BA (Hons) Education Studies - Bath Spa University

Education Studies

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single or combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Education Studies
School/s
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: X300 or X303
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Our dynamic Education Studies degree is ideal for those interested in all aspects of education.


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Find your place with Bath Spa.


  • Make a positive impact for good. Our Education Studies degree prepares you to be an active and thoughtful citizen.
  • Gain professional expertise and experience in the education sector with a wide range of placement and volunteering opportunities.
  • Explore education as a momentum for personal and societal growth and development.

For the 2021-22 academic year we have made a number of changes to teaching and learning in order to enable blended learning during the ongoing uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic.

The courses below will have specific changes for 2021-22, indicated in the Programme Change Form. We will revert to our published curriculum as far as possible for 2022-23. We will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. The Programme Document beneath the main image shows you the programme specification as normally delivered.


Bath Spa is a founding member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA) and was among the first universities to establish Education Studies as a degree subject. Education Studies is about how people develop and learn, the nature of knowledge, and critical ways of knowing.

As an Education Studies student, you'll benefit from practice-informed expertise and recent research within the School of Education by attending research seminars and events. Our research centres include:


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“This experience really helped me consider what I wanted to do – I knew I wanted to help educate children, but I hadn't considered many of the aspects that have been presented to me in the past two years.”

Megan Hinton, Education Studies student

We also offer a range of other specialist undergraduate Education pathways:

What you'll learn

Overview

On this course you’ll analyse educational processes and their cultural, social, political and historical contexts, and gain perspectives on economic relationships, globalisation, international education, and equality and equity in education. Education Studies also explores beliefs, values and principles in education and the way that they change over time.

Course structure

Year one
Your first year supports your transition from A Levels and introduces key concepts and skills that underpin the subject of Education Studies. In addition, there are a range of modules that enable you to explore your interests in education as an agent for change.

Years two and three
In years two and three, you'll consider more deeply the current issues in education: you'll think critically about a variety of dimensions of education, including teaching, diversity, inclusion, social and educational policy, and explore global and international perspectives in education. You'll be able to carry out original research and pursue your own interests in these areas. There are also modules which give you experiential opportunities in schools and other educational contexts. These are tailored to prepare you for a variety of professional career routes in education.

Professional Placement Year
The optional Professional Placement Year between your second and third year is an ideal opportunity to further develop your understanding of the professional education sector. It allows you to ‘try out’ a potential career pathway and to focus on developing key professional skills. It’s also a good way to grow your professional networks.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework is designed to allow for creativity and innovation, alongside developing strong academic skills. There are no exams, and there are opportunities to complete a range of assignment formats including essays, group presentations, research-based reports, portfolio-based work and educational resource design. We’ll provide you with prompt feedback and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mix of lectures, seminars, online directed tasks and individual tutorials. Seminars provide opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates. In year one and two your minimum timetabled time will be 12 hours per week.

You’ll be taught by experienced university staff, many of whom are actively engaged in academic research and publication which informs their teaching. You'll also benefit from visiting speakers – these include headteachers, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors – and our careers advisors and experts in academic skills based in the Writing and Learning Centre.

Course modules

This Education Studies degree offers a range of core, required and optional modules. These will provide you with a firm foundation in the study of education that will enable you to transition into your chosen professional career in the sector or into further or postgraduate study.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Education for Change
  • Changing Education
  • Introduction to International Education
  • Working with Young People in the Community
  • Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Issues in Education
  • Professional Practice in Education
  • Education and International Development

You’ll also be able to choose three optional modules:

  • Literacy Learning in a Multimedia World
  • Supporting Learners with Additional Needs
  • Critical Approaches to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties in Education
  • Environment and Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Youth in Society: Power, Politics and Participation
  • Values, Philosophy and Education: Dialogicality in Action
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Education, Social Inequalities and Social Justice
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Education Dissertation: Part 1
  • Education Dissertation: Part 2
  • Global and International Education

You’ll also be able to choose three optional modules:

  • Building Bridges: the Team Around the Child/Young Person
  • Learning in Mathematics
  • Creativity and Digital Technologies in Education
  • Inequality, Education and Policy
  • Childhood, Reading and Children’s Literature
  • Health, Education and Wellbeing
  • Young People, Identities and Subcultures
  • Professional Practice: Supporting the Dyslexic Learning in the Classroom
  • Learning in Science
  • Culture, Creativity and Society: Perspectives in Art Education
  • Identity, Philosophy and Education
  • How to Teach University
  • Social and Educational Inclusion
  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood
  • Symbolic representations: Young children making meaning

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

In year two there is a compulsory placement for all Education Studies students in a professional educational setting within the sector or in a school. Previous students have worked with charities, youth centres, third-sector organisations, and Local Authorities as well as schools and early years settings and in Higher Education departments.

We’ll also support you in finding volunteering opportunities during your time with us. You can find out about volunteering on our website.

Careers

Our Education Studies degree will provide an excellent basis for you to work with learners of all ages in different settings and contexts. You may choose to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including local community, youth clubs, businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations, charities, museums, art galleries or libraries.

As well as going on to study for the PGCE our graduates have been recruited by Nottingham Trent International College, Explore Learning, the NHS and many schools and Local Authorities working in educational roles such as tutors, trainers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants.

For those wishing to apply for PGCE or equivalent initial teacher training courses we can support you through the process.

If you're considering primary or early years teaching as a career option at this stage and have GCSE passes (Grades 4-9/A*-C) in Maths, English and Science you may like to look at our Education Primary and Early Years programme leading to a guaranteed interview on our Primary PGCE programme.

For those interested in secondary education and have GCSE passes in Maths and English you may be interested in our Education Secondary degrees. These are taken in combination with your chosen subject specialism and again lead to a guaranteed interview on our Secondary PGCE programmes.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Our Education Studies degree is taught on Newton Park campus.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities including:

Resources

You can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment, from cameras to laptops.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,910
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for critical and compassionate students. We value creativity, and the ability to think outside the box. These are important traits that we look for in candidates.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBC-CCC preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Three year course
With placement year

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