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2018 entry

BA (Hons) Education Studies

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 104

UCAS code: X300

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

Education shapes and defines every part of our lives. As educators, we can have a significant impact on children’s opportunities to flourish and on the learning experiences and life choices of young people and adults. If you are interested in the academic study of education, and attracted to opportunities to pursue a wide choice of careers in educational fields - from teaching to community learning, international education to policy work, or research - our BA (Hons) Education Studies programme could be ideal for you.

  • A dynamic and stimulating learning environment where you will develop the knowledge and skills to make a real difference to people’s lives
  • Opportunities to challenge your own thinking and enable others to understand and benefit from the transformational power of education
  • A fascinating and provocative curriculum where you can explore the key sociological, historical, political, psychological and philosophical theories and contexts of education
  • Learn with passionate and experienced tutors who are involved in local, national and international research projects in education
  • Graduate with a degree that gives you lots of pathways for further study and diverse education-related careers  

Students on this course will really enjoy learning alongside tutors with outstanding knowledge, expertise and research in their fields. They will also be part of an academic community where multi-disciplinary subjects such as social justice and inclusion, safeguarding, philosophy, creativity, learning and language development, forms an integral part of a shared curriculum in a dynamic and nurturing learning culture

Ceri Daniels (Programme Leader, Education Studies)

Work-related learning

The course has a strong element of work-related learning, with a broad range of placement opportunities provided by public, private and voluntary organisations, agencies and schools; enabling you to blend theory with practice.

​You will have plenty of opportunity to look at education in different settings and environments; offering multiple perspectives in the field. Indeed, you might even want to get an international insight on your future career through work experience abroad. Work experience is a vital element of your studies as it gives you a chance to put into practice what you have learnt during the course, and gain new skills as well. It will also add real value to your CV, giving you a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.

Support and guidance

You will have a dedicated personal tutor and study skills support.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help and support you in your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This kind of one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or concerns you may have during your studies.

Other forms of support include a Student Support Zone and library, which stay open in the evenings and at weekends during term time. There are also supportive Student Engagement Officers, dedicated to helping you stay on track and make the most of your studies and student life. The IM Marsh Campus where this course is based is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community.

You can watch the campus video here

Course details

The course gives you enormous scope to tailor your studies to your own interests through optional modules, research and work-related practice.

​Education shapes and defines every part of our lives. As educators, we can have a significant impact on children's opportunities to flourish and on adults' life choices and experiences. Whatever you want to do in education, from teaching, to policy work, educational research, being a learning mentor - or social and community education, the BA (Hons) Education Studies course opens up a world of possibilities to your rewarding future career.

​You will study how people develop and learn throughout their lives, the history and organisation of the education system in the UK and globally, as well as the cultural norms, values and discourses which inform debates, curriculum development and educational policy. In fact, the content on this programme cover a fascinating breadth of history, politics, sociology, psychology and the philosophy of education. The critical evaluation of educational thinking, issues of inclusion and inequalities in society, theories of education and learning, research and practice, and international perspectives are also important features. Specialist core modules characterise the programme; making it an attractive choice for students wishing to study education more broadly, and for those unsure of their career pathways, but keen to choose a programme leading to a range of career choices. Students undertaking the BA Education Studies will be well-prepared for further study and progression on to postgraduate qualifications.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Introduction to Education Studies                     
  • Learners and Learning in Contemporary Society
  • Language, Culture and Human Development
  • Education and Society
  • Snapshots of Education
  • Philosophical Approaches in Education

Level 5

  • Perspectives on International Education
  • Schools and the Curriculum
  • Research Approaches and Methods 

The following options are typically offered:

  • Education, Equality and Social Justice
  • Contemporary Issues for Young People
  • Pedagogy and Practice in EY Education
  • Disability and Identity
  •   Developing Employability Skills through WBL

Level 6

  • Gender, Ethnicity and Education
  • Independent Project (Dissertation) 

The following options are typically offered:

  • Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Parents and Schools
  • Education and Technology
  • Radical Education                                                                                        
  • International Relations in Education
  • Education in Fiction, Film and the Media
  • Informal and Non-Formal Education
  • Supporting Vulnerable Children and Young People in Education
  • Philosophy with Children
  • Drama and Imagination
  • Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Dissertation

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

​Teaching on the course is via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, use of ICT, placement experience and independent learning.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Your tutors' extensive professional experience in roles such as teaching, social work, probation work and paediatric nursing means they are able to provide practical as well as theoretical insight into the full range of career choices open to you.

They have a range of professional qualifications including Qualified Teacher Status, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, Early Years Professional Status and Associate Member of the British Dyslexic Association and some are members of the British Psychological Society and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

They are all also actively engaged in research in which students are encouraged to get involved, and publish on the subject of education and childhood studies.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are being assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Coursework may therefore include essays, reports, presentations, newspapers, posters, diaries and a dissertation. Exams are limited to the main core modules.

​Constructive feedback is important in helping you to identify your strengths and areas where you may need to put in more work, so this will be provided regularly as you progress through each module.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

104

Application and selection

​*Subject to Validation

GCSE and equivalents

  • •Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Not applicable
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Pass required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

As an education graduate, on completion of you course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in multi-professional, inter-agency and global contexts.

 Your degree can lead to any number of diverse careers from teaching and related professional educational roles, to learning support, commercial education, childcare and education, policy work and cultural/diplomatic posts.  

The roles and career areas below represent just some of the many different pathways you could take with a BA (Hons) in Education Studies:

  • Community education officer
  • Education administration
  • Policy Worker
  • Education Researcher
  • Education/Children's publishing
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Further education tutor
  • Learning support/mentor
  • Education management
  • Social care roles

 

  • Primary school teacher
  • Family support and social work roles
  • Central and local government careers
  • SEN and Inclusion
  • Youth and community work
  • Drama and sports education roles
  • Digital learning
  • Education and training in the public, charitable and voluntary sector – e.g. Police, probation service, housing and refugee support agencies
  • Employment and Enterprise Adviser 

CareerSmart Programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies. The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.


Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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