Education Studies BA
This page refers to September 2019 start. For September 2018 start details see Education Studies BA (2018 entry)
This broad-based, interdisciplinary programme challenges how we think about education. Looking beyond education as taking place only in schools and universities, you will study education across all social institutions (for example, employment and families), and develop critical understandings of education in the past, present and future, both locally and globally.
- UCAS code
- Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2019
- London, Bloomsbury
- No specific subjects.
- BBB (more about contextual offers)
- No specific subjects. (more about contextual offers)
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
- 32 (more about contextual offers)
- A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. (more about contextual offers)
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher).
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
A broad-based education programme that introduces students to educational insights from traditional disciplines including history, sociology, philosophy, psychology as well as innovative fields such as media, communication and technology studies, race and ethnic studies, feminist and cultural studies.
Develops students’ imaginative capacity and fosters critical understanding of education and society, enabling you to engage in social justice and equality agendas through education.
Prepares students for careers in education and a wide range of other fields by providing you with an intellectual set of tools to take a lead role in transforming and improving society, no matter where you go next in your work, community and personal lives.
Our teaching team is made up of leading academics who draw directly on their research expertise to inform their teaching and provide students with specialist interest modules.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Our first-year core modules establish a broad-based, globally oriented, interdisciplinary curriculum that provides our diverse cohort with the skills, perspectives and knowledge needed to succeed in higher education.
In the second year, students combine core and optional modules to pursue their individual goals and interests. In their third year students choose all modules and have the opportunity to conduct their own research on an area they are passionate about.
Modules address questions such as: What is equality in education? Why do class, race and gender inequalities persist in schooling? What significance does new technology have for transforming education? How do people learn? How and why does education vary across the world and throughout history?
Please note that this degree does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but students can apply for a one-year teacher training programme after completing the degree.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
- Introduction to Education Studies
This module offers a multi-disciplinary introduction to the field of education studies. The module starts from the students own experiences in education by asking them to reflect on their own educational journeys and to work together to map the contours of the current educational systems. The module then takes a chronological approach to introducing students to diverse ideas about education that have developed over time (from Ancient Greece onwards) but continue to influence education in the 21st century. The module concludes with a series of interdisciplinary debates on some of the 'big questions' in education, in order for students to consider how various perspectives can be brought to bear on these key issues.
- Foundations in the Sociology of Education
The Foundations in the Sociology of Education is a core module in the first year of the BA Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. The module allows students to explore current and enduring educational questions through a sociological lens and to identify the relationships between education and social inequalities. Special attention is paid to issues of social justice, inclusion/exclusion and possibilities for social transformation. The module considers various axes of power, identity and institutional organization, including sessions focused on social class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, intersectionality, and learner and teacher identities.
- Living in a Schooled Society
The purpose of this module is to provide the foundations for one of the central ideas that motivates the UCL BA in Education Studies: the idea that education has become one of the most important lenses for understanding the world around us today. The close study of education is essential not only for understanding the nature and significance of teaching and learning in schools, colleges and universities, but also for developing our awareness of how education shapes - and is shaped by - the entire rest of society, outside of the formal education system itself. Some scholars speak of the rise of a 'schooled society', in which all social practices and institutions are increasingly influenced by and structured around ideas, values and discourses about education, learning, schooling, development, knowledge and skill.
The goal of this module is to help students develop their critical ability to recognise, reflect upon and analyse what it means to be living, as we all do today, in an ever more schooled society.
- Understanding Education Research: Numbers, Narratives, Knowledge and Nonsense
In this module, students will be helped to become critical, informed consumers of education research, particularly quantitative research. The module is in three parts:
- Part 1 provides an introduction to the nature and uses of quantitative and qualitative education research
- Part 2 focuses on technical issues related to understanding education research, introducing students to key research processes and statistical concepts, so that students can read research papers with confidence and a critical eye
- Part 3 of the module focuses on the relationship between research on the one hand and policy and practice on the other. Part 3 will include case studies of the ways in which education policy, programmes and research interact with and influence each other for example, looking at some of the ways that education research is used and misused in the pursuit of policy and programme development. It will also include analysis of some of the challenges associated with producing high quality education research.
