Education Studies BA (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (4-6 years)


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This course has been replaced by our new BA (Hons) Education.


What is education? Why do people learn differently at different ages, and what makes them lifelong learners? What affects how education is provided, and how is your learning affected by the country you live in? If you’re interested in studying education itself, this is the course for you.

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Our degree course will open up a range of careers. It will be especially useful if you want to go into primary school teaching, education administration and welfare, learning support, youth work, or early years management.  

You could also choose to do postgraduate study, such as a PGCE, which would give you qualified teacher status.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 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.
  • Education Studies 1, Families, Schools and Equality
    In this module, you’ll begin to explore what can be meant by social class, gender, ethnicity and disability and why it is important to understand their roles in education and schooling.
  • 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.

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.
  • Education Studies 2, Studying National and International Education Systems
    In the first semester, you'll choose a topic out of social class, gender, ethnicity or disability and use it to investigate the reality of inclusion and exclusion in the English education system. In semester 2, you'll then go on to compare the English education system with another country.
  • Considering Critical Theory, Curriculum & 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.

Level 6 modules

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. These will include essays and extended prose, presentations, placement proposals and reports, portfolios of evidence, reflective journals, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, or ‘patches’, built up week by week), and your participation in webinars.

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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Funding for international students

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

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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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