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Education and Social Policy - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This course is unique in offering education and social policy as a single honours degree - equipping you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to take on the challenges of promoting social justice in education and welfare.

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This degree highlights ways of understanding and analysing the inclusion and special needs agenda that has dominated education and social policy.

You will develop the capacity to appreciate the increasing diversity of cultural, social and religious backgrounds at play within the UK’s education and welfare system. This includes an understanding of persistent underlying inequalities of class, gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age and disability.

The ability to use critical theoretical skills will be a central goal for you along with the development of communication skills and practical tools to work towards a more inclusive society. This offers you not only enhanced career opportunities in education and welfare, but also the opportunity to go onto further study in a variety of fields.

There are opportunities for you to develop mentoring and coaching skills, and to take specialist modules focusing on special educational needs, multilingualism, gender, racism, religion and housing. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement to enhance your understanding of social justice practice.


You are assessed via seen examinations, essays, reflections, evaluations, reports, reviews, case studies, presentations, blended learning exercises, and a final dissertation. In each of these, transferrable skills are embedded.

Feedback is provided at key stages of each module to facilitate your progression over the year. Oral feedback is given in groups and in one-to-one sessions. Supportive and guiding written commentary is also provided.

Assessment guidelines and criteria are posted on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in good time for you to complete your tasks.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • At least 260 UCAS points from three or more A levels (eg BBC) or
  • 320 UCAS points from a BTEC National (eg DDM)
  • English language GSCE at grade C or above

The course welcomes applicants who through experience and/or personal qualities, expressed through interview or personal statement, demonstrate that they will be able to undertake the programme with a strong likelihood of success and thus, be able to meet the requirements for employment in a professional role.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Year one core modules include:

  • Social Policy and Society
  • Social Problems and Social Issues
  • Becoming an Educationalist: Reading, Writing and Enquiry
  • Making Sense of Education

Year two core modules include:

  • Social Policy in Theory and Practice
  • Knowledge, Ideologies and Curricula
  • Education Policy in Historical and Contemporary Contexts

Year two optional modules include:

  • Peer Mentoring in Practice
  • Education: Experiential Learning
  • Gender and Education
  • Youth, Resistance and Social Control
  • Racism and Ethnicity
  • Multilingualism and Learning Languages
  • Religion and Education in Contemporary Society

Year three core modules include:

  • Comparative and Global Social Policy
  • Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
  • Social Policy Dissertation

Year three optional modules include:

  • Social Policy Placement
  • Political Sociology
  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Race, Empire and Education
  • Science Education and Public Understanding
  • Sport, Education and Society
  • Philosophy, Enlightenment and Education

"The course has been amazing! It's so much information to take in but I'm loving every minute - in particular, the module Becoming an Educationalist. One word to describe that module: WOW!!!"

Selina, current student

"I am finding the course very enjoyable and thought-provoking. The resources and support available to students are fantastic."

Janine, current student

The Education and Social Policy BA equips you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to take on socially responsible roles as a critical professional in a range of settings, including primary teaching, youth and community work, and local authority administration and development.

The emphasis on inclusion and special educational needs also opens up opportunities for specific career development, for example in special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and inclusion roles, pupil referral units (PRUs), mentoring and coaching, counselling and community leadership. You could also decide to undertake further study with a postgraduate professional qualification.

Specific advice and modules are provided for students who want to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) after they've completed the course.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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