Education Studies (with Foundation Study) University of Northampton


Awarded by: The University of Northampton

The Foundation Study Framework offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance, no matter what their educational background. If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for BA Education Studies, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA Education Studies programme which includes the Foundation Study Framework which will help you develop the subject knowledge and academic skills you need in order to successfully progress to the full award.

The Foundation Study Framework provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills that underpin Education Studies. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist Education Studies modules from the outset, whilst extending support into your second year of study (Stage One). The fee for the Foundation Study Framework is £6300; thereafter standard fees apply.

By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • If you join us, you will experience student life at the University’s new £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 Hewlett Packard 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 (

  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

  • 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.

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  • In fact, 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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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    4 years

Course details



You will study two 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Study Framework. These are:

• Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills – provides an introduction to key concepts, theories and principles associated with the area of study.

• Research for Practice – provides an overview of the principles of research, research methods and the learning environment of the University. It will also include an introduction to the academic languages of the subject and the learning experience of degree study.

These modules are delivered concurrently with 40 credits from the Education Studies programme, Introduction to Education Studies (part A and B) and Recent and Contemporary Education Issues.

Upon successful completion of these modules, you will progress to Stage One of the BA Education Studies, in which you will receive further support through:

• Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas – focuses specifically on the generation and development of ideas, building the key IT/ literacy/numeracy skill sets required by the programme.

In the remainder of Stage One, you will take 80 credits at Level 4 from the BA Education Studies.


• Debates in Education (designated)

• Research Methods – Childhood and Youth and Education (compulsory)

• The Psychology of Learning and Teaching in Educational Settings (designated)

• Young People and Society part one: SEN and Inclusion (compulsory)

• Young People and Society part two: Diversity and Pluralism (compulsory)

• History of Childhood (designated)

• Transitions for Children, Young People and Families (designated)

• Learning through Educational Visits and Exchanges (designated)

• Education and Heritage (designated)


• Education Studies Dissertation (designated)

• Education Studies Research Report (designated)

• Education, Culture and Society (designated)

• Issues of Equality in Educational Settings (designated)

• Emancipatory Approaches to Working with Young People (designated)

• Exploring Deviance and Disaffection (designated)

• Child and Adolescent Mental Health (designated)

• Critical Perspectives on Current Education Practices (designated)

• Educational Aims, Values and Ethics (designated)

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

The course is assessed in a number of ways:

• Essays

• Portfolios

• Presentations

• Analysis and reflection

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 code X301
Institution code N38
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level DEE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma M: 0 credits
P: 45 credits
Scottish Higher BCC or CCCC
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal P3, P3, P3
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H4, H4, H4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM

GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at grade 4 (or C) or equivalent qualifications required. Key Skills or Functional Skills are not acceptable.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

The information for 2018 has not yet been announced