EDUCATION STUDIES BA
UCAS Code: X35B
A level: ABB, IB: 34 points, BTEC: DDD
Education Studies explores the purpose and examines the current trends in education. The course offers both practical and theoretical opportunities to explore what good and outstanding education looks like in the 21st century. It will prepare you for a variety of careers that involves working closely with children, young people or careers where you will work to help shape policies and influence laws and legislation concerning positive educational outcomes.
Our Education Studies degree will deepen your understanding of how education is delivered, evaluated and reformed within today’s world. You'll be encouraged to think critically about how curriculums and teaching and learning practices are conceived and constructed and whose experience of the world they patronise and/or distort. You will develop your knowledge of contemporary educational policy at both global and local levels. Our degree has a flexible and interdisciplinary structure. You can follow a general pathway through the degree or you can choose to specialise in one of three pathways:
The Psychology of Learning: With an emphasis on how psychological theory is applied within formal education and special educational needs policy and practice, this pathway supports students in exploring the questions ‘How do human beings learn?’ And, ‘What teaching and learning practices can help learners overcome barriers to learning?’
The Social and Political Impacts of Education: This pathway focuses on the social impacts of conceiving education according to particular political and theoretical ideologies. It will explore questions such as: How fair is education today? To what extent are global narratives affecting local schooling? Are educational inequalities increasing or decreasing?
Education, Culture and Creativity: This pathway focuses on informal education experiences, such as youth theatres, sports participation, carnivals and religious festivals, and looks at how the concepts of culture and identity impact on learning. The pathway explores questions such as: Is it essential that the Arts are represented in curriculums? Can creativity be taught? How does a school approach teaching tolerance and respect for those with different faiths and beliefs?
Teaching sessions on the BA course are interactive, engaging and often physical. None of our sessions take place in large lecture theatres – meaning you’ll learn in small, close-knit groups with direct and individual support from your tutors and lecturers. Teaching takes place on campus, meaning if you’re living in halls, you’ll never be more than 20 minutes’ walk from your lectures. And some of our classes take place in our new state-of-the-art teaching and learning building, the Oculus.
You'll learn through a combination of lectures and either seminars or tutorials, with around 12 hours of contact time per week in the first year, and additional time for self-directed study. For your second and third years, the amount of time you spend in lectures, seminars or tutorials will depend on the modules you choose.
Alongside the assessed work that counts towards your marks for each module, you will receive a range of formative (non-credit) feedback, including comments on written work, seminar contribution or peer-group presentation skills. This formative feedback is invaluable in helping you to get the most from your degree – pushing you to achieve more, and ensuring you’re always learning and developing the quality of the work you produce.
In addition to course and module leaders, you’ll have a personal tutor to support for any issues you might have, either academic or more generally, helping to keep you on track with your studies. In your third year you’ll also have a dissertation tutor to guide you through this important piece of work and help you develop the extended research skills you’ll need.
In your first year you will study eight core modules.
In your second year you will study six core modules and two optional.
In your third year you will study two core modules and four optional modules.
YEAR 2 & 3
"I research the philosophy of education, which means I am interested in the 'big questions' about education, teaching and learning. What is education? What role does it play in our lives? How do we learn? Who do we learn from? Thinking about the philosophical questions like this is increasingly important today and often overlooked.
In our modern busy lives, we tend to focus on becoming more productive, effective and successful at what we are doing. Philosophy asks us to take a step back and question what we are doing it all for. What are the ends we are pursuing, and what ends should we be pursuing? These are the sorts of questions you will be asking in relation to educational issues, creating lots of room for discussion. Theses discussions allow you to find your own voice and beliefs in relation to what historical and contemporary big thinkers have to say about education."
As I see it, education is our main way of shaping futures and of trying to make better futures. It often draws established values and there are skills and abilities to be passed between generations. But it’s about innovation too. We are increasingly dependent on new technologies in our daily lives, but we don’t have much experience of managing the risks they bring.
There is growing awareness of the need to live more ‘sustainably’ but we have little experience of doing so. Education is where we go when, as a society, we lack experience. In the past I’ve worked with government and with businesses to understand educational aspects of digital technological futures and environmental challenges. More recently I’ve been asking how societies can use education to respond to young people’s sexting practices, young climate change refugees, urban air pollution that affects so many schools, worldwide and the hopes and fears that new biotechnologies bring.
I am a senior teaching fellow in the Centre for Education studies at the University of Warwick. My work analyses both recent and historical political and economic events in the UK to assess the impact of these forces on the UK education system. I have a background in primary teaching and focus on making my lectures meaningful, engaging and interesting. I want my students to be excited by the study of the interaction between education and politics, because of the significant influence government decisions have on the education system as a whole.
The programme develops a wide range of skills that are invaluable for many socially oriented professions, not only in education-related areas but also in a range of careers from social services and theatre management to health care and policy making.
You may begin your career in educational practice, the charity sector, youth work, career and skills work, educational publishing, prisons, hospitals, speech therapy, psychology, social work, research or teaching (following further PGCE study).
You may, however, choose to progress to one of our postgraduate courses including the MA Educational Studies.
Start building your CV as you study
As part of your degree, you’ll have the opportunity in your second year to undertake a work-based placement, letting you experience working in an educational environment of your choosing. Not only that, you’ll also benefit from employability lectures and a strong focus on preparing you for entering the world of work. This practical element of your degree will help set you apart and give you a head start after you graduate. Learn more about our work-based placement module.
Studying overseas can add immeasurably to your personal development and future study and career opportunities. As part of our BA Education Studies, you can choose either a 13 week placement abroad or a full intercalated year, where your third year will be spent at one of our partner Universities:
Dronning Mauds Minne Hogskole in Trondheim, Norway
University of Boras, Sweden (13 weeks only)
Maria Ulrich College of Early Childhood Education, Portugal (13 weeks only)
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
A year abroad will not count towards your final degree mark, but it will give you the chance to experience studying Education in another country as well as experiencing life in a new and exciting culture. You can find out more information about opportunities to study abroad on our Study Abroad pages.
Visiting us as part of an Open Day is one of the best ways to get to know us and the University more generally. On our Open Days, you’ll be able to hear from teachers and students to find out more about our course, and decide whether Warwick is right for you.
Offer Holder Open Days
If you’ve received an offer to study with us, you’ll have the chance to meet us at one of our Offer Holder Open Days. These days give you the chance to explore more about the day-to-day life of your course, as well as giving you the opportunity to meet some of the teachers and students you’ll be studying with. Details of Offer Holder Open Days will be available on our website – and if you’ve received an offer from us, we’ll email you to let you know any upcoming Open Days you might be interested in.
If you aren't able to make one of our Open Days, you can always arrange an independent visit to explore campus for yourself. If you let us know when you are intending to visit, we may be able to arrange for someone to show you around and answer any questions you have. To get in touch, email us at email@example.com.
Get in touch?
Juliet Raynsford - J.Raynsford@warwick.ac.uk
Administrative Team - Educationstudies@warwick.ac.uk