BA (Hons) Education Studies

Available to non EU students

About the course


With the growing emphasis on education in all aspects of public and political life this degree offers you the opportunity to understand, explore and make an informed contribution to education debates. You will be able to make links between education policy, its delivery and the experience of groups and individuals.

Within the course you will explore contemporary issues in education and society; historical figures in education; the philosophy and psychology of education; learning theory; and education literature. This degree combines the traditional study of the disciplines of education with innovative approaches to study and your own learning.

As you progress through your course, there will be opportunities for you to focus on areas of particular personal interest. Our optional Study Abroad module will enable you to study for 6 months at one of our partner institutions across the world.

Assessments are through coursework. They are varied to encourage a wide range of knowledge and skills to be assessed. 

Why choose this course?

This course provides an ideal opportunity to gain in depth knowledge and understanding of the field of education both within and beyond the school context. It provides an excellent foundation for anyone wanting to work in educational administration and management and could lead to future study.

Your studies will take place within the School of Education, highly rated by external bodies such as the Quality Assurance Agency and OFSTED.

You will be taught by staff actively engaged in a wide range of ongoing research and educational enquiry.


On graduation, career opportunities include employment in museums, educational welfare, prisons and Local Authorities. In addition, a wide range of professions such as social or youth work and the civil service are open to you. Graduates could progress to postgraduate studies or other routes into a teaching qualification or you may decide to further your studies with a Master’s degree.

Teaching methods

You will learn through reading, seminars, practical workshops, lectures and tutorials. A personal tutor will guide you in developing your subject knowledge and academic skills by providing learning and pastoral support. There is an expectation that you will engage with on-line materials and you will be encouraged to take responsibility for studying independently.

Work Placement

To support the development of your employability skills, you will link theory with practice in a work based context on the Equality and Diversity in the Workplace module.

Study Abroad 

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in Year Two through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Level 4

Core Modules

  • Educational Pioneers: Influential Figures in Education through time - 30 Credits
  • What is Education for? Philosophies that shape Education - 30 Credits
  • How People Learn: An exploration of learning theories - 30 Credits
  • Contemporary ideas in Education: Investigating into current issues in Education - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Education Research: Approaches to Education Research - 30 Credits
  • Diversity and Equality: Diversity and Equality issues in the workplace - 30 Credits
  • Children, Schooling and Society: Sociology of Education - 30 Credits


  • Educational thinking through time: Key Acts and Reports - 30 Credits
  • Supporting Learning: Supporting identified needs - 30 Credits
  • Behaviour and Learning: Approaches to classroom management - 30 Credits
  • Study Abroad - BAES - 60 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Psychology for Education - 30 Credits
  • Research Project Part 1 - 30 Credits
  • Research Project Part 2 - 30 Credits
  • International Education: Comparing Approaches to Education Around the World - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1155 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,350 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1420 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,950 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry 

104 UCAS points 

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C in English Language and Grade D in Maths under the old grading structure)

IB - 104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. 

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply


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26/09/201826/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
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28/09/201827/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)


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