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Education BA (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Education BA (Hons)?

If you’re passionate about making a difference by using education to improve people’s lives, this degree gives you the tools to do just that.

Our Education BA (Hons) course scored 90% for academic support in the National Student Survey 2023 and our education courses are ranked in the top 15 in the UK for teaching and student satisfaction by the Guardian Good University Guide 2023.

Exploring the varied world of education, you’ll develop your own personal philosophy and career path, whether in teaching or another education-related profession.

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 helps 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.

Study style

You’ll get real-world experience through our network of over 400 schools in Gloucestershire and beyond. You can complete placements and volunteer in animal shelters, schools, colleges, youth centres, museums and residential homes.

Your practice and professional development will be underpinned by lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You’ll complete a range of assessments such as written assignments, individual and group presentations, case studies, blogs and in-class exams.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 UCAS tariff points, CCC at A levels, MMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X301 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X301 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • community development
  • teaching
  • speech and language therapy
  • teaching English as a foreign language
  • mentoring in schools and colleges
  • support within charities and museums
  • early years
  • educational psychology
  • teacher training (PGCE/SchoolDirect)
  • museum education
  • learning technology
  • teaching english as a foreign language.

Industry links

You’ll 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 – gaining unique skills for your future career.

Tailor modules to pursue your passion

You have a choice of modules at level 5 and level 6 so that you can tailor your degree to suit your interests and career aspirations.

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. You’ll progress to work in a variety of settings from schools to animal shelters.

Promote social justice and sustainability

You’ll 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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Ranked in the top 15 in the UK for student and teaching satisfaction

Our education courses are ranked in the top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

Trips and experiences

Our Francis Close Hall campus has been part of our heritage for 150 years and it is home to our active community of experienced teachers and practitioners. While just a 10 minute walk from Cheltenham town centre, you’ll find everything you need on site, including IT labs with cutting edge equipment, a specialist library, café and shop.


  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"The degree provided me with the theory behind teaching"

“After my Education degree I started my Schools Direct teacher training. I am now a Newly Qualified Teacher at a large special educational needs and disabilities school. The Education Studies degree provided me with the theory behind teaching and learning, and this enabled me to trial many different teaching styles in order to meet the pupils’ diverse needs. The course was also highly beneficial because of the links it allowed me to make with other students over the three years – they have gone on to work in a variety of different educational roles, meaning we can continue to share knowledge and experiences to support our educational careers.”

Emily Morse, Education graduate

"I am fascinated by education"

“I started my educational career as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Spain and have worked in many different sectors and environments since, in England and overseas. I am fascinated by the topic of education in its broadest sense and enjoy exploring issues with colleagues and students. I am particularly interested in the contribution education can make to a socially just and sustainable world.”

Richard Millican, Senior Lecturer in Education

"Volunteering helped me clarify what I wanted to do"

“Volunteering I did as part of my degree helped me clarify what I wanted to do for a job. I now manage a voluntary action forum.”

Chris Brown, Education graduate

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