Education and History BA (Hons)
UCAS code: X1V1
Discover how the past has influenced the way we live, govern societies and teach the next generation. In our education and history degree, you’ll explore modern history in a global context and discover how these two fascinating subjects are intrinsically linked.
Philosophy, psychology and sociology all influence our understanding of how we teach. History plays a massive part too, making it the perfect subject to study alongside education.
Why are our schools and university systems the way they are? How have past governments shaped education? Debate and discuss these questions while exploring UK education system and how it compares with the rest of the world.
The future of education will be shaped by people like you. To create change, you’ll learn to think innovatively, inspire others and challenge the status quo.
Alongside looking at education, our specialists will help you explore broader areas of modern history. Explore African-American civil rights. Travel back in time to discover the origins of the Israel/Palestine conflict.
Creating connections between past and present will be key for your history studies. You’ll also combine your knowledge to explore fundamental questions about the relationship between education, society and different cultures.
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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 key areas of education studies – history, sociology, philosophy and psychology. You’ll choose to focus on either teaching with technology or making education accessible to all. For history, explore significant events from the sixteenth to twentieth century. Discover how Europe became the political and cultural entity we know today. Examine the age of empires, the movements for liberation, and the rise of globalisation.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context
Module code: BED1002
Introduction to Education Studies
Module code: BED1000
Learning in a Diverse Society
Module code: BED1003
Technology and its Place in Education
Module code: BED1005
Module code: TLC1010
Module code: HIS1012
History and Society: Theory, Practice and Impact
Module code: HIS1017
Imperialism, Liberation, Globalisation
Module code: HIS1013
The Dawn of Modernity
Module code: HIS1011
In Year 2, you’ll develop your research skills, as well as picking between a placement or an extended study of an aspect of education. You’ll shape your studies with optional modules. Perhaps you’ll examine changes in the history of UK education or explore education from a psychological perspective. Choose from a range of historical themes such as the rise of America from the mid-19th century onwards and how historical events have been represented in cinema.
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Designing and Managing a Research Project
Module code: BED2000
Agency, Power and Change in Education
Module code: BED2002
Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education
Module code: BED2003
How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education
Module code: BED2001
UK Education in its Global Contexts
Module code: BED2004
Work Based Learning in Education
Module code: BED2005
Work Related Learning in Education
Module code: BED2006
Communism in Eastern and Central Europe After 1945
Module code: HIS2020
Module code: HIS2032
Global Revolution: The Postcolonial World Order, 1896-1957
Module code: HIS2038
History on Screen
Module code: MED2258
Introduction to Contemporary French History: From the 1930s to the Present
Module code: HIS2033
Islamisms: Religion, Politics and Colonialism from World War I to ISIS
Module code: HIS2037
Module code: HIS2035
Migration and Mobility in Contemporary European History
Module code: HIS2031
Mission and Manifest Destiny: U.S. Foreign Policy and Expansionism 1840-1939
Module code: HIS2023
Rise to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939
Module code: HIS2024
The World of the Crusades
Module code: HIS2036
Urbanisation, Immigration and Economic Crisis: The United States 1880-1941
Module code: HIS2022
Module code: TLC2000
Continue studying the core disciplines of education, critiquing and applying the concepts and ideas of leaders in the study of education. You’ll look at education from sociological and psychological perspectives and decide whether you complete a dissertation. Specialise further with a range of history modules. Options include the black protest movements of the 20th century, the relationship British society has with its own history, and the evolution of the relationship between Britain and the USA.
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Current Debates in the Psychology of Education
Module code: BED3003
Module code: BED3000
Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education
Module code: BED3004
Knowledge, Learning and Understanding
Module code: BED3002
Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives
Module code: BED3001
Black Life and Black Protest in the United States 1895-1945
Module code: HIS3020
Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945
Module code: HIS3021
British Rule in Palestine
Module code: HIS3025
History: Interpretations and Context
Module code: HIS3037
Seeds of Conflict in the Holy Land 1840-1923
Module code: HIS3024
The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA
Module code: HIS3036
Optional modules 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
The course is delivered through a combination of whole-group lecturers alongside small-group seminars and tutorials. The smaller sessions are designed to be interactive and give you the opportunity to work with the concepts, ideas and information presented in the lectures in order to gain a greater understanding of their relevance and potential applications.
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.
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 a team of lecturers who bring with them a vast amount of both professional and academic experience. 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 history.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. This must include A Level History, preferably at Grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification.
|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 or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
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
Housed 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.
History modules are led by the Department of English, History and Creative Writing, based in the Main Building at the centre of the campus, near the £26million Catalyst building which includes the University library.
A prime example of 1930s architecture, the Main Building has undergone extensive refurbishment to combine a traditional setting with modern facilities, including the £15million Student Hub. The building includes lecture theatres, seminar and tutorial rooms, which are ideal for group discussions and one-to-one tuition, as well as IT resources and social learning spaces.
Where you'll study
Faculty of Education
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.
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 should 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
The natural next step for graduates with an education and history degree is teaching training. You might have decided you want to work with young children. Or perhaps you’re keen to pass on your expertise as a history teacher in a secondary school.
Beyond the classroom, you could kickstart your career teaching in different settings such as museums, galleries or even zoos. You could also design training for the corporate world.
Typical roles of our graduates secure with further training include:
- teaching at early years foundation stage, primary, secondary or further education through PGCE/PGDE
- learning mentor
- education administrator
- educational psychologist
- education counsellor
- social/community worker
- prison educator
- international development worker
- training organiser
Other students decide to continue their study with a taught or research Master’s in a related area.
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.
Track changes to this course
Change of Modules - 22 January 2021
HIS2037 Islamisms: Religion, Politics and Colonialism from World War I to ISIS (20 credits) and HIS2038 Global Revolution: The Postcolonial World Order 1896-1957 (20 credits) replace HIS2025 The Rise of the British Empire (20 credits) and HIS2026 The Fall of the British Empire (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 2.
Withdrawal of Module - 7 July 2020
HIS1010 The Medieval Outlook (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 1.