Education (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Equal 10th for high-quality staff/lectures - THE Student Experience Survey 2018.

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Promote social justice and sustainability

Female with a group of young children during a work placement field trip
Camp America

If you're passionate about making a difference by using education to improve people’s lives, then BA (Hons) Education will give you the tools to do just that.

Exploring the varied world of education you’ll develop your own personal philosophy and career path, whether in teaching or another education-related profession. As well as the core education modules, you can take modules from other courses, such as history to work within museums, or Early Childhood Studies modules to go into Early Years work.

Sustainability and social justice are central to the course. You’ll examine global issues such as climate change, inequality, migration, changing societies and disability to further explore the role of education. Psychology modules permeate the course helping our understanding of individuals, groups and society to enable you to make a positive impact. Optional modules allow you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career aspirations.

Put theory into practice on work placements and volunteering opportunities. Students have worked in a wide variety of places including: Camp America, animal shelters, schools, museums and charities, gaining valuable experience and contacts. You can also partake in additional training on topics such as first aid and the Makaton language system. This provides you with unique skills and furthers your employment opportunities upon graduating.

Find out what our Education students are up to and be inspired.

Study style

You’ll explore volunteering in your first year, then complete a work placement in your second year. There are also further industry placement opportunities between the second and third year and in the third year. Your practice and professional development will be underpinned by lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will also complete a range of assessments such as written assignments, individual and group presentations, case studies, blogs and in-class exams.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeX300


  • Community development
  • Teaching
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Teaching English as a foreign language
  • Mentoring in schools and colleges
  • Support within charities and museums
  • Early Years
  • Educational Psychology

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Student Focus

Dale Ballard

I did a placement as school co-ordinator for the British Bioscience Festival in London, run by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

It was a real eye opener and will certainly change my career. What I’m learning on my degree can be applied to so many areas. The tutors have a really good rapport with us and we get great feedback. Virtually every module has been interesting but I’ve especially enjoyed the psychology and brain development elements.

Industry links

You can complete placements and volunteer in settings such as animal shelters, schools, colleges, youth centres, museums and residential homes.

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Staff Profile

Richard Millican

"It's been a real privilege to work in some fascinating countries and contexts, meet many interesting people and have some truly memorable experiences. I've worked within schools, special schools, language schools, FE colleges and universities, and I've been involved working in the UK and a number of other countries such as Spain, Egypt and Oman. I love to see students develop their passion and make a difference to other people's lives through their work. The Education Studies course really can change people's lives. It can open students' eyes to different career options and set them off on their chosen pathway."

Youth work

Tailor modules to pursue your passion

As well as the core education modules, you can take modules from other courses at the university to prepare you for the area of education you're most interested in. Students have studied history to work within museums, or youth modules to go into youth work.

Gain valuable experience on placements

Work placements are key, making sure you gain valuable experience and contacts. In your first year, you'll do some volunteering before completing placements in your second and final year. Progress to work in a variety of settings from schools to animal shelters.

Girl volunteering at an animal shelter

Promote social justice and sustainability

Learn how to use education to create a better world. You'll explore global issues of inequality and get involved in community projects to make a difference locally.

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