BA (Hons) Education StudiesX300

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time available.
  • Find out what it’s like to work in an educational setting and explore various routes into the industry on our Education Studies BA (Hons) course. This course lays firm foundations for moving on to PG Cert Early Years, School Direct courses, or PGCE qualifications. Equally, it supports a wide range of other education training options. What’s more, you have the option to take this course on a part-time (up to three years) basis.

    You’ll attend work placements to apply theory in practice and evaluate current educational approaches. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to develop their own personal philosophy of education with a blend of critical analysis and enriching research. You’ll develop a broad-based understanding of educational policy and practice theory, while exploring elements such as numeracy and literacy in more detail.


    Your course leaders will encourage you to experiment with your teaching style during this course. At no point will you be assessed in practice, giving you the freedom to explore a range of approaches to unearth your own personal teaching style.

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Six modules will be studied each year; * denotes an optional module:

1st Year
  • Education: Origins, Ideas and Values
  • Psycho-Social Development
  • Communication in Context
  • Change, Social Justice and Sustainability
  • Engagement with Practice
  • Education: Inclusion and Diversity


2nd Year
  • Key Thinkers in Education
  • Researching Education, Health and Welfare
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Education and Society*
  • Inter-professional Practice: Safeguarding*
  • Effective Group Work: Critical Practice for Social Change*
  • Experiential Placement*
  • A Critical Understanding of Approaches to Numeracy*
  • Independent Study*
  • Critical Perspectives on Families and Parenting*
  • Issues in Educational Management*
  • Creativity in the Outdoors*
  • Managing Difference: Inclusion and the Primary Classroom*



3rd Year
  • Dissertation
  • Developing a Personal Philosophy of Education
  • Performativity, Accountability and Assessment*
  • Disability*
  • Feminism*
  • Perspectives on Play and Learning*
  • Experiential Placement*
  • Independent Study*
  • Global Education and Sustainability: Formal and Informal Learning and Change*
  • Community Psychology*



Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

On successful completion, our graduates will be equipped to engage with an increasing range of learning and employment opportunities associated with a broad range of educational careers. Whilst many will no doubt intend to go on to EYT or Teaching through School Direct, PGCE or PG Cert Early Years, other opportunities open to graduates might include Community Education, Integrated Services, Children’s Workforce Professionals, Educational Management, Welfare and Administration, Pupil Support Roles,  – both in this country and internationally. 

The understanding and skills developed during your time here will not limit you to these professions however, and we aim to ensure you develop the generic, holistic skills that employers are looking for in graduates of the twenty first century.

During the course you will be afforded opportunities to work in our partner settings and schools as part of your modules and on placement experiences.  This will give you the necessary experience for later application for EYT, School Direct or PGCE. 

You do not need to have QTS Skills Tests for this course, however; you will need to achieve these prior to starting EYT, School Direct or PGCE.

Course Leader

This course is led by Jan Gourd, a senior lecturer and former head teacher. Jan specialises in early years education, with a research interest in the impact of technology on pedagogy.