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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.


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 TeachingSociology and Social Sciences
Faculty: Education
Department: Secondary and Further Education
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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.

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

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context
Sociology of the Everyday
Introduction to Education Studies
Power in Society
Critical Issues in Sociology

One of:

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

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Broken Britain
Designing and Managing a Research Project
States, Conflict and Political Violence

One of:

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Agency, Power and Change in Education
Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education
How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education
UK Education in its Global Contexts

One of:

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Work Based Learning in Education
Work Related Learning in Education

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Children’s Cultural Worlds
Children, Food and Sustainability
Language 2
Representations of Childhood and Popular Culture
Self-Directed Study
Youth Studies: Key Concepts and Issues

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Sociology of the Body and the Emotions
Global Capitalism and its Discontents

60 credits from:

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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

Two of:

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Childhood and Sexuality
Critical Autism Studies
Critical Terrorism Studies
European Field Trip

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.

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 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.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

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.
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

Apply online through UCAS

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


Exterior photograph of the Faculty of Education BuildingHoused 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



Tuition fees

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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

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.

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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