Education Studies BA (Hons)
3 years full time
4 years full time (with foundation)
4-6 years part time
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
Integrated Foundation Year £6,780
Full Time: £13,000 Integrated Foundation Year £13,000
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An Education Studies degree will help you to understand the key issues, policies and debates that are in education today. You will gain an insight into how education systems develop and how children and adults learn. The course is a strong foundation for a variety of careers.
- Study abroad opportunities*
- Visit educational settings
- Benefit from an enthusiastic and experienced teaching team
- Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise
- HP Laptop and software included with this course for eligible students.**
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This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG4 Quality Education.
What is an education studies degree?
A degree in education studies is an interdisciplinary practice, supplying the necessary knowledge and methodical structure needed to support individuals and organisations within the educational sector. Education Studies will enable you to lead with a positive outset to your working environment and the people you will work with.
What can you do with an education degree?
Along the course, you will gain a good understanding of the various aspects that go into the field of education and acquire the abilities required to succeed with a career in education.
This course examines the ways in which knowledge, skills and attitudes are developed in individuals, both overtly and covertly, through the ‘hidden’ curriculum. It draws on a range of disciplines, including the psychology, sociology, philosophy and history of education, curriculum studies, comparative and international education, and education policy. These disciplines are the theoretical underpinnings of the course.
You’ll have the chance to research educational settings, join in activities in schools and attend visits to other institutions such as prisons. These practical experiences are valuable to your future development in a number of education careers. Most second year modules also include trips off campus. The cost of any essential trips are covered by your tuition fees, but there will also be some visits that incur an additional cost. Trips within the UK may cost £20 and European trips can cost several hundred pounds but there are subsidies available for some students, for example, from the Students’ Union and the Chancellor’s Fund.
Recent and Contemporary Issues in Education (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU1003Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to allow students to develop understandings of recent and contemporary education issues and related key themes in synthesis with their previous education experiences through creating an education autobiographical narrative and by reflecting upon engagement and graduate employability.
Education in a Global Context (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU1019Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to introduce students to the international context of education both as a means of learning about other countries and also to better understand educational provision in the UK and Europe. Students will explore the historical cultural and political dimensions that have an impact upon education initially by focusing upon the European perspective and then studying a range of wider global contexts and considerations. Students will evaluate both the education systems of individual countries around the world as well as regional trends and global issues. Students will develop skills in comparative analysis related to international studies. These studies can be linked to voluntary visits to European destinations.
Supporting Learning in Education Settings (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU1024Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to assist students in gaining knowledge and experinces that helps them gain voluntary or paid work with young people in an educational setting in the future. It may also benefit those who are considering a career in teaching or learning support and wish to gain some contextual undertstanding to help inform their decision.
Development, Health and Learning (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU1027Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to support students to understand the holistic development of children and young people. This will allow students to appreciate the interplay of individual and structural factors that shape and influence the development health and learning of children and young people.
Development, Health and Learning: Working Together (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU1028Status: CompulsoryThis module builds on EDU1027 and aims to support students to appreciate how professionals work together towards best outcomes for children and young people. Through exploring the integrated nature and professional / other roles of development health and learning students will develop their own understanding of problem solving within children and young people?s services.
Introduction to Education Studies Part B (10 Credits)
Module code: EDU1031Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to build on the content and the ways of working introduced in EDU1030. Students gain the academic grounding that will prove invaluable for subsequent modules undertaken in Education Studies by exploring six of the key academic disciplines that constitute Education Studies (history of education philosophy of education psychology of education sociology of education comparative education and curriculum studies).
Introduction to Education Studies PART A (10 Credits)
Module code: EDU1032Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to introduce students to ways of working within the subject area of Education Studies. In addition it introduces students to some of the academic disciplines that make up Education Studies as a subject.The module enables students to appreciate the necessity of both group and independent working as ways of understanding Education Studies. By demonstrating the use of group-work and by introducing topics such as discussion questioning arguing psychology sociology history philosophy and the use of data students are shown the value of learning in a social way and of supplementing that learning by engaging in pre and post session activities.
