2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Education and Primary Studies - currently closed for 2022 applications

Start date:
September 2022
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
3 years
UCAS code:
Points required:
Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

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International (full-time):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Education and Primary Studies - currently closed for 2022 applications at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Formerly titled Education Studies and Early Years
  • Stepping stone to a wide range of careers which focus on supporting children and families during their early years, including teaching, social care, health and childcare
  • Extensive work-related learning opportunities including the chance to undertake international work experience
  • Explore the sociological, historical, political, psychological and philosophical issues that impact on the lives and learning of young children
  • Tailor your studies to your own interests through optional modules, research and work-related practice
  • Graduate with a solid foundation for a child-centred career
  • You are able to apply for a PGCE/PGDE course, if you meet the entry requirements, which you would complete once you have graduated from this course. Completion of a PGCE/PGDE would enable you to become a teacher. If you are looking for an undergraduate teacher training course now, we offer BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS.

About your course

By completing the BA (Hons) Education and Primary Studies at Liverpool John Moores University you will be able to significantly contribute to children's future development and educational attainment.

Children’s future development and educational attainment depends on high quality provision and experiences in the early years. This course explores recent initiatives and the influence of historical and key early years pioneers on current practice. You will also examine how young children develop and learn and explore both national and international approaches to early years provision, policy and practice. 

The course brings together all aspects of education such as the effects of poverty and social exclusion, and curriculum development. The needs and rights of children, and your moral and professional role in working with them, will form the foundation of your professional development and academic studies.

You will study education it its broadest sense, drawing on aspects of sociology, history, politics, psychology and philosophy to give you an understanding of current educational thinking and practice. We signpost you to appropriate volunteer opportunities and activities in schools and other placements, so that you can gain the experience and practice you need before embarking on further training, study or a career.

Additional course costs

There are no costs for off site day trips embedded into core and option modules. Optional international placements will have a cost attached.

We have several international links, and there are opportunities to visit other countries and also undertake a work-related placement overseas.

You will be able to tailor your studies to your own interests through option modules, research and work-related practice. Not only will you graduate with a solid foundation for a child-centred career, you will also gain key transferable skills, such as interpersonal, oral and written skills that are so crucial in the workplace today.

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"The course’s strengths are the diverse range of topics covered, as well as the broad range of career options it ultimately gives you. I have now got a clear idea of the career path I hope to follow."

Anastasia Lyon, student

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


Educational and Primary Studies together with a PGCE/PGDE provide an alternative route into teaching that focuses on up-to-the-minute developments in early years provision and education.

However, if you choose to base your career on your early years specialism, there are openings within centres and community groups that focus on the needs of young children and their families. 

Alternatively, your degree could lead to any number of careers such as in educational management, private nursery management, educational social work or any of the caring professions that involve young children.

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

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Learning support/mentor
  • SEN and Inclusion
  • Education administration
  • Education management
  • Central and local government careers
  • Policy Worker
  • Family support and social work roles
  • Community education officer
  • Youth and community work
  • Social care roles
  • Education Researcher
  • Education/Children's publishing
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Further education tutor
  • 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

Postgraduate Teacher Training

LJMU graduates who meet the entry criteria are guaranteed an interview for your chosen PGDE course.

Our PGDEs carry Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), so after successfully completing the one-year course, you will be qualified to teach the age range of students covered in your programme.

As well as our Core PGDE courses, we also offer School Direct programmes with our partner schools across the North West.

You can learn more about our postgraduate teacher training courses at ljmu.ac.uk/teach.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Learners and Learning in Contemporary Society
20 credits

This module is designed to introduce you to key concepts in the psychology of education, particularly as they relate to learning. In addition, it offers you the opportunity to explore how changes in culture and society have impacted on the nature of learning. The module is one of three modules at Level 4 introducing you to key concepts in the four disciplines of history, sociology, psychology and philosophy of education.

Education and Society
20 credits

This module introduces you to key concepts in the philosophy and sociology of education, as applied to issues in the relationship between education and society. It is one of three modules at Level 4 designed to provide you with a good grounding in the four disciplines of the history, philosophy, sociology and psychology of education.

Snapshots of Education
20 credits

This module introduces you to key developments in education. A range of historical sources and sociological research in education are drawn upon which will enable you to develop a conceptual understanding of developments in education. A chronological case approach will be taken to show how key influences, ideas and individuals shape education, reform and change. The lectures take into account key political, social and economic influences which have impacted upon education in various ways and at different historical moments.

Introduction to the Study of Education and Early Years
20 credits

This module will enable you to gain an understanding of key concepts and issues related to the study of Education Studies and Early Years through an exploration of children's texts. You will also explore the skills necessary for undertaking independent learning and study in higher education.

Key Early Education Principles
20 credits

This module introduces you to key historical pioneers and how they influenced current practice. The module looks to develop your knowledge of the principles of early years education and your understanding of how these principles are applied by early educators (including parents).

