Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Education Studies BA

This broad-based, interdisciplinary programme challenges how we think about education. Looking beyond education as taking place only in schools and universities, to studying how education occurs across all social institutions (for example, employment and families), this degree develops critical understandings of education in the past, present and future – locally and globally.

Key information

UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
3 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
173 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Education subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

No specific subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C 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

IB Diploma

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) - Distinction, Distinction, Distinction or BTEC Nationals Diploma (NQF) - Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.

M1,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects

BBB at Advanced Highers (or BB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher).

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB.

International applications

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.

Degree benefits

  • One of the most broad-based Education programmes in the UK, that introduces students to educational insights from a wide range of disciplines, including history, sociology, philosophy, psychology and communication studies.
  • A strong emphasis on helping students to think creatively and effectively about promoting social justice, equality, democracy, sustainability and social change through education.
  • A diverse student body in a global university located in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant and multicultural cities.
  • Opportunities to specialise in particular areas of educational studies, and to learn how to conduct your own individual research.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Education, Practice and Society.

  • 78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 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 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The programme has core modules in the first year that provide students with the skills, perspectives and knowledge they need to develop a broad-based, globally oriented, interdisciplinary study of education.

In the second and third years, students combine a selection of core and optional modules that best fit their own individual needs and interests. In the third year, students have the opportunity to conduct an extended research study on a topic of their own choosing, with the guidance of a personal dissertation supervisor.

Modules focus on a wide range of disciplines and subjects, addressing questions such as: How should we think of equality in education? What can we learn from studying how education is represented in popular culture? 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 course after completing the degree.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Foundations in the Sociology of Education
How People Learn
Living in a Schooled Society
Introduction to Education Studies
Literacy, Language and Communication
Representations of Education in Film and Literature
Understanding Education Research: Numbers, Narratives, Knowledge and Nonsense

Core or compulsory module(s)

Global Issues in Education
Policy and Politics in Education

Optional modules

You will select one from the following options:

Archival Research and Oral History in Education
Educating and Organising for Social Justice
The Learning Sciences
Philosophical Research in Education
Qualitative Social Science Research Methods
Social History of Learning and Learners
Ways of Thinking and Ways of Being

Optional modules

Educating for Employment? Understanding Learning in the 21st Century Economy
Elites, Education and Inequalities
Gender, Sexuality and Feminisms in Everyday Lives
Literacies Across the Lifecourse
Media Production in Education
Radical Education
Rights, Equality & Justice in Education
Youth and Youth Movements in the Modern World
Youth in a Globalising World

Your learning

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 organising projects.


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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Education Studies BA.


This programme prepares students for careers in education and a wide range of other fields, but also provides students with an intellectual set of tools that allow them to lead in transforming how we think about and practice education, in their work, community and personal lives.

Students who take this programme may go on to work as teachers and educators in schools, colleges and universities. But they also can pursue careers in community and youth work, international aid and development, social care and inclusion, local and national government, media and the arts, and other related fields. The programme does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status.


*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Alumni view

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)

Alumni view

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)

Alumni view

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

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18)
Overseas students
£16,340 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current 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.

Departmental scholarships

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.

Application and next steps

Your application

When considering applications we look for a clear understanding of the broad interdisciplinary nature of the programme and the range of skills involved. We also look for an interest in the field of education, as demonstrated by some discussion of theories and perspectives relating to education or by some reflection on practical experience in a related area.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


Selection for the programme will depend entirely on your UCAS application and personal statement. In some circumstances we may ask for additional information (for example, samples of written work) as evidence of your ability. We reserve the right to interview applicants.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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