University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Education Studies (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

The Integrated Foundation Year offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance. If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Education Studies we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Education Studies programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award. Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, this four-year course will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • At UON we guarantee a room in our Halls of Residence for all new full-time, first year students who apply and accept their room offer by June 2024 - and we won't ask for a deposit for September 2024**
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise
  • We’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
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The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree. The foundation year will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting your transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme. Stage 1a • Transition to University – Learning to Learn (Compulsory) • Investigating your subject (Compulsory) • Foundation in Development and Education (Compulsory) • Negotiated Learning Project (Compulsory) Stage 1b • Understanding Education (Compulsory) • Educational Landscapes (Compulsory) • Childhood through Time (Compulsory) • Learning Re-imagined: disruptive and inclusive curriculum (Compulsory) • Professional Practice in Educational Settings (Compulsory) • Understanding Child Development in Education (Compulsory) • Educational Inequalities (Compulsory) • School: Past, Present and Future (Compulsory) Stage 2 • Debates in Education (Compulsory) • Special Education Needs and Disability (Compulsory) • Learning through Education Research (Compulsory) • Education in a Diverse Society (Compulsory) • Education and Technology (Compulsory) • Education in a Global Context (Compulsory) Stage 3 • Education Studies Dissertation (Compulsory) • Education, Culture and Society (Compulsory) • Exploring Deviance and Disaffection (Compulsory) • Empowering Change in Professional Practice (Compulsory) • Education, Heritage & Communities (Compulsory) Module information is quoted for 2023 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

There are no exams for Education Studies. Instead, assessments take the form of essays, portfolios, presentations, analysis and reflection.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English Language at grade 4 (or C) or equivalent qualifications is required. Please note Functional Skills qualifications and their equivalents are not accepted. In addition GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) and GCSE in a Science at grade 4 (or C) are desirable but not essential.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

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Education Studies (with Foundation Year) at University of Northampton - UCAS