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Undergraduate

BA Education Studies with three optional pathways

Make a difference to the lives of learners and their communities. Tailor your degree through a wide variety of work placements or by choosing one of our new optional pathways; Special Educational Needs, Inclusion & Disability (SENDI) Youth Work & Community Development (YWCD) or Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

104 points

A Level grades: BCC

UCAS code

X300

Choose an option

Start date

Course overview

Education and learning in all its forms has the power to enable individuals, communities, institutions and society to change and transform.

The BA Education Studies is an innovative programme, which offers opportunities to tailor your degree towards a specific career interest should you wish. Alongside the central programme there are three optional pathways, Youth Work and Community Development (YWCD), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI) with the additional opportunity to create a bespoke programme from the available modules.

This critical study of educational processes, systems and approaches is situated within cultural, societal and political contexts. You will be engaged with learning spaces and places in and beyond formal educational settings, in an approach that will challenge your assumptions of what education is and where it takes place. Through engagement with real-world experiences and by examining contemporary issues, you will be equipped with the skills required to be agents of change in a complex and ever evolving educational landscape.

 

Optional Pathways

Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI)

Special Education Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI) centres upon the exclusion, discrimination, and barriers to learning through the restructuring of cultures, policies and practices. This pathway offers the possibility to challenge stereotypical thinking; interrogate inequality in education and society; value diversity; develop inclusive practices and support for those with SEND; and view differences between children and adults as resources for learning.

Youth Work and Community Development (YWCD)

Students choosing this pathway will have the opportunity to gain an honours degree AND the professional JNC qualification in Youth Work. Combining academic and professional studies will give you increased graduate employability across a range of youth and community settings. On the course you will build specialist knowledge and skills in informal education, which promotes participatory approaches to engagement with young people and communities, working towards inclusion, social justice and equity for all. Professional practice placements on this pathway will enable you to collectively bring about positive social change in ways that make a difference and have social impact from the beginning of your studies and beyond.

We are seeking JNC recognition as a professional youth and community work qualification for this programme, though the validation process is not yet complete.

Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

With the use, status and teaching of English language at the forefront of global interaction, this pathway provides students with the opportunity to develop and integrate key English language teaching and academic knowledge alongside practical and varied community-based teaching experience. Moreover, students can undertake a supported, home or overseas placement in the area of TESOL at Level 5, whilst also working towards an embedded and highly desirable, nationally and internationally recognised Trinity Cert TESOL teaching qualification as part of their studies.

Six reasons to study Education at Hull

  1. 95% graduate employability rating*
  2. Strong emphasis on inclusion and social justice
  3. Placement – links to over 600 education and community settings
  4. Opportunities to gain work experience abroad
  5. Gain professional accreditation (TESOL & YWCD pathways)
  6. Recognised route to PGCE and Education related Masters

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Ethical Dilemmas and the Moral Maze

    Dealing with real-world, ethical or moral dilemmas is extremely challenging, yet pertinent to all areas of work and professional practice, with the skills and insight to deal with these situations therefore being of the utmost importance and benefit in the contemporary world. Such issues can be extremely complex and commonplace, affecting individuals and communities in a range of different contexts -impacting upon both children, young people and adults. Planning and working collaboratively to explore these dilemmas, you will analyse a range of case studies (ethical dilemmas) relevant to your areas of interest, seeking to explore the legal, moral and ethical requirements of practice.

    Learning Across the Lifespan

    This module explores a diverse range of theories of human development and learning. Using real world examples provided, you will be encouraged to apply a combination of theories to understand, consider and reflect upon appropriate courses of action to address issues found across a range of relevant settings and contexts.

    Education, Power and Knowledge

    Education is at the forefront of social change for social justice. This module offers you the opportunity to make a difference, through Education, from the beginning of your studies. As agents of educational change you will undertake a collaborative project which focuses on the issues you are passionate about, alongside fellow students and academics. You will examine how mainstream education has been shaped through agendas of Power. But this module then introduces you to existing alternate approaches to education, and to the direct action of educators and learners which come from those approaches. Alternate approaches to education can act as drivers of change to challenge poverty, inequality and sustainable community development at local, national and global contexts.

    Social Justice and Social Change

    Social Justice and Social Change offers an exciting opportunity for you to make a difference from the outset of your study at the University of Hull. You will work collaboratively to co-produce the big social justice questions such as why are so many children still living in poverty in the UK? Why does inequality still exist? Does democracy really exist? Why do so many young people leave school without being able to read and write? What will good work look like in 2030? How is social media affecting ideas about education? Such questions will provide drivers for social change and orientate practice to make a difference. With these big questions in mind you will have an opportunity to become familiar with innovative and creative projects and initiatives that work with children, young people and communities. The School of Education hosts a range of exciting projects from citizen inquiry to participatory action research projects like‘#thehullwewant @thehullwewant’ and ‘Talking Hull’ that you can engage with and we also have a wide partnership network in the city, region, nationally and internationally which can offer opportunities for you to learn about, get involved and make a difference.

