Skip to content


What makes Education Studies at Worcester special?

Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives through education? Our community engages with difference. By joining us, you will experience profound change which can enable you to transform the lives of others. By creatively critiquing education we can create suggested ways to make it become more inclusive both inside the classroom and in real-world workplaces, communities, and un-conventional environments.

Your first year in this course will help you find your feet in the varied environment of modern education. You will meet a team of education experts who will support you to find your voice within debates surrounding the purpose and practice of education. By your final year, you will know how to find your direction as a specialist educator. Throughout your studies you will explore local, national and international perspectives and delivery of education in all its forms.

We value each student’s voice as a member of our inclusive and diverse community of unique lifelong learners. Students who successfully complete this course may apply to post graduate teacher training programmes.



Key features

  • Our course is focused on values, and at the heart of Education Studies is a focus on social justice. We want you to develop the skills to listen to learners’ voices and help them create the future they deserve
  • Our Academic staff have a wealth of diverse experience. We have backgrounds in alternative styles of learning and understand unusual pathways through the education system
  • We prioritise the individual. Our small class sizes maintain a space for discussion and create a beneficial learning experience for tutors and students
  • Education is more than schools. Our off-site visits include specialist provisions, care farms, PRUs and placements in prison education to provide you with the potential to become a passionate and well-rounded future educator
  • We focus on your ability to effect change in society through education and pay attention to your experiences, specialisms, and educational interests to allow you to explore what matters to you
  • The University offers a wide range of opportunities to continue your studies abroad. Find out more information here: Study Abroad

Register your interest

Enter your details below and we will keep you up to date with useful information about studying at the University of Worcester.

Two children are having a piece of tech demonstrated to them

Education Studies Top-Up Year (Level 6)

If you have studied a Foundation degree, DipHE, HND or equivalent qualification in education, teaching and learning, professional practice, health, care or welfare or related subject a Education Studies Top-Up degree could be for you.

This option allows you to turn your previous qualifications into a full Bachelor's degree. You'll develop a deeper understanding of how people learn, investigate education in relation to society, and improve your research skills. Our course focuses on current events creating an inclusive environment which examines how the education journey shapes our lives and identities from childhood into adult life. 

Education Studies at Worcester

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements - Education Studies BA (Hons)

88 UCAS tariff points (for example, CCD at A Level).

T Levels, Cache Diplomas, and B-Tech qualifications may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about using these qualifications towards UCAS tariff points here.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is required for some modules on the course.

Entry requirements - Education Studies Top-Up (Level 6)


  • A Foundation degree, DipHE, HND or equivalent qualification in education, teaching and learning, professional practice, health, care or welfare or related subject.
  • Supportive academic reference.
  • Non-standard entry routes will also be considered. We encourage applications from candidates who can provide evidence of their ability to work at Level 6 and substantial experience of working within education or health, education, care or social welfare. If your qualification is not listed, please contact Registry Admissions or advice.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is required for some modules on the course.


Colin Vernon

Colin Vernon

I chose to study Education Studies with Computing at the University of Worcester as I wanted to teach in the further education sector to help make a positive impact on learners who may have not had the best time at school. I graduated in 2020 with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree then went to Birmingham City University to take my Further Education (FE) PGCE in Computing and Esports, which I passed in July 2021. After the course, I secured a part-time job teaching T levels and BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Esports at a further education college in Worcestershire. During one of my modules at Level 6 tutor mentioned that teachers can teach higher education (HE) courses at college and now I teach Web Development and Design on an HNC module at Level 4.

The support provided by the Education Studies and Computing lecturers at Worcester was fantastic as they would give us engaging activities that encouraged us to think about the issues in Education. I now apply what I learned in the classroom with my 16–19-year-old FE students and HE students for my Web development module. My advice for new students is to take up any opportunities available: I did the Level 1 Basketball coaching and took part in conferences through the Students as Academic Partners projects.

Patricia Eriksson receiving award

Patricia Eriksson

Scholarship Prizewinner 2023

Receiving the award was a moment of great pride and satisfaction. It was amazing to see that my commitment and dedication to my studies was successful. The award also works as a strong motivator, reminding me to always put the effort in and to work hard in pursuit of my goals. Studying Education Studies has opened up my eyes to a range of different careers within the education sector and I feel like it has given me confidence to take the next steps in my journey.

