Education Studies (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Education Studies (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    X301; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. This course enables students to take their interest in education and learning to degree level and study educational systems and experiences 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, mental health, as well as those who are subject to abuse or bullying. The course is tailored to meet the interests of students who aspire to go on to teach (or develop their existing practice) with exploration into the application of learning theories, the curriculum, the role of teachers and the shared nature of learning between schools, families and professionals.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 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. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Target Award Extended Study
  • Learning by Experience


Optional Modules:

  • Introduction to Education
  • Introduction to History
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology and Contemporary Religion
  • Film and Media Theory
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Skills for Language Students
  • Foundation in TESOL
  • Student Initiated Module
  • Key Themes in Archaeology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Film-making
  • Approaches to Photography

Year 2

  • ED1201 Introduction to Education Studies
  • ED1202 Education for Everyone?
  • ED1203 Theory, Philosophy and Policy in Education (double module)
  • ED1204 Observing Education in Action

Plus one option from a choice of modules in Deaf Studies, Children, Schools & Families, Sociology, Volunteering or Politics

Year 3

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
  • ED2243 Diversity and Inclusion in Education
  • DF2002 Issues in Deaf Education


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

Year 4

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

Further Information

You will undertake at least one placement (usually one in each year of study) in an educational setting (nursery, primary, secondary or further education/training context) to help you gain essential work experience in a teaching and learning environment and facilitate reflection upon education systems, processes and practice (including your own).

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"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."

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For students with prior qualifications such as the Certificate in Education (post-compulsory) or relevant Foundation Degrees (in the discipline of Education or Childhood Studies/ Early Years), you can join the course in Year 2 or 3 depending on your experience and qualifications. The delivery of the course is designed with your employment needs in mind so study can usually take place with one-day-release from your workplace by negotiation with the course leader.

Scheduled teaching and learning activities 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.

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"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."

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

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

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

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 ILM 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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