Course Overview

This programme offers a breadth of learning experiences in order to provide you with the multi-professional development essential to pursue a career in a range of educational settings. 


Course Structure

You will study where, how and why people learn and, in your second year, undertake a placement opportunity in a non-school setting  to provide you with a practical grounding for your studies. The third year enables you to research a topic of your choice and explore education systems in different countries.

You will attend College for two days per week which will enable you to carry out voluntary work and/or independent study.

It is possible to spend one semester in Year Two studying in another European country from this course.

Modules Covered

In the first year the aim is to help you to develop an understanding of education in its widest context.  The first module, Introduction to Academic Studies, will enable you to develop the study skills required and to plan for your own development including managing your learning activities, reading and note-making skills along with the theoretical and practical aspects of studying. You will also study modules such as 'The Developing Child', 'Theories of Learning', 'Introduction to Teaching', 'Meeting Needs of Diverse Communities' and 'Education for Health and Physical Activity'.

The second year enables you to better understand the range of educational contexts and to prepare for placement. The first module, Introduction to Professional Contexts, is part of the ongoing Personal Development Planning Programme to support your holistic development as a learner and also develop your awareness of job seeking and career management strategies.  Other modules include "Principles of Research', 'History of Educational Policy', 'Education beyond the Classroom', 'Inclusive Education' and 'Environmental Education'.

The third year Preparation for Professional Employment module explores career opportunities and you will prepare practically for gaining employment. You will also study modules such as 'International Perspectives in Education' and 'Philosophy, Politics and Social Justice in Education' that enable you to compare education systems globally, examine the reasons for educational change and explore how educational organisations can promote healthy lifestyles. 'Visions for Education' is a summative module which involves research, group work and presentation.  You will also select a subject for your Dissertation.

Learning Methods

We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods, that model best practice in terms of teaching and learning. You will participate in active group sessions and presentations, lectures, seminars and tutorials.  You will be encouraged to be an independent learner and use the College's Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and the intranet to access a variety of resources.

Teaching Methods

This includes lectures, seminars, discussions, role play, presentations by external speakers, visits to a range of educational organisations and other methods appropriate to the issue being considered.


Each Module is subject to an assessment which is appropriate to the material and covers a wide range of tasks. You will be required to participate in individual and group presentations as well as academic and reflective writing.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

In the second year of your course there is an exciting placement element. The range currently includes working in special educational needs, early years, theatre in education, education departments in museums and environmental education.

What's Next?

This is an ideal programme if you aspire to a career in a wide range of educational settings such teaching or administration in schools, Colleges or Higher Education.  It will also provide you with a solid foundation if you wish to work in other roles in education, including personnel, training, supporting, mentoring or youth work.

Did You Know?

This degree offers an opportunity to work alongside students from other disciplines eg health and social welfare professions.

You will  develop a knowledge of how to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle in an educational setting.

Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of the highest academic standards of teaching and learning – as many of our teaching staff are experts in their fields.

You will be treated as an individual, with degrees often tailored to suit your individual experience, knowledge and interests, helping to support your personal growth and development.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.

For UCAS tariff points grade combinations click:

Three GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above (one of which must be English, and preferably Mathematics and Science). Level 2 equivalent qualifications in mathematics and English will be accepted. At least two A Levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification with a minimum of one at Grade C or a Merit in the equivalent qualification, or successful completion of an accredited Access course or equivalent qualification, preferably at merit.

Other qualifications or experience which demonstrate that you possess the knowledge and skills in an appropriate area of study may be acceptable.

If you wish to proceed to a course of Initial Teacher Education following completion of the Education Studies Degree e.g. a PGCE, and you have equivalent qualifications you will need GCSEs at Grade C or above, in English Language, Mathematics and Science. If you do not have these at entry, we have facilities for them to be gained during the study of the degree programme.”

A satisfactory DBS is necessary from the start of the course.


We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification