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Education Studies - BA (Hons)

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  • UCAS Code: X300
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Location: City South
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Are you interested in teaching, education systems, care or research? Our BA (Hons) in Education Studies will allow you to explore all aspects of education, focusing on subject areas of most interest to you, so that you graduate with a range of career options in what you love to do.

What's covered in the course?

Studying in our recently extended state-of-the-art £71 million City South Campus in Edgbaston, you will explore concepts such as education and society, equality, diversity, values and policies of the UK education system, as well as educational systems around the world. You will also have lots of opportunities to delve deeper into subjects that matter and are of interest to you too.

Our degree uses a wide variety of learning methods, including interactive and engaging lectures, seminars and workshops with guest speakers often stopping by to share their knowledge. This is combined with our experienced course staff who will be supporting and guiding you every step of the way.

Throughout the course we arrange visits to and welcome guest speakers from organisations from across Birmingham including, the Thinktank, Historic England, CBSO and the Newman Brother’s (a museum in the Jewellery Quarter). You will also have the opportunity to go on a work placement during year two to enhance your skills and experience.

The placement module is a crucial aspect and allows you to merge theory with practice.  You will be encouraged to experience and consider different educational settings though enhancement activities such as volunteering, Careers Week, Graduate+ and presentations from external speakers. 

This course is designed to promote independence so that you become more a confident, autonomous, creative lifelong learner and will challenge you to push the boundaries and discover your full potential while at university. 

Why Choose Us?

  • Learn in our £71 million City South Campus - You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities which will inspire and motivate you
  • Commitment to employability - we will make sure that you are ready for employment when graduating and will support you to gain experience in the areas you are most passionate about. Nearly 99 per cent of the School's undergraduate students are in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/17)
  • Expert staff team - our experienced, passionate and dedicated staff team will guide you through the course to maximise your learning opportunities and future employability
  • Strong industry relationships - we work in partnership with local schools, care leavers support services, art galleries and museums, Birmingham's virtual school and special schools
  • Study abroad - you can choose to study abroad on this course. Students from other education courses have travelled to as far afield as South America and you could too!
  • Excellent placement opportunities - placement work is built in to this course to provide you with skills and experience that will prepare you for future employment
  • Access to expert guest speakers

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This course is open to International students

Entry Requirements


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Alternative options

If you do not have 80 points, you may like to look at our:

Or explore your options if you don’t have enough points for any of our courses.

Please note: the entry requirements listed below are relevant for main cycle applications and may not be applicable during Clearing.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include English Language and Maths. 

If you do not already have the required GCSEs, (or their equivalent) for entry onto this course, and are not registered to take them, visit Equivalency Testing for further information.

Acceptable Mathematics GCSE Equivalents

  • Adult Numeracy Level 2
  • City and Guilds Level 2 - Numeracy
  • Key Skills Level 2 - Numeracy 

English GCSE is required as no alternatives are accepted 

96 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2020/21
GCE A Level/ AS Level 96 UCAS points = CCC
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits including 45 at Level 3, of which 18 Level 3 credits are at merit / distinction  also including GCSE English Language and Maths equivalence if not held separately.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 96 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma MMM
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 96 UCAS points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 24 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 96 points including 4 Higher Level passes. Points will be taken from a maximum of 4 subjects. Must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary or Higher Level. 
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 points from a maximum of 4 subjects
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 96 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 96 UCAS points.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Extra Information for EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2020/21
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 24 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Successful candidates will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance via the Faculty.

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  • £12,800 per year

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Places available to start in September 2020

If you'd like to start this course full-time this September, you can apply through Clearing.

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Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Whats included in your course fees

Included in your course fees are extensive on-line support, a high proportion of required reading will be readily available and a second year placement.

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Introduction to Education Studies
20 credits

This core module introduces you to Education Studies. It will encouraged you to see yourself as a researcher, asking questions and testing assumptions about your own experiences of education. We all think we know about schools and education but how much do we really know and how far is our knowledge affected for better or worse by our personal experiences?

