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Education Studies

BA Honours

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Education Studies

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Are you passionate about educating children? Are you interested in becoming a teacher, but also want to keep your options open for other graduate careers in education? 

Education Studies gives you the opportunity to understand key education issues and relate them to practice, preparing you for a range of careers in the education sector.

Why study with us?

• Graduate with up to 11 weeks' education experience, thanks to the professional work placements included with your degree.

• Make your CV stand out from other graduates by taking advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.

• Have the flexibility to go straight into a professional role in education, or progress on to postgraduate study.

• Learn by debating the real issues facing education today.

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professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.


of our graduates in work or further study within six months.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 - latest data available)

Course Information

About this course >

You'll learn by exploring real issues facing education today, asking questions such as: Do children have too few or too many rights? Is the national curriculum relevant or outdated? Can 'ability' ever be accurately measured?

We'll analyse and debate these issues together, drawing on ideas from a wide range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, history and politics.

During your degree, you'll complete two professional work placements in an educational setting. Linking what you've learnt to educational practice, you'll gain vital experience that will prepare you for a professional role in education or teacher training.

Our course is UK-focused, yet draws on the international context. You'll also have the opportunity to explore education in other countries with our Study Abroad programme, which will give you a distinctive edge if you want to enter the competitive international careers market.

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Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Education and PGCE courses, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. Some students also continue study at Leeds Trinity on the MSc Psychology (conversion) and MA Family Support postgraduate degrees.

Modules >

 Year 1

Whatever you’ve studied before, you will become familiar and confident in using ideas Education Studies draws upon from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, popular culture, history and philosophy. We do this by tackling themes rather than trudging through textbooks – you’ll consider why poorer children do less well in school, whether children have too few or too many rights, whether the National Curriculum is relevant or outdated, if ‘ability’ can ever be accurately measured. Year 1 culminates in a ​six-week professional placement where ideas meet practice and you can see whether that career you’re thinking about really is for you.

Year 2

As you develop your own ideas in the academic disciplines introduced last year, you now have more scope to let these shape your assignments. Do you have a better ​way of funding university education than students paying fees and could you ‘sell’ this to the public? What changes would we make to ensure schooling is fair and ethical for all? Should SATs be changed or abolished?

You will learn how to design your own research project, in preparation for Year 3.

There is a second professional placement ​to keep ideas in contact with professional practice and to help build your CV and inform your career choice.

Year 3

One third of your final year’s work and assessment is your choice - you could review an issue you’re interested in, go into professional contexts as a researcher or negotiate with professional educators to set up a project. Of course, we help throughout - you are allocated an individual supervisor.

You will select themes from your study of psychology relating to education and you examine the teaching profession through film, TV and literature. Radical ideas regarding educational practice and new ideas to support inclusion are considered.

You will graduate knowledgeable about the ideas of others and with ideas of your own. Most importantly, as an Education Studies graduate you have the confidence to be successful in a range of professional contexts.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP4002 - Change and Continuity: An Introduction to the History of Education
  • CYP4012 - Is Education Fair? An Introduction to Sociology of Education
  • CYP4112 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Education
  • CYP4182 - Learning, Development and Schooling: An Introduction to the Psychology of Education
  • CYP4192 - Childhood, Society and Education
  • CYP4982 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP5002 - Education Policy
  • CYP5042 - Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
  • CYP5052 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • CYP5122 - Curriculum and Assessment
  • CYP5132 - Language and Thinking in the School Years
  • CYP5162 - Pedagogy, Practice, Assessment and Frameworks
  • CYP5192 - Education, Inequality and Social Justice

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP6034 - Research Project
  • CYP6132 - From Martinet to Mentor? Change and Continuity in the Roles of Educators
  • CYP6182 - Overschooled and Undereducated? Alternative Education Perspectives
  • CYP6192 - Selected Themes in the Psychology of Education
  • CYP6402 - Inclusion, SEN and Disability

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  #expand#
Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars. On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week work placements in the summer term of Level 4 and the spring term of Level 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6 high-achieving students are offered the choice of a 40-credit Dissertation/Project module to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

​Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If individuals fall slightly short of the expected UCAS points needed for course entry, but have relevant experience and expertise in the sector, we would still welcome and consider such applications.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leeds​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

Placement Opportunities

​​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Professional work experience is vital when applying for postgraduate study in teacher training or other careers in education. You'll complete a five-week placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year, so you'll graduate with up to 11 weeks' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year.

We'll work with you to find a placement that matches your career aspirations, which could be in a variety of organisations, including school and hospital education units. We also encourage you to consider volunteering and other work experience in your final year, and can support you in finding relevant opportunities.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll be prepared for a wide range of careers in education, including family support, youth and community work, student support, disability support, teaching support, or general graduate-level positions. You'll also be well-prepared for a career in social work, subject to postgraduate study. If you want to become a teacher, this course will prepare you for postgraduate teacher training at all levels: primary, secondary, further and higher education.

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What is Discover Uni?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
Education Studies Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Education Studies alone to be represented in the Unistats data.
This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for!
If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.