2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Education Studies

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

X300

Points required:

104

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090


School of Education:

education@ljmu.ac.uk


International enquiries

internationaladmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


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Why study Education Studies at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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 specialists who are engaged in local, national and international research, and publish widely in the area of education.
  • Graduate with a degree that gives you lots of pathways for further study and diverse education-related careers  

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.

​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.

"Educators work to change people’s lives for the better. They encourage us to develop and inspire us through their words, but are eager to learn themselves. This degree will help you become a great educator by introducing you to a wide range of educational situations, helping you to think about them in different ways. It’s perfect for those aspiring to work in a variety of areas including teaching."

Dr Graham Downes, Programme Leader

Fees and funding

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

Fees

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)

Money

  • 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)

Funding

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.

Employability

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.  

Some examples of the typical roles that graduates in this area gain employment, include:

  • 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  

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.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of 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, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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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 Education Studies
20 credits

This module will enable you to gain an understanding of key concepts and issues related to the study of Education through an exploration of representations of formal and informal education through the mediums of films and literature. You will also explore the skills necessary for undertaking independent learning and study in higher education

Language, Culture and Human Development
20 credits

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the nature and development of language in individual, social and cultural contexts. The module is designed to encourage you to think about the relationship between language, learning and human development with an emphasis on theories and understandings of how language is seen to be developed, expressed and mediated in light of individual, societal and broader cultural factors and influences.

Philosophical Approaches in Education
20 credits

This module provides you with an introduction to a range of ideas that have had an influence on educational practice. It further considers how concepts concerning human nature and experience have shaped educational provision and learning environments. 

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.

Perspectives on International Education
20 credits

This module provides you with an international perspective in relation to education policy and practice. It further encourages you to locate education within globalised social, political and economic frameworks and influence. One of the key concepts for the module is globalisation, and you are encouraged to consider the implications for education of living in a 'globalised' world. The impact of globalisation on national education systems is considered, as is the relationship between education and international development.

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.

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.

Level 6

Core modules

Dissertation
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.

Education, Culture and Identity
20 credits

This module aims to enable you to develop your own critical response to current debates about the cultural significance of education, particularly its role in society and influences on individuals and identities. You are encouraged to reflect on your own philosophy of education and to examine global perspectives shaping contemporary debates on connections between education, the individual and society.

Optional modules

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.

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.

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.

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

​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

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

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.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

Soon to be 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 Forest School for outdoor learning. 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
  • Subject specific requirements: Not applicable
  • 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

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: Minimum of 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

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.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

International entry requirements

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

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

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.