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Education Studies

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024


Harcourt Hill

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 8 years


School of Education

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Education Studies degree equips you with the skills for a career in a wide range of educational contexts. 

On the course you’ll study child and adolescent development. You’ll examine inclusion and educational inequalities. And you’ll question government educational policy. You’ll also analyse how education is portrayed in popular culture.

You'll build knowledge about the role of education in our society, exploring areas like:

  • psychology
  • gender
  • 21st-century education
  • special educational needs and disabilities
  • children’s literature.

You can choose to specialise in SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion (SENDI). You’ll deepen your knowledge of SEND issues. And you’ll build a firm foundation for teacher training that will equip you for success in mainstream or special education. 

You’ll graduate with sought-after educational career skills that you can apply in settings like:

  • youth work
  • educational psychology
  • social work
  • therapeutic support
  • policy provision
  • educational publishing. 
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Joint honours options

You can also study this course as part of a joint honours degree. This course can be joined with:

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course or international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.


All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

The course is underpinned by the four key disciplines:

  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • history
  • social sciences.

In your first year, you’ll explore child and adolescent development. You’ll learn about children’s rights and early childhood policy. And you’ll examine some of the major changes impacting how we educate in the 21st century.

In your second year, you’ll analyse alternative educational provisions. You’ll learn about emotional development. And you’ll explore inclusive learning environments. 

You can also opt to specialise in SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion (SENDI). If you choose to specialise, you’ll be able to do a placement in alternative education provision, like a special school or a youth project.

In your third year you’ll examine the experiences of marginalised or excluded children. You might scrutinise the perceived links between youth culture and deviance. Or you might examine the impact technology has on learning

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Constructions of Childhood

You’ll dive into the different social and cultural conceptions of childhood, and how these have changed over time. You’ll focus on the different contexts in which children experience childhood, and draw on rich sociological, historical and cross-cultural perspectives to examine the impact of these on childhood. You’ll also consider the role of children as active members of society.

Education in a World of Change: Policy and Provision

You’ll get to grips with core aspects of education policy in an English context. You’ll look at schooling through the big forces of social, economic and technological change. You’ll focus on both formal education, and alternative educational settings. You’ll explore some of the major philosophical ideas that have shaped educational policy in England. You’ll also gain fantastic critical skills for your degree, as you make connections between central themes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries to today. You’ll also develop the knowledge to critique education policies.

Introduction to the Study of Education

You’ll gain the tools you need to succeed in your Education Studies degree. You’ll gain core analytical knowledge, as you reflect on your own position as a student in higher education. You will explore different learning approaches, strategies and styles, and develop the core academic skills you need to study education.

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development

How do developmental issues impact children’s learning? You’ll gain a sound knowledge of development, and the developmental themes behind children’s learning. 

You’ll explore key developmental concepts that affect a child's capacity for learning, and evaluate alternative theoretical models of the learning process. You’ll also consider such topics as: 

  • the developing brain
  • constructivist and social constructivist approaches to making sense of the world
  • family, school, friends and other contexts for learning 
  • active engagement in learning - exploration and play 
  • self expression and creativity.

Key Ideas in Education

You’ll gain fantastic critical skills for your degree and future career, as you plunge into current debates on education. You’ll engage with pressing ideas in schooling, higher education and lifelong learning. You’ll also look at how we provide for learners with additional needs. You’ll look at these ideas in theory, and decide your own position on current educational policies and provisions. You’ll explore fascinating educational debates, including:

  • whether children should learn at home or at school
  • progressive versus traditional education.

You’ll have the chance to question your own educational experience, as you evaluate different educational practices.

Listening to Young Children

What are children’s rights? How can we listen to children, and hear their voices? You’ll understand the core perspectives in listening to children, and how we can put these into practice. You’ll gain a key knowledge of early childhood, and how early childhood policy is set. You’ll build vital analytical skills for your degree, as you get to know the international context of policy and practice. You’ll reflect on your own responses to these practices, and decide your own approach to these issues.

Practice and Pedagogy

You’ll get to grips with core educational theory around children, young people and adults. You’ll look at their learning in a range of contexts, and understand the difference between teaching in practice and pedagogy (approaches to teaching). You’ll gain a valuable awareness of the research into teaching practice in a range of settings, and how it has influenced previous and current policy decisions. You’ll also have the chance to observe pedagogy and practice in a real life educational setting. 


Optional modules

Education, Childhood and Youth Culture in Popular Culture

How are schools, teachers and students represented in popular culture - from films to literary works? You’ll dig into recurring educational themes in our society, and how they reflect current debates on education, childhood and the role of the teacher. You’ll ask whether popular culture simply reproduces stereotypes about teaching and schools, or whether it can give us a new perspective on education. And you’ll consider why, as a culture, we’re so keen on reliving our school days through television and books.

Young Children's Outdoor Learning

You’ll explore how young children learn through play. You’ll also discover how adults plan exploration and play for children in outdoors environments. You’ll get to grips with two key areas:

  • maintaining good provisions and interactions in an early years outdoors area
  • teaching and learning through the Forest School approach.

