Undergraduate

Education Studies

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This degree opens the door to a range of careers in education and education-related sectors – you could also go on to further study such as a PGCE.
Make a difference to the next generation of thinkers, makers and dreamers.
Gain invaluable experience and build practical skills on a work placement.
A focal point of our campus, the Brynmor Jones Library offers a range of study spaces and group learning rooms.
Study your way, this course gives the chance to complete a core programme in Education Studies or specialise in one of three pathways.
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Education is at the heart of creating fairer and more equal societies.

This degree has a strong emphasis on inclusion and social justice – giving you the chance to make a difference to the lives of children, young people, adults and communities.

This innovative programme offers optional pathways so you can tailor your degree towards a specific career interest. You could choose to study our central programme, or take one of three pathways including Youth and Community Work (YCW), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI).

  • 91.3%

    of students in work or further study 15 months after graduating 1

  • Joint 2nd in the UK

    for Value Added 2

  • Learn hands on

    with a work-based placement

  • Forest School

    certification opportunity

  • Tailor your degree

    with optional pathways

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About this course

Gain the skills you need for the complex and ever-evolving educational landscape.

You’ll study educational processes, systems and approaches within cultural, societal and political contexts. You can study towards an accredited Forest School certification, too. This prepares you to work outside with children, taking into account a range of extra needs, and gives you a valuable extra qualification.

You’ll build your experience through work placements and project-based learning. And could spend a semester studying abroad at our partner universities in countries renowned for high-quality childcare.

Study your way, selecting either a central programme or an optional pathway. The SENDI pathway centres on the exclusion, discrimination, and barriers to learning through the restructuring of cultures, policies and practices. YCW gives you the opportunity to gain an honours degree and the professional JNC qualification in Youth Work. In TESOL, you’ll develop and integrate key English language teaching and academic knowledge alongside practical and varied community-based teaching experience.

Scheduled study hours and how you’re assessed

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.

How you'll be assessed depends on the course you study, and the modules you choose. You may be assessed through a mix of examinations, coursework, presentations and group projects.

Choose your modules

Each year, you’ll study modules worth a certain number of credits, and you need 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits – so you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more. In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120. Some modules are compulsory, some are optional, so you can build a course that’s right for you.

Preparing for Learning in Higher Education

This module is designed to give you the best possible start to your university studies, making sure you have all the essential skills you need to succeed. Through lectures and workshops we will teach you how to write in an academic style, how to find quality sources, how to reference work, culminating in writing up a mini-research project.

Core20 credits

Introduction to Education

This module sets the scene for the programme, starting with your own background and experience and exploring what education means, how it differs from schooling and key concepts and approaches. It will also help you to develop the academic skills necessary for your degree programme.

Core20 credits

Research in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

This module will equip you with the necessary skills to conduct and analyse research in a specific interest, supported by academics within your subject. You'll navigate through the research process, from identifying an area of interest to presenting their findings to your peers.

Core20 credits

Group Challenge (Humanities)

Formulate and execute a group led enquiry into texts, cultural artifacts, film, music or dance. You'll explore their topics in groups at supervised workshops and develop questions on the cultural object relates to the living world of human experience, as well as developing your own methods to answer these questions.

Compulsory20 credits

Foundation in Data Analysis

Develop a strong foundation in data collection and analysis. This module will introduce you to qualitative and quantitative data and how to analyse it; the collection of primary and secondary data; the production of high quality graphics; and report writing.

Compulsory20 credits

Academic Writing Skills

Developing confidence in expression, oral as well as written, is a key feature of this module, which also aims to familiarise you with submission and assessment procedures in the context of Higher Education. This is a clear building block onto your degree programme and places you at a distinct advantage when you move into the following year.

Compulsory20 credits

In the foundation year, you are introduced to subjects relating to education. Modules comprise aspects of psychological, sociological and historical aspects of learning; study skills; and an introduction to the environments for learning, which will investigate learning in a variety of settings.

