Education and Professional Studies BA (Hons)

Education and Professional Studies BA (Hons)

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One or two years (dependent on entry point). Part-time: Three to five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    X300; Short form: BA/Ed

  • Campus:

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

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

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. 

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access course : 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma : 28P
IELTS : Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE : 5 at Grade C including Maths & English or equivalent.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

80 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Merit, Pass, Pass
BTEC Diploma : Merit, Merit
Pass Access course : 80 points
International Baccalaureate Diploma : 24P
IELTS : Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE : 5 at Grade C including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.


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Course 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)


  • 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)


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

Further Information

The BA (Hons) Education and Professional 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.


Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

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

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

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

You can gain further practical experience outside your main degree through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership with modules which are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management in the fields of volunteering, mentoring and community leadership.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

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

I found that the modules gave me a deep insight into different learning/teaching styles, legislation and the technical side of teaching.


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.

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