Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Education Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: X300

What you'll study

Make a real difference to the next generation of learners with work placements in schools and other educational settings – including the chance to study or undertake a placement abroad.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

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.

You will explore fundamental themes including human rights and diversity, a historical and political approach to education, studying and learning in Higher Education, learning development, international perspectives of education and ICT in education.

Core modules

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

  • Skills for Academic Success

    This module runs across all first year education programmes, providing you with the essential study skills that you need in order to succeed at university. Studying, learning and assessment processes at university are different to those at school and college, so this module helps you to develop these essential skills.

  • An introduction to Educational Policy and Learning

    What would you do if you were in charge of education in your country? As an introduction to how policy shapes our learning and teaching, you'll have the chance to design your own education policy as Education Minister of a country. You can introduce any policy you want, as long as you are prepared to explain why.

  • Digital Technologies in the 21st Century

    Gain an understanding of the current and future impact of digital technologies in broad areas of public and private life. This module provides opportunities to engage with a range of digital tools and gain practical skills.

  • Learning Across the Lifespan

    This module introduces the concept of learning and development throughout the lifespan. It will help you recognise how different cultural, environmental and social contexts influence individual learning and development by analysing a diverse range of theories applied to the study of individual development.

  • Inclusion, Diversity and Rights

    This module introduces the key principles of inclusion, diversity and rights. It explores the historical context of and important milestones on the way to inclusion. These issues are examined in relation to exclusion, segregation and integration. The module progresses from the 1896 Committee on Defective and Epileptic Children through to the present day.

  • International Constructions of Childhood

    Explore how childhood is perceived, lived and constructed across different societies and cultures worldwide. From an international perspective, the module addresses topics such as childhood and gender; childhood and religion; child wellbeing; child labour; urban childhoods; and others.

Second 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.

Your second year comprises an in-depth look at the ways in which children and young people can be supported in their learning, with a specific focus on the use of technology in education. Furthermore, you will examine policies designed to ensure the well-being and safeguarding of children and develop your own understanding and interests in regards to research through different methods. This year also offers an opportunity to study abroad or gain valuable work experience in an alternative educational or industry setting in the UK, as part of the programme.

Core modules

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

  • Education Research Methods

    This module provides knowledge essential to carry out successful educational research. By exploring research methodology and methods, you'll gain skills in designing questionnaires, interviews, observations and analysing research reports.

  • Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

    You will be introduced to the statutory framework for safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children and young people in educational settings in England. You'll consider the historical and social context of safeguarding and child protection with opportunities to research contemporary concerns such as modern child slavery.​

  • Digital Technologies in Education

    You will consider the different issues involved in the management and organisation of digital technologies in schools. You will also be able to explore how you can use different tools effectively to support teaching and learning.

  • Work Based Pedagogy in Practice

    Placement experience in the UK or overseas is the basis for increasing employability skills. Experiencing different cultures and employers develops confidence and supports early career choices, all of which are shared at the student conference.

Final 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.

In year 3 you have the opportunity to refine your learning further, by selecting from some of the following themes: philosophy and values in education; leadership and management in the children’s workforce; democratic and student-led learning, creativity and innovation in education; informal and non-formal learning in education, assessment and curriculum and an independent research dissertation which focuses on your own particular professional and theoretical interests.

Additionally you will have the opportunity to study toward Forest School certification, which allows you to facilitate children’s learning experiences in outdoor contexts. Guided Sight training will provide you with certification and practical advice on how to support children and young people with a visual impairment, whilst considering its implications for people with other disabilities

Core modules

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

  • Informal and Non Formal Education and Learning

    Although often unacknowledged, informal or non-formal learning is happening all around us through voluntary and community organisations, in youth and community work, through on-line communities and in the workplace. In this module, you will evaluate a site of informal learning chosen by you and gain insight into the crucial, yet often hidden, role informal and non-formal learning plays in society.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings

    This module focuses on finding ways of listening and responding to marginalised voices of children and young people. It seeks to redress the balance between the predominant voices of "experts" and those experiencing marginalisation by developing an understanding of a variety of methodological participative tools, which can be used to bring about this shift in thinking.

  • Creativity in Education

    Experience approaches to learning that encourage creative critical thinking. Creativity is observable in all areas of education and children's realities, including school, nursery, home and play. All children have creative abilities and it is our responsibility as educators to facilitate and encourage the creative capacities of thinking, originality, innovation, resourcefulness, individuality, vision, self expression and artistry.

  • Education, Inequality and Social Justice

  • Leadership, Management and Team Working

    This module introduces aspects of leadership, management and team working in the context of children's services and education. As well as traditional views of leadership and management. There is also a focus on leadership and management in the 21st century and the collaborative approaches that support effective team working.

  • Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Wellbeing

    By taking this module, you will critically consider the complex issues relating to and affecting children's and young people's wellbeing, and the extent to which education and learning communities have the potential to enhance and nurture pupil welfare.

“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 course gives you the chance to make a real difference to the next generation of learners by gaining the skills to work with children and young people in new ways. You'll look at innovative approaches to teaching and learning such as forest schools and digital teaching aids.

  • 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 the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Guaranteed work experience throughout - we have links to more than 600 educational institutions giving you a better chance of a placement that suits your ambitions.
  • Spend a semester at an English-speaking partner institution in a country renowned for high-quality childcare – such as Spain, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. Or you could spend the time gaining professional experience in the UK.
  • Visit maintained and special schools, as well as other educational settings such as museums, galleries and outdoor environments.

As well as preparing you for your career, you'll analyse contemporary issues in education from a range of perspectives including social justice, psychology, sociology and social policy. A clear path to PGCE makes this course ideal for those with teaching ambitions.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Second year



Final year



Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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

2019 Tariff points: 104 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • Applicants should also have GCSE English Language/Literature at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 26 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with merits in a minimum of 30 credits
  • CACHE L3 Extended Diploma: C

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Any offers made are conditional on the results of an enhanced DBS check.

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: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*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

We are proud that 100% of our educational studies graduates are in work or further study within six months, according to the Destinations Of Leavers from Higher Education report by HESA (June 2017). 

Employment options following graduation are varied. Education Studies can lead to careers in teaching, educational administration, management and research within a wide range of educational settings, as well as training and caring organisations, charities, parents' advisory groups or learning support organisations.

You could also apply the skills you learn to other areas of the public and private sectors. Or you may wish to choose a pathway to further study and training. Opportunities include programmes such as Educational Psychology, Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Schools Direct. All of our graduates can also choose to continue study at Masters level.