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Education Studies BA (Hons)

If you already have a relevant background in Education this course will enable you to take that to degree level and study educational systems from early years to lifelong learning. There is a particularly strong focus on issues relating to inclusion for diverse learners from non-traditional backgrounds such as race and ethnicity, poverty and deprivation, gender, disability and learning difficulties, sexuality, and mental health, as well as those who are subject to abuse or bullying. You will undertake a placement in an educational setting (nursery, primary, secondary or further education/training context) to help you relate your theoretical knowledge to the workplace. 

The BA (Hons) Education Studies is designed to allow progression opportunities to students with prior qualifications such as the Certificate in Education (post-compulsory) or relevant Foundation Degrees. You can join the course in Year 2 or 3 depending on your experience and qualifications.

There are four key strands running throughout the course; policy; diversity and inclusion; sociology and employability or continued professional development. Modules undertaken depend upon level of entry to the course.

The course enables students to critically examine educational systems, processes, policies and practices in a variety of educational contexts, spanning early years to lifelong learning.

The delivery of the course is designed with your employment needs in mind so study can take place with one-day-release from your workplace by negotiation with the course leader. The course is also an ideal continuation of professional development for those already in employment.


The support from lecturers is excellent and I have encouraged a colleague from another college to study for her masters with you. I think that lecturers have a great understanding of the different form of pressures that mature students have and they try to accommodate this at all times.


You will have the opportunity to undertake ‘placement’ modules in an educational setting of your choice in each year of the programme. This involves spending time each week in the educational setting of choice (this might be a nursery school, primary school, secondary school, special school, further education or training context) and undertaking reflective observations. The work placement opportunity can also be undertaken in your current workplace. 

Scheduled teaching and learning combined with supported independent study will enable students to gain the ability to conduct research, learn how to make presentations, develop problem-solving skills, engage more effectively in discussions, pursue individual academic interests, collaborate in teams and develop critical approaches to policy and literature in the field of Education. You can tailor your dissertation study to particular professional needs or personal interests.


I have found that studying Education at UCLan has provided me with a sound base for my career in this field, especially studying some of the barriers and disadvantages young people face in the education system.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    X300; Short form: BA/Ed

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma including 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS grade 6 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths and English or equivalent.

 

Courses at a glance

Year 2

Choose 6

  • ED2216 Preparing for Academic Writing and Research in Education
  • ED2205 Sociology and Education
  • ED2212 Models of Teaching and Learning
  • ED2218 Experiential Learning in Educational Settings (a placement module)
  • ED2216 Preparing for Academic Writing and Research in Education
  • ED2236 Representations of Education in Literature and Film
  • CI2008 Diversity and Inclusive Practice with Children and Adults
  • ED2981 Student Initiated Module (20 credits)
  • ED2982 Student Initiated Module (10 credits)

Or:

  • A module from an agreed subject or the Free Choice Elective catalogue

Year 3

Choose 5 plus Dissertation

  • ED3991 Dissertation or ED3993 Double Dissertation
  • ED3205 The professional Role and its Context
  • ED3209 Learning Curriculum and Assessment
  • ED3208 Reflective Practice in Educational Settings
  • ED3210 Policy and practice in Educational Settings
  • ED3223 Families, Schools and Society
  • ED3125 The Education of Vulnerable Children
  • ED3229 Education in Developing Countries
  • ED3981 Student Initiated Module (20 credits)
  • ED3982 Student Initiated Module (10 credits)

Or:

  • A module from an agreed subject or the Free Choice Elective catalogue

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CRB

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process. Professional Accreditation

Gain international work experience in your second or third year of study through modules of our established Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, accredited from the ILM.

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Learning Environment

As experienced educators we are very conscious that our teaching and learning strategies emphasise the role of the learner. We therefore endeavour to use a range of learning strategies including lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work to secure your active participation in the learning process.

Assessment is by coursework with no exams. Coursework is varied including essays, individual and group presentations, a critical review of set articles, reflective learning logs, portfolios and the design of a small-scale research proposal

Opportunities

You will be supported through the use of personal tutors and the University’s Careers service to undertake further study towards teacher training or postgraduate study. We have had recent success with students gaining ESRC scholarships onto Masters and Doctorate level study.

For educational professionals, we have further progression routes into an MEd, Professional Practice in Education and a Professional Doctorate in Education.

The majority of our graduates progress to careers in teaching, most commonly going on to gain places on primary PGCE courses (teacher training) or increasingly, undertaking training in schools as part of the Schools Direct programme.

Other recent graduate destinations include advice and guidance roles; community support; social work roles; learning mentors or other pastoral roles in educational contexts.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.