What will I learn?
Are you fascinated by the diverse ways in which human beings learn? Our innovative and interdisciplinary programme considers education as a life-long and life-wide experience, encompassing educational philosophy, theory, policy and practice.
Core learning encompasses a number of strong thematic strands, which are woven through all three years of the degree. You’ll explore how learning occurs in early life and how factors such as brain development, the environment, and social and economic change determine our ability to acquire knowledge. You’ll then use this understanding to consider what constitutes effective teaching and learning. Education is an ever-evolving phenomenon, so you will critically analyse both traditional and nontraditional learning models, and consider the key issues facing the 21st-century learner and educator in an increasingly globalised world. The course inherently develops many skills attractive to employers, such as oral and written communication, teamwork, ICT ability, critical thinking, and problem solving.
One of the most exciting parts of this degree is the opportunity to develop personalised pathways of study. While your first year comprises six core modules all housed within CES, from your second year you can select options run or co-developed by CES, or by other departments. During your second year, you will normally undertake a work-based placement module, choosing from diverse settings including children’s centres, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, art centres and theatre companies, charities and local government support services. A final-year dissertation will enable you to focus on an educational issue that particularly interests you.
*Please note, this course does not award Qualified Teacher Status
How will I learn?
Teaching is a mixture of lectures and seminars, supported by individual and group tutorials, depending on the module and assignment type. You will take six core modules in the first year, totalling roughly 12 hours of contact time a week for terms 1 and 2. In your second year you will take four core modules, one optional core module and two optional modules. By your third year you will have just 50% core module, giving you the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests. You will be expected to undertake pre-reading for the seminar sessions, and may be asked to present your findings and critical analysis back to your peers. Some of the creativity-focused modules also include a practical workshop element.
Guest speakers and off-campus visits are incorporated into each year, either individually or with fellow students, and opportunities for reflection on these experiences is built into the programme. The Department also offers a strong portfolio of optional seminars, including research and graduate seminars, and an annual interdisciplinary conference. These are delivered by PhD students and academics both from within Warwick and outside the University. Subject specific careers and skills sessions are also offered throughout the year.
How will I be assessed?
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.
Can I study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at our partner university in Norway, DronningMaudsMinne. For students who wish for a shorter studying abroad experience, you have the option to spend the autumn term of your final year at one of our other partner universities.
The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level ABB
International Baccalaureate 34 points
BTEC Three Distinctions in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
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 page.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation 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. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.
- Open Days: If you are given an offer, you will be invited to attend a departmental offer holders’ day. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
In your first year core modules all housed within CES, from your second year you can select options run or co-developed by CES, or by other departments. During your second year, you will normally undertake a work-based placement module, choosing from diverse settings including children’s centres, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, art centres and theatre companies, charities and local government support services. A final-year dissertation will enable you to focus on an educational issue that particularly interests you.
For more information on our course and structure.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in Education lead to?
This course was launched in the academic year 2015-16, so our first intake of students is yet to graduate. The breadth of subject areas covered, alongside the programme’s interdisciplinary approach, opens doors to a plethora of exciting careers. These include: local government, civil service, third sector and charities, education in a variety of public and community settings, and teaching (subject to completion of further study, such as a PGCE).
- Warwick offers an Ofsted Outstanding rated Primary PGCE that students who take the BA Education Studies might be interested in applying to after they finish their degree.
A level: ABB
IB: 34 points
BTEC: Three Distinctions in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Centre for Education Studies
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.