6 Modules

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.

Compulsory20 credits

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.

Compulsory20 credits

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.

Compulsory20 credits

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 studies. You'll work collaboratively to co-produce the big social justice questions. 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? With these big questions in mind, you'll become familiar with innovative and creative projects and initiatives that work with children, young people and communities.

Compulsory40 credits

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.

Compulsory20 credits
5 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.

Compulsory20 credits

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.

Compulsory20 credits

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.

Compulsory20 credits

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.

Optional20 credits

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 and Community Work which will enhance your ability to excel in your chosen field of work. As Youth and Community 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.

Optional20 credits

Issues and Interventions in Youth and Community Work

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 and Community Work within both health intervention and justice services.

Optional20 credits

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?

Optional20 credits

Language and Communication in Context

This module aims to heighten students’ language awareness, particularly from the perspective of the emerging language teacher, whilst enabling students to develop an understanding of the relationship between language form, function and meaning and show how these are dependent on genre and context. You will explore how the nature of language use has profound implications for how it should be taught. This feeds onto the second major element of the module; Language Learning. Here you will examine how languages are learned, why some learners are more successful than others and what research can tell us about how best to go about teaching them.

Optional20 credits

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.

Optional20 credits
9 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.

Compulsory20 credits

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.

Compulsory60 credits

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 YCW Pathway.)

Compulsory20 credits

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.

Optional40 credits

Childhood and the Digital World

You will develop a critical understanding of the way in which digital technologies and social media have become integral to the lives of children and young people, providing new opportunities but also challenges. Drawing on cutting-edge research and contemporary theoretical perspectives, you will analyse a number of evidence-based facts related to how young people’s physical, social and cognitive development and wellbeing, can be influenced by a number of factors related to the use of digital technology.

Optional20 credits

Professional Practice Placement

In this module you will have an opportunity to design, implement and evaluate a strategy for your own Youth and Community Work 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.

Optional40 credits
6 Modules

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Entry requirements

What do I need?

When it comes to applying to university, you'll need a certain number of UCAS points. Different qualifications and grades are worth a different amount of points. For this course, you'll need…

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.

Have questions? Our admissions team will be happy to help.

What do I need?

If you require a 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.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

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 & funding

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Take a look at our facilities

Education Lecture Room

Study the theory in our lecture rooms – before you put your learning into practice in the classroom.

Forest School Training Centre

You could access our Forest School Training Centre with outdoor classroom, gardens, wooded area and wildflower meadows.

Brynmor Jones Library

Our seven-storey library is a superb learning space. As well more than a million books, there’s a variety of study areas, over 400 open-access PCs and one amazing view.

Group Lecture Room

Collaborate in group lecture rooms working as part of our vibrant community of students and staff who all share an interest in developing excellent learning opportunities for others.

See more in our virtual tour

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Forest School Training Centre

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Education Lecture Room
Forest School Training Centre
Brynmor Jones Library Observation Deck
Wilberforce TV Teaching Room
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Future prospects

Our graduates go on to careers in teaching, educational administration and management. Others go on to research within a range of educational settings, or work within training and caring organisations, charities, parents’ advisory groups and learning support organisations.

You could go on to further study with this recognised route to PGCE and education-related Masters degrees.

Future roles you could go on to include Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Pastoral Care Officer, Community Engagement Officer, Young People’s Wellbeing Practitioner, Youth Worker or TESOL Teacher.

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

The standard way to apply for this course is through UCAS. This will give you the chance to showcase your skill, qualities and passion for the subject, as well as providing your academic qualifications.

Not ready to apply?

Visit our next Open Day, and see all that Hull has to offer for yourself. Talk to our lecturers about your subject, find out what university is really like from our current students, and take a tour of our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

  1. (Education Studies) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.
  2. The Guardian University Rankings 2024.

 

All modules presented on this course page are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

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