Education Studies BA (Hons)

About the course

The Education Studies degree is designed to give you a solid foundation in the history, sociology, psychology and philosophy of education, as well as an understanding of education in modern society and the current debates and issues surrounding the subject.

Education is concerned with understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives, and the nature of knowledge and critical engagement with ways of knowing and understanding.

After a broad-based first year, introducing you to key higher education skills, psychology, educational theories and ideas, you will be able to focus on particular themes within the course, such as special educational needs, technology and/or preparation for a primary teaching career.

The course can provide you with the foundational knowledge to be fully prepared for working in a diverse range of professions with children and young people and allow your individual interests to be explored.

The course has a strong strand in employability running through it and you are encouraged to gain additional voluntary experience and to be able to reflect upon this in your academic work.

You will have the opportunity to build a portfolio of complementary work experience and academic knowledge that will prepare you for future study and employment.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - X301
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start Dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time | Part-time day
  • Download Course Specifications

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

Why choose this course?

Education in Guardian League 2018

  • This multi-disciplinary course aims to deepen and extend your knowledge of concepts and theoretical frameworks central to understanding education.
  • The course considers educational theories, policies and practices both UK based and international.
  • The course provides opportunities for you to develop your individual interests in education that may align to your future career intentions.
  • Many students use the course as a pathway to a future career in education, either as a qualified teacher or in support roles, as well as a career in any role working with children and young people, such as social work.
  • The BA (Hons) Education Studies route also offers the opportunity of a Foundation Year or a Practice Placement Year in addition to the traditional three years of study.

National Studen Survey Results
National Studen Survey Results
National Studen Survey Results
National Studen Survey Results

What will I learn?

Units

  • Early Child Psychology (EDC054-1) Compulsory
  • Key Concepts In Education Studies (EDC041-1) Compulsory
  • Narratives Of Childhood (EDC048-1) Compulsory
  • Psychology Of Adolescence (EDC049-1) Compulsory
  • The Inclusive Society (EDC053-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding The Workplace (EDC052-1) Compulsory
  • Comparative Education (EDC043-2) Compulsory
  • Investigating The Social World (EDC021-2) Compulsory
  • The Professional Workplace (EDC064-2) Compulsory
  • Children And Young People In The Digital Age (EDC069-2) Optional
  • Deschooling (EDC061-2) Optional
  • Developing Professional Practice (EDC062-2) Optional
  • Developing Teaching Practice (EDC063-2) Optional
  • Families And Communities (EDC066-2) Optional
  • Policy And Practice In Special Educational Needs And Disability (EDC068-2) Optional
  • The Lifelong Curriculum (EDC067-2) Optional
  • Dissertation (EDC207-3) Compulsory
  • Perspectives On Pedagogy And Behaviour (EDC210-3) Compulsory
  • Philosophy Of Education (EDC163-3) Compulsory
  • Children And Young People�S Wellbeing (EDC204-3) Optional
  • Children, Young People And The Media (EDC212-3) Optional
  • Children�S Literature (EDC205-3) Optional
  • Contemporary Debates In Education, Childhood And Youth (EDC206-3) Optional
  • Critical Debates In Send Education (EDC154-3) Optional
  • Representations Of Disability (EDC209-3) Optional
  • Technology Enhanced Education (EDC217-3) Optional

How will I be assessed?

This course aims to provide a wide range of assessment methods to support the diverse needs of our learners.

Assessments include:

  • exhibitions
  • essays
  • webfolios
  • panel discussions
  • debates
  • practicals
  • case studies
  • reflective logs
  • presentations

The assignments will build directly on the teaching sessions and you will be supported by lectures to complete the assignments.

Substantial guidance is provided online in the Virtual Learning Environment and in detailed assessment briefs. In the first year more support is provided in the form of formative assessment opportunities and we will explain the role of constructive feedback to you. You will also have more hours dedicated to guided (staff directed learning activities) in the first year compared to later in the course. There are opportunities for 1 to 1 and group tutorials to support the assessments both within units and in personal tutorials and staff office hours.

Entry requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The BA Hons Education Studies course provides an excellent springboard into many different and diverse careers working with children, families and young people.

The course units are designed with flexibility in mind. If you are unsure about your future career, the course will help you identify and enhance your strengths, whilst those who are sure of their future career can tailor the course units to their chosen career interests.

You will be supported throughout the duration of the course to make important decisions regarding future career prospects and professional roles.

As well as providing the background needed for application to postgraduate teacher training, this course offers graduates potential career options within a wide range of careers working with children and young people, such as youth and community work, family support, social care, education welfare, play work, charities, child counselling, advocacy and youth justice/youth offenders.

Some of these pathways require further specialist study either academically or professionally. The course team works closely with the Careers and Employability Service to promote relevant paid and voluntary work, to run an employers' panel and employability events with external employers demonstrating the roles that they have available.

You will be expected to work with the staff team to develop a personal resource of career relevant materials, including a graduate level CV and work experience log. Enhancement activities in level 6 will have a strong focus on your graduate career or post-graduate study.

If you opt to take the Professional Practice Year you will gain significant relevant experience that will allow you to substantially enhance your CV and demonstrate to potential future employers how you have applied your knowledge and skills in the workplace.

This is a friendly, student-focused supportive team, who really believe that all our students can go on to achieve their potential. Teaching is one career path but our course supports the learning required to become a professional across a range of careers. Our students have become teachers, social workers, child mental health workers, youth and community workers and have used their expertise to become creative, knowledgeable and understanding professionals.
Quote from a lecturer

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more


Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Facilities

Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

 

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

Related Courses

Unistats