For example, what does it mean to be an educated person? The module will introduce you to a range of theories and practices that relate to education, learning development and teaching across a range of educational setting. You will be expected to reflect upon these educational experiences of learning through a number of interactive practical activities involving peer learning and peer support, sharing educational experiences and exploring how and why learning happens in different educational spaces. There will be an emphasis throughout the module on developing appropriate study skills and academic writing practices for study in higher education.

Key Educational Thinkers and the Philosophy of Education
20 credits

This module will introduce you to a range of different key thinkers in the philosophy of education. The module is only loosely designed and the content will be decided as part of collaborative process in the first session: there is a long list of thinkers we will talk through and a short list will be decided upon. Additionally, the module will build the connection between theory and experience as we use the various theoretical understandings of education to explore personal experiences.

Creativity, Teaching and Learning
20 credits

In this module you will learn to think deeply and critically about creativity and its relationship to educational issues. You will enquire into a range of educational concepts, such as, ‘deep learning’, ‘critical thinking’ and ‘creative learning’ and gain knowledge and understanding of creative learning programmes found in schools and other educational settings in the UK and around the world. You will apply ideas you have discovered in this module about creativity to your own learning and explore how they help shape a creative community of learning through your work with others in the module.

Education and Society
20 credits

This module explores a range of issues in society which impact on education in different ways. We will cover issues such as gender, race, poverty, and disability, and look at the wide range of responses to such issues. This will include an examination of the educational work of places other than schools as they work to respond to social issues impacting educational inequality. Guest speakers are invited in to share their expertise.

Introduction to International Education
20 credits

This module introduces you to the study of education worldwide. We start by considering some of the theoretical and global contexts for the study of education, including what we mean by the term ‘globalisation’ and some of the global institutions running educational projects. From here we turn our attention to specific case studies of different countries around the world in relation to some of the key issues in international education, such as global goals, international testing, bilingualism, ethnic minorities, and national identity, drawing on our theoretical grounding to help us better understand the issues.

Perspectives on Development and Learning
20 credits

In this module you will explore theories about human development and learning across a range of biological and psychological perspectives drawn from a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, neuroscience and biology. Key theories about learning and development such as Behaviourism, Constructivism, Social Constructivism will also be discussed, with the focus on how they have been studied and observed in practice.

Year Two

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Preparing for Research in Education
20 credits

This module is an introduction to carrying out research projects. As well as developing your understanding of key aspects of research in education, this module will also prepare you for your final research project at Level 6. The module will take you through the key stages in designing a piece of research, including conducting a literature review, deciding on appropriate research methods, and considering ethical considerations in research. To this end the module will feature input from a range of different staff members, drawing from the breadth and depth of research experience in the School of Education and Social Work.

Professional Practice Placement
20 credits

This module will require you to organise a work-based experience (for at least 8 weeks) in one educational setting of your choice. You will be prepared for placement by your tutor and supported by them during your time on placement.

The work-based placement experience will be a context in which to examine educational practices and roles. It will provide the context for an introduction to practice-based research. You will gain direct experience of educational practices through your placement and use your e-portfolio to reflect critically on the experiences and issues raised during your placement.

Globalisation, Education and Inequality
20 credits

This module will start with an exploration of comparative education and the skills of making comparisons. We then consider different models of globalisation, including world-systems theory and post-colonial theory. We consider issues of international law and agreements, institutional and non-institutional responses to inequality in education, aid and development and cultural variations.

Cultures of Schooling
20 credits

This module is designed to develop your understanding of the education system and its structures in England. It has as its central theme the changing relationship between the state, compulsory education and its users through the relationship between the UK political system and the UK education system. The module analyses UK education policy in the recent past with a particular focus on changes under successive governments and with specific reference to England.

Inclusion, Diversity and Special Educational Needs
20 credits

This module offers a critical and challenging introduction to special educational needs in the context of contemporary understandings of inclusion and diversity in education. It will cover topics such as: historical perspectives on inclusive education; social models of disability, and developing inclusive practices in education.

