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

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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: refugee education, gender and international development, girlhood, English education, progressive education, education in Scandinavia, cross-cultural perspectives on SEN and Disability and developmental psychology and primary science education.

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 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: Education and Social Science 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

Year one

  • Citizenship and Education 
  • History of Education 
  • Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Planning 
  • Nature and Purposes and Politics of Education 
  • Psychology of Education: Lifespan Development 
  • Skills for Learning 

Year two

  • Curriculum, Pedagogy, Policy and Early Years 
  • Developmental Disorders and Special Educational Needs 
  • English Studies in Education 
  • Health and Well-Being in Learning contexts 
  • Introduction to Education and International Development 
  • Research Methods 
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Year three

  • Applying Educational Psychology 
  • Assessment and Planning 
  • Education in Popular Culture 
  • Gender, Education and International Development 
  • Independent Study 
  • International Perspectives in Education 
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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

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
  • Masters 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

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.

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.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

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

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* 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 for 2019 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 depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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