Education Studies

Education Studies BA (Hons)

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 2-6 years. Direct entry into Year 2 and Year 3 also available.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    X300 / Direct Entry: X302

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Education at UCLan is 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction. We are also 5th in the UK and 1st in the North West for academic support and in the UK top 10 and 2nd in the North West for assessment and feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • You will undertake a placement in each year of study in an educational setting (nursery, primary, secondary or further education/training context).
  • We host regular trips to destinations such as Cyprus, China, and other international locations.
  • You can also gain work experience through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership.

Course Overview

Year 1

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


  • 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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 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 - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma including 104 - 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.


International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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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.

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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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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, critical review of research, reflective learning diaries, portfolios, development of strategies and lesson plans, and design of a small-scale research proposal.


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You will be supported through the use of academic advisors 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 schools-based training. Take a look at the Get into Teaching web pages for further advice on post-graduation routes into teaching.

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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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. 

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.