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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.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
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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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:
- Reflective commentaries
- Presentations with supporting rationale
- Research proposals
- Literature reviews.
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.
What are the course entry requirements?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. 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
Exploring Educational Paradigms
Roots and Branches: Learning for Life
Understanding Education Policy
Understanding Educational Inequalities
Safeguarding in 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
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
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.