Undergraduate prospectus


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, 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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects.
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-requirements

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
No specific subjects.

IB Diploma

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

Contextual offer

32 (more about contextual offers)
A score of 15 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

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.

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

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.

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

  • 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.

Degree structure

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
Foundations in the Sociology of Education
Living in a Schooled Society
Understanding Education Research: Numbers, Narratives, Knowledge and Nonsense

Optional modules

You will choose optional modules from a list which may include the following:
Education in the Age of Globalisation
How People Learn
Literacy, Language and Communication
Representations of Education in Film and Literature

Core or compulsory module(s)

Policy and Politics in Education

Optional modules

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
The Learning Sciences
Philosophical Research in Education
Researching Education and Society: Qualitative Methods
An Introduction to Applied Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences
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
Children with Disabilities: Theory, Politics and Experience

Optional modules

You will choose optional modules to the value of 4.0 credits from a list which may include the following:
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 and Justice in Education
Youth and Youth Movements in the Modern World
Youth in a Globalising World
Education, Religion and State: historical and contemporary developments

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 community 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.

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


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.

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.

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
Student view
I chose UCL because it has a reputation as one of the best universities in the world, and I love the area of London where it is situated. My work over the last thirteen years led me to choose Education Studies. I like the multi-disciplinary approach at UCL, meaning that education is linked to history, psychology, philosophy and sociology. Anne Butler - Education Studies BA Second Year
Student view
The course 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. Ibtissam El-Foutni Hamed - Education Studies BA Third Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£18,430 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

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).


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

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.

Application and next steps

Your application

We look for applicants with a desire to shape, redefine and reimagine what education is and can be. Applicants should have an appreciation of the approach of our programme and an interest in engaging with a variety of disciplines. We welcome applicants with a range of experiences in different kinds of educational settings.

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 2019


We consider all aspects of your UCAS application, valuing compelling personal statements, academic abilities and commitment to the field of education, perhaps through voluntary or work experience. In some circumstances we may ask for additional information (for example, samples of written work). We reserve the right to interview applicants.

In addition to general open days, we run an offer holder day, usually in February, so prospective students can meet the team and experience what it will be like to study with us at UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

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