Ryan Salter receiving award

Ryan Salter

Scholarship Prizewinner 2023

The lecturers and their support provided has helped me to thrive in an area of study which I hadn't previously explored before university. Getting a scholarship award from my first year results gave me a massive confidence boost going into my second year of studies, and is going to go towards funding my eventual PGCE studies for secondary teaching. The modules available have not only helped me to gain a broad understanding of the field of education in many capacities, but also to focus in on the topics which interest and will benefit me.

Four key elements combine within the Education Studies programme:


The core concepts, theory and values of our Education Studies programme are embedded throughout the course.

  • In your first year, you will learn how different disciplines, such as Sociology, History and Psychology, all approach the same subject: Education.
  • Throughout your second year you will evaluate what a ‘quality’ education means, understanding diverse and conflicting viewpoints.
  • You will spend your third year preparing to be an educational change-maker, by listening to different voices, learning to be inclusive, and developing the vision to lead practice.


Learning to understand and take part in research is a key element of our course

  • The first year of studies supports you to read like a researcher, discovering data and using library catalogues to review literature.
  • In your second year, you will learn how to design ethical research projects by engaging with a range of methodologies.
  • In your final year, you will work independently on your own dissertation, demonstrating reflexive and inclusive research in education.


The third key element of the Education Studies programme are learning practices and how they impact the real-life people learners you encounter.

  • In your first year, you will learn who has experienced educational inequality, normativity and exclusion throughout education’s past and present.
  • Your second year will examine education in the context of the climate emergency to consider who will experience education inclusively and equitably in the future.
  • Your final year will examine the philosophy and values of a socially just world, taking a more-than-human approach to education.


We have a wide range of optional modules which allow you to specialise your knowledge to focus on your individual interests.

  • In your first year, you can choose to study creativity in education or children’s wellbeing in digital and social media.
  • In your second year, your options include psychology of teaching and learning or safeguarding in education.
  • In your third year, you can opt to study drama and education, the education of the sociological imagination or weaponised education.
  • Your options can also include modules in our Centre for Academic English and Skills and the opportunity to qualify as a professional tutor.
Course content

Course content

Our course is informed by research and current developments in the broad field of education. A range of modules allow you to explore equality and diversity issues, social issues in education, education in different contexts including and beyond formal schooling, and the impact of social media on the wellbeing of children and young people. You can also study a language or develop your academic writing to a higher level. 

Year 1

Mandatory Modules

  • The What and Why of Education Studies
  • Using Literature to Initiate Research: From the Library to the Page
  • Education’s Past, Present and Future: Mapping Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Specialist Optional Modules

Year 2

Mandatory Modules

  • Whose Standards? (Re)forming quality for education
  • Navigating the Research Journey: Ethics, methodology and research design
  • Sustainable Futures: Educating for a shared world

Specialist Optional Modules

Year 3

Mandatory Modules

  • Listener, Learner, Leader: Becoming education change-makers
  • Dissertation: Your independent study of education
  • Developing Personal Values and Philosophy in Education

Specialist Optional Modules

  • Education @ Work 2: Placement and work-based learning 
  • Education and the Sociological Imagination 
  • Theatre & Education 
  • Ideology and Education: Sites of struggle and stories of emancipation 
2 female students and 1 male student working at table

Study Education Studies as part of a joint honours degree

As well as a single honours degree, Education Studies is also available as part of a number of joint honours combinations, allowing you to combine it with another subject to match your interests and career aspirations:

Education Studies and English Language BA (Hons)

Education Studies and English Literature BA (Hons)

Education Studies and Psychology BA/BSc (Hons)

Education Studies and Sociology BA (Hons)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive seminars, lectures, presentations and external visits.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on 4 occasions in the first year, three occasions in the second year and twice in the final year of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long placement abroad in the second year of the course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 14-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 10 hours of interactive seminars in groups of 15-50 (dependent on modules chosen)
  • 5 hours of full group lectures

In year two and/or three, a half-day per week can be spent in placement for one semester.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment and extensive electronic learning resources.