Development and Early Learning
20 credits

This module develops your knowledge of a range of approaches and perspectives on development and learning in the early years. You will learn to name biological, environmental and cultural influences which impact on development in the early years, and identify a range of factors which influence young children's physical, cognitive, social, emotional and moral development.

Level 5

Core modules

Research Approaches and Methods
20 credits

This module aims to prepare you for future dissertation research. It enables you to practice planning a research project which you may choose to undertake at Level 6.

Schools and the Curriculum
20 credits

This module enables you to learn about schools, the remit and role of the teachers, and key issues in contemporary compulsory education. Learning activities will allow you to apply your knowledge and skills in the study of education to contemporary issues in schools, including those relating to the curriculum, learning and teaching, and the controversial issues surrounding schools and society.

Disability and Identity
20 credits

This module aims to develop your awareness and knowledge of the dynamic and changing relationship of identity and disability over the life course. Many contentious, topical, and ethical considerations will be debated and critically discussed.

Pedagogy and Practice in Early Years Education
20 credits

This module enables you to explore the pedagogy and practice of early education and to become aware of the current issues and debates. You will learn to discuss the theory that underpins ‘effective’ practice in early years, to examine the evidence base for effective early years practice, and to reflect upon the role of adults in supporting children in the early years.

Optional modules

Comparative and International Education
20 credits

In this module you will explore how the processes of globalisation and internationalisation impact on the national and international provision of education. This module further examines the educational implications induced by global social, political and economic factors.

Exploring Health Literacies Within Early Childhood
20 credits

This module aims to prepare you to empower children to make informed decisions about their own health and, where possible, to act upon those decisions. You will learn to evaluate the social determinants of health, to assess the concept of health literacy in a way that is developmentally appropriate, and to formulate an argument related to health literacy for babies and young children.

Education, Equality and Social Justice
20 credits

This module enables you to examine the development of the concept of ethics and justice. You will learn to critically evaluate the dynamic relationship between education, social justice and equality.

Contemporary Issues for Young People
20 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to the nature and importance of the concept of youth. You will develop a critical understanding of the nature, causes and effects of problems, issues and concerns experienced by young people, alongside analysing the role of government legislation and initiatives in dealing with the issues faced by young people.

International Placement
20 credits

This international Work Related Learning (WRL) opportunity offers you the chance to experience different cultures and practices in relevant international settings. It facilitates current and future employment opportunities. You will be provided with the opportunity to undertake a work placement in an international setting relevant to your future career choice. The module will build upon your PDP and provide opportunities for you to reflect upon your own development and future work related targets.

Project Design and Implementation in Education
20 credits

Working in a real-world setting is essential to give reality and relevance to studies. It facilitates current and future employment opportunities. This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your organisational awareness and, for those who have previously completed the World of Work Bronze, to complete the World of Work Silver. A significant part of the module will involve the delivery of a self-negotiated project which is relevant within the field of education.

Developing Employability Skills Through Work Based Learning
20 credits

In this module you will be provided with the opportunity to undertake a work placement in a specific setting relevant to your future career choice. The module will build upon your PDP and provide opportunities for you to reflect upon your own development and future work related targets.

Creativity and Discovery Learning in the Early Years
20 credits

This module enables you to explore practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of creativity and how it can be supported in the Early Years. In this module there are opportunities for offsite workshops which support and enrich learning (these opportunities are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed).

Atypical Development and Disability In the Early Years
20 credits

This module helps you to develop an understanding of atypical development, disability and specific educational needs in the early years. You will recognise and discuss key factors that lead to individual difference, explain different theories and perceptions of developmental difficulties and disability, and discuss key legislation associated with inclusion and educational needs in the early years.

Level 6

Core modules

40 credits

This module allows you to research a topic of your choice, which relates to your programme of study, using a range of data sources and appropriate research methods. Your research will be supported through introductory lectures followed with workshops for group work and practical activities. You will be allocated a supervisor who will meet with you over the research period. Online materials will also be available to guide and support independent study.

National and International Contemporary Issues in the Early Years
20 credits

This module enables you to critically examine national and international perspectives and approaches to early year's policy, pedagogy and practice in relation to current issues and debates. It provides opportunities for you to research and critique a range of contemporary global issues and debates relating to the education, health and welfare of children and their families across the world today.

Optional modules

Gender and Ethnicity in Education
20 credits

This module provides you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to evaluate the impact of gender and ethnicity on educational processes and outcomes. You will also explore key theories and debates as to how gender and ethnicity intersect in relation to educational experiences and outcomes.

Education and Technology
20 credits

This module will provide you with a critical perspective of the role technologies play in educational settings. You will use, examine and evaluate a range of technologies and conduct a review and analysis of educational issues raised by technology use. The module enables you to develop an awareness and understanding of the implications of technology use in current educational practices and the future of education itself.