- Recent and Contemporary Issues in Education (20 Credits)
Debates in Education (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU2002Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to facilitate students? development of key graduate-employability skills of communication argument and analysis spontaneously in unpredictable live oral environments as well as reflectively in retrospective written reports
Research Methods (Childhood and Youth and Education) (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU2015Status: CompulsoryThis module will provide students with a grounding in independent research. Students will explore research methods in theory and application and gain practical research experience. A range of paradigms in social science research and related methodologies are investigated including evaluation of the suitability of different research designs methodologies and methods. It will also provide students with underpinning understanding of independent research tools for the Level 6 dissertation.
Young People and Society Part 1 (SEN and inclusion) (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU2023Status: CompulsoryThis module is designed to give students an understanding of the issues and debates related to Special Educational Needs and the impact on learners. Module content will focus on the individual perspectives of children young people and learners together with professionals and society in general. Students will be expected to consider and reflect upon their own experiences and their own place within society.
Young People and Society part 2 (Diversity and Pluralism) (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU2024Status: CompulsoryThis module is designed to give students an understanding of the issues and debates related to living in a diverse and plural society. The module content will focus on the features and impact of this diversity and will allow students to reflect and analyse a range of contemporary issues related to children young people and families. Students will draw upon experience in various community settings.
Transitions for Children, Young People and Families (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU2025Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to explore and analyse key transitions experienced by children young people and families. This module considers what makes a `successful? transition and how this can be effectively supported. Initiatives innovations and policies are examined in order to identify examples of good practice.
History of Childhood (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU2026Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide students with opportunities to explore the relationships between ideas about childhood the experience of being a child (especially in relation to education work social care and provision and family life ? but also including other areas such as leisure and religion) and changes in the nature of childhood from Medieval times to the early twenty-first century.
Learning through Educational Visits and Exchanges (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU2028Status: DesignateThis module enables students who participate in trips visits and short exchanges to have credit for the study done whilst on such visits. The module introduces students to the international context of education both as a means of learning about other countries and in order to better understand educational patterns in their home country. The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the opportunity to examine and analyse specific features of the host country to allow for comparative study. This is done in the context of education or services for children and young people.
Education and Heritage (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU2029Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide students with opportunities to examine the value and use of historic collections heritage sites and historic environments as an educational resources and sites of formal and informal experiential learning. It deals with the first-hand nature of learning on or around these culturally important sites exploring how these collections and sites are used to create and communicate historical and cultural narratives. Students develop both their practical knowledge of the diverse roles of education in contemporary heritage and historical practice. While the module focuses on the UK experience of heritage key international heritage concepts bodies and institutions may also be discussed.
The Psychology of Learning and Teaching in Educational Settings (20 Credits)
Module code: PSY2025Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to enable students to view education from a psychological perspective and to become aware of the ways in which Psychology can be used to understand and to improve learning and teaching. Students will spend time observing and/or participating in an educational environment which could be a school college training environment or other relevant setting.
- Debates in Education (20 Credits)
Education, Culture and Society (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU3004Status: DesignateThrough utilising the concept of culture and theories of society this module provides students with insights into some of the key issues in education today. It also examines how education relates to other aspects of society (e.g. the economy). The module is principally sociology-based but also draws upon education policy studies philosophy of education history of education and education politics.
Exploring Deviance and Disaffection (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU3026Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is for students to explore the diverse nature of deviance and disaffection from the theoretical and applied paradigms relevant to understanding the role of related social justice as it impacts on the lives of teachers and learners through academically experientially and employability informed critically-investigative peer discussions.
Empowering Approaches in Working with Children and Young People (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU3032Status: DesignateThis module is designed to involve students in the study of a range of approaches to working with young people to empower and enable them to reach their potential. The international research and theory concerning the approaches of social pedagogy advocacy youth work and play work are explored as examples of emancipatory approaches.
