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

Learning and Teaching pathway

On the Learning and Teaching pathway you will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of how children learn and explore and evaluate a wide range of approaches for teaching and supporting learning, both within and beyond the school context. This course will be for you if you are thinking about pursuing a career within education including becoming a teacher. You will develop your understanding of major issues within education, which will enable you to make an informed contribution to current debates in this field. You will explore the relationships between education policy, theory and practice and how these impact on the learning and work experiences of individuals, groups and society more widely.

This course will be suitable if you are interested to learn more about learning and teaching, or already have some experience of working in an educational setting and want to deepen your theoretical understanding.

You will develop a sound foundation for work or further study relevant to a range of roles within education. You will engage with innovative approaches to learning to help you develop your own study skills alongside your knowledge and understanding.

Education Studies

As a student on one of the Education Studies pathways you will be joining our diverse cohort of students that share a common interest in and a passion for education.

You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of educational disciplines. The flexible nature of the course allows for you to tailor aspects of your study to your interests including a research project in the final year which can focus on an educational topic of your choice.

Level 4 (Year 1 full-time)

All Education Studies pathways share a common first year. The modules focus on personal and professional development as well as on learning theory and philosophy of education. This includes the module ‘Exploring the World of Learning and Teaching’, which introduces key themes that you will return to and develop further as you progress through the course.

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

Level 5 (Year 2 full-time)

Theory is linked to practice through work-related learning and a placement focusing on equality and diversity. You will explore the nature of the primary curriculum in English, mathematics and science, and develop your knowledge and skills in educational research.

Level 6 (Year 3 full-time)

The final year includes a research project that can be tailored to an area of interest within education that particularly interests, fascinates or excites you. You will continue to develop your understanding and thinking about the primary curriculum, and the ways that learning is supported and assessed.

As you progress through the programme you will be encouraged to consider your own values and beliefs in relation to educational policy and practice, based on your learning and experience.

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

Why choose this course?

This course provides an exciting opportunity to gain in depth knowledge and understanding of the dynamic field of education, with a focus on learning and teaching. You will be taught by staff who have experience in teaching in schools and Early Years provision who are actively engaged in a wide range of ongoing research and educational enquiry.

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

*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.

Course details


Our programme will provide you with a sound foundation for a range of roles within education, including helping you prepare to apply for teacher training. Our graduates are well positioned to go into many areas of employment such as:

  • teaching
  • childcare
  • play work
  • educational welfare
  • social work
  • local authorities
  • museums
  • cultural institutions
  • NGOs.

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.

Further study in education

You will have the underpinning knowledge to progress to teacher training through PGCE Primary Education (dependent on other selection criteria) or to study towards an MA in Education.


The School of Education has an excellent record of employment. You will gain many transferable skills that could be applied to a broad range careers. You will study many disciplines, including psychology, sociology, politics and philosophy, which may inspire you to pursue further study or employment in these areas.

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 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.

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

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


  • Level 4
    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
  • Level 5
    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
    The Primary Curriculum: Learning and Teaching English, Maths and Science 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
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    The Primary Curriculum: Learning the Foundation Subjects and RE 30 Credits Compulsory
    Assessment for Learning 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Project Part 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Project Part 2 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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