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Sept 2020

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3 years



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Fiona Cullen
Fiona Cullen

Senior Lecturer - Education and Social Science
020 8240 4000 (2385)

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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.

Joint honours combinations

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

Course content

Year one

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

Year two

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

Year three

  • Dissertation 
  • Education and Popular Culture 
  • Independent Study 
  • International Perspectives in Education 
  • Managing Behaviour 
  • Planning and Assessment for Learning 
  • Work Placement: Managing in the Workplace 
  • Work Placement: The Enterprising Workplace 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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.

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.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

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

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

* 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.

Further information

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