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BA (Hons) Education Studies with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Do you want to teach others and support them on their education journey? If so, this course may be for you. Our Education Studies programme is a broad course, covering everything from mental health and wellbeing in education to reflective practice.
We’ll prepare you to work with a wide range of people in schools and the community. When you graduate, this course can be a great stepping stone to careers in policy, social work and psychology.
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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

Are you passionate about education and want to work with children and young people? A degree in Education Studies could be the first step towards a deeply fulfilling future.

It isn’t just about becoming a teacher.  You could pursue several different careers including social or community work, community adult education, charity or international development roles. Or, of course, you could become a teacher via School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

If you're keen to keep your career options flexible across a range of education sectors, then this could be the ideal route for you.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At BNU, you’ll be taught by great lecturers, knowledgeable practitioners and experienced educators. They’ll inspire you to become an motivating and empowering early years professional or teacher.

Our course is designed to convert your enthusiasm and drive into practical skills to help you kick start a fulfilling career, and you’ll have a great time doing it!

What facilities can I use?

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assignments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.

Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.

What will I study?

The BA (Hons) Education Studies programme aims to develop an understanding of how people develop and learn throughout their lives by considering the nature of knowledge and ways of knowing, learning and understanding. This is achieved through debating philosophies of education and pedagogical ideas, analysing educational processes, systems and approaches from cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including the addition of an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy sets out to assist you to develop a sound understanding of the principles of working in education. An important element of the teaching and learning strategy includes the opportunity to develop knowledge in practice through our placement programme.

The following assessment activities are used on this programme:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Reflective commentaries
  • Presentations
  • Presentations with supporting rationale
  • Research proposals
  • Literature reviews.

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BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Documents

BA (Hons) Education Studies Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Ways of Learning about the Social World

Year 2 Modules

Reflective Practice

Exploring Educational Paradigms

Roots and Branches: Learning for Life

Understanding Education Policy

Understanding Educational Inequalities

Safeguarding in Education

Informal Education

Year 3 Modules

Building and Promoting Inclusive Learning Opportunities

Exploring The Occupational Landscape In Practice

An Introduction to the Philosophies and Concepts of Research

Assessment to Enhance Learning

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education

Year 4 Modules

Project: Evaluating Educational Initiatives


Learning and Teaching with Technology

Lifespan Learning and Development

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects? 

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

On successful completion of the programme there are opportunities to pursue a number of career routes, including teacher training via School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), teacher apprenticeships, or other options in further and/or higher education. Alternatively you may wish to pursue other career options such as education psychology, community education, youth work, or social policy.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.

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