BA (Hons) Education

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UCAS Code:XX10
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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  • Study the modes, methods and purposes of education across all age phases, exploring the world of education from early years to degree level;
  • Discover the origins and evolution of our education system and engage in cutting-edge research;
  • Acquire real-world knowledge and experience of how learning takes place in a multitude of settings.

This degree gives you the opportunity to explore the world of education, including why our school and university systems exist as they are, and how a succession of governments have helped shape and mould the way in which we teach and train children and adults. You will come to understand the UK education system not only in its own right, but also in its European and global contexts. Students will engage with the thinkers and ideas that are at the forefront of current education policy and practice, tracing the evolution of the most important ideas that have shaped the way we teach and learn in the 21st century.

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In Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will gain an oversight of the different areas of study within education. Through the application of key concepts to real-world scenarios, you will be introduced to the core academic disciplines of education studies (history, sociology, philosophy and psychology). You will learn about the uses of technology in education, and how these technologies are harnessed in order to make learning more engaging and effective.

Year 2 builds upon your earlier studies in the academic disciplines of education by going deeper into the work of key thinkers in the field. You will develop skills in the design and execution of research projects, and you will broaden your study of education in order to explore its global contexts. You will also have the opportunity to acquire work experience in your second year of study.

During Year 3 you will design and undertake a research project while furthering your study in the history, sociology, philosophy and psychology of education. You will apply your knowledge to the UK and international education contexts in order to compare and critique the way in which education takes place.

How will I study?

You will study in a variety of ways, such as lectures, seminars and workshops. You will be taught and guided by experienced staff who will get to know you, both as an individual and as part of a group, so that you can acquire the skills and experience you need in order to move successfully into the world of employment. You will also take part in visits to different settings in which education takes place.

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 will I be assessed?

The programme enables students to produce work for assessment in a range of different ways. From more traditional essays and class tests, through group-work and presentations, to the creation of websites, wikis, videos and blogs, the assessment strategies on this programme equip students with a host of communication skills that will serve them well in their future careers.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

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.

A Great Study Environment

Two students listen to music on a mobile phone while walking by a lake, with the Faculty of Education building in the background.The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.


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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

BED1000Introduction to Education Studies (20 credits)

Introduction to Education Studies outlines the core disciplines of the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education. The module will also introduce you to the newer and emerging discipline of the economics of education as well as the key topic of technology in education. It will enable you to conceptualise the breadth of areas and the range of age phases and contexts which you will explore within education studies. You will begin to accrue the conceptual knowledge and skills required in order to further your studies in education.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED1001Applied and Integrated Studies in Education (1) (20 credits)

Applied and Integrated Studies in Education (1) enables you to engage with real-world contemporary issues in education and, through that engagement, reflect upon the relevant contingent factors that define and shape those issues. This module will focus on post-primary education, in both its formal and informal contexts, and will encourage you to explore the causal links between the various factors at play in particular education environments. Through the discussion and investigation of real-life issues you will learn to apply the concepts and theories of academic studies in education.

Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

BED1002Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context (20 credits)

Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context enables you to learn about the ways in which the formal education system is structured, governed and funded in the four countries of the UK. You will explore the similarities and differences that exist between the different systems, examine the conceptualisations of education that each system appears to reflect, and develop opinions as to the ways in which they function. You will also explore the evolution of those different systems over time. Of particular interest for study will be the ways in which the different policy approaches taken by the separate legislatures within the UK have affected education in practice.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED1003Learning in a Diverse Society (20 credits)

Learning in a Diverse Society enables you to explore the various ways in which access to education can be helped or hindered as a result of issues such as race, religion, class, ethnicity, learning difficulties, or physical disability. The module encourages you to explore and reflect upon the specific factors that can affect access and consider how obstacles to access can be mitigated against or overcome.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED1004Applied and Integrated Studies in Education (2) (20 credits)

Applied and Integrated Studies in Education (2) enables you to engage with real-world contemporary issues in education and, through that engagement, reflect upon the relevant contingent factors that define and shape those issues. The module focuses on pre-secondary school education and explores the key issues that driving change today, defining the practice of education at those age-phases. You will begin with an introduction to several case-studies with a view to acquiring in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge about the dominant conceptual and theoretical ideas that exist within the education studies discipline.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED1005Technology and its Place in Education (20 credits)

Technology and its Place in Education considers the underlying theoretical perspectives used in conjunction with technology to enhance learning. The term educational technology encompasses technology enhanced and e-learning. It includes the adoption and integration of hardware and software, various electronic devices, pedagogical tools, approaches and delivery methods. Technology has the capacity to significantly re-shape teaching and learning and this module will provide you with the opportunity to critically examine, explore and evaluate the potential benefits of a range of educational technology, to consider the underpinning pedagogical rationale for their use, with the specific intention of enhancing teaching and learning.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either BED1003 Learning in a Diverse Society.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

BED2000Designing and Managing a Research Project (20 credits)

Designing and Managing a Research Project gives you the knowledge and skills required to conceptualise, design and communicate a research proposal, understanding the fundamental principles of quality research. You will learn how to plan and manage a project over an extended period, sustain focus, conduct and organise extensive data collection and research materials, and mitigate typical problems that can derail or delay a project.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED2001How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education (20 credits)

