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Education Studies BA (Hons)


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This degree will give you an excellent grounding in the study of education. You'll explore wider cultural and historical aspects of education as well as developing a thorough understanding of the teaching and learning process.

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Great teaching: Academic and Psychology experts collaborate to create course modules.
Expert staff: Our staff members are keenly committed to a practice-based approach.
Award winning: No.1 London university for 'Learning opportunities' and No.2 for 'Learning community' for Education (National Student Survey, 2018)
Professional links: The Centre for Education and School Partnerships has extensive links with schools, alternative educational settings and the creative industries.
Dedicated facilities: Specialist rooms with resources found in primary school classes.
Work placements: You'll have the opportunity to be involved in three placements during the course.

This degree course covers...

The programme includes practical, classroom based aspects. For example, you'll study the teaching and learning of reading and be placed in a school to work with an individual child to support their reading development. This course covers:

  • study skills
  • language and literacy
  • mathematical thinking
  • mainstream primary schools
  • special educational needs and disability
  • equality and diversity
  • hospital schools
  • prison education
  • Pupil Referral Units
  • museums and theatres
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus

Case studies


Methods of assessment for this course overall: 85% coursework

Year 1

  • What is education?
    An introduction to key concepts in education studies contextualised within the disciplines of philosophy, sociology and history.
  • Study skills
    This module equips you with the study skills you will need to study at HE level.
  • Constructing childhood
    A focus on media portrayals of children and childhood, including notions of the 'othered' child, exclusion and stereotyping.
  • Community, family and children 
    Building on themes introduced in the  'Constructing childhood' module, the focus will be on considerations of social capital, youth culture and transitions.
  • Language, literacy and learning
    An exploration of the theories and practice around how children become effective readers, writers and users of language. This module will include a reading placement in a local school or early years setting.
  • Developing mathematical thinking
    A theorised, developmental problem solving approach to understanding mathematical thinking and how learning in mathematics is supported.

Year 2

  • Interpersonal interactions
    An exploration of peer and family relationships, friendship, social capital and bullying.
  • Barriers to learning
    Building on a range of previous modules the focus will be on identifying and reducing barriers for individual learners.
  • Equality, culture and citizenship
    An exploration of the individual as a citizen within the context of social justice.
  • Alternative education setting placement
    In this module you prepare for a placement in a non-main stream educational setting. This could be a special needs school, museum, prison, hospital school etc. The placement is for eight weeks and you'll develop practical skills and understanding whilst applying theory you have already been studying to an educational context.
  • An introduction to education technology
    The use of technology in formal educational contexts has had a profound effect on the way teachers teach and students learn. In this module you'll learn about technologies used in formal learning contexts and how technologies can be used to support learning and assist educators.

Year 3

  • Contemporary issues in education
    This module will deal with politically, economically and socially current issues in education.
  • Creativity in education
    Reflections on curriculum will help you to understand how you and children develop creative approaches to learning.
  • Assessment in education
    In this module you will consider how effective teaching and learning is supported by techniques in questioning and formative assessment. You will develop a political understanding of how class, school, national and international assessment is related to performance and curriculum policy making decisions.
  • Project
    In the third year you will have the opportunity to design a study based in an educational setting which will help you understand a specific context and learn how theory is applied to practice.
  • Contextualising education globally
    Building on the year one module 'What is Education?' you will explore and compare aspects of policy, practice and curriculum across the world and develop an understanding of global concerns.


This programme will provide you with a solid grounding in education which will enable you to seek employment in an educational setting or other related setting. You'll also be very well prepared to progress on to a PGCE or employment based route into teaching, or to study in education at Master's level.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page


You'll have the opportunity to be involved in three placements during the course. The first will be a reading mentor placement and will be organised by the university. The second placement will be in an alternative educational setting; the university provides a detailed directory of alternative educational settings placements. In the third year you'll choose a setting within your own interest which will provide the opportunity for applying theory to practice.


Fabienne Benoist

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Course Director for the BA (Hons) Education Top Up; Senior Lecturer

Fabienne Benoist is the course director for the BA (Hons) Education Top Up programme and a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Education and School Partnerships.

Clare Copeland

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Course Director: PGCE Primary

Clare’s areas of professional expertise are initial teacher education and education and technology. She is a Senior Lecturer, the Primary PGCE Course Director and the Subject Leader for Computing and ICT in the Division of Education.

Anna Jones

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Course Director - BA (Hons) Education Studies (work-based)

Anna’s teaching interests include the pedagogy and practicalities of teaching English to Primary aged children.

Gianna Knowles

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Head of Partnership (ITE)

Gianna Knowles is a Principle Lecturer and Head of Partnership (Initial Teacher Education).  She began her career in education working in North London primary schools. She has also taught in schools in the Midlands and has worked in Leicestershire's Local Authority educational advisory services. More recently she has been working in universities, lecturing in Educational Studies and Initial Teacher Education, which has included teaching at the Högskolan i Jönköping, the University of Jönköping in Sweden.

Gianna's research interest is in the area of diversity, inclusion and social justice. She has published a number of books aimed at teachers in training and those already working in education to help them understand and explore these issues.

Zoë Leadley-Meade

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Course Director, BA (Hons) Education Studies (non work-based)

Zoë Leadley-Meade is a Senior Lecturer and the Course Director for BA (Hons) Education Studies. Zoë’s research interests are focussed on creative pedagogy as a tool for empowering students.

Dr Nicola Martin

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Head of Research, Higher Degrees and Student Experience

Nicola has a PhD focussing on inclusive practice with autistic university students. She has 35 years’ experience in education working with disabled pupils and students from nursery age to adults in FE and HE and an international research profile in the field.

Martha Shaw

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Martha is a qualified teacher in sociology, with an established research profile in the area of beliefs and values in education.

Helen Thomas

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Primary Mathematics Education

Helen Thomas is a senior lecturer in the Education Department leading and teaching on Primary Mathematics postgraduate and undergraduate modules as part of Initial Teacher Education and BA (Hons) Education Studies courses.

Edlene Whitman

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Senior Lecturer ITE

Edlene is a senior Lecturer in the Education department. She is Module leader for PGCE and School Direct Professional Studies, on which she also teaches.

Dr Helen Young

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Helen Young joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in August 2016 from UCL Institute of Education. She is a Senior Lecturer in Education and teaches on the BA Education Studies and the EdD. She also has responsibility for partnerships with alternative educational settings and is Acting Course Director for the EdD.


Teaching and learning

You'll have a tutor who will visit you on your placements. Resources will be available through the university visual learning environment and monitored chat rooms with tutor input will be set up to enable you to communicate with each other. Study Skills will be embedded throughout the modules as well as a specific Study Skills module. You'll receive support in accessing assistive technology and LSBU study, library and disability services. All students will be allocated with an individual academic advisor.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 18% 79% 3%
Year 2 12% 68% 20%
Year 3 13% 84%3%

Entry requirements

2018 entry

  • A Level BCC or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

We also consider applications from those who have gained relevant skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or responsible experience.

While a GCSE in science is not an entry requirement to this degree, candidates must note that these GCSEs or equivalent are required for application to a PGCE teacher Training programme.

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
3 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4358Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Suggested reading

  • Bartlett, S. & Burton, D. (2012) 3rd Ed. Introduction to Education Studies: Education Studies: Key Issues Series. London: Sage Publishing Ltd. 
  • Knowles, G. and holmstrom, R. (2012) understanding Family Diversity and Home – School Relations: a guide for students and practitioners in early years and primary settings. London: Routledge.

  • Murphy, L., Mufti, E. & Kassem, D. (2009) Education Studies: An Introduction. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
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