You’ll look at how children and adults interact in a variety of situations. You’ll also gain core knowledge of health and safety training, as you study issues such as:

  • children as risk-takers
  • off-site travel
  • maintaining a safe environment

You’ll develop core analytical skills as you explore how research and government policy affect children’s outdoor learning.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Core Texts in Education

You’ll engage in pressing debates about education today, using classic writers from Plato to Paulo Freire. You’ll gain core analytical skills as you carry out an intense study of three contrasting texts from three different historical periods that have shaped education.

You’ll ask leading questions as you engage with the texts, and explore the status of knowledge, how education helps humans to flourish and the vocation of the educator. You’ll compare the texts with contemporary debates in educational policy and practice, and consider what we can learn from thinkers of the past.


Psychology and Education

What can the most famous psychological theorists tell us about human learning through the ages? You’ll look at learners in various settings. You’ll examine the learning environment, and factors such as motivation and different types of intelligence. You’ll gain excellent critical skills as you examine teaching and learning styles and the importance of self-esteem to the learning process.

Research Methods in Childhood and Education

You’ll gain core research tools for your final year dissertation, and future career. You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of: 

  • interviewing
  • observation
  • questionnaires
  • appropiate data analysis.

The Social World of Childhood and Youth

Do you remember how you felt as a child? We’ll explore the world of children, and how our ideas about childhood have changed through time. You’ll consider the impact of different models of socialisation on children. And you’ll explore the factors - cultural, structural and experimental - which develop a child’s identity.  We’ll make good use of life and historical material.

Optional modules

Alternative Educational Provisions

How can alternative education support students to achieve their best, whatever their situation? You’ll gain a strong knowledge of alternative educational provisions. These are provisions made by local authorities for pupils who, because of factors such as exclusion or illness, would not otherwise receive a suitable education. You’ll gain core critical skills as you explore a wide range of alternative educational provisions, and how they work in real life to impact student learning, well-being and achievement.

Cultural and Arts-Based Learning

You’ll examine how students can learn through exciting cultural activities. You’ll look at activities including:

  • exploring cultural sites and learning contexts
  • cultural artefacts and arts-based activities. 

You’ll study core theories of learning in key areas of the arts, including art, drama, music and film, and consider the significance of these areas in the educational curriculum. You’ll put core theories around culture and learning into practice, as you go on field trips and take part in practical activities at Oxford’s famous museums and galleries. You’ll gain fantastic critical skills, as you analyse how cultural artefacts and activities support learning. 


Emotional Development and Attachment

From birth to adulthood, children experience a wide range of emotional phases. You’ll study this process and gain core professional knowledge for working with children in a variety of settings, including schools, specialist provision and care settings. You’ll get to grips with the key phases of emotional development, and examine what disrupts development. You’ll build strong skills in how to manage behaviour, while understanding emotional needs and how we express them. You’ll also explore neuroscientific evidence in identifying emotional and attachment needs.

English Language Teaching to Adults

Do you dream of working as an English language teacher? Do you want to help adult learners grasp the English language? You’ll get to grips with English language teaching. You’ll gain a strong knowledge of teaching English, and essential skills in effective language teaching. You’ll also develop key practical skills for teaching English to adult learners. If you take this course, you’ll be able to apply to British Study Centres Oxford to complete your teaching practice, and acquire a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). This is recognised by Cambridge Assessment as a pre-service training qualification.

Inclusion: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

How can we provide a strong and inclusive education for children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities? You’ll gain a clear understanding of the policy and practice relating to special educational needs. You’ll acquire core critical skills as you examine SEN legislation, and analyse discrimination. You’ll develop key self-awareness as you challenge your own attitudes and beliefs around SEN and disabilities.

Media, Technology and Education

How do media and technology impact our lives and understanding of the world? You’ll engage with fascinating theories and academic research on these dynamic issues and how they impact education. You’ll also explore media and technology first-hand, questioning how they affect us and education in different contexts.

Children's Outdoor Learning

You’ll explore how young children learn through play. You’ll also discover how adults plan exploration and play for children in outdoors environments. You’ll get to grips with two key areas: 

  • maintaining good provisions and interactions in an early years outdoors area
  • teaching and learning through the Forest School approach. 

You’ll look at how children and adults interact in a variety of situations. You’ll also gain core knowledge of health and safety training, as you study issues such as: 

  • children as risk-takers
  • off-site travel
  • maintaining a safe environment

You’ll develop core analytical skills as you explore how research and government policy affect children’s outdoor learning.


Gender and 21st Century Education

How do gender and gender stereotypes affect teachers and learners? You’ll understand how issues of gender shape society, culture and education. You’ll gain core critical skills for your degree, as you analyse how the media and education, as well as how children are socialised, play vital roles in shaping teachers and learners. You’ll investigate these key issues, relate them to your own experiences, and apply your thoughts to key educational theories.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Controversial and Contemporary Research in Education

Why is education such a hotly argued topic? You’ll investigate controversial issues in education from previous modules, and explore new and pressing ideas. You’ll gain core teamwork and research skills for your future career, as you pursue these issues through group discussion and individual research. You’ll build key critical skills for your degree, as you evaluate evidence from sources ranging from popular media to policy texts, as well as academic texts on education. 

