- Jack Bicker
- Admissions Tutor (Education Studies BA)
Education is a driving force for a better and more just world. The Education Studies BA at the world-leading UCL Institute of Education is an interdisciplinary degree supporting future generations to understand and critically reflect on education and society to become leaders of societal change.
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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.
UCL 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.
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.
Gaining insights from sociology, philosophy, history and psychology in relation to educational issues, students learn to combine and apply different disciplinary forms of knowledge to propose solutions to real world challenges.
On this exciting and rigorous degree, we prepare our students to be agents of global educational transformation. Throughout the programme, they are encouraged to reflect on their identity and place in the world.
Students are taught by active researchers, benefiting from from the research and teaching expertise at the UCL Institute of Education, ranked world leader in the field of Education for the last seven years (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020) and from UCL’s Connected Curriculum approach.
Our curriculum allows them to navigate their own path through the degree, and our varied teaching and assessment methods support them to become independent and innovative thinkers capable of both responding to and leading the transformations of the future.
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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 students critically evaluate policy, design independent research projects and become critical users and producers of technology.
In the first and 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 in primary and a limited number of secondary subjects after completing the degree.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Education Studies.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
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.
We use a wide range of assessment methods that are carefully developed across all our programme's modules to develop students' thinking and writing skills. These include student argumentative academic essays, journals and portfolios, empirical research assignments, multimedia projects, group discussions and debates, individual and collective presentations, writing drafts and outlines, and examinations.
In addition to subject knowledge and skills, you will develop a range of transferable skills such as research skills, leadership skills, communication skills, critical and creative thinking skills.
We prepare students to use their subject expertise in education for a wide variety of careers in policy, schools, communities and international organisations. Students gain the intellectual tools to enable them to take a lead role in transforming how we think about and practise education, wherever they go in their work, community and personal lives.
We support our students' transition to work and/or postgraduate study through tailored career events developed in collaboration with UCL Careers.
Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term and experience a different education system.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
“The programme is really broad – I have learnt about how education policy is enacted within the UK and globally, about childhood, about the sociology of education and about minority education around the world and in a local context as well. Read more”Abdul Alim - Education Studies BA Third Year
“The programme is amazing because we look at education very holistically; we look at how teachers, politicians, parents, children and the community all influence education and it is really great way to understand the broader picture. Read more”Ibtissam El-Founti Hamed - Education Studies BA Third year
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
If you select an optional module that requires you to undertake a mandatory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, you will need to meet the cost of this (approximately £70).
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
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.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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.
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Page last modified on 22 January 2021