Core or compulsory module(s)
- Policy and Politics in Education
This module is a compulsory module in the second year of the BA Education Studies programme, and it provides a detailed analysis of education policy and the underlying political trends. It covers major debates within education policy-making and considers how politicians have sought to change education systems through policy. This involves an examination of different policy areas and their relationship to the social and economic context of the time, using historical and sociological approaches. It also considers the formation of policy within an international context. The module examines a range of case studies looking at the enactment of policy in practice.
- You will choose optional modules to the value of 3.5 credits from a list which may include the following: Archival Research and Oral History in Education Educating and Organising for Social Justice [Placement module: See the project from 2017] The Learning Sciences Philosophical Research in Education Researching Education and Society: Qualitative Methods Social History of Learning and Learners Ways of Thinking and Ways of Being Sociology of Childhood Creativity and Education Literacies Across the Lifecourse Educating Minorities, Migrants and Refugees
- You will choose optional modules to the value of 4.0 credits from a list which may include the following: Dissertation Educating for Employment? Understanding Learning in the 21st Century Economy
- Elites, Education and Inequalities
- Gender, Sexuality and Feminisms in Everyday Lives
- Media Production in Education
- Radical Education
- Rights, Equality & Justice in Education Youth and Youth Movements in the Modern World Youth in a Globalising World
- Education, Religion and State: historical and contemporary developments
Almost everywhere religion has become increasingly relevant for making sense of the society, including understanding education. This module is an invitation to explore the complex relationship between education and religion. This will include exploring their historical relationship, the impact of the modern state, range of contemporary debates in various parts of the world, the role of the faith schools, religion and human rights, religious diversity, extremism, and issues to do with identity formation.
The module will be particularly relevant for students seeking to:
- become teachers of Religion Education (RE), Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and Citizenship
- engage in youth work or community engagement, or
- wanting to prepare for further academic study.
The programme seeks to help each student acquire a common set of intellectual skills and develop their own unique and principled voice for writing and speaking about education in the world. It does this through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, field trips, multimedia sessions, and individual and collective research and community organising projects.
As part of their dissertation option, students can opt to undertake fieldwork, and several of our optional modules involve short pieces of research, field trips to local archives, museums and other sites of educational interest.
We use a wide range of assessment methods that are carefully developed across all our programme's modules. These include student journals and portfolios, empirical research assignments, multimedia projects, group discussions and debates, individual and collective presentations, writing drafts and outlines, formal academic essays and examinations.
We prepare students for careers in education and related fields, and provide students with the skills to lead in transforming how we think about and practise education, in your work, community and personal lives. Our unique placement offers the chance to practise this goal in a real life, educational setting.
Many of our students are keen to train to become teachers and work directly as educators. Our programme is also ideal for students wishing to make and influence education policy at local and national levels, through research and consultancy (such as think tanks) or those who wish to develop careers in community and youth work, international aid and development, social care and inclusion, media and the arts, and other related fields.
Our students have also been keen to continue their own education, going on to study for Master's and PhD qualifications in disciplines such as education, policy, international development and social science at the IOE and other prestigious institutions.
First destinations of recent graduates of this programme at UCL include:
- Support Worker, Ranstand Recruitment Agency
- Family Action
- Full-time student, PGCE Primary at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
- Full-time student, PGCE Post-Compulsory Education (pre-service, full-time), at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
- Primary School Class Teacher (Year 6), Mitchell Brook Primary School and studying MA in Policy Studies In Education at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2014-2016 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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“At UCL IOE I managed to foster networks with a range of world-leading practitioners and professors within education. This was an invaluable asset to my career as the adoption of their theories and practices have helped me to progress further in my career. The friendly atmosphere at IOE made this an easy place to study and socialise, and the level of support and guidance from tutors and lecturers reached levels beyond comparison. They truly went over and beyond.”Abdi Dahir - Education Studies BA (2015)
“I have always had a great interest in education as a whole and the various ways it intersects with things such as politics and sociology. One of the best things about studying at UCL for me was the fact that I was being taught by world-leading experts in the field.”Khadijah Anabah - Education Studies BA (2015)
“I chose the programme, as I was interested in working in the education sector, and the degree helped prepare me for the Primary PGCE. In my final year I undertook some work experience in a mainstream primary school as part of the requirements for the PGCE programme. I also worked in a tuition centre that provided me with further experience of working with young children.”Hoomera Khurshid - Education Studies BA (2015)
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2018/19)
- Overseas students
- £17,890 (2018/19)
Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Listen to Dr Rachel Wilde, Admissions Tutor, giving an overview of the Education Studies BA.