Working Therapeutically within Early Childhood
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of therapeutic practice with children and their carers in the UK. You will develop the ability to critically analyse what reflective practitioners offer therapeutically, in a variety of contexts, appropriate to the needs of children, their carers, organisations and society. We will also discuss therapeutic theory and practice for working within early childhood.

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
20 credits

This module allows you to consider educational advancement and professional development beyond the university. It will broaden your understanding of educational opportunities and provisions for adults. You will learn to understand lifelong learning through the integration of knowledge of adult learning theories, methods, approaches and issues. This module will facilitate learning through the application of key philosophies, theories and concepts in adult education and lifelong learning.

Parents and Schools
20 credits

This module introduces you to the crucial importance of working effectively with parents, and potential barriers to effective parent-practitioner relationships according to social class, gender, ethnicity and special educational needs. The module will enable you to develop a conceptual understanding of key developments relating to home-school collaboration, and how to develop the engagement of parents that you meet as future practitioners. The module will also consider controversy surrounding 'problem' parents and intervention from the state, as well as relevant strategies (used in the classroom and beyond) which may develop parental involvement and home-school collaboration.

Radical Education
20 credits

This module will develop your understanding of radical theories of education and some of the key radical educational philosophers (e.g. Illich, Friere and A.S.Neill). It will also consider how such theories of education are developed both within and outside mainstream educational practice.

Education in Fiction, Film and the Media
20 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to explore how education has been represented in fiction, film and the media. The module will broaden your understanding of how cultural representations of education impact on educational thought and practice. It offers you the opportunity to explore one of several more specialist areas in the study of education at Level 6.

Informal and Non-Formal Education
20 credits

This module introduces you to alternative educational environments that you may choose to access and contribute to in your voluntary or paid work. It also adds to your understanding of the breadth of settings in which learning and education take place. It engages with radical theories in education and approaches the field from more of a contextual perspective.

Supporting Vulnerable Children and Young People in Education
20 credits

This module develops your understanding and knowledge of the issues and potential consequences vulnerable children and young people may experience in education. You will be given the opportunity to explore and critically evaluate a range of Government and multi-agency strategies implemented to support vulnerable children and young people in education.

Philosophy With Children
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to learn more about the theory and methods for facilitating children's thinking and supporting their philosophical enquiry. It allows you to explore philosophy as a discipline for the early years and to investigate the issues in its application.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

The course aims to produce graduates who are able to think in a critical and analytical manner, reflecting upon issues that relate to education and community issues in the widest context. The course is designed to develop the transferable skills that will allow you to operate creatively in an increasingly complex world.

It is this ability, coupled with the transferable skills that are taught, such as the ability to evaluate and analyse information, 'people skills', computer literacy, oral and written skills and the ability to work effectively in demanding contexts, that make our graduates highly employable.

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

Work-related Learning

The course has a strong element of work-related learning and you will have plenty of opportunities to look at practice in a wide variety of education and/or early years settings. You might also want to get an international perspective on your future career through work experience abroad or you could practice your teaching skills and get a feel for teaching during planned programme experiences or as voluntary activity. 

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

Dedicated personal tutor, plus 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.

Library Services teams also offer a fantastic range of support and guidance services, including online help guides, online chat facility and on-site help.

Our dedicated Student Advice and Wellbeing (SAW) team provide a wide range of services including accommodation advice, disability support, counselling and money matters.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

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.​​

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Angela Garden

Angela Garden

Programme leader

Ange has a firm background in Educational and Child Psychology. She has worked in a range of schools as a teacher, in various settings as a person-centred counsellor, worked with children in play and art therapy and as a researcher and lecturer firstly at Edge Hill University and for the past 10 years at LJMU. Ange researched and published in the field of non-directive play therapy for a number of years. A joint project with Barnardos saw the development of support groups for siblings of disabled children, with peer-reviewed publications emerging from it. Her more recent research concerns the psychological impact of a diagnosis of dyslexia upon the individual higher education student with a focus on their self-esteem and self-concept in relation to their diagnosis. This research has implications for practice at university level.

Our team of specialist academics, practitioners and support staff are dedicated to ensure you receive a first-class education.


What you can expect from your School

Based in the new Education Building in the heart of the Mount Pleasant campus, the School of Education features a wide range of cutting-edge facilities, including a pedagogy room, lecture rooms, computing facilities and a nearby Outdoor Learning Zone for delivery of the School's Natural Curriculum programme. Students also benefit from independent study spaces, a close-by cafeteria and library, and access to student welfare and support.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 104

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

T Levels

  • T Level requirements:

    A minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National 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: 104 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 104 UCAS Tariff 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

OCR Cambridge Technicals

  • Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Alternative qualifications considered

Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to complete a written task and/or attend a meeting with a course tutor, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Reduced Offer Scheme

As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

A DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB) will be required after you start the course for placements that involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.