Why is our education system organised the way it is? How can schools best prepare children for their future lives? Is it a school’s job to teach children right from wrong?
Through Education Studies, you’ll explore these and other questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Drawing on philosophy, sociology, history, psychology and politics, you’ll consider issues such as the role that gender can play in a child’s journey through education, the way education differs across national contexts, and how people learn in out-of-school settings such as museums, galleries and theatres.
You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, group projects, presentations and discussions. Some of the ways you might learn include group work with your peers, debating topical issues in education and delivering group presentations. This is to help you develop the confidence to present to an audience, whether you’re speaking to a classroom of eight-year olds, your friends or educational professionals.
We want to make your experience as interactive and collaborative as possible. The degree is designed to introduce you to a range of debates and contemporary issues in education, combined with practical experience grouped around three key themes: • Formal education systems • Informal, non-formal and community education • Learners, learning and the educational profession(s)
As you progress through the degree, you will have the option to explore these themes in more detail. You may opt for units focusing on issues such as global agendas in education, the role of culture in learning, or the potential for community projects to engage people in learning and regenerate areas.
You will be encouraged to take a critical perspective throughout, and you will balance academic skills with practical experience. Graduates from Education Studies go on to a range of careers in education. We currently have former students undertaking their postgraduate certificates in education (PGCE) in both primary and secondary teaching, as well as specialist masters programmes in education.
Hear from one of our students about the Education Studies course here
Real world projects - You’ll have access to EdLab, our enterprise and engagement facility, where you’ll work on real community projects.
Study abroad - You’ll have the opportunity to study at a university in Europe, America, Japan or Australia in Year two.
Practical experience - You’ll have the opportunity to work in a school or alternative educational setting
Teaching expertise - Our teaching team has practical experience across a range of educational settings (including schools, youth and community projects and theatre education) and are engaged in cutting-edge educational research.
Learn more - Opportunity to learn about inclusion and special educational needs, such as autism spectrum conditions.
“Having the broad overview on the educational studies course helped me to think is teaching something I want to do? You might want to teach in a classroom, but it gives you the knowledge of what else is going to come with that. So if teaching isn't something that you want to do later on, you can go into many other career pathways from doing educational studies.” Amie Gordon - BA (hons) Educational Studies graduate, PGCE current student.
“Education Studies gives you a behind-the-scenes view of a teacher. What's going on in the government and local authorities and how their say is affecting teaching today; who gets to decide what’s really important. If you go into teaching after this course you know who's involved in making the big ideas and trends. Doing this degree really helps you to see the bigger picture of teaching before you're actually doing it.”
Sabeeka Majid - BA (hons) Educational Studies graduate, PGCE current student.
As a graduate, you could develop your career across the education sector. You might work in prison education or museum and gallery education. You could also pursue a career in related areas such as education publishing or the local government. Or perhaps you’ll continue on to postgraduate study.
If you decide you’d like to become a teacher, you’ll need to complete a *PGCE or other training route (this is normally a one-year course). Depending on which units you choose at levels 2 and 3, you could study for a PGCE in secondary education, specialising in areas such as social studies or religious education.
*Whilst this degree course does not provide qualified teacher status, it can provide a good foundation to progress to a PGCE at a later stage. Those considering undertaking a PGCE should be aware of the specific requirements for this.
104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM), Grade B in CACHE Diploma, CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (VRQ). We do not accept CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator VRQ).
Specific GCSE requirements
GCSE Grade C/4 in English Language. Equivalent qualifications e.g. Functional Skills, will be considered.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 to include 9 credits at Distinction and 36 at Merit.
All candidates must have evidence of study at level 3 or equivalent within the three years prior to application and must provide an academic reference.
A satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) is required for all students. This will be completed through the University prior to enrolment.
Students who wish to go on to a Primary PGCE or GTP programme of study once they graduate should be cognisant of the needs of those programmes and should possess GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science (please refer to entry requirements before applying).
If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year.
On the course you’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, group projects, presentations and discussions. This degree is designed to introduce you to a range of debates and contemporary issues in education, and give you a practical experience of education, grouped around three key themes:
Formal education systems
Informal, non-formal and community education
Learners, learning and the educational profession(s)
In the first year, you will take four compulsory units that address each of these themes, as well as introducing you to academic study at university level. As you progress through the degree, you will have the option to explore debates related to these themes in more detail.
You may opt to study units focusing on, for example, global agendas in education, the role of culture in learning, or the potential for community projects to engage people in learning and regenerate areas. You will be encouraged to take a critical perspective throughout, and you will balance academic skills with practical experience.
In your first year, you will study four core units that are designed to introduce the key themes you will encounter throughout the degree, as well as getting you familiar with what’s required for academic study at university level.
