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

If you're already working in education, this course can take your career to the next level.

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2 years

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Course overview

This part-time top-up course builds on your existing knowledge – enabling you to examine educational issues and generate new ways of thinking.

We'll encourage you to question the aims and values of educational systems and processes. The course's major themes include equality and diversity; loss and bereavement awareness, and death education; and anthropology and childhood.

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

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Education and Childhood Studies


Six reasons to study Education, Society and Culture at Hull

  1. 94% graduate employability rating*
  2. Progress your career to the next level
  3. 91% overall student satisfaction rating
  4. Flexible part-time learning over 18 or 36 months
  5. Discover digital innovations in education
  6. Evening classes, so you can learn as you work 

What you'll study

First year modules

  • Core

    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.

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

How you'll study

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.

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

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.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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



  • £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).

The fees shown are for 2021 entry. The fees for 2022 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Teacher
  • Education administrator
  • Support worker
  • Manager
  • Researcher
  • Civil servant

The course can lead to careers in teaching, educational administration, management and research in a wide range of educational settings.

Graduates also find work with training and caring organisations, charities, parents' advisory groups and learning support organisations.

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A place where we stand up to kings, do deals with the world and take a wrecking ball to the slave trade. A place where culture stands out and the phone boxes are a different colour. A place where we're free-thinking, independent and proud of it.

*Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within 15 months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2017/18, published by HESA 2020.

†Overall satisfaction score in the education subject area (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)