Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Education Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: X300

What you'll study

The BA Education Studies programme is built on a framework of social justice, with an emphasis on psychology, sociology and social policy to develop a broad spectrum of knowledge about the subject of education. Throughout the programme will have an opportunity to visit educational settings in both the maintained and special school sectors, alternative provision including museums, galleries and outdoor environments. You will also have the opportunity to work and study abroad during your third year.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

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.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

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.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

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

“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 undergraduate degree has a distinctive focus on employability with work placements in schools and other settings - including the chance to work or study abroad - giving you the chance to apply your theoretical knowledge in practical real-life situations. This course empowers you to make a real difference in an ever-changing and diverse world through the exploration of moral and social issues, a consideration of how the environment shapes learning, and an understanding of how you can make a difference to a child’s wellbeing and future.

The programme is flexible and allows you to take specialist professional pathways such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and education-related fields like social or health care contexts, careers and guidance and the voluntary sector. There are two course options available, a three-year BA (Hons) and a four-year version with integrated foundation year.

Over the course of your degree, you will engage in debates on contemporary issues and explore experiential learning through student-led projects. Recent pilot schemes have seen students receive mobile devices to reflect the integration of technology in real-world settings. Such focus on digital and practical skills set you apart from those studying elsewhere who may receive a more theoretical emphasis in their learning. The foundation year provides an introduction to the psychological and sociological perspectives of education and reflects on their impact in a wide range of educational settings. The emphasis of this year is on our staff offering guidance and support as you learn to understand the complexities of academic processes.

Teaching and Learning

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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 and confirmation that any health requirements have been met.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

104 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

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.

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Fees and funding

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 educational administration, management and research, within a wide range of educational settings, as well as training organisations, 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. In addition, 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.