Education Studies

BA single honours or in combination with another subject Education Studies 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day

Explore the big questions underpinningeducation through the lens of history,psychology, sociology and philosophy –discover learning across the lifespan, fromthe cradle to the grave – examine key issuesaround sustainability and arts education.

You’ll compare education systems indifferent countries and cultures, and buildan understanding of how people learn anddevelop throughout their lives. This thoughtprovokingand stimulating course also givesyou the chance to move beyond this core,exploring issues such as extremism and therole of the arts in education.

You’ll be taught by a passionate team, allexperienced educators and active researchers,and our personalised tutoring gives you theopportunity to develop your studies to suityour career aspirations. In addition, youwill have the opportunity to visit a rangeof educational settings such as schools orcommunity education groups

You will explore areas including:

  • sociology, philosophy, history andpsychology
  • sustainability
  • extremism
  • the role of the arts in education.

This thought-provoking and stimulating course offers the opportunity to explore the fundamental questions underpinning education, across the lifespan from the cradle to the grave. Education Studies is concerned with understanding how people learn and develop throughout their lives, examining education in the wider context of social, cultural and political domains.

You will have the opportunity to study education critically through the traditional academic disciplines of sociology, philosophy, history and psychology. At Canterbury Christ Church University we also move beyond this core, exploring issues such as sustainability, extremism and the role of the arts in education.

The course is taught by a passionate team of lecturers, all active in education research communities, but most with a background as school teachers. This helps them support our students in the move from school to university settings. You will have tutorials with a personal academic tutor as a way of bringing coherence to the course and ensuring progression for all.

The Education Studies experience is interesting and thought provoking and has allowed me to experience and learn about parts of education I had never thought about before. Education Studies has allowed me to decide from a breadth of educational job opportunities exactly what interests me and where I want to hold a career.” (Carmen, Year 3 student)

This course will appeal to anyone with an interest in education in its broadest sense, and who is keen to study a rigorous, relevant, academic discipline. It offers you the opportunity to study education critically through the academic disciplines of sociology, philosophy, history and psychology. As a result, the Education Studies degree develops ways of thinking and doing that are highly transferable to a wide range of careers.

Education Studies is a very broad course which you may personalise to suit your particular interests. Studying Education Studies provides you with a specialism, but keeps your career options open.

Education Studies offers the opportunity to study the four traditional academic disciplines that underpin education, alongside more innovative approaches. During your degree you will have the opportunity to visit a range of educational settings such as schools or community education groups. You will also be offered study opportunities in Europe through the Erasmus+ scheme. Certain themes run throughout our course:

  • A consideration of research ethics, methodologies and findings
  • Exploration of issues at all geographical levels, from local to national and European to global
  • A focus on study skills to support you in the move from structured learner in year one to independent researcher in year three
  • A focus on employability and possible career pathways.

On this course you will have the opportunity to explore Forest Schools and learning outside the classroom.

Work experience

We encourage all our students to gain experience in educational settings during the course. In the past such experiences have ranged from trips to India to visits to a Swedish Forest School.

We have links with a variety of educational establishments and third sector organisations who may be able to offer you observation opportunities or work experience either within the course (during our Alternative learning Experience module) or beyond.

The education sector, including expenditure on national education systems, is the second largest sector globally after healthcare. (GCC Education Industry Report, 2010)

This course can also be studied over four years with an initial foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. It is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to this degree.

Year 1

Core module

What is education?

This module acts as an introduction to the course, offering a series of seminars that set out some of the key principles and thinkers in education. These modules will be followed up by tutorials to specifically support your transition into university life. Each individual on the course will be allocated a personal academic tutor to help you settle in and get the most out of the course.

Likely optional modules

Year 1 provides some general modules which give you the opportunity to explore some of the big ideas and issues in education while offering a gentle introduction to the four key disciplines of sociology, psychology, philosophy and history.

How do we learn?

You will be introduced to the major discourses around learning. This module explores learning across the lifespan from the cradle to the grave. It’s not only about formal opportunities for learning - it’s also about the informal learning that takes place in a range of contexts. Where have you learnt today?

What does it mean to be good?

This is an opportunity to explore the ethics, morals and values that underpin education systems. What values did your parents encourage in you? Are they the same set of values that your school encouraged? Are they the same values you want to share with your children? Should we have moral education in schools? There are some very big questions here, but our students love to debate them.

The Arts in Education

The creative arts have a role in education throughout the lifespan, from the mother singing to her child to the intergenerational learning of a grandfather teaching his grandson the piano. Yet some argue opportunities for music and art are being sidelined in schools and formal settings. This module gives you the opportunity to engage in this debate and share in some of the best practice around Arts education across the lifespan.

The Power of Words

This module is intended to help you read, read critically and read effectively. It will then help you communicate the ideas in the readings powerfully in both spoken and written form. The module gives you a chance to consider how education is represented in literature and popular fiction. The module then moves on to consider the transformative power of literacy, exploring critical literacy and the work of Paulo Freire.

