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Please note: this degree is only accepting applications to transfer directly into the second or third year of the programme for 2020 entry.

Education and Social Science is excellent preparation for careers in teaching, youth work, children's services, the third sector, policy research, and education administration.

  • Education programmes at St Mary's ranked as number one in London (The Guardian University League Tables 2020).
  • You will have a chance to study abroad for a semester in your second year in either Europe or the USA.
  • Opportunities to take work placements during your degree to enhance employability.
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Why study Education and Social Science?

This interdisciplinary degree will help you develop a critical understanding of education in both formal and non-formal contexts from an international and UK perspective.

It provides you with the critical tools required to interrogate debates and legislation relating to education and social policy, paying particular attention to the relationship between education and society. 

At its heart, the programme addresses issues of social justice and equality, educational and social disadvantage, and looks at how we can challenge injustice and inequality through our actions and practice.

Why St Mary's?

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

In your first year you'll be placed in a small study group that you will work with throughout the year in lectures and seminars, helping you settle in to your course.

You will be taught by highly qualified staff who are experts in their field. Their research strongly underpins the curriculum and currently includes: gender and education, English education, progressive education, education in Scandinavia, cross-cultural perspectives on SEN and Disability and developmental psychology and primary and early years education.

Combine Education and Social Science with another degree

Education and Social Science can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Entry requirements

N/A UCAS points required

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Additional requirement information

Education and Social Science is only accepting applications to transfer directly into the second or third year of the programme for 2020 entry.

To transfer directly into the second year of the degree (level five) you must have achieved at least 120 UK credits at level four at another institution. For direct entry into year three (level six) you must have achieved at least 120 UK credits at level four and 120 UK credits at level five at another institution.

The modules you have previously studied must match the content and learning outcomes of the modules on the degree you are interested in studying at St Mary's.

For more information please email

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Course content

Year one

  • The Nature, Purposes and Politics of Education Core
  • History of Education Core
  • Skills for Learning Optional
  • Citizenship and Education Optional
  • Theories, Teaching and Learning in Primary and Early Years Education Optional
  • Psychology of Education: Lifespan Development Optional

Year two

  • Research Methods Core
  • Values in Education Core
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy, Policy and Early Years Optional
  • Developmental Disorders and Special Educational Needs Optional
  • Health and Wellbeing in Learning Contexts Optional
  • Youth: Theory, Policy, Practice Optional
  • Contributing to the Community Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Education Optional
  • The Primary Classroom: A Practical Approach Optional

Year three

  • Independent Dissertation Core
  • International Perspectives in Education Optional
  • Education in Popular Culture Optional
  • Assessment and Planning Optional
  • SEBD and Behaviour Management Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

Career destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Primary Teaching
  • Secondary Teaching (including PE, English, History and Religious Studies)
  • Senior Case Worker with vulnerable youth
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Family Liaison Officer, Richmond Children's Services
  • Senior Early Years Key Worker, Surrey Council
  • Postgraduate study in Social Work
  • Master's level study
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • Drugs Advisor for Vulnerable Youth (Charity Sector)

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Education and Social Science students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, seminars, group presentations and workshops. The methods are designed to encourage active involvement in your learning, enabling you to gain skills, knowledge and understanding, and to develop your confidence and communication skills.

Class sizes are no bigger than 40 students.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 21%
  • Work-based learning: 7%
  • Independent study: 72%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

We don't assess you via examination. Instead, we use a variety of assessment methods giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your subject knowledge.

These include essays, case studies, portfolios, group and individual presentations, poster presentations, micro-teaching, literature reviews and critical reflective diaries.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred during your placement, and if you choose to opt in to optional field trips and a study abroad semester.


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.


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Further information

Teaching staff

Anastasia Liasidou Anastasia Liasidou
Senior Lecturer - Education and Social Science

Dr Jennifer Chung Dr Jennifer Chung
Senior Lecturer - Education and Social Science

Fiona Cullen Fiona Cullen
Senior Lecturer - Education and Social Science

Dr. Paul Tarpey Dr. Paul Tarpey
Senior Lecturer Education and Social Science

Find out more

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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