Investigating and Developing Curriculum
20 credits

This module explores how curriculum development is not carried out in isolation from other educational activities but is part of an iterative, developmental implementation and review cycle in all educational settings. The module will encourage you to explore aspects of curriculum development, including content, objectives, processes and assessment. You will also review a number of case studies such as the large-scale curricular reform required to implement the National Curriculum for state education in England and Wales, and the history around alternative educational curriculum approaches such as Steiner or Montessori in Early Years.

Year Three

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Individual Practice-based Research Project
40 credits

The practice-based research module builds on the research and academic skills you have already acquired through your work in the related modules at Levels 4 and 5. You might choose a topic, which is related to your career choice, or is a subject that you are especially interested in, or is an area which you have already done some work and in which you would like to develop further. The exact format for your research will depend on the type of study you choose to do. However, most often it will take the form of a small-scale practice-led enquiry, which typically will be based on your placement experiences, or a desk-based critical analysis of a contemporary issue in educational practice/policy arising out of your experiences on placement. Irrespective of the subject-matter and research design that you decide to adopt, you will be expected to provide a critical analysis of the published research in your chosen area, and key theoretical perspectives used in your study.

Educational Policies and Professional Practices
20 credits

This module will help you to critically evaluate how and why different education practices and policies develop in the ways they do. Education is highly political and through this module we will examine the politics of decision-making around educational policies and government initiatives. The module will help you to understand the thinking behind these policies and initiatives in addition to discussing who is making the decisions about education, both formally and informally, across all sectors in the UK educational landscape.

Issues of Identity in Education
20 credits

From a broad interdisciplinary perspective, this module will explore the ways in which intersecting power relations and changing identity formations around demographic categories impact on and inform educational settings. Demographic categories include gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, class, profession and nationality. These categories will inevitably impact all those affected by the education sector, whether directly or indirectly, such as pupils, students, teachers, lecturers, managers and policy-makers. The importance of education to identify work, institutionally, professionally and personally, will be explored and debated throughout the module.

Critical Pedagogies
20 credits

This module extends your understanding of the function and effects of education through the study of a range of perspectives such as critical theory, structuralism, post-structuralism, Critical Race Theory and feminism. You will examine the relationship between teaching and learning by applying the theoretical perspectives studied. In particular, you will be encouraged to consider how these different perspectives can be integrated in a critical analysis of education in a case study, based in an educational setting of your choice.

Educational Innovations in 21st Century
20 credits

This module seeks to stimulate debate about the changing nature of society as it is currently and as might be predicted in the future, and particularly as it affects education. You will explore the different sectors in education and examine how they are responding to contemporary social changes. These changes might include: the changing demands of employment; joblessness and training; working in emergent communities; teaching with digital communication and social media; the political economy; urban questions, and demographic changes, all of which have major implications for education. In particular it will focus on how education itself is changing and likely to change in the future.

Course Structure

Year One

We will begin the year with an in-depth induction process. During this time you be introduced to key members of staff, resources and procedures. We will consider what it means to study at undergraduate and time will also be dedicated to team building activities. During the first year you will be introduced to key education philosophy and theorists. Additionally, we will consider a range of perspectives on local and international education. Throughout the year students will take part in seminars, lectures and workshops with the dedicated team and selected guest speakers. Students will be offered theoretical and practice led perspectives to analyse and evaluate. Students will be asked to reflect on their own educational experiences and values.

Year Two

Birmingham City University has an impressive portfolio of partner organisations and the key event in the second year of study will be your placement. Students will be supported in identifying a placement with one of our partners that is developmental, stimulating and that offers preparation for future career paths.

Students will also consider inclusivity, diversity and cultures of schooling. Students will now have a confident and in depth understanding of a range of educational issues. They will now begin to plan their final year research project. Students will be support to understand research methodologies and the importance of ethical considerations.

Throughout the year students will take part in seminars, lectures and workshops with the dedicated team and selected guest speakers. Students will be offered theoretical and practice led perspectives to analyse and evaluate. Students will be asked to reflect on their own educational experiences and values.