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    This engaging module provides foundation knowledge and skills that will enable you to understand the background and needs of a diverse range of children, young people and communities you will encounter in a range of practice contexts, and throughout your career. It provides theoretical knowledge and understanding of policy, legislation and research, which will underpin your academic and/or professional identity.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory Modules

    Leadership and Project Management

    Your degree will open up opportunities for a range of graduate futures across all organisation types for example in schools, charities, health services or your own enterprise business. This module will provide opportunities to understand how organisations work and the styles of leadership within these. For example do you consider yourself to be ‘democratic’ or ‘authoritarian’, are leaders born or made? This module will challenge you to think about leadership in new ways and understand the challenges facing organisations. You will acquire a range of skills and develop your knowledge to help you make a difference through activities such as knowing where to source funding and write a funding bid to evidencing good practice.

    Digital Education and Learning

    This module will explore the changing use and application of digital technologies across a broad range of learning contexts that include universities, schools, museums, community groups and the wider public. It will focus on a number of themes that include the use of digital technologies and creativity; authoring and collaboration and inclusion and accessibility. The mode of learning for the module will be entirely online and you will have opportunities to co-teach and facilitate the use of different online technologies as part of the learning and assessment process.

    NB: This module is not available for students undertaking the YWCD pathway.

    Professional Practice

    You will have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people and communities through an extended placement within your chosen field, either in the UK or abroad. Through the placement, you will become increasingly confident, competent and drive your own professional development. We have exciting placement opportunities in various contexts that will introduce you to a range of innovative ways you can work with and alongside organisations, practitioners, children, young people and families which have real impact in their lives.

    Communities of Practice

    This is a participatory, experiential and collaborative module in which you will be introduced to a series of provocations identified by practitioners working at a grass root level in a range of early years, family, youth and community, SENDI, TESOL, and educational settings.

  • Optional Modules

    Working Therapeutically and Inclusively with Children with SEND

    This exciting module enables you to consider how you might work more effectively and inclusively with children and young people who have special educational needs. You will be able to develop hands-on, practical experience with therapeutic skills such as play therapy, life story work and Lego therapy. In addition, you will become familiar with a variety of additional needs, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s Syndrome, and emotional and behavioural difficulties including adverse childhood trauma.

    Participation, Engagement and Applied Professional Ethics with Young People and Communities

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop essential knowledge of the important profession of youth work and community development which will enhance your ability to excel in your chosen field of work. As Youth and Community Development workers you will draw on an appreciative view of young people and communities, recognising and valuing what is strong and not wrong to challenge the dominant deficit discourse that portrays young people as deviant and communities as lacking. This module supports you to examine innovative and creative ways to make a difference in society.

    Issues and Interventions: Young People, Families and Communities

    This module provides a sound basis for understanding key issues such as mental health, child criminal exploitation, youth offending, victimisation and the interventions and practices which seek to address these. Working in small project teams you will have the opportunity to understand these issues through real world case studies and practitioner experiences from which you can apply relevant theory and policy. During the module you will develop your understanding of the youth and community justice system, health services/projects and the role of youth work and community development within both health intervention and justice services.

    Introduction to English Language Teaching

    This module looks at how language is governed by the context in which it occurs, and how far this affects the way that it is learned. You will seek to answer the following core questions:

    Why are there are so many different ways of saying the same thing?

    How can we best describe language use?

    What is the connection between language use and language learning?

  • SENDI Pathway Module

    Working Therapeutically and Inclusively with Children with SEND

    This exciting module enables you to consider how you might work more effectively and inclusively with children and young people who have special educational needs. You will be able to develop hands-on, practical experience with therapeutic skills such as play therapy, life story work and Lego therapy. In addition, you will become familiar with a variety of additional needs, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s Syndrome, and emotional and behavioural difficulties including adverse childhood trauma.

  • YWCD Pathway Modules

    Participation, Engagement and Applied Professional Ethics with Young People and Communities

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop essential knowledge of the important profession of youth work and community development which will enhance your ability to excel in your chosen field of work. As Youth and Community Development workers you will draw on an appreciative view of young people and communities, recognising and valuing what is strong and not wrong to challenge the dominant deficit discourse that portrays young people as deviant and communities as lacking. This module supports you to examine innovative and creative ways to make a difference in society.

