Undergraduate prospectus 2022


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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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
29 January 2021
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

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 28 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

  • 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 eight years (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021) 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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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 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.

Compulsory module(s)

Living in a Schooled Society
Education in the Age of Globalisation
Understanding Education Research

Optional modules

You will choose optional modules from a list which may include the following:
Foundations in the Sociology of Education
Philosophical Reflections on Education with Film
Modern Foreign Language with Centre for Languages and International Education
The Worlds of UCL: Critical histories of education, nation and empire
Literacy, Language and Communication
How People Learn

Compulsory module(s)

Policy and Politics in Education

Optional modules

You will choose optional modules from a list which may include the following:

Researching Education and Society: Qualitative Methods
Archival Research and Oral History in Education
The Learning Sciences
An Introduction to Applied Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences
Children with Disabilities: Theory, Politics and Experience
Modern Foreign Language with Centre for Languages and International Education
Philosophical Research in Education
Educating and Organising for Social Justice
Ways of Thinking and Ways of Being
Educating Minorities, Migrants and Refugees

Optional modules

You will choose optional modules which may include the following:

Literacies Across the Lifecourse
Media Education in Schools: New Literacies and Production
Youth in a Globalising World
Social History of Learning and Learners
Creativity and Education
Modern Foreign Language with Centre for Languages and International Education
The Teacher in Policy and Research
Educating for Employment? Understanding Learning in the 21st Century Economy
Gender, Sexuality and Feminisms in Everyday Lives
Radical Education
Youth Cultures and Youth Movements: Sociological and Historical Perspectives
Rights, Equality and Justice in Education
Education, Religion and State: Historical and Contemporary Developments
Communicating Knowledge: Possibilities and Opportunities
Options from across UCL, subject to availability

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.

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 offer a unique, optional placement module in the second year to introduce the theory and history of education as part of collective efforts to create a more democratic, equal, just and sustainable society. Alongside lectures and seminars, the module provides a hands-on opportunity to learn community organising skills and participate in a local community organising project with Citizens UK. Please note this module is capped and students interested in taking the module will be asked to write a short letter explaining why they are interested in the topic.


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.

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


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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 committed 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.

Student view
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
Student view
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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£21,600 (2021/22)

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 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.

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 in social science and humanities. 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: 29 January 2021


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.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

Page last modified on 5 August 2021