Year Three

The key aspect of year three is the individual and independent research project. Using their planning and preparation from year two, students will undertake research into an area of their choice. Tutorials and on-going support with be provided to support successful and ethically secure research.

We will also explore how identities are shaped and re-shaped through educational experiences and structures. Additionally we will consider how education is changing and key innovations that impact on educational organisations.

Throughout the year students will take part in seminars, lectures and workshops with the dedicated team and selected guest speakers. Students will be offered theoretical and practice led perspectives to analyse and evaluate. Students will be asked to reflect on their own educational experiences and values.

Examples of classroom activities

Each module uses a variety of teaching and learning approaches including:

  • workshops
  • conferences
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • guest speakers
  • visits to schools and other educational settings
  • digital technologies

Overseas Opportunities

The programme hosts students on the Erasmus and Study Abroad programmes from a number of partner Universities from around the world who will study alongside you and facilitate debate about different approaches education. You also have the opportunity of studying in a number of European countries through the partnerships the School of Education & Social Work has already established.

Further studies

Further studies could include PGCE Primary, Post-compulsory Education Training (for work in further education) or an MA in Education.

Enhancing employment skills

This course enables you to become a reflective and innovative education academic and practitioner, including the ability to be flexible, to respond to and initiate change and manage a life/ work balance creatively.

Education Studies will provide an excellent preparation for you to work with learners of all ages within the education sector. The commercial and industrial worlds are also very interested in people with knowledge about education and training.

You'll have the knowledge and skills to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations included businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations, charities, museums, art galleries and libraries.


In the second year of study all students will take a placement of at least eight weeks. This could be in a wide range of educational settings: museums, volunteer schemes, schools, pupil referral units, adult learning centres, hospitals or with educational advisors. 

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OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate Jobs

At the end of this course students will go on to a range of careers, a sample would be: youth work, teaching, learning mentor, counselling or education advisors.

Links to Industry

Birmingham City University has a diverse portfolio of educational partnerships. Education students will both gain from, and contribute to this.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

The BA (Hons) Education Studies is a great opportunity to study education in its broadest sense. You will consider not only practices and policies in the UK but also globally. Placement in the second year is a fantastic opportunity to put theory into practice and establish your own links with educational settings.

This is a new and exciting course for Birmingham City University – your tutors are experienced practitioners who are committed to ensuring a positive experience for all students.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

As part of these plans, the University's Education provision will join the rest of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at our City South Campus in Edgbaston during 2018.

This is the third phase of the University's project to move all teaching and learning to two campuses, City Centre and City South. By moving our Education provision, we are creating a hub for the provision of public service contracts and professional development at City South Campus and improving the student experience with a stronger sense of community and more consistent support services and facilities.


In addition to classrooms, a lecture theatre, social learning spaces, an open access IT suite and cafe facilities, the new £41 million extension to our City South Campus offers a range of specialist teaching and learning facilities for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.  


All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Drama

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Staff Introduction

All tutors teaching on this course are extremely experienced practitioners with diverse and rich educational experiences. All tutors are research active; this research will inform the programme and support students as they develop research skills.

elaine matchett

Dr Elaine Matchett

Course Leader for Education Studies

Elaine joined BCU in 2010 after teaching in a range of primary and secondary schools across the West Midlands. She initially worked as part of the primary English team at BCU teaching on the BA (Hons) QTS and PGCE Primary course. In 2016, Elaine became the course leader for the BA (Hons) Education Studies. 

Read Elaine's full profile

Abdulla Sodiq

Abdulla Sodiq

Lecturer in Education Studies

Abdulla's career in education started in 1998. He has taught English Language both in the Maldives and in the UK. Abdulla joined BCU in January 2019 after 18 years of service in the British Further Education sector.

Abdulla completed his Doctor of Education in 2017 at University of Warwick's Centre for Education Studies. His current research focuses on educational governance; teachers' and academics' roles in educational governance. He is also interested in conducting research in Educational Linguistics, and educational governance within an international development context.

Read Abdulla's full profile