    Issues and Interventions: Young People, Families and Communities

    This module provides a sound basis for understanding key issues such as mental health, child criminal exploitation, youth offending, victimisation and the interventions and practices which seek to address these. Working in small project teams you will have the opportunity to understand these issues through real world case studies and practitioner experiences from which you can apply relevant theory and policy. During the module you will develop your understanding of the youth and community justice system, health services/projects and the role of youth work and community development within both health intervention and justice services.

  • TESOL Pathway Module

    Introduction to English Language Teaching

    This module looks at how language is governed by the context in which it occurs, and how far this affects the way that it is learned. You will seek to answer the following core questions:

    Why are there are so many different ways of saying the same thing?

    How can we best describe language use?

    What is the connection between language use and language learning?

Final year modules

  • Compulsory Modules

    Voice and Influence

    This dynamic module will extend your knowledge and understanding of the role and purpose of voice and influence in your practice with children, young people, families, adults and communities. It is crucial that people have a voice and the opportunity to influence decisions that affect them and the matters that are of importance to them. The module will examine models of voice and influence from forums and campaigns to the role of the media. It will also explore issues of advocacy and ways to support children, young people, adults and communities in representing their views, needs and wishes to decision-makers.

    Extended Research Project

    This module offers an exciting opportunity for you to delve deeply into and explore a contemporary issue which you feel passionate about that is relevant to your programme of study. You will have the opportunity to design, develop and conduct your own research project. Through the process of this research and writing your dissertation you will develop specialist knowledge and skills relevant to your graduate future, whether that be employment or postgraduate study.

    Key Contemporary Themes in Education

    This module gives you an ideal opportunity to pursue subjects you are interested in and passionate about with the chance to bring together and discuss themes that you have encountered during the programme. As such it enables you to make full use of the skills and knowledge you have developed over the three years. Issues that you have described in year 1 (Social Justice) and analysed in year 2 (collaborative action learning) will become the focus of a principled response applying the insights you have gained from exposure to arrange of contexts from across the field within this Key Contemporary Themes module.

    (Note, this module is not available on the YWCD Pathway.)

  • Optional Modules

    Further Principles and Practice of English Language Teaching

    This module gives you the chance to learn about the diverse and dynamic field of English Language teaching, with the development of key skills and insight relevant to a range of English language teaching and educational-related employment and further study. In conjunction with the (TESOL pathway) Level 5 ‘Introduction to English language teaching’ module, these combined modules importantly provide you with the opportunity to additionally achieve the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages–an internationally recognised professional English language teaching qualification.

    Representations and Realities: The Media, Diversity and Difference

    This module utilises a novel and innovative approach to examining the issues and barriers faced by potentially marginalised groups within the context of the media. You will examine how stereotypical, and often stigmatising, representations of different social groups are perceived and then permeate key areas of society including education. It will equip you with important tools required to analyse the media, which will enhance your own critical literacy skills. These new skills may then be used to develop the same skills in the children, young people and communities you will engage with in the future.

  • SENDI Pathway Module

    Representations and Realities: The Media, Diversity and Difference

    This module utilises a novel and innovative approach to examining the issues and barriers faced by potentially marginalised groups within the context of the media. You will examine how stereotypical, and often stigmatising, representations of different social groups are perceived and then permeate key areas of society including education. It will equip you with important tools required to analyse the media, which will enhance your own critical literacy skills. These new skills may then be used to develop the same skills in the children, young people and communities you will engage with in the future.

  • YWCD Pathway Module

    Professional Practice Placement

    In this module you will have an opportunity to design, implement and evaluate a strategy for your own youth work and community development practice that makes a contribution to making a difference in the lives of young people and/or communities. We have exciting placement opportunities in various contexts that will open up spaces for you to develop effective practice.

  • TESOL Pathway Module

    Further Principles and Practice of English Language Teaching

    This module gives you the chance to learn about the diverse and dynamic field of English Language teaching, with the development of key skills and insight relevant to a range of English language teaching and educational-related employment and further study. In conjunction with the (TESOL pathway) Level 5 ‘Introduction to English language teaching’ module, these combined modules importantly provide you with the opportunity to additionally achieve the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages–an internationally recognised professional English language teaching qualification.

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.

Overall workload

228 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

972 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

40%
60%
  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

120 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

504 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

576 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

45%
55%
  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

168 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,032 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

45%
55%
  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Katie Hobson Education Studies

"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

Typical offer

  • A level grades BCC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 104

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Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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 

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

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

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

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

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£14,500 per year

UK fees for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. The fees shown are for 2020 entry.

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

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

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
  • Pastoral Care Officer
  • Community Engagement Officer
  • Young People’s Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Youth Worker
  • TESOL Teacher

Education Studies can lead to careers in teaching, educational administration, management and research within 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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