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Key Questions in Education
The unit will focus on key philosophical and sociological debates around the nature and purpose of education. Questions about the meaning, purposes and functions of education will be raised. An exploration of the role of educational autobiography in our understanding of these issues will be a key feature. Consideration will also be given to different philosophical debates around the nature and function of knowledge and the curriculum. The relationship between knowledge, power and ideology will also be explored.
The Learning System
This unit will introduce you to current theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning and is based on a critical approach to psychology, pedagogy and philosophy. It considers key theories and ideas about how people learn, discusses the role of the educator, and the factors that influence the learning and teaching process.
Learning in Places
This unit will analyse different settings where educational activities take place, including formal and informal settings, institutionalised and non-institutionalised, non-virtual and virtual. It will consider various perspectives including historical factors, the characteristics of the setting and the role of the educator and learner. Settings may include: school, hospitals, prisons, PRUs, home schooling, museums, zoos, theatre and alternative approaches such as Forest Schools, Montessori and also learning in virtual spaces and `edutainment'. The unit will also examine learning within the workplace and the concept of lifelong learning. Through this unit, you will have the opportunity to visit some of these learning settings and there will be specialist inputs by a range of guest speakers from the field.
The First Year Seminar
This is a year-long sequence of learning in which you will choose a pair of seminars from a range of options, all of which follow a learning sequence that is designed to help you develop university level transferrable skills in argumentative writing and critical reading skills in the first term (FYS1) and library research and oral communication skills in the second term (FYS2). The unit also accommodates a range of optional seminars that introduce you to your specialist subject but which are also focused on enabling student choice.
In year two, you will study education policy and the politics behind it, exploring questions such as why schools become academies, where the current ‘British values’ agenda has come from and how teachers are trained. You will also learn about how to carry out educational research, in preparation for your final year project, as well as continuing to develop your academic and professional skills.
In addition to these, you will have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional units. These focus on a variety of themes, including global issues in education, inclusion and special needs, community education projects and the role of religion in schools. You can also choose to spend time getting some first-hand experience in schools and other educational settings.
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This unit considers the issues and questions that can be investigated in educational research, the methods that can be employed in a satisfactory investigation and how to generate ideas from such investigation utilising diagnostic and critical skills. This will be achieved through a consideration of:
The contested nature of social inquiry; competing paradigms of social research and methodologies, different strategies, and approaches to collecting and analysing data.
Contrasting ways of interpreting findings, effective planning, and team working.
This unit will require that you make an effective use of the Library and electronic resources (e.g. collaborative research tools or research software) and that you are able to analyse, reformat and evaluate information from a wide range of sources (academic and non academic). You will also demonstrate an understanding of the University’s ethical standards and procedures.
Policy and Politics in Education
This unit will introduce you to the contested issues that shape the provision of education in England, considering political and historical factors, major reviews of education conducted in the 20th and 21st centuries e.g. The Education Reform Act and the Plowden Report.
In year three, you will undertake an independent research project, with supervision from a designated tutor, allowing you to explore a set of questions or issues in education that interest you. You will also continue to develop your academic and professional skills.
In addition to these, you will have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional units. These focus on a variety of themes, including leadership and management in education, the nature of educational professionalism, comparative education and curriculum studies.
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Research Project (ES)
The choice of topic and methodology used for the dissertation will depend on your particular interests within the degree. The individual research project may focus upon a single issue or, alternatively, it may draw upon a range of material from your programme of study. The research must be school-based or, alternatively, focused on another educational context, but will involve the collection and analysis of data.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 3 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 1 100% coursework
Year 2 100% coursework
Year 3 100% coursework
Optional foundation year
Study 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Assessment 100% coursework
There are no formal placements, but you will be provided with opportunities to work with children and young people in a variety of contexts, such as schools, out of school initiatives and museums, and you are actively encouraged to work as a volunteer.
School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies
Our School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies specialises in teaching and research around education disciplines focused on children, young people, families and communities.
The department works collaboratively with communities, partners, local authorities and arts organisations on social enterprise projects, and has been at the forefront of developments in its field for over 20 years.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £15,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)
UK, EU and Channel Island students
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £3750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print your assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.
If you decide to undertake a placement, you will need to budget for travel expenses. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at tfgm.com.
Up to £135 depending on your status.
If you decide to undertake a placement you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10.
If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must, where this is possible, obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. If you are a returning student, who has already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee.
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Manchester is a city of enterprise and sport, culture and diversity. Here, connections are formed and futures begun. Art, science and business coexist and collaborate. Actors and accountants, lawyers and linguists – they’ve all found a home for their ambitions.
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