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Do you aspire to work with children and young people? Whether working in teaching, Special Educational Needs and Disability, social work, educational policy or welfare, it begins with a degree in Education Studies.

Education Studies is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.

Why study Education Studies?

A degree in Education Studies will set you up for a career to work with children in a range of settings. The programme will give you the skills and knowledge for a range of careers including, teaching, social work, education policy, welfare and working with children and families.

Throughout the degree, you will be taught using real-world case studies that are relevant to education. You'll explore the value and purpose of education and address key issues such as social justice and educational/social disadvantage. 

The degree will equip you with a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by all employers.

You will be able to choose modules that include work experience opportunities. These placements will allow you to gain practical insights and apply what you learn to a professional setting.

Why St Mary's?

You will be taught by research-active lecturers, who are excited to share their passion with you. Their wide-range of specialisms include Special Education Needs, educational policy and inequalities in education.

You will also attend workshops with industry professionals who will discuss key developments in the profession.

You'll attend field trips across the UK in the 'Critical Perspectives in Childhood and Youth' module. You can also attend an international field trip as part of the 'Internation Perspectives in Education' module. These trips will give real-life context to your studies, linking the theory you learn to the world of work.

Key facts

  • Work placements as part of your degree
  • UK and international field trips available
  • Workshops with industry professionals
  • Taught on our historic campus in South West London
Please note: Education Studies is subject to validation.

Combine Education Studies with another degree

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

Entry requirements

96-104 UCAS points required

BCC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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Additional requirement information

Applicants must have GCSE Grade 4/C in English and Maths.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

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).

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Education Studies.

Course content



Year one

  • Citizenship, Education and Children's Rights Core
  • History of Education Core
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs  Core
  • Purposes and Values in Education Core
  • Skills for Independent Learning and Employability Core
  • Teaching and Learning – Theory Into Practice Core

Year two

  • Critical Perspectives on Childhood and Youth Core
  • Disability in Schools and Society Optional
  • Doing Social Science Research Core
  • Experience and Employment in Education Optional
  • Health and Wellbeing Optional
  • Policy, Social Justice and Education in Context Core
  • Contributing to the Community Optional
  • The Primary Classroom: A Practical Approach Optional

Year three

  • Dissertation Core
  • Education and Popular Culture Optional
  • Independent Study Optional
  • International Perspectives in Education 
  • Planning and Assessment for Learning Core
  • 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

Developing knowledge and skills for your future employment is central to this degree.

If your ambition is to become a teacher, Education Studies will ensure you're prepared for a PGCE teacher training programme. A range of Primary and Secondary PGCE courses are available at St Mary's.

Many students move into careers working with children and young people outside of formal education.

The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies. Recent placements for our students have included working with young offenders, disadvantaged youth and looked after children. Other placements have seen students working in schools as teaching assistants.

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

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Most teaching takes places in lectures, seminars and workshops as well as independent study. Key skills valued by all employers are promoted via participation in these sessions, as well as through individual and group presentations.

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

Assessment methods

Assessments take a variety of forms including learning journals, portfolios, essays and case studies.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a piece of original research in your final year.

Feedback

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

An optional module in the final year includes an optional study trip to Finland. This trip includes visits to schools and early years settings.You will be advised of associated updated costs for the trip in advance of selecting modules in the final year.

Scholarships

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.

Facilities

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Further information

UCAS Application Timeline