Education Studies Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year 0), providing an alternative route into higher education if you don't have the traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills for undergraduate study and explore social and human sciences issues around education.
The Education Studies Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) BA is designed to prepare you for the challenge of studying at undergraduate level. This four-year course provides the background necessary for degree level study and is aimed at those who do not have the traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for entry at Level 4.
The course will engage your interest in a range of issues within the social and human sciences to provide an exciting and stimulating environment.
We'll focus on improving your academic and study skills, boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential at Level 3. This will provide an excellent foundation for developing higher level knowledge within a more specific subject field during your subsequent years of study.
This four-year extended degree is ideal for anyone looking for a career where they can make a difference in contemporary society.
When you successfully pass the foundation year, you'll be able to study one of our education studies honours degrees. You can stick with a single honours in education studies or combine it with social policy (with a focus on understanding the responses to the social disadvantages which work against some young people's success in mainstream education) or with English literature to widen the opportunities for your future career.
There are a variety of assessment types across the modules with 87.5% of the assessment consisting of coursework and 12.5% exams.
Coursework types include; portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
- English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)
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 are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.
The first year of this extended degree course involves studying a range of topics and will allow you to gain a taste of the degree subject you aim to progress onto at Year 1 (level 4).
Year 0 (Level 3) modules include:
- Culture, Family and Power
- Critical Thinking
- Media, Crime and Race
- Reflecting on Self and Society
- Researching Discrimination
- Researching Inequality
- Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay
- Studying London
Modules at Year 1, 2 and 3 (levels 4, 5 and 6) are determined by the path you choose following the completion of level 3 and other necessary Maths and English qualifications. Pathway options include:
“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.”
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As well as opportunities in teaching, graduates of education studies related courses can find opportunities in local authority administration and leadership in mentoring and coaching. Previous graduates of the Education Studies BA (Hons) degree have become teachers and teaching assistants. There's also the option of further study at postgraduate level.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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 2018. 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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Meet the team
Sandra AbegglenPhoto of female Senior lecturer in Education Studies and course leader for Education Sandra Abegglen
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