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Education Studies BA (Hons)


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How we learn

This degree is all about deepening your understanding of how people learn. You’ll explore the cultural and historical aspects of the education system in the UK and beyond, and undertake placements in a wide variety of London settings.

These could include mainstream primary schools, schools for children with special educational needs, hospitals, prisons, Pupil Referral Units and theatres.

It’s all delivered by an academic team with vast experience and expertise in teaching practice and education research – with a guaranteed interview for teacher training and strong employment opportunities waiting for you when you graduate.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Education Studies at LSBU?

Our expert staff are committed to a practice-based approach, and we collaborate with psychologists to create exciting course modules.
We’re London’s number one university for ‘Learning Opportunities’ and in the top two for ‘Learning Community’ (National Student Survey 2018).
The Centre for Education and School Partnerships, which delivers this degree, has extensive links with schools, alternative educational settings and the creative industries.
We’re home to specialist facilities that contain all the equipment you can expect to find in a primary school setting.
You’ll have the chance to be involved in three work placements as part of your studies, gaining valuable experience and experiencing exciting new educational settings.

No.1 in London for career prospects in Education (Guardian 2019).

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus



On this course, you’ll not only find yourself learning about exciting ways to teach – you’ll find yourself benefitting from them too. As well as traditional learning methods, it includes practical, classroom-based aspects. For example, to help you study the teaching and learning of reading, you’ll be placed into a school to support the reading development of a child.

You’ll also look at topics such as language and literacy, mathematical thinking, special educational needs and disability, equality and diversity, prison education, and education in museums and theatres.

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.


You’re guaranteed an interview for teacher training after you graduate from this degree, and have excellent employment opportunities if you want to start your career in an educational or related setting. You’ll also be very well prepared to take a PGCE or employment-based route into teaching, or to carry your studies on to Masters level.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



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: Associate Professor in Education Studies

Gianna is an Associate Professor in Education Studies. She has over 12 years experience of teaching in primary schools in London and the Midlands. Gianna has written widely about inclusion, diversity and social justice.

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’re never on your own on this degree. Even when you are out on placement, you’ll be visited by a tutor. Further resources will be available through our visual learning environment and monitored chat rooms, with tutor input, to enable you to communicate with your fellow students and learn from each other’s experiences.

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’s study, library and disability services. You’ll also be allocated an individual academic advisor to help your development.

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

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.   They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

In your first year, you'll meet with your personal tutor for 1 hour, twice a year.  In your second year you will have appointments with your personal tutor three times a year, for up to 30 minutes.

In your final year your dissertation supervisor will arrange to meet with you as required.

You can contact your tutor/supervisor for additional support by email or phone.

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 students

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

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 194 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).


Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 4358Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £41340

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

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 177 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

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


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.


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Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

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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