University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Education Studies (Top up)

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Course summary

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Do you have an interest in education? Are you keen to study aspects of education without committing to becoming a teacher? Do you want to help children and adults to learn in a variety of settings? With BA (Hons) Education Studies (top-up) you can study the subjects associated with education in society. You'll gain a national and international perspective of education and consider elements such as social justice, policy, current issues in education. You'll also have the opportunity to gain some placement experience in a range of settings. This course is ideal if you have already completed a related foundation degree or diploma of higher education. Why Choose University of Cumbria We'll give you a solid academic grounding, so if you want to progress to further study at masters level or go into primary teaching, you can. You have the opportunity to complete work experience, so all the theory you learn in lectures and seminars will be backed up with first-hand experience. Not only will this boost your confidence, but it'll bolster your CV.

  • Our strong partnership with educational providers helps you to secure placements and enhances your job prospects
  • Study in small class groups, so we will get to know you well
  • Support from a personal tutor from the start of your studies
  • Work-based placements will enhance your academic knowledge and boost your employability
  • Boost your professional and employability skills throughout your studies
  • Flexibility to follow and research your own interests
  • Taught by tutors with education backgrounds to bring real-life experience into your learning
  • Study at our London campus, situated in the East End of London
So, if you're passionate about education, this is the perfect course for you.
  • Explore the underpinning fundamentals of education including historical and social developments both past and present, and the philosophical, psychological and sociological theories on which modern education has been established.
  • Consider a range of educational systems and settings, selected from local, national and international examples, with scope for pursuing students own particular professional interests.
  • Develop a critical understanding of educational environments and approaches in relation to social justice, social policy and educational diversity.
  • Develop and deepen an understanding of the practices of teaching and learning in a range of educational settings
  • Recognise and evaluate the process of human learning and the impact learning and education have not only within schools and other formal educational institutions but also within the wider social context, as learners progress and change from childhood and adolescence to adult life.
  • Cultivate a critical perspective on contemporary education and consider the possible directions of its future development.
  • Critically reflect on personal values in relation to education and make connections to the assumptions made within educational contexts.
  • Complete research enquiries on educational issues and in educational settings, demonstrating critical thinking and skills to effectively design, complete and report on educational research, including the collection and analysis of numerical or narrative data, that reaches balanced conclusions positioned within the existing literature.
  • Develop a well-informed, enquiring, analytical and critical disposition towards educational policy and practice.
  • Make links between theory and practice; reflect critically on real-life experiences.

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: Professional Studies and Work-based Contexts 3, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Educational Leadership and Management, Current Issues and International Perspectives, Education and the Media, Special Study.

Assessment method

Coursework - may include written tasks and assignments, reports, dissertations, portfolios, project work

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeX305
Institution code C99
Campus nameLondon - Tower Hamlets
Campus codeT

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted

Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in relevant subject (240 credits) and English GCSE at grade C/4 or above.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Education Studies (Top up) at University of Cumbria - UCAS