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Education Studies and English Literature - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This thought provoking course is designed to tackle the big questions concerning education today, as well as giving you insight into the everyday practice in schools and other educational institutions. This is a combined honours course, giving you the academic qualification required to become a subject specialist in a variety of educational contexts.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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Complex, modern societies depend on education to keep our economy going so that we are warm, healthy and fed. 

Studying education raises many big questions, and during this course you will take part in some of the most important discussions affecting education today.

  • What do we mean by a good education and what does it mean to be educated?
  • Why do we insist that children spend more and more time in school while technology is changing what, where, when and with whom we can learn?
  • Does education have anything meaningful to say about who we are in diverse, multicultural and globalising societies?
  • Why do we find that there is such disagreement about the answers to these questions?

This course marries English Literature with Education Studies, so you’ll also learn about the theoretical, cultural and historical contexts behind some of the most valued and influential texts in our history.

You will gain excellent literary, verbal and presentation skills and competency with new technologies. Along with finely developed critical thinking, reading and writing skills, this will give you a set of highly transferable skills to help you succeed in today’s competitive job market.


You are assessed through a combination of essays, individual and group presentations, creative writing options and a final year project in creative writing or education studies.

Professional accreditation

Students completing the programme will need to undertake further, postgraduate study to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels or minimum (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Education Studies Extended degree.

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

These requirements may be varied in individual cases.

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.

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.

Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

This course combination means that after graduating you’ll be eligible to pursue Qualified Teaching Status as a secondary English specialist.

This degree also opens to door to a number of careers in publishing, arts, education and other administration, communications work and business, school teaching, community-based leadership and development involving children and young people.

This course is also excellent preparation for further research or study.

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 such as 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

Apply to us for September 2018

It's not too late to start this course in September.

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy - simply call our Clearing hotline on .

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.

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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