BA (Hons) Education Studies and English Literature

Education Studies and English Literature at Winchester specialises in looking at educational themes, ideas and practices through educational theories and philosophies, alongside a study of how literary texts work through a deep exploration of literary history, theory and culture.

BA (Hons) Education Studies and English Literature at University of Winchester

UCAS code: QX33

Entry Requirements* 

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

An A level A*-C pass is required in an English subject. This can be in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years)

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years)

For further details click here

Additional costs: 


  • Core texts: Books and other reading materials are very important to the Education Studies programme. In the students second year of study, students will be required to purchase core texts for two mandatory modules. Cost £100.
  • Printing: In students first year of study, they will be required to produce and print a poster for one of their Level 4 assignments. Cost £10.
  • Printing: Students will be required to cover the cost of printing hard copies of assignments for submission. Cost £65 per year.
  • Printing: In the final year of study, students will be required to print and bind two copies of their dissertation. Cost £15 approx.


  • Core texts: In student's second and third year of study, some optional modules may require students to purchase one 'set' text per year. Cost £15 per text.
  • Core texts: For the English Literature element of the Programme it is recommended that students buy core texts, but it is possible to buy second-hand copies or study using library and online sources. Costs £50 - £200.00 each year of the programme.
  • Trip:  There will be optional visits to schools for Education Studies students in their second year. The cost of travel and expenses will need to be covered by the student. Cost £0 - £20.
  • Trip: Optional London trip with English Literature. Cost £48.
  • Trip: There are some optional field trips to educational sites for Education Studies students in their third year of study.  There is one optional module which includes visits to museum sites as part of the curriculum.  Students will be responsible for paying their own travel and expenses. Cost £35 - £70 per trip. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from: 

UK, EU, World

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

Students explore a range of contexts from the classroom and the learner's experience through to education as a lever for social and political  change. Theoretical perspectives are drawn from themes which include gender; citizenship; representation; truth; power; childhood and inclusion; as well as studying  the ideas of the most exciting critical thinkers in contemporary cultural debate. Study in English Literature is wide-ranging and includes modern and traditional literature, cultural study and critical  analysis, Shakespeare and rap poetry.

Modern, philosophical, cultural, social, psychological and historical perspectives are all used as analytical tools to help examine educational debates and a wide variety of educational themes and concepts. Students interrogate the educational process as a whole and seek answers to questions about the purpose, value, misuse and difficulties  of education and learning.

English Literature modules in Year 1 provide an awareness of the range of different approaches to understanding texts to develop skills of critical analysis, research and writing. This is done through the study of an assortment of texts from various modules introduce students to educational themes, contexts and experiences through the study of a range of educational theories.

In Years 2 and 3, modules  involve studying of a group of texts representative of a period of history, a particular genre or a particular area of the world ranging from Anglo-Saxon to the contemporary. Education Studies modules focus on developing deep and meaningful understanding of educational principles, concepts and ideas and their critical application to a range of issues, contexts and practices. Modules tend to be closely related to the research interests of teaching staff and engage with cutting-edge developments in the disciplines.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • 1944-88: The Acts 
  • Educational Reflections*
  • Educators 
  • Principles in Education 
  • Literacies in Higher Education*
  • Critical Reading 1
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Critical Reading 2
  • Early English Texts and Contexts

* students take one of these modules as designated by the Programme 

Optional modules 

  • Introducing Early Childhood*
  • Introducing Special and Inclusive Education*

 *with the permission of the Programme Leader, Introducing Early Childhood or Introducing Special and Inclusive Education may be taken instead of 1944-88: The Acts

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Education: Social and Political Thought 
  • Education: Social and Political Thought (2)

Optional modules:

  • What is a Child? 
  • A Thinking about 'Race' 
  • B Thinking about 'Race' 
  • Independent Study 
  • Theorising Early Childhood 
  • Education: Social and Political Thought 
  •  Impairments, Disability and Inclusion
  • Theories of Discipline 
  • Theorising Progressive Education 
  • Thinking the Holocaust 
  • Technology and Education
  • Knowing through Observation
  • Globalisation and Comparative Education 
  •  Physical Education 
  • Constructing Identity: Teachers' Lives and Pupils' Stories 
  • Theorising Special and Inclusive Education 
  • What was a Teacher? Histories of Teacher Education 
  • 'Pioneers and Separate Spheres' Gender and History of 
  • Education 1789-1923 
  • Social Inclusion and Exclusion 
  • Sexuality: Education, Policy and Practice 
  • The Teacher: Power and Pedagogy
  • Education and Work 
  • Education & Nature: learning in the Anthropocene 
  • Education Beyond Left and Right 
  • Culture/ Education 
  • Education and Christianity
  • Philosophies of Education
  • Play 
  • Volunteering in Education Studies
  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
  • Nineteenth-Century Romanticism
  • The Modern Age
  • Chaucer and His World
  • Shakespeare and Seventeenth-Century Drama
  • Eighteenth-Century Romanticism
  • Victorian Fictions
  • Gothic and Romantic Fiction
  • Postcolonial Fictions
  • The Postmodern Age
  • Literary Adaptations for Film and Television
  • Sex and Sensibility in 18th Century print
  • 18TH Century Performance and Censorship
  • Textual Editing in Theory and Practice
  • Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction 
  • Volunteering for BA English

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation (Education Studies)

Optional modules:

  • Construction of Gender Roles in Schools
  • Current Issues in Education 
  • Democracy and Education
  • Independent Study
  • Loss of Childhood 
  • A Early Years Education 
  • B Early Years Education 
  • Critiquing Higher Education
  • Constructing the Other: Race, Ethnicity and Religion
  • Educating the Teenage Consumer
  • The Inclusive Educator: Values, Virtues and Practice 
  •  Discipline and the Soul
  • Holocaust Education
  • Marxisms and Schooling
  • Exclusion in and from Schooling: Critical Reflections on Teaching, Policy and Theory 
  • Life, Death and Education 
  • Utopia and Education
  •  Education and the Arab-Islamic World
  • Film as Education 
  • Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education (RECE) 
  • Contemporary Theory and Practice in Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood in a Changing World 
  • Philosophy, Education and the Learning Person
  • Deconstructing Philosophies of Education 
  • Education and Jewish Thought 
  • Education, Ecologies & Ethics
  • Critiquing Inclusive Educational Practice 
  • Critiquing the Museum Experience
  • The Language of Inclusion in Education
  • Education, Inclusion and Refugees
  • Evaluating Educational Research 
  • Liberal Education
  • The Shakespeare Phenomenon
  • Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Twentieth Century Dramatic Texts: Brecht and Beckett
  • Consumer Culture
  • Jewish Identities
  • Keywords
  • Literature, Sexuality and Morality
  • The City in American Literature 1868-1925
  • Renaissance Poetry at the Court of Elizabeth I
  • Romantic Celebrity Culture
  • Globalization and Contemporary Fiction
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • The Figure of the Law 
  • Post-Structuralism: Theory, Text, Culture
  • Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
  • The Victorian Art of Murder

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 984 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 996 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 71 per cent coursework
  • 17 per cent written exams
  • 12 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 81 per cent coursework
  • 4 per cent written exams
  • 15 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 84 per cent coursework
  • 4 per cent written exams
  • 11 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates enter educational roles within public services, business, service industries, personnel, libraries, museums, and charities. They have also gone on to become teachers, lecturers, journalists, actors, publishers and producers.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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