Education and Social Science focuses on the nature and purposes of education and how people learn.

Why study Education and Social Science?

Education and Social Science explores the nature and purposes of education - both formal and informal - in a range of settings and across the life-span.

The degree considers the value and purpose of education, both for individuals as well as wider society. It addresses issues of social justice and educational and social disadvantage. The programme has a strong sociological, political and philosophical focus to provide students with the critical tools required to interrogate policy debates and government initiatives.

Students are prepared for entry into teacher training, but will be of interest to those interested in working with children and young people outside of formal education.

Why St Mary's?

The programme places significant emphasis on linking theory to practice, providing students with the opportunity to take four work placements in the second and third year of the degree.

Studying for a BA Education and Social Science at St Mary's will provide you with knowledge and skills that will be valuable in a wide variety of careers. While the degree offers a well-recognised route into primary and secondary teaching, the range and diversity of the programme content opens up several options for those who are interested in working in the public sector supporting young offenders, looked after children and those with special educational need, for example.

The degree is taught by highly qualified research-active staff with research specialisms in: gender, music education, comparative and historical perspectives in education, educational policy, supplementary schooling and developmental psychology, Sex and Relationship education and drugs education.

A Student View

Charley Richardson
"Although having taken the teaching route I feel that after completing this course I have the knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to enter a number of other careers. The support I had from lecturers was amazing. They always made time available for tutorials, seminars and drop-ins... There was never a time that I could not seek help from them."


Education and Social Science NSS results 2015

Education and Social Science at St Mary's scored 98% for Academic Support in the 2015 National Student Survey.


The programme was also rated 95% for Overall Satisfaction, 96% for Teaching Satisfaction, 93% for Personal Development, 91% for Organisation and Management and 92% for Assessment and Feedback.

The joint honours combination with English received 100% Overall Satisfaction.