Education and Sociology BA (Hons)
UCAS code: XL33
Interested in individuals’ unique journeys through life? Join us to look at how the UK education system shapes futures, and understand how the organisations and groups through which we live our lives impact our identity, values and wellbeing.
If you’re the type of person fascinated by other’s lives and society as a whole, our education and sociology degree is the course for you. You’ll dive into the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education. Together we’ll also unpick sociological issues like politics, class, family origin, gender, disability, identity and culture.
What shaped our school and university systems? How did past governments mould the way we teach and train? Our experts will share their knowledge so you understand the UK education system inside out and can compare it to education around the world.
In sociology, look at life beyond the education system. Study social trends and investigate sociological developments and phenomena in cultural, political and historical contexts. Discover the social structures, institutions, orthodoxies, processes, organisations and groups that we spend our lives within.
By the time you finish our education and sociology course, you’ll be someone who thinks innovatively and challenges the status quo. Your sought after skillset will set you up perfectly for work in settings like schools, museums and galleries, charities or the community.
International students can apply
Learn a language option available
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
Work placement opportunity
What you'll study
We’ll start with an overview of the key areas of education – history, sociology, philosophy and psychology. To do this, we’ll apply key concepts to real-world scenarios and discuss how the technologies are harnessed to make learning more effective. Year 1 explores sociological theory, political sociology and cultural studies. You’ll also discover approaches to the analysis of the most critical questions facing society.
Module code: BED1002
Module code: SPY1125
Module code: BED1000
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Module code: SPY1124
Module code: BED1003
Module code: BED1005
Module code: TLC1010
Your main focus for Year 2 will be boosting your research skills. You’ll also decide whether to go on an invaluable placement in a relevant sector or complete an extended study of an aspect of education. Shape the rest of your education studies with optional modules exploring history, key thinkers and psychological perspectives. For sociology, look at conflict within and between states, as well as exploring British society and cultural debates of our age.
Module code: SPY2151
Module code: BED2000
Module code: SPY2152
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Module code: SPY2158
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Module code: TLC2000
Module code: SPY2157
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Module code: SPY2156
As you move into Year 3, we’ll spend time critiquing and applying the concepts and ideas of leaders in education. You’ll examine sociological and psychological perspectives of education. Then it’s up to you whether you complete a dissertation. In sociology, discover different ways of understanding ‘the body’, emotions and their significance in societies past and present. Choose from optional modules covering everything from terrorism to autism. Alternatively examine another area with self-directed study.
Module code: SPY3141
Module code: SPY3142
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Module code: BED3000
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Module code: SPY3145
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Module code: SPY3148
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
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 to 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 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.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.
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 language and literature.
For the Sociology modules, you will be taught by expert staff from the Department of Social Sciences who are at the forefront of teaching, research and publication in areas including desire and sexuality, violence and terrorism, cultural and social theories and perspectives, and culture and arts in society.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
|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.|
|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
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.
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.
Sociology modules are led by the Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences, based in the Geosciences building. The modern facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.
The Geosciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, IT facilities, smaller tutorial spaces and a large social area.
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 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
After this education and sociology course, you’ll be ready to take your next step. Whether that’s deciding to apply for teacher training, discovering roles in related areas like social work or continuing your studies with a Master’s.
If you decide to go into teaching, you might prepare for life in a primary or secondary school. However, educators are also needed in a range of other settings, from museums and galleries to zoos. You’ll even have the right skills to design training for the corporate world too.
Typical roles 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.
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.
6 months part-time study option removed for September 2023 entry.
The following Year 1 modules were removed:
- SPY1112 Introduction to Cultural Studies (20 credits)
- SPY1110 Political Sociology (20 credits)
- SPY1111 Thinking Sociologically: Sociological Theory and Applications (20 credits)
The following Year 1 modules were added:
- SPY1125 Sociology of the Everyday (20 credits)
- SPY1123 Power in Society (20 credits)
- SPY1124 Critical Issues in Sociology (20 credits)
The following Year 2 modules were removed:
- SPY2135 Broken Britain (20 credits)
- SPY2136 States, Conflict and Political Violence (20 credits)
- SPY2138 Cultural Analysis in a Global World (20 credits)
- SPY2139 Self-Directed Learning (20 credits)
The following Year 2 modules were added:
- SPY2151 Broken Britain (20 credits)
- SPY2152 States, Conflict and Political Violence (20 credits)
- SPY2155 Self-Directed Study (20 credits)
- SPY2156 Youth Studies: Key Concepts and Issues (20 credits)
- SPY2157 Representations of Childhood and Popular Culture (20 credits)
- SPY2158 Children’s Cultural Worlds (20 credits)
- SPY2159 Children, Food and Sustainability (20 credits)
The following Year 3 modules were removed:
- SPY3130 Sociology of the Body and the Emotions (20 credits)
- SPY3109 Arts in Society (20 credits)
- SPY3118 Childhood and Sexuality (20 credits)
- SPY3048 Critical Autism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3110 Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3101 Self-Directed Study (20 credits)
- SPY3111 Social, Cultural and Political Ideas (20 credits)
- SPY3125 Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions (20 credits)
The following Year 3 modules were added:
- SPY3141 Sociology of the Body and the Emotions (20 credits)
- SPY3142 Global Capitalism and its Discontents (20 credits)
- SPY3145 Childhood and Sexuality (20 credits)
- SPY3144 Critical Autism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3143 Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits)
- SPY3148 European Field Trip (20 credits)
The above changes take effect for September 2023 entry.
With effect from 1 August 2022, the Department of Social Sciences will become the Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences. The new department will be based in the Geosciences building.