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How do we learn? What place do power and privilege play in education? Examine questions like this as you explore the world of education from conception to our early 20s as you prepare for a career supporting learning inside or outside of the classroom.
Study our Education Studies BA and you'll develop strong critical and analytical skills in core aspects like psychology, sociology, history and the philosophy of education. From Wittgenstein to forest schools, diversity and inclusion to themes of social justice, you’ll study the topic of education and its impact on human development and society from the medieval age to the present day and beyond.
You’ll develop career-enhancing skills with annual placements that fit your career goals and discover new ideas on optional field trips to, for example, Sweden. There is also an optional year at a partner university in the USA or Europe.
Plus, if you discover a passion for supporting children with additional needs, you can switch to the special educational needs, disability and inclusion (SENDI) pathway at the end of your first year.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
One strength of the course is the study of inclusivity in its broadest sense from SEN to cultural diversity, gender, refugees and beyond.
Develop a sought-after outdoor learning specialism through optional modules every year of the course.
European field trips
The department’s strong links to Sweden give you a yearly opportunity to explore different educational approaches on self-funded field trips.
Annual work placements
Build connections and explore alternative education settings, such as museums, galleries, forest schools and adult facilities.
We’ll challenge you to publish your work and take part in conferences to build confidence and share your ideas.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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.
In year 1, you’ll look at human development from birth and explore education from the Middle Ages to today. Nurturing and inclusivity are also key themes. Optional topics include play, outdoor learning, and teaching practices that promote STEAM and technology.
Year 2 focuses on contemporary issues and the psychology of education. You can complement this by exploring creative and therapeutic approaches like play or dance therapy or specialising further in outdoor learning.
Next, you can choose a year abroad at a partner university or continue to the final year.
In your final year, you’ll focus on your own interests in your dissertation and study key ideas in education. You can continue to build on previous specialisms or focus on social issues or ideas in international education.
Each year offers work placements with educators and allied professionals outside mainstream classrooms plus an annual field trip. You’ll also develop advanced academic research and writing skills as you prepare for your dissertation.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn via a wide variety of teaching and learning approaches, including:
- traditional lectures
- enquiry-led learning
- collaborative learning
- online activities.
- International year abroad
Inter-disciplinary collaboration is a feature of research activity in the School of Education, Humanities and Languages. Many themes of this course are designed around pressing contemporary issues across subjects.
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.
You’ll build a network of professional connections through your annual work placements. Past students have pursued careers delivering education programmes in non-school settings such as museums and galleries. Others have gone into community-based, charity and NGO work, family liaison and social work, and human resource management. Some graduates now work with charities, and others have gone into schools as specialist behaviour support workers.
After completing the BA Education Studies, you might want to pursue a PGCE in Primary or Secondary (alongside a specialist subject). You could also continue studying with an MA Education, MA Education (SEND), or MA Education (Childhood and Youth Studies).
This course also prepares you to pursue postgraduate qualifications in therapeutic fields, such as play therapy or speech and language therapy.
"I went abroad in my 3rd year and spent a year at Yamanashi University in Japan. It was great – all the staff and students were very helpful and I have made many friends and long-lasting contacts"Read more about Steff
"The passion shown by the lecturers at the open day I attended, impressed me. My interest sparked, as I discovered that there were lots of pathways and opportunities open to me after graduation"Read more about Adam
"The department is very personable which makes you feel welcome. Additionally my classes were usually quite small which made the lecturers very accessible. I also found the facilities to be very good including a 24-hour computer room and a well-stocked library, with many of the books also available electronically"Read more about Dawn
"Brookes is truly a university where students feel valued and looked after"Read more about Alice
"Throughout my degree, I’ve become actively involved – voluntary and employed – in local charities and national youth organisations, including local authorities, Student Hubs, ArtsWork and Adviza. I was also a participant in Camp America, which was invaluable experience to support my degree and my career aspirations"Read more about Josh
"I enjoy being able to decide what I learn instead of having it chosen for me. If I had childcare commitments within a term I knew that I could work my timetable around them instead of having to arrange my childcare around my university commitments"Read more about Jodie
Specific entry requirements
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.
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) initial check||£54|
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Travel and associated costs if relevant when undertaking work placements.||£30-700 per year|
|Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) top-up check (to keep up to date)||£13|
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.