandings of the purposes of lifelong learning.

Optional modules available all levels

  • Anglia Language Programme
    Knowledge of a foreign language can be a major asset both in your academic and professional life. The Anglia Language Programme offers you the opportunity to study a foreign language as part of their modular programme.

Modules are subject to change and availability.


You’ll be assessed throughout the course to help you and your tutors measure your progress. There are no exams, but you’ll be assessed on essays and extended prose, presentations, placement proposals and reports. You’ll also be assessed on your portfolios of evidence, reflective journals, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, or ‘patches’, built up week by week), web-based discussions, and reflective analyses and evaluations.

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

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Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. 

We also offer our £400 Books Plus scheme, which helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree can access an £800 bursary.

There’s finance available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants. Find out more on our finance pages.

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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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