University of Northampton

Education Studies University of Northampton Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The University of Northampton


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A degree in Education Studies will help you to understand the key issues, policies and debates that are in education today. You will gain an insight into how education systems develop and how children and adults learn. The course is a strong foundation for a variety of careers.

You will examine the ways in which knowledge, skills and attitudes are passed on and developed in children and adults in a variety of settings. You will see how external factors such as values, beliefs, culture and the environment can affect learning.

Using the disciplines of psychology, sociology, philosophy and history, you will explore contemporary issues in education, curriculum studies, comparative and international education, and education policy.

The programme can also be studied as a Joint Honours degree allowing you to study two subjects of interest at the same time.

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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Course details



• Recent and Contemporary Education Issues (compulsory)

• Introduction to Education Studies Part A and B (compulsory)

• Education in a Global Context (compulsory)

• Development, Health and Learning (compulsory)

• Supporting Learning in Educational Contexts (compulsory)

• Development, Health and Learning: Working Together (compulsory)


• 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 X300
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 104 points
A level CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits
Scottish Higher BBCC
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M3, P1
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Accepted at MM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.

GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) and GCSE English Language at grade 4 (or C) or equivalent qualifications are required. Please note Key Skills or Functional Skills qualifications and their equivalents are not accepted.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of Northampton
The University of Northampton
Waterside Campus
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