Educational Aims, Values and Ethics (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU3038Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to develop students? ability to construct and critically deconstruct Philosophy of Education dialogues and arguments whilst developing students? understanding of contested education issues so that students are enabled to produce cogently argued positions (on topics that they find personally meaningful).
Critical Perspectives on Current Education Practices (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU3039Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to explore the educational social and political ideas of educational theorists philosophers and practitioners that have significantly influenced the development of education and research about its purposes and methods from c.1750 to the present day. The contemporary relevance of the educators under scrutiny will be examined making links between innovations in educational ideas policy research and practice of the past with those of today. The module is concerned with the philosophy of education the history of educational theory and practice and the influence of this on current education practice.
Education Studies Research Report (20 Credits)
Module code: EDU4002Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is for students to explore an education-related topic in-depth. Students will conduct independent research in order to demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of their chosen topic.
Education Studies Dissertation (40 Credits)
Module code: EDU4007Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is for students to produce an extended piece of work which explores an education-related topic in-depth. Students will conduct independent research in order to demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of their chosen topic.
Issues of Equality in Educational Settings (20 Credits)
Module code: PDT3001Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is:For students to1. Understand how identity factors influence life chances2. Understand how social/historical and political factors influence life chances
Child and Adolescent Mental Health (20 Credits)
Module code: PSY3026Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to review a range of theoretical approaches to the understanding of child & adolescent mental health. Students will develop a critical understanding of the nature of CAMH work with a particular emphasis on the multifactorial nature of mental health in children & young people.
- Education, Culture and Society (20 Credits)
A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. We also welcome mature students and students who have undertaken access courses.
Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
for study at undergraduate level
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
For information on how to apply to study with us as an International student, please see our How to apply for International Study page.
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
2021/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).
- International – Full Time: £13,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
2020/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- UK and EU Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).
- International Full Time: £12,900
- International Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900
The cost of essential trips for your course are covered by your tuition fees. During the programme you will also have the opportunity to join optional study trips. Previously, these optional trips have included visiting one of our European partner universities (most Education Studies Students visit HAN University in the Netherlands), a trip to Atlanta or Sweden. Typically the trip to the Netherlands costs in the region of £800; Atlanta £1000 and Sweden £500. Students normally allow an additional £100-£250 for their expenses. Optional trips within the UK normally cost in the region of £20.
Scholarships and Bursaries
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.
If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.
You will have the opportunity to spend a term in a European university as part of the Erasmus scheme. This is subsidised by the EU and, normally, costs students very little extra than it would cost to live and study in the UK. If you decide to study in Europe, you may have less choice of modules for your other terms spent at Northampton.
We also offer a one-week study trip to an EU University, normally HAN University in The Netherlands, which costs in the region of £300-400.
In recent years there have been other opportunities for short optional trips, for example to the USA, to the European parliament and to Sweden. These are very beneficial to students but do incur extra costs.*
Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.
How often will I need to attend?
The amount of on-campus teaching varies from module to module, as does how it is delivered. Generally, you will have the most time face-to-face with the lecturer in your first year. Some modules in the second year will be taught off-campus on trips and visits and final year study is often based on tutorials and individual time with the lecturer rather than formal lectures.
How will I be assessed?
There are no exams for Education Studies. Instead, assessments take the form of essays, portfolios, presentations, analysis and reflection.
Careers and Employability
This course gives you the foundation that you need for any career related to education or young people. Many graduates go on to Initial Teacher Training, taking the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or School Direct route to becoming a qualified teacher. Other graduates work with charities or go onto Master’s level study in such areas as the MA in Social Work, MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or MSc in Counselling.
These are career paths and roles BA Education Studies graduates pursue after graduation:
- Teaching assistant
- Youth Worker
- Early years, primary, secondary or further education teacher
- Special educational needs teacher or coordinator (SENCO)
- English as a foreign language teacher
- Creative Therapist
- Community education officer