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Education and English BA (Hons)

UCAS code: QX13

Education and English go hand-in-hand. Explore education across all age ranges while expanding your knowledge of the expressive resources of the English language and examine literary texts with a critical eye.


Course length: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Education and TeachingEnglish
Faculty: Education
Department: Secondary and Further Education
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Explore education through the different lenses of history, philosophy, psychology and sociology in our education and English degree. At the same time, study specialist modules to unravel the development of English language and literature.

Education is an engine for social justice, tackling inequality and championing diversity. But why do schools and university systems exist as they are? And what influence have past governments had? Our experts will help you answer these questions and explain how teaching has evolved.

Throughout your degree, you’ll build an understanding the UK education system and compare it to the rest of Europe and beyond. We’ll also introduce you to key thinkers at the forefront of education policy and practice.

Shape your English studies around your interests. As well as covering key topics like structure and grammar, and the history of English, you’ll choose from a wide range of language and literature modules.


Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Learn a language option available

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

By applying key concepts to real-world scenarios, we’ll introduce you to the core disciplines of education studies – history, sociology, philosophy and psychology. Choose between modules on teaching with technology, or making education accessible to all. For English, start by exploring grammatical structure, then examine different approaches to reading literature. Choose whether you look at the history and development of literature or gain a firm grounding in phonetics.

Compulsory modules:

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Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context
Critical Theories
Introduction to Education Studies
The Structure of English

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Language 1
Learning in a Diverse Society
Technology and its Place in Education

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Literary History
The Sounds of English

Shape your education studies with a range of optional modules covering the history, psychology and philosophy of education. At the same time, sharpen your research skills. It’s up to you whether you go on placement or complete an extended study of an aspect of education. You’ll also cover the development of English and pick from a range of modules reflecting our expertise. Romanticism, children’s literature, and child language development are just a few examples.

Compulsory modules:

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Designing and Managing a Research Project

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Child Language Development
English Language: Forms and Contexts
History and Development of English
Language of Shakespeare and His Time

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Work Based Learning in Education
Work Related Learning in Education

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Agency, Power and Change in Education
Analysing Discourse
Contemporary American Literature
Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education
How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education
Language 2
Literature Dissertation Project
Pilgrim’s Progress: British Children’s Literature from the 18th Century to the Present Day
Renaissance Drama
Special Author 1
Special Topic 1
UK Education in its Global Contexts

As you move into your final year of your education and English degree, you’ll continue to critique and apply ideas of individuals leading innovation in the academic study of education. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain sociological and psychological perspectives of education. Specialise further with a range of optional English modules – you might even plan and host an in-house festival. And it’s up to you whether you complete a dissertation.

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Current Debates in the Psychology of Education
Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education
Knowledge, Learning and Understanding
Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives

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An Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
English Language: Varieties and Other Languages
Forensic Linguistics
Hosting a Festival
Language Change
Language, Gender and Sexuality
Sense of an Ending
Sexuality and Subversion
Special Author 2
Special Topic 2
The Victorians at Work

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Modules are usually delivered through a combination of whole-group lectures and smaller group-seminars.

In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and engage in work-based learning. Placements will be in a variety of different settings in which education takes place, either formally (schools) or informally (for example, art galleries and museums), and will be closely matched to your career aspirations.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

The assessment methods for this programme incorporate a variety of both traditional and innovative formats. There will be a blend of essays, exams and website development work. You will be asked to produce and present work through a combination of wikis and blogs, or to produce video presentations or give a live presentation. You will also create research posters reporting on the results of your investigations and be taught how to present your work in the format of professional magazine-style reports.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by and a range of internationally and nationally recognised researchers who publish regularly in a range of areas of English language, linguistics and English literature. Members of the team include academics who research both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning in a host of contexts. Other members of the programme team offer a wealth of experience in teaching across all age-phases and a wide range of academic disciplines including language and literature.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include A Level English or equivalent.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

Discover our accommodation


Faculty of EducationHoused in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies. The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.

English modules are led by the Department of English and Creative Arts, based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary facilities.

The £17 million Creative Edge building features a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. It has everything you need to become a capable, versatile, creative writer and thinker. Creative Edge’s social learning spaces are ideal for passionate discussion with like-minded creatives.

You’ll develop the practical skills, analytical tools and confidence for wherever your creative flair and insight takes you.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Education

Creative Edge


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


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The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Most graduates of our education and English degree progress to either a PGCE to qualify as a teacher or continue their studies with a Master’s so they can specialise further.

You might decide you want to teach English in a secondary school. Or perhaps you’d prefer to teach in a primary school with English as your specialism.

However, your options aren’t limited to working in a school with our BA Education and English on your CV. You might work in another area of education. For example, one of our students completed their work experience at London Zoo, while another completed a placement in a gallery. Another option is using your degree to design training for the corporate world.

Typical roles of our graduates secure include:

  • teaching at early years foundation stage, primary, secondary or further education through postgraduate teacher training
  • learning mentor
  • education administrator
  • educational psychologist
  • education counsellor
  • mental health practitioner
  • social/community worker
  • prison educator
  • international development worker
  • training organiser

Personal tutor sessions will focus on reviewing your progress towards graduate level employment, with leadership skills built into every module so that you feel confident leading teams, working in groups and managing projects. Dedicated employability sessions in each year of study will guide you in writing a CV, producing a professional LinkedIn profile, and compiling an electronic portfolio that evidences your graduate skills.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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