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Education Studies - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Whether it’s concern over the curriculum or the role of schools in transforming society and achieving economic stability, education throws up major issues that affect us all. This thought-provoking course is designed to tackle not only the big questions concerning the place of education in the modern world, but also the detail of everyday practice in schools and other educational institutions that shape children’s and teacher’s lives.

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With this degree you’ll examine a rich mix of philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, human geography, and cultural studies along with research methods, in order to understand what shapes educational practices, policies and institutions. There are opportunities to develop mentoring and coaching skills and to take specialist modules in educational aspects of multilingualism, science, religion, sport, children’s literature and special educational needs. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a placement to enhance your understanding of educational practice.


You're assessed by coursework that includes essays, presentations, individual and group research projects, and a final dissertation.

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

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: at least 280 UCAS points from three or more A levels or 320 UCAS points from a BTEC National
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification)
  • GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

We welcome applications from mature students who wish to develop career options related to education, teaching or community-based action and we can offer accreditation for prior experience/education.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Education Studies Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) BA (Hons).

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.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Making Sense of Education
  • Education and Encounter in the Global City
  • Culture, Curriculum and Technics
  • Becoming an Educationist: Reading, Writing and Enquiry

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Qualitiative Educational Research in Theory and Practice
  • Knowledge, Ideologies and Curricula
  • Education Policy in Historical and Social Contexts
  • Peer Mentoring in Practice
  • Education: Experiential Learning (placement)
  • Children’s Literature in Multicultural Classrooms
  • Becoming a Teacher

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Education Studies Dissertation
  • Social Pedagogies and the Public Intellectual
  • Rethinking Childhood and Children's Lives in Education and Schooling
  • Experiments in Radical Education
  • Inclusion and Meeting Special Educational Needs
  • Sport, Education and Society
  • Philosophy, Enlightenment and Education
  • Gender and Education
  • Race, Empire and Education
  • Science Education and Public Understanding

Our students recorded 82% satisfaction with the course in the National Student Survey, 2015. These are some of the things they said:

“I feel like my course has helped me grow as an individual. I feel more confident but most importantly, it has encouraged me to become a critical thinker.”

“The teaching staff at London Met is what sets it apart, their enthusiasm is tangible and infectious.”

“I was always able to access any extra support or guidance should I need it. I have really enjoyed the journey and feel that it has helped me to grow and develop as a whole person. I have always also really enjoyed the diversity of students at the university. It's wonderful to be exposed to so many different cultures, backgrounds and views.”

“Over the past three years, my course has allowed me to gain the confidence I needed in order to engage in conversation and debates. I also feel that it has mentally stimulated me and given me the skills and knowledge I have needed to be well prepared for life after university."

The Education Studies BA equips you with 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 community education, support and development.

This degree takes you one step closer to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for primary teaching gained through a subsequent application for an Early Years Teaching PGCE or Primary PGCE.

Graduates not entering teaching have found employment in careers and guidance, arts management, educational research by PhD and as academic colleagues at London Met and other institutions.

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

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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