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Education Studies

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021


Harcourt Hill

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years


School of Education

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Education Studies degree is a rewarding and challenging course. You’ll study child and adolescent development, specifically around inclusion and educational inequalities.

You’ll question why governments change education policy, and look at how education is portrayed in popular culture.

In your second year you can choose an innovative pathway  Education Studies: SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion (SENDI) This covers the experiences of children and young people who can find themselves marginalised or excluded from traditional Educational settings.

You will gain extensive knowledge about the role of education in contemporary society, and areas such as:

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

This degree prepares you for many careers including:

  • teaching
  • youth work
  • educational psychology
  • social work
  • therapeutic support
  • policy provision
  • educational publishing.
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Combine this course

You can study this course as part of a combined honours degree. This course can be combined 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

GCSE: English Language at grade 4 or above

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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Sept 20)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Sept 20)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

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, if any, are detailed below.

On this course you’ll be going on placements in schools; you'll self fund travel to and from your placements.

You’ll also need a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This costs about £50. You may also need to pay an extra fee of about £15 to keep your DBS up-to-date.

Learning and assessment

The course is underpinned by the four academic 'foundational disciplines':

  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Social Sciences.

Throughout the course you will take compulsory modules. You will also choose from a range of optional modules.

In Year 1 the compulsory modules introduce you to core ideas and themes that you will carry through this course. They include:

  • Introduction to the Study of Education
  • Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development
  • Key Ideas in Education.

In Year 2 compulsory modules include:

  • Psychology and Education
  • Research Methods in Childhood and Education
  • The Social World of Childhood and Youth
  • Educational Inequalities


  • Core Texts in Education.

In Year 3 compulsory modules include:

  • Controversial and Contemporary Research in Education
  • a dissertation based on your research interests.
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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Constructions of Childhood

Education in a World of Change: Policy and Provision

Introduction to the Study of Education

This encourages you to reflect on your own position as a student in higher education. You will explore different learning approaches, strategies and styles. You will learn key skills for the academic study of education

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development

You will have the opportunity to examine understandings of notions of development and the ways in which developmental issues both underpin, and impact upon, children's learning.

Key Ideas in Education

Introducing significant ideas and concepts in schooling, higher education and lifelong learning - including the place of provision for leaners with additional needs - that continue to resonate in contemporary educational debate. You will scrutinise these ideas from a theoretical perspective and take a critical stance on contemporary educational policies and positions. A particular focus will be the consideration of educational 'alternatives' - education at home or at school, progressive or traditional, organised in terms of knowledge disciplines or aims, through an implicit or explicit curriculum, and so on. This will enable you to bring your own educational experience into question and offer a theoretically informed evaluation of familiar educational situations and practices.

Listening to Children

Practice and Pedagogy

Optional modules

Education, Childhood and Youth Culture in Popular Culture

You will explore the way schools, teachers and their students are represented in popular culture, specifically in selected key film and television texts and literary works. The module will examine educational themes which recur and the way they reflect contemporary debates about the purpose of education, childhood, youth culture and teacher role/ performance. Does popular culture embody alternative perspectives of education and its societal role, or does it tend to reproduce common stereotypes and popular myths? How can we explain the enduring popularity of reliving school days through fictional books and moving image texts?

Young Children's Outdoor Learning

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Core Texts in Education

A number of classic writers from Plato to Paulo Freire are essential to understanding contemporary debates about education. This module enables an in-depth critical study of three contrasting and complementary texts from different historical periods that have shaped the language and concepts with which we think about education and childhood. Your reading of these texts will be informed by historical context and their reception in contemporary educational literature. You will be encouraged to engage with questions the texts raise about the status of knowledge, the nature of human flourishing, and the vocation of the educator. You will need to connect and compare the texts with each other and with key contemporary debates in educational policy and practice. You will ask questions about the legacy of our intellectual inheritance and the lessons that we can learn from the thinkers of the past.

Psychology and Education

The views of major psychological theorists will be examined together with the application of these views to human learning across the age span. The module will look at the learner in context, examining aspects of the learning environment as well as factors such as motivation and different types of intelligence. Critical consideration will also be given to teaching and learning styles and the importance of self-esteem in the learning process.

Research Methods in Childhood and Education

Introduces you to various research tools (interviewing, observation, questionnaires, etc.) and appropriate data analysis. It equips you with the skills necessary to undertake a final year dissertation.

The Social World of Childhood and Youth

Involves a consideration of the implications of different models of socialisation and an examination of structural, cultural and experiential factors in the development of identity. A strong feature of the module is its use of life and oral history approaches to the study of childhood and youth.

