Why Herts?
  • Gain a rich understanding of education in many settings
  • Opportunities to focus in education, learning and teaching in primary education or special educational needs
  • Diverse and innovative assessment approaches, and best of all - no exams throughout the course

About the course

What is education for? What is education like around the world? Does education equalise social inequalities? Where can learning happen? What is ‘learning’ in the first place? How do we learn through experiences? What problems in the world can education resolve? What is the role of the teacher? What should children know?

If you are motivated about addressing the questions above, then our education studies programme is just what you are looking for. On our programme you will be guided by expert tutors through multiple disciplines and fields such as technology, philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, outdoor and environmental learning, politics, economics and international education, in order to understand the many different ways you could address the questions above.

By joining our programme, you will develop critical reflection skills and gain multiple perspectives on educational issues. You’ll understand the ‘bigger picture’ of education by getting to the very heart of key ideas, practices and policies that may have influenced your learning journey and the education of people around you. The programme will enable you to build upon your existing values and beliefs about education and you’ll be challenged to think about education in new ways. We aim build on your existing curiosity, self-awareness, reflection, confidence and critical thinking skills to make a positive contribution to educational thought and practices.

Level 4 (Year 1 full-time)

All Education Studies pathways share a common first year. This means that you will be taught with students from the Special Educational Needs & Disability and the Learning and Teaching pathways. The first year provides a firm foundation in developing the skills you will need to become a successful graduate, such as reading and research skills, critical reflection, presentation skills, professional discussion skills and creativity.

On completion of the first year you will have the opportunity to confirm your preferred Education Studies pathway.

Level 5 (Year 2 full-time)

Drawing on the learning from the previous year, we will prepare you to understand how ideas are developed in education. You will explore the sociology of education, educational research methods and equality and diversity in multiple professional settings.

Theory is linked to practice through work-related learning and a placement and you will have the option to study abroad to explore education in another country (in the past our students have studied in Hawaii, California, Canada and Australia.

Level 6 (Year 3 full-time)

Your final year takes an in-depth look into education around the world and provides you with a grounding in educational psychology. You will undertake a research project on an important educational issue that matters to you.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Education Studies 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Education Studies
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Education Studies 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Education Studies

Why choose this course?

Solving Educational Problems

You will be supported in developing and demonstrating your problem solving skills. You will put your knowledge, understanding and skills to good use throughout the degree. The skills you develop will be invaluable whatever your chosen graduate career.

Values Based Education

You will come onto our course with your own beliefs and values as you are not a blank slate. As an individual who reflects on what education should be for and how it should function, you will be encouraged to develop your values, to find innovative and creative ways to solve the educational problems that are important to you.

Support and Expertise

Our programme is focussed on reducing inequalities and supporting students who want to better their lives and create opportunities for themselves. The School of Education offers a variety of support through module leaders, personal tutors, student engagement and mentoring teams and our careers services. Our lecturers have rich, up-to-date subject knowledge and love to learn new things within their fields and from our students. We pride ourselves in having supportive relationships with our learners.

*The information provided is current for the 2019/20 academic year. Please note this programme is currently going through a periodic review and is therefore subject to change for the 2020/21 academic year.

What our
graduates say

The best thing about my course was the variety of subjects taught, which gave me a broader perspective on Education as a whole.

Aimee Hardwick, BA (Hons) Education Studies

Course details


Using your knowledge of education and your graduate skills

As an education studies graduate you will be equipped to work in various sectors and roles. The multidisciplinary approach of the course means that you are going to be an asset in companies, schools and public services that require creative solutions and innovative developments. This degree opens up future careers in:

  • mentoring and coaching
  • teaching
  • pastoral work in schools and universities
  • educational administration
  • local authorities and the civil service
  • museums, charities, non-government organisations, environmental services as an education officer
  • human resource management

Further Study

As you will have a rich understanding of education, you will be a prime candidate for teacher training through PGCE Primary Education. You may also carry on to postgraduate study on the MA Education Framework.

What job can I get?

Graduates from our programme are well positioned to go into many areas of graduate employment such as museums, educational welfare, prisons, social work and local authorities. Career prospects in education can also be furthered by progressing to postgraduate studies. These include gaining a Master's degree in, for example, education, leadership or psychology, or entering a postgraduate primary teacher training course.

Teaching methods

You will engage with lecturers in different settings and modes of learning including:

  • lectures (where knowledge is given to you to think about)
  • seminars (where discussions about ideas from the lectures and reading are deepened)
  • workshops (where ideas, thinking and theory are put into practice)
  • experiential activities (where knowledge and understanding are drawn out of a particular educational experience such as forest school, communication activities and active learning sessions)

Lecturers make use of different styles of teaching based upon their values, subject areas and the spaces they are in. You may visit museums, schools, other settings and go on trips to enrich your experiences.

A personal tutor will guide you in developing your subject knowledge and academic skills by providing learning and pastoral support. You will learn through reading, seminars, practical workshops, lectures and tutorials. 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.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities


  • Year 1
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    What is Education for? Philosophies that shape Education 30 Credits Compulsory
    How People Learn: An exploration of learning theories 30 Credits Compulsory
    Exploring the World of Learning and Teaching 15 Credits Compulsory
    No child left behind? 15 Credits Compulsory
    Will we ever learn? 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Year 2
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Education Research: Approaches to Education Research 30 Credits Compulsory
    Diversity and Equality: Diversity and Equality issues in the workplace 30 Credits Compulsory
    Children, Schooling and Society: Sociology of Education 30 Credits Compulsory
    Supporting Learning: Supporting identified needs 30 Credits Optional
    Behaviour and Learning: Approaches to classroom management 30 Credits Optional
    Study Abroad - BAES 60 Credits Optional
    Outdoor and Adventurous Education 30 Credits Optional
  • Year 3
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Psychology for Education 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Project Part 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Project Part 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    International Education: Comparing Approaches to Education Around the World 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    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

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    96 CCC MMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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