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

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Why study Education and Social Science?

Education and Social Science is an exciting and distinctive degree programme that examines education in its broadest sense. It develops your critical understanding of education in a wide range of contexts and learner groups, ranging from early years to post-compulsory and lifelong learning.

The degree takes into account both national and international perspectives and considers the value and purpose of education for individuals and wider society. The programme also addresses issues of social justice, and educational and social disadvantage.

The course will provide opportunities for you to link theory and practice through work placement modules that will enhance your CV and employability. Significant emphasis is placed on teamwork and you will be taught by highly qualified research-active staff.

Specialist pathways

The Education and Social Science programme gives you the opportunity to take a specialist pathway in the second and third year of your studies linked to your particular interests and career aspirations.

Diversity and inclusion pathway

You will develop an understanding of underlying values and principles relevant to inclusion, diversity and social justice in education. You will apply theoretical concepts to practical settings and professions. Find out more...

International and comparative education pathway

You will be introduced to comparative and international perspectives on education through a cross-cultural lens. This will involve an analysis of education policy and practice in different contexts. Find out more...

Preparing for roles into teaching pathway

You will develop a critical understanding of different educational roles, concepts and issues. This will be informed by a theoretical understanding of philosophy, psychology, sociology, policy and history. Find out more...

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 your second and third year. Placements will link specifically to the programme pathway you have chosen.

To help you settle in to your course, you will be placed in a small study group that you will work with in lectures and seminars throughout your first year.

You will be taught by highly qualified staff who are experts in their field and whose research strongly underpins the curriculum.

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, seminars, group presentations and workshops.

These methods are designed to encourage active involvement in your learning, enabling you to gain skills, knowledge and understanding, as well as develop your confidence and communication skills.

Assessment methods

The degree is not assessed via examination. Instead, we use a variety of assessment methods that give 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.

Key facts

  • 94% overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). Education and Social Science also scored 95% for learning opportunities and 91% for academic support in the 2017 NSS.
  • You will have the chance to study abroad for a semester in your second year in either Europe or the USA.
  • Opportunities for overseas fieldwork in the second and third year of your degree
  • Opportunities to take work placements during your degree to enhance employability
  • You will be taught be research-active staff expert in their field
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus with direct transport links into Central London
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Joint honours

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

Course content

In the first year of your degree, you will take six compulsory modules that will introduce you to key issues, concepts, theories, and current debates in the field of education. The first year is about preparing you for academic study and will provide you with essential skills to enhance employability.

Modules available in your second and third year will depend on which programme pathway you select.

Year one

  • Children and Young People’s Rights 
  • Developing Research Skills 
  • Introduction to SEN and Disability 
  • Skills for Learning and Personal Development  
  • Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice  
  • Viewing Education Globally 

Year two

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Year three

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Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

A variety of career opportunities are available to Education and Social Science graduates. The three programme pathways can help shape your studies to match your career ambitions. Some possible careers upon graduating from the degree include:

  • Primary Teacher
  • Early Years Teacher
  • Probation services
  • Working for an NGO
  • Family support worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Postgraduate Study (Masters degree)
  • Educational researcher for local authority
  • Police officer
  • Young offenders Case Worker
  • Postgraduate study to train as a social worker
  • Outreach worker for children and adults with Learning Disabilities

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.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

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

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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