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Education Studies (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Education Studies at Warwick University

  • Combining theory and practice, our course enables you to explore education and its related topics from many different perspectives. It provides numerous opportunities to evaluate the aspects of education that interest you professionally, be that working in formal education as a teacher or in other careers where knowledge of education and how people learn is beneficial. By studying the BA Education Studies at Warwick, you are allowing yourself great career flexibility. You are putting yourself in a strong position to continue on to teacher training courses, while also allowing yourself the opportunity to explore many contrasting career pathways that require prospective employees to be informed about how humans learn, develop and change throughout the course of their life.
  • The Centre for Education Studies is a nationally and internationally recognised education research department, with 76% of our research submissions classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (2014 Research Excellence Framework). Our Centre prides itself on being a hub of cross-disciplinary research and teaching, drawing on the expertise of departments across the University.
  • Transferable skills and employability are strongly woven throughout this degree, including a core first-year module developing self-study and reflection, and a second-year work-based placement offering you the chance to work in an educational environment.

What will I learn?

Are you fascinated by the diverse ways in which human beings learn? Our leading-edge, 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 non-traditional 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. These may have been co-developed with other Warwick departments, or they may be modules offered by other departments that will enhance your study of education due to their subject matter. You may select the remainder from options co-developed with other departments, or from a range of specially selected modules from both inside and outside the Centre. 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 and third years, 50% of your modules will be core. 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.

Entry Requirements

A level ABB

International Baccalaureate 34 points

BTEC Three Distinctions in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject

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.

Acess Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

In relation to Access Courses and the Warwick International Foundation Programme, please email

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Essential Subjects

There are no specific subject requirements, but applicants should be able to provide evidence of a genuine commitment to the discipline of Education.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Departmental Open Days The Department will soon be confirming its departmental open days for students with an offer. In the meantime, please email Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

In the first year you will take six core modules that provide a flavour of a number of different areas of education for you to build on in your second and third years. The two largest modules – Theories and Practice of Learning, and Contemporary Educational Issues – count for 30 CATS each and run across the first two terms, while the remaining four modules – International Education; Creativity, Culture and Learning; Foundations for Learning: The Early Years; and Social Contexts of Childhood and Education – are 15 CATS each.

In the second year you will take a core 30 CATS Research Methods module, which is the precursor to your Individual Research Project in year three. Two further 15 CATS core modules take a broader look at education from both a national and international standpoint – Disputes and Debates: Exploring Key Contemporary Issues within English Education, and Globalisation and Education. You will also take a 15 CATS work-based module (a placement element is included subject to DBS checks, and your finding of a suitable placement) which will introduce you to work in an educational setting; this could include local authority, schools and arts-based placements. The remaining 45 CATS will be made up of module options that will vary each year, but will include modules from both inside and outside the Centre for Education Studies to provide a diversity of learning experiences.

In the third year you will have an option in the autumn term to participate in the 13-week Erasmus exchange programme (subject to confirmation and availability; this would contribute 15 CATS towards your final year mark). You will then take the 15 CATS advanced core module 21st Century Educational Innovation in the spring term, plus a further combination of modules across both terms from either inside or outside of the department (but still with an education studies link). Final year students will undertake a 10,000 word dissertation – the Individual Research Project – which will count for 45 CATS. This project enables you to choose an area of education that is of particular interest to you. You will be supported in completing your dissertation by a personal dissertation supervisor.

Find out more about the degree structure and updated module information.

* 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. However, 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.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
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)

Department website
Centre for Education Studies

Student blogs
Jasmine Steen - Education Studies

Location of study

University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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 2017 entry.