A range of assessment items are utilised to assess the learning outcomes of the course. Amongst others; essays, reflective journals, group and individual presentations, poster presentations, reviews of literature and AV materials, reports, e based discussions, portfolios, case studies and a Dissertation. Each assessment item is specifically linked to the Intended Learning Outcomes for the module contained with the module outline and is graded according to the relevant assessment criteria for each level of study.  


You will receive feedback on formative assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with relevant experience.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of course lecturers have (or are working towards) a higher education teaching qualification (excluding Sessional lecturers) or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. In addition, several lecturers either hold or are working towards doctorates in education and are active educational researchers.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

man with a dark top and beard

Stuart Gallagher




Ellie Hill 2

Dr Ellie Hill

Ellie joined the School of Education at Worcester in 2013, as Senior Lecturer working within the School of Education. Her expertise and interest lies in Student Experience at University, Religion and Values Education, Inclusion, the Impact of Social Media, School Leadership and Classroom Observation.

Prior to her role at the University of Worcester, Ellie held a post of Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Northampton for four years. There she was Head of Year 3 BA QTS and supported the trainee teachers as they prepared for their first year as qualified teachers.

The preparation for this role came from Ellie's earlier career in Primary Education which culminated in headship of a village primary school for 5 years. The school was placed in special measures by Ofsted during her first term, thus ensuing an upward climb to leave the school as Good when she moved into lecturing in Higher Education.

Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith

Sharon joined the School of Education at Worcester as a full time member of staff in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Education. Sharon previously worked for the University in other capacities. She has worked closely with the University of Worcester for some years delivering Foundation Degrees and engaging in research within the University through funded seconded projects.

Prior to her role at the University of Worcester, the majority of her teaching has been within Further Education and she has also been involved in teaching a range of adult learners including those with learning difficulties and disabilities (and learners with Acquired Brain Injury). In addition, she has worked in schools with pupils with Special Educational Needs. Her expertise has been extensively in training teaching assistants and early years practitioners.


Simon Taylor

Simon joined the School of Education in January 2016 having worked in the arts and cultural sector for many years. He specialises in collaborative research, building partnerships, commissioning, strategic planning, interdisciplinary working and professional development supporting artists, teachers and senior managers.

Simon is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Marie Stephenson

Dr Marie Stephenson

Marie joined the Department for Education & Inclusion in 2014 and brings extensive teaching experience from the post-compulsory (FE) sector. Marie has several specialisms, which include teaching the visually impaired, having spent a few years designing and delivering courses at the Royal National College for the Blind. She teaches on undergraduate & post graduate courses in the Department for Education & Inclusion and is pathway lead for the MA in Education (Leadership & Management). Marie also spent time in the USA, delivering on the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program at the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education & Human Development.

Marie holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Management and a doctorate in Education. Her doctoral thesis concerned “Ethical decision-making: Learning from Prominent Leaders in Not-for-Profit Organisations”. The research has provided many insights into the ethical leader mindset, particularly how such leaders maintain their moral compass in morally intense situations in value expressive organisations (contexts). The contribution adds to the field by linking individual ethical awareness, with that of the organization and as corollary, society. The concepts of responsibility, trust and ethics are shown to be perpetually interwoven.




Our Education Studies degree provides an excellent route into many careers or further study.

You may wish to progress on to a PGCE course (to become a qualified primary or secondary teacher).

We also run an MA in Education degree, and guidance is given to support you to do this successfully.

Careers that graduates move into include:

  • Child welfare
  • Learning mentor
  • Training professional in the private sector
  • Military service
  • Prison education
  • Lecturing in further education
  • Working in higher education
  • Youth work
  • International development work
  • Working in a charity 

Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

For international opportunities, there will be costs involved depending on the nature of the opportunity.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Chestnut Halls' at £131 per week to 'Oak Halls' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How to apply

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:

  • Education Studies BA (Hons) - X302

Joint Honours:

Please visit the individual joint honours course pages for UCAS links:

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.


Stuart Gallagher

Course leader