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BA (Honours) Education Studies

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)

Education Studies

Take a critical, transformative approach to the study of education, with a particular focus on social justice.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? X300
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Thrive in an inclusive and supportive environment.
  • Develop skills in communicating and engaging with diverse audiences.
  • Debate current developments in education policies and practices.
  • Build your employability by gaining real-world experience.

On this course, you'll study education in detail, and have the chance to specialise and gain a qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). while engaging in debates and improving your communication skills. This broad knowledge and experience will ensure you’re ready for wherever your career takes you.

Student view

Watch student Megan Edwards talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Manuel Madriaga talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our focus is to support you to develop personally and professionally, as you gain confidence in applying knowledge to real-world experiences.

In an inclusive and supportive environment, you will explore current issues and challenge accepted ideas and practices, alongside expert academic staff.

You learn through

  • engaging inclusively with peers
  • class debates
  • group tutorials
  • peer-review feedback
  • real-world projects
  • team working on placement
  • opportunities to study abroad
  • challenging your own thinking
  • lectures and visiting speakers
  • models of reflection
  • guided and independent study

All assessment is coursework based.

You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.  

Course leaders and tutors

Manny Madriaga
Manny Madriaga
Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Senior Lecturer and Research Assistant

Applied learning

Work placements

You undertake placements in different workplaces each year, such as schools, voluntary groups or other informal educational organisations. This enables you to explore a range of potential employment opportunities during the course and gives you substantial real-world experience to prepare for your future career.

Our partnership team help you find the right placement for you. You will be in a placement setting two days per week that usually lasts up to 8 weeks during a semester on each year of the course.

Live projects

The course works with a number of educational organisations to set 'live projects' where students work collaboratively to share their knowledge with local communities. Recently our students have worked with Create Sheffield (Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership) and Sheffield Theatres Trust.

Networking opportunities

You will meet and work with a range of educational professionals and organisations, on placement and in the classroom. Our Careers and Employability team and your tutors will also introduce you to relevant research and professional networks.

Developing attributes such as curiosity, independent-thinking and integrity, alongside skills such as reflection, evaluation and digital literacy opens doors to a wide range of post-degree possibilities.

At each level of the course, you will be supported to reflect on the experience you are gaining and will develop action plans to scaffold your ongoing professional journey.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching and education
  • public and community services
  • social work
  • education policy and research

Previous graduates have gone on to

  • work in compulsory, further and higher education settings. education recruitment agencies, city councils, development trusts and travel operators
  • further study, including MAs in education, social work, business management and tourism management.

A sizeable proportion of our Education graduates train as teachers by completing a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students gaining an Honours degree are guaranteed an interview for a Hallam PGCE course subject to terms and conditions*.

*Candidates for PGCE courses will require GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent and usually a 2.2 degree or above. Candidates will also need to successfully complete the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the DfE.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 104

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

We may accept GCSE equivalents.

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Grade B from CACHE Diploma Level 3 in Child Care and Education.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent.

Suitability Declaration

You must fully declare the following information on the application form during the admissions process:

  • unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process
  • if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
  • where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Inclusive Practice: Thinking Differently About Education Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Language, Learning And Diversity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Philosophies Of Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Placement: Introducing Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Politics And Policy In Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ethics In Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Perspectives On Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Placement: Developing Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Justice In Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Experiencing Spaces: Embodying Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exploring Places And Spaces: Education Beyond The Classroom Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exploring Second Language Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundation Studies In Tesol Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Debating Education: Exploring Contemporary Issues Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Education In The Digital Age Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Educational Identities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Placement: Reflecting On Personal And Professional Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tesol Classroom Teaching And Reflection Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF, 261.5KB)

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