Education Studies BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 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This course has been replaced by our new BA (Hons) Education.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

Year one, core modules

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 two, core 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 two, optional modules

  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Year three, optional modules

  • 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
  • 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.

Optional modules available in years two and three

  • 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.

Please note that you will choose one of the above optional modules. Modules are subject to change.


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

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

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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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