Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Education, Society and Culture (top-up) (part-time)

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: N/A

What you'll study

If you're already working in an educational setting, this course will enable you to build on your existing knowledge, and examine educational issues and new ways of thinking.

There are two part-time course options. There's a part-time route of 18 months, where you'll study two 20-credit Level 6 modules per semester over a period of three semesters through one taught session per week (sessions are normally 6 - 9 pm on Mondays, subject to timetabling).

The second option is a part-time flexi route of 36 months, where you study one 20-credit module per semester.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Key Issues in Education

    This stimulating module introduces you to key, critical and innovative issues in education, such as social class, gender and equity. These themes will be explored using a problem-based learning approach focusing on a variety of educational and learning contexts and communities.

  • Equality and Diversity in Learning Communities

    Explore and examine matters of equality and diversity arising in learning contexts. You will engage, critically, with academic and policy-based literature with a focus upon current practice.

  • Anthropology and Childhood

    Children around the world experience childhood very differently. Through an examination of the ways children play, develop, work and experience adolescence in different cultures, you will explore how society constructs childhood and how it is in turn constructed by children.

  • Loss and Bereavement in Learning Communities

    This module explores the significant impact of various forms of loss, including bereavement. Exploring how children form a 'nested relationship' relating to attachment, behaviour, learning and wellbeing. You'll gain an understanding of cultural and historical issues relating to grieving, and the extent to which emotionally-coherent learning communities can support children holistically.

  • Guided Research Project

    This exciting module will allow you to conduct an original research in a subject of your choosing within the broad area of Educational studies, that you will be able to plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor and through guided group tutorials.

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

More about this course

This part-time top-up course can take your career to the next level. It enables you to examine educational issues and generate new ways of thinking. Building on your knowledge and understanding, we'll encourage you to question the aims and values of educational systems and processes.

  • An ideal way to move your career in a new direction or progress to the next level.
  • Major themes include equality and diversity; loss and bereavement awareness and death education; and anthropology and childhood.
  • 98% of Hull's educational studies students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018).

Through problem-based learning, you’ll learn how to construct and sustain well-reasoned arguments and present them in a clear, evidence-based manner. This strong focus on problem-based learning means you’ll graduate with the confidence and ability to transfer these skills to a work environment.

Our teaching staff

Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

  • 240 credits (120 at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5) in a compatible field of study
  • Applicants who have successfully completed the University of Hull’s foundation degree in Learning Support have an automatic right of entry onto this top-up programme
  • All students must have undergone the relevant criminal record checks as shown by receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
  • As a student of this course, you’ll complete a criminal convictions self-disclosure form and return this to us. This is an interim measure and is retained until we have the full Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU (part-time): £1,540 (20 credits), £4,625 (60 credits), £6,165 (80 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

You’ll have a variety of career options in education. This top-up will provide you with a valuable academic qualification and opens up opportunities for promotion, to progress into graduate-level careers or roles, and for postgraduate training in teaching, social work and youth work.