Optional modules

Alternative Educational Provisions

Cultural and Arts based learning

Emotional Development and Attachment

English Language Teaching to Adults

Inclusion: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Explores the issues and challenges around inclusive provision for children and young people with special educational needs/disabilities. It analyses notions of discrimination and challenges you to think about your own attitudes and beliefs.

Media, Technology and Education

You will develop an understanding of how media and technology impact on our lives and our understanding of the world around us. Emerging theories, frameworks and contemporary academic literature explore these dynamic issues and their impact on our concept of education. You will have first-hand opportunities to examine media and technology.

Children's Outdoor Learning

On this module you will explore how young children use play to learn and how adults plan for exploration and play in the outdoors environment.

Gender and 21st Century Education

You will develop an understanding of how concepts of gender are lived in different ways by teachers and learners. You will examine how these sometimes competing concepts shape social, cultural and educational contexts. The media, socialisation and education play vital roles in shaping teachers, learners and learning contexts. You will be expected to analyse these key domains in relation to your own experiences, and to apply your reflections and analyses to a range of key theories.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Controversial and Contemporary Research in Education


Optional modules

Educational Placement

Philosophy of Education

Engages with questions about the nature, aims and justification of education through a distinctively philosophical approach. By examining a range of contemporary, historical and international perspectives, students will appreciate that education is a value-laden enterprise whose core concepts are contested. Students will engage in a critical dialogue with some of the seminal texts that have shaped the way we understand the educational endeavour and will be encouraged to examine their own assumptions about education and participate in the contemporary debate through reasoned and cogent arguments.

Becoming a Reader

On this module you will look at children's literacy, investigating theories and debates about how children learn to read and become readers. You will interrogate various models of how children learn to read exploring the contribution of decoding skills, comprehension of text and attitudinal and motivational dimensions. You will critically explore the issues of multiple literacies in an era of digital communication. This module will build on Literature for Young Children module and will enable you to scrutinise a range of developmental theories and to appreciate and articulate your own position within a theoretically complex and controversial aspect of development.

Education in International Development

Study the place of education in international development programmes, and explores the impact of economic development, foreign aid and international relations on educational opportunity. Educational case studies from actual development projects around the world enable you to learn about development education policy and practice.

Inclusion: Diverse Perspectives

Take the opportunity to explore the ways in which various groups traditionally excluded from education can be included. We will look at the experiences of children who are marginalised or excluded and focus on the impact on the child. We will also explore and critique a range of national and international models and practices relating to inclusion.

Technology & Learning: Dilemmas, Challenges & Opportunities

The Principled Professional

Explore elements of the professional role in early years (and potentially in other areas of employment) so that you are well informed about the nature of professionalism. In this module, you will reflect upon your personal principles and ethics with regard to your professional identity and considered the necessarily political nature of the field. You will also establish your stance as advocates for children and their families where their well-being is concerned.

Understanding Youth, Deviance and Discipline

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.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 15%
  • Placement - 1%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 13%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 87%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Field trips

We are always keen to explore ways in which you broaden your experience of education and development. In the past we have visited The Gambia developing long standing relationships with schools and colleges and we are actively exploring international opportunities in other parts of the world, aiming to be responsive to students' needs and interests.

These field trips are optional and will incur extra costs. 


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.
  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at 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

A degree in Education Studies can lead to careers in many areas. We recognise that there are many career opportunities for Education Studies students, in addition to teaching. 

For those not wishing to follow a teaching career, the course offers an excellent preparation for careers in the public or private sector. Professions within a specialist education sector now include advertising, marketing, the arts, journalism, law, publishing and the media together with the charity and leisure industries. 

Some students do become teachers after completing their degrees, undertaking a further one-year PGCE course in primary or (for combined honours students) secondary education, leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Others have gone on to teach in further education colleges. Education Studies is not a programme of initial teacher education and does not in itself provide a recognised teaching qualification.  

Previous graduates from the course have gone on to have successful careers in many different fields including social work, youth work, community education, adult education, educational psychology, recruitment and retail management.

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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During his mainstream educational experiences, Jon developed an interest in supporting pupils with additional learning needs. Subsequently he spent time working in a therapeutic residential school catering for pupils who had experienced severe emotional trauma due to the accumulation of adverse experiences in infancy and early childhood. Jon then joined the Local Authority as a Behavioural Support Teacher, a role which involved visiting schools across the age range and working with a variety of professionals.

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