You’ll also enjoy seminars with guest speakers, where you’ll engage with the latest educational debates and expertise.



You’ll carry out independent research on a topic that fascinates you. You’ll produce a dissertation of about 10,000 words, demonstrating an in-depth understanding of substantive and methodological issues in your specific area of study. You’ll have the support of an expert tutor in education. 

Recent dissertation topics have looked at issues as diverse as:

  • the role of play in early years education in the UK and globally
  • what factors contribute to independent learning in Maths in Year 4
  • how technology is used to support communication for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders, in particular the use of iPads
  • the impact of the undergraduate fee rise on student aspirations.

Optional modules

Educational Placement

You’ll kickstart your career as you experience working in an alternative education setting. You’ll have a choice of alternative education settings within the local area, and select one which personally interests you. You’ll build on the theoretical knowledge you’ve gained about students with diverse and additional learning needs, as you put your studies into practice in a real life educational setting.

Philosophy of Education

What can philosophy tell us about education and its aims? You’ll get to know a range of current and historical perspectives on education. You’ll understand that education is full of differing values, and that its core concepts are frequently contested. You’ll gain critical skills for your future career, as you analyse some of the key texts which shape the way we understand education. You’ll also examine your own assumptions about education, and create your own reasoned arguments as you participate in current debate.

Becoming a Reader

How do children become readers? You’ll look at children’s literacy, investigating theories and debates around how children learn to read. You’ll get to grips with the key ways that children learn to read, including: 

  • decoding skills
  • comprehension of text
  • attitude and motivation. 

You’ll look at different forms of literacy in an era of digital communication. You’ll gain the skills to understand a range of developmental theories, and articulate your own arguments.


Education in International Development

You’ll consider the role of education in international development programmes. You’ll look at how economic development, foreign aid and international relations impact educational opportunity. You’ll assess development education practices through examining real life case studies from development projects around the world.

Inclusion: Diverse Perspectives

Why have some children been excluded from education? How can we work to include various groups in education? You’ll explore the experiences of children who have been marginalised or excluded, and how this impacts the child. You’ll gain core analytical skills as you explore and critique different models and practices for improving inclusion.

Technology & Learning: Dilemmas, Challenges & Opportunities

What impact does technology have on the learning process? You’ll critically evaluate different approaches to e-learning. You’ll explore the part technology can play in creating powerful learning environments. You’ll look at how technology can enhance students’

  • thinking processes
  • engagement in learning 
  • knowledge building.

You’ll gain key analytical skills as you discuss a range of perspectives on learning, and how to design the most effective digital learning environments.


The Principled Professional

Gain fantastic preparation for work as a professional early years practitioner. You’ll explore the core elements of the professional’s role in early years settings and other employment contexts. You’ll develop a strong understanding of professionalism, giving you the best chance to succeed in job interviews and your future career. You’ll also grow into a strong advocate for the wellbeing of children and their families.

Understanding Youth, Deviance and Discipline

Why do we see young people as the perpetrators of deviant or criminal behaviour? Or as innocents, in danger of being polluted by deviance in society? You’ll explore the links between youth culture and deviance. You’ll get to grips with the interconnected themes of youth, deviance and discipline. You’ll gain a strong understanding of the sociological and historical reasons behind how we see youth and young people’s behaviour. You’ll gain excellent skills in social analysis and the ability to critically analyse research evidence.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You’ll learn via a wide variety of teaching and learning approaches, including:

  • traditional lectures
  • seminars
  • enquiry-led learning
  • collaborative learning
  • online activities.

Inter-disciplinary collaboration is a feature of research activity in the School of Education. Many themes of this course are designed around pressing contemporary issues across subjects.


Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment is 100% coursework.

Coursework may be in the form of:

  • a written essay (up to 3000 words)
  • group presentations
  • an observational study
  • a case study of a cultural artefact
  • creation of a learning object (online teaching resource)
  • critical/ thematic reviews of literature
  • development of a portfolio of work
  • participation in online activities, eg contributions to forum discussions
  • independent study
  • a dissertation.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

You’ll graduate with a diverse skill set that will set you up for many different careers in education. You’ll also be equipped to progress onto specialist training, in areas like:

  • teaching
  • social work
  • educational psychology

You’ll also have a raft of transferable skills that are sought after in the employment market - like team working, communication, influencing and problem-solving. 

Our graduates progress onto a wide range of careers - from youth work and community education, to recruitment and retail management. Students also progress to the Oxford Brookes MA Education in SEND.

Further study

The undergraduate degree can lead to further study of education, at master's and research degree level. Your degree may also provide the basis to progress to professional courses in other areas such as educational psychology, social work, librarianship or human resources.

The School of Education at Oxford Brookes University offers opportunities in post-graduate research, including MAs in Education or Childhood, PhD study and a taught Educational Doctorate. 

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