How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education provides you with an introduction to key theories and perspectives in the psychology of education. You will develop an understanding of the basic principles within the fields of cognitive, developmental and social psychology, and will have the chance to explore issues relating to identity, self and motivation. investigations of high quality research within these fields will be underpinned by the fundamental questions of how and why we learn.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED2002Agency, Power and Change in Education (20 credits)

Agency, Power and Change in Education enables you to explore some of the momentous changes in the history of education in the UK, to analyse how and why those changes occurred and investigate their social, political, economic and ideological causes. You will consider the historical ripples from those changes and reflect upon how they have continued to inform educational debates and policies to the present day. The module introduces you to some of the most influential educational thinkers drawn from the field of sociology, whose ideas have influenced and shaped the discourses on education in our society, and enables you to make connections between changes in policy and thinking and the ideas of key sociologists within this field.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED2003Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education (20 credits)

Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education enables you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the philosophy strand of education and to enhance your academic skills in critical analysis. You will learn how to synthesise ideas and analyse competing philosophical positions. A key focus will be on understanding how arguments are philosophically underpinned and value-driven.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

BED2004UK Education In its Global Contexts (20 credits)

UK Education In its Global Contexts will enable you to compare and contextualise the UK education systems with respect to those in other parts of the world. International contexts are becoming increasingly important in the field of education, with educationalists, researchers, politicians, and the media frequently comparing the performance of UK education with the performance of countries such as Taiwan, Finland, and South Korea. This module will consider the UK education system in light of international performance indicators and tables, with a focus on key education systems from Asia and Scandinavia as aspirational comparators.  The aim is to help you to scope the field of international education, understand the international performance measures, and to critique where it is that UK education, as a whole, aspires to be, and why it holds such aspirations.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

BED2005Work Based Learning in Education (20 credits)

Work Based Learning in Education provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience within the education sector. The module enables you to apply your skills and knowledge in real-life situations. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the processes, policies and organisational structure of your placement host, build in-depth knowledge of the business and the marketplace in which it operates, and successfully integrate yourself into a workplace environment.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED2006Work Related Learning in Education (20 credits)

Work Related Learning in Education enables you to undertake an extended, work-related project focusing upon a strand of the education sector. You will choose the focus of the project, in conjunction with your assigned tutor, with the intention being that it is an area of education into which you might wish to progress after graduation. The module enables you to apply your skills and knowledge in real-world scenarios and experience how the multi-faceted nature of real businesses are often much more complex than they appear when studied in the abstract. You will also gain experience in investigating the systemic and marketplace contexts in which businesses in your chosen sector exist and function.

Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of BED2001 How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

BED3000Dissertation (40 credits)

Dissertation provides you with the opportunity to design and execute a research project, with support from your tutors, which focuses on an area of interest in education (ideally relating to a sector in which you may wish to pursue a career). You will be responsible for the design of data gathering tools, for the choice of data analysis methods, and for the production of a final dissertation that reports your findings.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED3001Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives (20 credits)

Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives enables you to engage in the in-depth study of one of the key disciplines of education studies. You will examine the genealogy of a number of key aspects of the current education sector, such as the National Curriculum, Early Years Provision, Lifelong Learning, the Exam System, and Higher Education. You will explore what current researchers are investigating, where the discipline appears to be heading and how it can continue to make a contribution to the future of education and education studies.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

BED3002Knowledge, Learning and Understanding (20 credits)

Knowledge, Learning and Understanding enables you to study the thinkers and ideas currently existing at the forefront of the philosophy of education, exploring how philosophy contributes to education policy-making, curriculum design, teaching and learning. The module encourages independent thinking through the use of philosophical approaches, building upon your skills in critical analysis in order to develop an awareness of your own values and beliefs. You will need to communicate and defend your personal position in relation to challenging issues, exploration of which will structure many sessions.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED3003Current Debates in the Psychology of Education (20 credits)

Current Debates in the Psychology of Education immerses you in the advanced study of psychological theories in order to develop in-depth knowledge of what constitutes effective teaching and learning. Psychology makes a vital contribution to the field of education, offering theories which can explain learning, behaviour and the mind. It allows examination of the motivations and perceptions of individuals, enabling educators to better understand the most effective ways to promote learning and how potential barriers to progress might be overcome. The module will support you in developing the skills required to examine and critique psychological enquiry and then apply this knowledge to considering key educational issues from a psychological angle.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BED3004Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education (20 credits)

Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education enables you to explore shifts in educational policy and consider the most pressing contemporary issues in the sociology of education. You will reflect on how education across the age spectrum, and in its formal and informal paradigms, is affected by the design and implementation of government policy, as well as by factors relating to class, gender, race, religion and wealth, amongst other things. Additionally, you will explore the origins of the history of the sociology of education and how researchers apply the core concepts, collect and analyse data, and report on the results of their research.

Assessment: Coursework: 90%, Practical(s): 10%.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.


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.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

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

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BCC-BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • 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.

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

As a graduate from this degree, you will be well placed to progress into a wide range of careers.

Typical career paths include working as a learning mentor, education administrator, museum/gallery/heritage site educator, educational psychologist, education counsellor, social/community worker, prison educator, international development worker, training organiser, charity worker, speech therapist or in publishing.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

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.

Financial Support

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

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


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Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

104-112 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.