Gender, race and class

Do we all have an equal experience of education? Is the current school system succeeding in providing educational opportunities for all? These are some of the big questions in education and broader society today. This module gives you the opportunity to explore the most recent research behind these big issues.

Year 2

Core module

What is the point of school?

This module offers the opportunity to explore and analyse contemporary thinking in education. Questions such as ‘what should be on the curriculum?’ ‘how should children be assessed?’ and ‘what are the alternatives to schooling?’ are explored in such a way as to prepare students who are applying for teacher training courses.

Likely optional modules

Year 2 provides the opportunity to opt for TWO modules in two of the four key disciplines, ensuring you can tailor the Education Studies programme to your own particular interests

Investigations in the key disciplines

You will have the opportunity to explore two of the four key disciplines in more depth, choosing two modules from a focus on history, sociology, psychology and philosophy. You will be introduced to some of the key debates in this area through research and policy papers.

Time for divorce? Politics and Education

This module looks at the crucial interplay between education and policy. Education, especially in schools, colleges and universities, is increasingly governed by policy and policy makers. Understanding this policy and how it is created is fundamentally important to those seeking to gain a full knowledge of education systems in both the UK and in other parts of the world.

Alternative Learning Experience

This module offers you the opportunity to observe and experience education in a setting outside the university. It might involve work experience in a special needs school, volunteering at a museum or taking part in a Forest School. You will be encouraged to observe carefully and critically reflect on your experience using the learning from a range of other modules on the course.


By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate awareness and understanding of the well-established concepts, principles and knowledge associated with sustainability and sustainable development and the ways in which they have developed. A wide variety of practical activities are used to support your development on this module.

Year 3

In year three you have the opportunity for further specialism within an area of your choice. You may opt to write an independent study on an area of your choosing. A further module gives the opportunity to explore one of the four key disciplines in greater depth

Independent study

This module gives you the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You may wish to link this to the research literature you critique in the following module.

Researching a key discipline

This module provides the opportunity for a more in-depth investigation of one of the four key disciplines underpinning Education Studies- philosophy, sociology, psychology and history.

Fads and Fashions

This module forms part of a pathway across the course that aims to prepare you for teaching, if that is a career that interests you. The module aims to develop your understanding of how the educational landscape shifts and changes as a result of ‘fads and fashions’ in research and practice.

Human Rights Education

Human Rights Education is found in different forms, school ethos projects, citizenship and religious education, in community development projects as well professional training. The module aims to critically explore these themes and developments through theoretical, educational, and philosophical texts, as well as international case studies.

Film and Education

This module seeks to encourage an examination of the ways in which education is represented in cinema. The use of key concepts from film theory will enable you to explore the narrative, genre and character constructions of a range of films with education as the central theme. You will analyse popular representations of education, and will gain an understanding of the ways in which the history, philosophy, sociology and policies are represented within film.

Extremist Education: Religion, education and fear

Fear that education might be a breeding ground for dangerous ideas is an ancient worry - Plato was convicted of moral corruption of the young through his teaching. In the present time the idea of extremism is fuelling concerns about the place of religion in education, particularly in countries where religion is a major sponsor of state schools. Stories of extremist individuals taking over schools have made headlines and changed government policy on inspection. Secular organisations point to religious schools as sources of homophobia, inequality and irrationality. Governments are seeking to assert shared national values and use schools as tools to bring extremism to light. Extremist Education will examine these and related issues.

Education Studies is a broad academic course that provides a foundation for many different professional career paths. It opens up routes into teaching at either primary level or as a secondary teacher in some subjects.

Other employment pathways that graduates have moved into in the past include corporate training, educational publishing, third sector employment, social and educational research, educational administration, speech and language therapy or management in either local or national government. A large proportion of Education Studies graduates go on to further study, many studying Masters level qualifications.

One of our students, having been awarded a prestigious graduate traineeship at a major bank said:  “It was largely down to the presentation skills that I developed on the Education Studies course.”

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

DBS / Health Checks There is a charge made for this process of £52

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

In Year one there are 6 modules, one of which is ‘core’ and 5 others that are fixed by the programme team. In Years Two and Three there are both core modules and optional modules.

For each module you can expect around 50 hours of contact time. This includes lectures, seminars and tutorials. For each module you can expect around 200 hours of self-study time.

Academic input

Education Studies is staffed by a very passionate team of tutors, many of whom have experience working as school teachers and teacher educators while developing their expertise in educational research. The vast majority of our teaching team are permanent principal lecturers or senior lecturers at the university. All of the team are involved in educational research at or beyond doctoral level.

A wide variety of assessment strategies are chosen to suit the subject matter and to give you the opportunity to develop a broad set of communication and presentation skills. Examples of assessment strategies include oral presentations, poster presentations, reviews, journals, essays, blog posts and portfolios.
Our well-stocked library and wide range of e-books and online periodicals help you keep up to date with the latest thinking in education.

BA Hons Education Studies with Education Foundation Year

This course can also be studied over four years with an additional foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. The foundation year is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to the degree.

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Fact file

UCAS code

  • X301 Education Studies
  • X399 Education Studies with Education Foundation Year

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year


  • September 2018

Entry requirements



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