Education BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Chelmsford, Cambridge

September 2018, January 2019

January start only available in Chelmsford.


Education has an extraordinary impact on people’s lives. Do you want to work in education, but not be tied to a classroom? Our course will give you the skills to make a difference in a wide range of education careers.

Full description


Education is about more than learning inside the classroom.  Throughout our BA (Hons) Education, you’ll have opportunities to volunteer in a range of educational settings so you can get direct experience of professional practice first hand.  On graduation, you’ll be armed with the knowledge, skills and professional standards meaning you’ll be ready to work in the wider education arena.

Our course will equip you for a career facilitating life-long learning in a variety of contexts, from outreach organisations, to healthcare providers to policy-making bodies. Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of launching your own Education based charity or enterprise? We’ll help you realise your ambitions and prepare you for your future education career, wherever it may be.

Further examples of the wide range of roles our course can lead you to include such as charities, local authorities and multi-academy trusts, schools, further education organisations, educational resource developers, assessment organisations, higher education organisations, policy-making bodies, not for profits and NGOs. Wherever, and whatever, your future educational career, our course will help you prepare for it.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Education Paradigms 1: Foundations
    This module considers the relationships between history of philosophy and the major educational paradigms in a rigorous but engaging manner, so that the basic understanding of such concepts is established to enable the exploration of possibilities for education now and in the future.
  • Constructions of Learning 1: Concepts
    This module provides a broad but critical introduction to the key theoretical perspectives on learning, relevant to a range of educational environments. It seeks to investigate and challenge the applications of the theories of learning. Such exploration of theories of learning, and the perspectives derived from them, will allow you to evaluate how relevant theories and principles can be applied to educational contexts from policy construct and implementation, to education practice.
  • Education Enterprise 1
    This module is the first in a series of three and will help you develop an understanding of the place of social enterprise in the education sector. In this module you will focus on building an understanding of the wide range of arenas in education and the types of businesses that exist within them. The module is underpinned with the concept of social justice (distributive justice and recognitive justice) and encourages the questioning of equity within education, and whether businesses can play a role in redressing any inequality.
  • Engagement in Education 1 - Tools and Techniques
    This module develops skills, knowledge, and understanding relating to the study, analysis, and creation of educational resources in different contexts and for different purposes. It will focus on the study of classical educational resources such as books and artefacts, and their use in the formal and informal education settings.

Year two, core modules

  • Education Paradigms 2 - Perspectives
    This module continues the Education Paradigms strand and focuses on the theoretical, historical, and philosophical aspects of educational theories and their manifestations in educational practice. The module investigates the development of educational systems in the UK and abroad, and uses a sociological framework to examine some key paradigms.
  • Constructions of Learning 2 - Concepts
    This module focuses on the concept that learning may be structured or unstructured, individual or communal in nature. It will investigate the concept of formal, non-formal and informal learning and investigate the ways in which individuals can come together as communities of practice, in a physical or digital environment, to support their learning.
  • Studying Education Research and Development
    This module introduces the key issues, perspectives and debates around research and development within the field of education. A range of designs, paradigms and approaches will be explored from philosophical first principles through to methods of data collection and analysis.

Year two, optional modules

  • Education Enterprise 2
    This module will build on your understanding of education enterprise. It focuses on developing an understanding of the way in which the educational, and broader, needs of a community can be identified and how these needs can be presented in a way which allows for the development of provision and policy, and the role that education enterprises can play in fulfilling these needs.
  • Engagement in Education 2 - Educational Innovations
    This module focuses on the study of contemporary digital educational resources, such as online resources, apps and games, and their use in formal and informal education settings. The study and analysis of these resources leads to the contextualisation of such resources in educational settings, and their uses.

Year three, core modules

  • Education Paradigms 3 - Ideologies and Cultures
    This module focuses on the ideologies and cultures relating to the beliefs and facts around knowledge acquisition, creation, and dissemination. It investigates the processes and conditions needed for the formulation of an ideology and deconstructs a number of historical examples.
  • Constructions of Learning 3 - Context
    This module develops an understanding of the importance of assessment policy in education. It focuses on an international comparison of education pedagogy and assessment policies, so as to understand the development of different assessment policies, and their possible impact on educational experience.
  • Special Focus Project
    The specialist focus project enables you to demonstrate your ability to raise and address significant questions in relation to your choice of a topic or issue. This may involve auditing or evaluating existing practice; commenting on significant theoretical or conceptual developments at the local, national or international level; developing an educational innovation with a rationale based on current research literature; or constructing a philosophical review of a specific theoretical or practice innovation.

Year three, optional modules

  • Engagement in Education 3 - Research and Development
    This module focuses on the research and development process of educational resource production. Drawing from examples of different resources in educational settings and their uses, students will design, develop and evaluate a resource that addresses a particular educational need or issue.
  • Education Enterprise 3
    In this last education enterprise module, you will build on the knowledge gained so far and develop a social enterprise project of your own. This will include the production of business plans and funding bids and will prepare you for potential future employment in this sector of education.


It’s important to us that you leave our course as a well-rounded education practitioner, so throughout our course we aim to provide the necessary support and tools for you to succeed. We’ll give you the opportunities to flourish as an autonomous, active learner through providing you with on-going feedback and personalised teaching approaches and resources based on learner needs, interests and experiences.

We’ve built a wide range of assessments into our course to allow you to demonstrate your learning in the modules, and to ensure you’re developing the knowledge and skills you’ll need for a career in education. These assessments can include presentations, essays, reports, poster displays and portfolios.

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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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


International students, 2018/19 (per year)


Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding 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.

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