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BA (Honours) Education Studies

Create, innovate, inspire: discover how education can transform lives.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS X300 Course code

Course description

What you study

This is a course where you learn about educational issues and relate them to practice, in preparation for a career in education. You learn about the sociology, psychology, philosophy and history of education.

You question the purposes of education and evaluate who it benefits and why. You debate current issues in education, such as testing and assessment, children and healthy eating, learning in the virtual world, prisoner education, ADHD and inclusion.

You develop your expertise in a range of areas, asking questions such as

• How do people learn?

• What counts as education and what counts as knowledge?

• Why do we value certain types of knowledge more than others?

• How does the digital age impact on what we know about teaching and learning? What role does and should technology play?

• Is the school system fair? Who does it favour?

• How could we do education differently? Could we educate without teachers?

Key areas include • cultural representations of education • education policy • disability and inclusion • teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) • social justice in education • international perspectives on education • research methods • different educational contexts.

You learn through lectures, seminars and work placements, supported by your own academic tutor. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Placements and work experience

Each year you gain valuable experience and professional skills on placement in a school, college or other education-related organisations. We guarantee to find you a placement, unless you choose to source your own.

Your placement prepares you for working life, and can help inform your career choices when you graduate. The experience you gain is also attractive to prospective employers.

You complete three placements during the course in different and contrasting settings, so you experience a variety of educational environments.

In year one, you spend 19 days on placement. Your placement starts with one block week, then you attend two days a week for the following seven consecutive weeks.

In year two, you spend 16 days on placement. You attend two days a week over eight consecutive weeks. Alternatively, you can choose to take an international placement, working abroad with one of our partner institutions.

We have arrangements with universities in Germany, Spain, Australia and Las Vegas, USA.

In year three, you complete 14 days on placement and five research days completing a small-scale enquiry. You attend two days a week over seven consecutive weeks.

From 2016 this course will be based in our landmark £30million Charles Street building in the city centre. It will be home to Sheffield Institute of Education, a national centre of education recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English language and mathematics. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.


• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 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 need an IELTS score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 in the writing module and a minimum of 5.5 in all other skill areas.

Demonstrating that you have work experience in educational settings will be an advantage. Download our application experience guidelines for more information about experience requirements. This document includes important information about your application. Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being unsuccessful.

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions form. If successful in applying, a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau) check is required.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• education and culture • language and learning • politics and policy in education • integrating theory and practice 1 (placement) • philosophies of education • thinking differently: education and dis/ability

Year two core modules

• social justice matters • international perspectives • integrating theory and practice 1 (placement) • exclusion and inequalities • the individual in education: different perspectives

Year two options

Choose from • TESOL (with the option to take the Trinity Certificate over the summer months) • educational spaces and diverse contexts (e.g. museum education, prisoner education, forest schools)

Year three core modules

• the enquiring practitioner (placement) • research project (double module) • educational identities • education and the digital age • debating contemporary issues

  • essays
  • development of learning materials
  • reflective logs
  • verbal presentations
  • individual and small group projects
  • portfolios
  • individual research
  • writing a journal article


This degree is ideal if you are looking to start a career in education, social work, social policy or the wider public and community services.

The broad subject knowledge you gain and the ability to analyse issues from a range of perspectives are attributes that makes you attractive to a range of graduate employers. 95% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. You gain transferable skills including • communication, presentation and interpersonal skills • research and project management skills • self-reflection and development skills.

Currently about half of our graduates go on to train as teachers by completing a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), often here at the Institute of Education.

The course also provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate study at masters and PhD level in a range of education-related fields. If you gain a 2.1 or above in this degree, we guarantee you an interview for our Masters in Education.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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