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Education Studies (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, ABB, IB 34

This degree will introduce you to creative and forward-thinking approaches to teaching and learning. It will also enable you to develop your understanding of contemporary educational policy at both global and local levels.

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As well as developing your understanding of contemporary educational policies, you’ll explore the background to the history and development of education. You’ll gain hands-on experience through a work-based placement, with tailored career advice throughout the course. And with optional modules to choose across a range of different related disciplines, from philosophy to sociology, economics to psychology, you’ll gain a broad set of skills to help you progress to where you want to be.

Year 1: Six compulsory modules.

Year 2: Compulsory Research Methods module, plus two further core modules and a Work-Based Placement module.

Year 3: Two core modules including dissertation, plus modules from within the Centre or education-focused modules from other Departments.

Optional year abroad/13-week Erasmus placement in Year 3.

Teaching sessions are in smaller, seminar-type groups rather than large lecture theatres. As you’d expect, our course uses a wide variety of teaching and learning methods ranging from traditional lectures to practical workshops where you'll collaborate with your fellow students. It is also common for students to lead and plan sessions with their peers.

Contact hours

12 hours 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.

Class size

Smaller groups of around 10-25 students.

Assessment is via a combination of essays and examinations. The first year will be a 50/50 split between coursework and examinations, while in Years 2 and 3 you will do a minimum of 25% examined work.

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 contributions 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 you with 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.

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.

There is a work-based placement module (core) in Year 2, with a minimum of 15 hours on placement.

 Student blogs

chris"My favourite module so far has been Contemporary Educational Issues, because it involves asking the big questions such as “what does it mean to be educated?”. It also looks at the political issues in education, which is of great interest to an aspiring civil servant like myself."

Check out Chris's blog

A level: ABB

  • IB: 34

  • We will consider applications from students with DDD in a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
Year 1
  • Creativity, Culture and Learning
  • Foundations for Learning
  • International Education
  • Social Contexts of Childhood and Education
  • Education Today
  • Shadows and Lies: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education
  • Theories of Learning
  • Practice of Learning
Year 2
  • Research Methods
  • Disputes and Debates
  • Globalisation and Education
  • Work-based Placement
  • Philosophy in Education (Optional Core)
  • Education, Race and Ethnicity (Optional Core)
Year 3
  • 21st Century Educational Innovation
  • Individual Research Project
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Children’s Literature in Childhood; Creativity in Early Years Education; Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Disability; Educating and Working with Children in a Diverse Society; Education and Social Justice; Literacy and Numeracy in Context; The Public and Social Significance of Religions: Educational Perspectives.

Our course prepares Graduates for roles in areas including:

PGCEs in all aspects of teacher training; teaching assistants; non-teaching school-based roles such as inclusion officers and family liaison roles; organisations who run school-based initiatives such as the police, women’s aid and youth homeless charities; policy, advocacy and research roles in research organisations, charities and NGOs, international development positions; education and outreach officers in theatres, galleries, museums and libraries; specific advocacy and support roles in organisations that work with children and families with special educational needs and disabilities; work with charities such as MIND, Save the Children and Bernardos.

A level ABB

IB 34

We will consider applications from students with DDD in a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject


Degree of Bachelor of Arts

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and the opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution, currently Dronning Mauds Minne in Norway.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

There may be additional costs associated with studying this programme, such as field trips materials such as printing (approximately £10-£15 a year), dissertation binding and costs associated with graduation or re-examination (where appropriate).

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

We offer a Primary PGCE that students who take the BA Education Studies might be interested in applying to after they finish their degree
Psychology with Education Studies
Liberal Arts