Education Studies BA (Hons)
What makes Education Studies at Worcester special?
From Forest Schools to the inner city, young minds to lifelong learning, and across the world from the UK to Africa, education is the bedrock upon which our societies are founded.
At Worcester you can explore this fascinating field, from the history of the development of modern education, to the place of education in different societies throughout the world. With a range of possible approaches, including political, psychological and sociological aspects of education, you can tailor your study to suit your interests, considering questions as diverse as how best to tackle bullying?, can schools provide equal opportunities for all?, and how does education differ across the world? This degree opens up employment opportunities in primary education, learning support, supporting learners with special educational needs, and a diverse range of roles working with children, young people and adults.
Each of the three years consist of a range of mandatory and optional modules from a wide range of subjects that can be tailored to suit your interests.
- There is a wide range of module choices to suit a variety of interests.
- There is an array of diverse career opportunities that are enhanced from doing the Education Studies degree at Worcester. These include prison education, forest schools, work with diverse groups, further education, higher education and youth work.
- You can go on to complete a Master’s degree upon successful completion of the course, which can lead to many opportunities in Higher Education.
- Excellent teacher training progression opportunities: a 2.2 degree classification or above will enable you to be considered for an interview for one of our PGCE Primary courses, provided you meet the course prerequisites.
- Strong course links with teacher training providers and a huge variety of employers within the education sector provide excellent placement opportunities.
“Being in this learning environment has been inspirational and life-changing for me… I have found it a challenge, but it has changed me as a person… I now believe anything is possible and have become a stronger, more confident person.”
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The breadth of modules and courses available within Education Studies was amazing. I did drama as well as coaching and mentoring within my discipline, and these have given me a broad range of skills.
Persis Thomas, Education Studies BA graduate.
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What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
88 UCAS tariff points
A Criminal Records Bureau disclosure is required for some modules on the course
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Lauren took the opportunity to take a semester abroad and loved every minute of it.
As part of her Education Studies degree she went to study in the US at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Read all about Lauren's experiences in her blog post.
In the second year of her Education Studies degree Jenny took the opportunity to study abroad in Australia.
Read all about Jenny's experiences in her blog post.
Student views - Alexandra
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of interactive seminars, lectures, presentations and external visits.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on 4 occasions in the first year, three occasions in the second year and twice in the final year of a course.
You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long placement abroad in the second year of the course.
In a typical week you will have around 14-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.
Typically class contact time will be structured around:
- 10 hours of interactive seminars in groups of 15-50 (dependent on modules chosen)
- 5 hours of full group lectures
In year two and/or three, a half-day per week can be spent in placement for one semester.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment and extensive electronic learning resources.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. These assignments might indicatively be essays, critical reflections, presentations and reports. There are no exams on the course.
Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, critical reflections, reports, portfolios, projects, case study, presentations and a final year independent studies project.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
3 critical reflections
1 research proposal
1 critical reflection
1 independent study
2 case studies
1 reflective summary
You will receive feedback on formative assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
Meet the team
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with relevant experience,
Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of course lecturers have (or are working towards) a higher education teaching qualification (excluding Sessional lecturers) or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
Ellie joined the Institute of Education at Worcester in 2013 and is currently the Course Leader for BA Education Studies and her work at the University of Worcester involves lecturing within Education Studies, MA in Religion and Values and Initial Teacher Training (ITE). The overview of different degrees is immensely interesting and one informs the other when preparing to work with students. In her on-going work, Ellie is currently contributing to a book on Inclusive Education with her colleagues in the Centre for Education and Inclusion at University of Worcester. In addition, her work with REQM (RE Quality Mark) involves supervising teachers in post as they undertake action research in their subject area.
Gareth joined the University of Worcester in 2007 and currently teaches on various modules on the Education Studies degree and on other courses. He has specific interests in teacher education and special and inclusive education in the contexts of resource poor countries, particularly southern Africa. Gareth is the Phase Leader for Year 2 students.
Dr Philip Woodward
Philip joined the Institute of Education at Worcester in 2015, as a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies. He brings extensive experience from both further and higher education. In the higher education sector, Philip spent twelve years as an Associate Lecturer for The Open University working on a range of multidisciplinary social science courses. He has also contributed to the University of Greenwich Initial Teacher Education programme as an Associate Lecturer. Philip is the Phase Leader for Year 1 students.
Marie joins the Centre for Inclusion & Education and brings with her extensive teaching experience from both the Post-Compulsory (FE) sectors and more recently higher education settings - here and in the USA. A career spanning over 17 years has seen Marie teach in a variety of educational contexts and she is currently a final year PhD student, completing in 2016-2017 at the University of Worcester.
Where could it take you?
The Education Studies degree is an excellent route for progression to PGCE courses at Worcester and other providers. If you achieve a 2:1 or above you will be guaranteed an interview for teacher training (Primary) at Worcester provided you meet the various national pre-requisites for the course .
As well as going on to become successful teachers other students have moved into areas of learning support, child mentoring and welfare, and become training officers in the private sector. The opportunity to take a TEFL qualification as part of the degree opens a world of employment opportunities.
As a mature student studying Education Studies, the choice of modules the course offers has allowed me to not only broaden my views within the study of education, but it has also challenged my beliefs and filled me with excitement for my future career.
Kelly Chamberlain, first year Joint Honours student
Tom spent several years after sixth form travelling and living abroad, but it was his time on the Education Studies undergraduate degree course at the University of Worcester that helped crystallise what he wanted for his future.
“I have always been interested in helping people or giving advice to people,” said Tom. “The course was brilliant and touched on lots of different things; the historical aspects of education along with very up to date content. I thought the tutors were brilliant and offered lots of support and information.
“I think my experience at University has changed me as a person; it’s made me realise a few things about the world and it’s helped me know where I want to go in my career.”
Tom is now working at Perrywood Primary School as a teaching assistant, and is training through the school to become a qualified teacher.
He is also doing a Master’s degree in education part-time at the University of Worcester.
I really enjoyed doing my undergraduate degree in Education Studies, and it was a great course that allowed me to keep my career options open.
When I started the course I knew that I didn't want to go into teaching, but I was still unsure of exactly wanted I wanted to do. It wasn't until the second year that I realised I wanted to have a career in Educational Psychology. I began researching what I would need to do to meet the entry requirements for a Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology (as this is the only entry into the profession), and selected modules for my third year that incorporated some aspects of psychology.
I finished my degree last year and I am currently on the MSc Psychology at the University of Worcester. I intend to apply for the doctorate for the September 2019 intake. The degree in Education Studies was great as it enabled me to explore different career options whilst on the course, as well as preparing me academically for the challenges of completing a Masters degree.
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.
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The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.
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Part-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Education Studies BA - X302 BA/ES
See our Education Studies degrees page for Joint Honours options.
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