BA (Hons) Education 2022/23

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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This course is ideal for those already employed in an appropriate educational setting and wish to study whilst working. BA Education (Top Up) is a one day a week taught course for professionals already working in settings where they can engage in study during their working week.  As well as the day at LSBU, students are expected to reflect on their academic studies by relating them to their day to day experiences in the workplace. This work-based route allows students to develop transferable work-based analytical and research skills, gain academic recognition for existing skills and improve professional effectiveness.

This programme supports you in developing your professional approach in their workplace. It gives you the opportunity to link theory and practice, to critically analyse different approaches and to develop the necessary skills to be a reflective and innovative practitioner. It also widens participation to include career changers and mature students with family commitments.

Why Education at LSBU?

Our expert staff are committed to a practice-based approach, and we collaborate with psychologists to create exciting course modules.
2nd for graduate prospects in Education in London (Sunday Times League Table 2020) and top 3 for career prospects amongst London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020).
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 two work placements as part of your studies, gaining valuable experience and experiencing exciting new educational settings.

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


  • The Learning Environment
    The module aims to enable students to understand practice relevant to the age phase with which they work, by focusing upon learning within their particular work environment.
    This includes an understanding of:
    • The relationships which exist between different stakeholders within the education setting: parents, children, teachers, other adults – and how these affect learning;
    • The physical and practical aspects of creating and maintaining an effective learning environment; The ways in which learning can be effectively celebrated.
  • Alternative Educational  Setting Placement - work based
    This is a placement module. For the length of the module students will spend their time in an alternative educational setting to their own place of employment. This experience will provide students with the opportunity to work with children, families and communities in a different educational context and this will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding about education in a wider sense.
  • Contemporary Issues in Education
    This module provides students with the opportunity to bring together a range of issues explored in depth in discreet modules and to critically explore the impact each element discussed has one upon the other. It will critically explore the role and purpose of education in contemporary Britain and the factors that impact on both government educational policy and the expectation parents, communities and children have of education. As the module is focused on contemporary concerns, the content is subject to change. For example, it may discuss how the new 2014 national curriculum is relevant to children growing up in the 21st century.
  • Educational Autobiography
    This module will equip students with the framework, theory and methodologies to reflect critically on their own educational journey. Through lectures, seminars and workshops, students will be guided to map and analyse their experience of primary, secondary and tertiary education, and ultimately write a critical educational autobiography (educational autoethnography) as the endpoint assessment. Students will apply previous learning such as theories of education and pedagogy, barriers to learning, and personal and social interaction to their own experiences. It will also enable students to reflect on their understanding of wider social and cultural issues such as equality, culture and identity, and social justice in a personal context. The assignment will build on skills developed through reflective journals completed at Levels 4 and 5, and is a Level 6 module that develops students’ understanding and experience of research methodologies in parallel with the active research which underpins their dissertation project.
  • Project
    This module builds on several previous modules that have developed skills in literature reviews, ethical approval, case study and small-scale research. By planning and implementing their own research students will consolidate skills already learnt to develop a more sustained and in-depth study. Students are supported with 1:1 supervision, developing their own research in a chosen area of interest. The module provides students with practical research experience that will lead into a range of postgraduate studies. The module also helps develop a range of appropriate academic skills such as evaluating validity and developing a questioning approach to the status quo in education.


Employability Service

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.

We have extensive links with schools, alternative educational settings and the creative industries, as well as organisations such as The British Dyslexia Association, Achievement for All, and researchers in the field.

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 and second year, you will have three 1-1 tutorials with your personal tutor.

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

    • 240 CAT points from two years higher education or equivalent qualifications in a relevant academic discipline
    • GCSE grade “C” or above in Mathematics and English Language or equivalent qualifications.
    • Applicants must be employed in an appropriate educational setting in either a paid or voluntary capacity of a minimum of 20 hours per week.
    • While a GCSE in science is not an entry requirement to this degree, candidates must note that a GCSE in science or equivalent is required for application to a PGCE or School Direct Teacher Training programme.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

Course status

  • Accreditations and course subject to validation

    This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

How to apply

International students

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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
3 years
Start date
Application code
Application method


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.

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

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.


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 Enrolment 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.

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 the How to apply tab for this course.


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 Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

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 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 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.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500

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Course Enquiries - International

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  • School of Law and Social Sciences