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BA (Hons) Education Studies

Course overview

Start date

September 2017

January 2018

Subject area

Cass School of Education and Communities





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Course summary

January 2018 start date available for this course - study over the summer and join the 2nd year in September 2018.

Do you want to help shape and change young lives through education? Do you have a passion for teaching? Do you want to change communities from the inside? Our course is innovative and exciting, incorporating the very latest developments in the field of education studies.

Whether you want to become a primary or secondary school teacher or influence and shape education policy, it will provide you with a fantastic foundation. You’ll learn from practising teachers and take an active role in important current debates on children’s education. At UEL, we’re embedded in a diverse and inclusive community in east London.

This course reflects that, and you’ll be taught by an academic team that is representative of the wide multicultural variety of our student intake. Our course is strongly rooted in the real world, with plenty of opportunities to experience education in action in our community. This will ease your transition into a teaching environment when you leave us.

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You’ll be taught by enthusiastic and expert staff who focus on the needs of our students through innovative teaching methods, as well as academic writing and publishing.


Percanteage of our graduates who go on to work and/or study (Unistats, 2017).

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Vikki Silvers

Education Studies, BA (Hons)

I've been able to gain a new perspective looking through a child's eyes and I've learned more about children’s rights. I've especially loved exploring the enchantment of child literature. The intimate lectures of about 30 people are great. You can have some interesting debates and almost everyone has a chance to speak.

Entry requirements


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A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

This course investigates contemporary education in a lively and stimulating way, from primary and secondary through to higher and adult education.

It’s very much a sociology-based course, looking at sociological factors affecting the family, social policy for young people, education and the national curriculum. We look at the subject from an international perspective to reflect the diversity of our student intake.

You’ll explore how individuals develop and learn, how the education system has evolved and how it continues to evolve. You’ll learn to critique the purpose of educational interventions and to evaluate arguments on educational issues.

We’ll give you an understanding of how political ideologies influence education policy. You’ll examine faith schools, special needs education and multiculturalism along with the sociology, psychology and philosophy of education.

You’ll learn how to evaluate research, enriching your studies and giving you the know-how and confidence to embark on your own research.

What you'll study and when

Sociology of Education (core)
Philosophy of Education (core)
Education and Psychology (core)
The Language of multilingual communities (core)
Education, Identity and Social Justice (core)
Families, Children and Education (core)
Comparative Educational Ideology and Policy (core)
Researching Issues in Education (core)
Dissertation (core)
Debates in Educational Ideology and Policy (core)
Language, Pedagogy and Cultural Diversity (core)
Volunteering (option)
Critical Pedagogies (option)

How you'll be assessed

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including assignments, presentations, group activities, reports and a small number of written examinations.

Course specification

How you'll learn

With a number of practising teachers on our academic staff, we understand there are times when you might need some extra tutor support. We won’t let you down in this regard.

Our team of lecturers and tutors pride themselves on being in tune with their students’ needs and adjust their teaching accordingly.

Based in the acclaimed Cass School of Education and Communities at our Stratford campus, you’ll attend lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You’ll also carry out e-learning, self-learning and guided reading – with plenty of individual support along the way.

We want you to develop as an independent thinker, which is why our lectures are always interactive and include open debates.

In your final year, you’ll carry out an independent research project on a relevant topic, taking your education off campus and into real-life situations where the emphasis is on practical learning. There’s also an optional volunteering module.

If you fancy studying abroad, you can do so through an educational exchange or apply for a short study trip overseas via our popular Going Global scheme.

“I really enjoy the variety of topics we cover on my course,” says Diane Griffiths, a third-year undergraduate. “They’ve have raised my awareness of current issues and relevant theories that explicitly relate to the education sector and situations that I might face in a classroom in the future.”

Your future career

This course provides you with an excellent foundation for a career in education.

It’s the perfect springboard if you want to become a teacher, particularly in primary education, or if you want to influence policy in the education field.

Once you’ve graduated successfully, you’ll have the option to train as a teacher, for example through a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) programme. At UEL, we offer PGCEs in Primary Education and a wide range of secondary subjects.

With a teaching qualification, you’ll have the choice of teaching in a mainstream school, a special school or a different kind of educational setting such as an environmental education centres.

The Education Studies course also equips you for a career in educational administration or a support role in education.

During the course you’ll have frequent opportunities to meet practitioners and potential employers, and we also arrange dedicated careers workshops and events.

The skills you gain are transferable to a wide range of working environments. Some of our graduates have gone on to teach English as a foreign language abroad. Others have move into fields outside education such as journalism.

You could also choose to embark upon postgraduate research at UEL in areas such as educational psychology or the philosophy of education.

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