BA (Hons) Education Studies

Education Studies at Winchester  specialises in looking at educational themes, ideas and practices in the widest  possible sense through educational theories and philosophies. Students explore a range of contexts from the classroom and the learner's experience throughto education  as a lever for social and political change. Theoretical perspectives are drawn from themes which include gender, citizenship, representation, childhood, technology, truth and power.

BA (Hons) Education Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: X300

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

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

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

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

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. Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to second-hand copies. Cost £100 per academic year.
  • Field trip: Second year students have the option to visit local schools and will be responsible for paying their own travel costs. Cost £0-20 per trip.
  • Field trip: Third year students will have the opportunity to attend a field trip in London, and will be responsible for paying their own travel costs. Cost £35-70 per trip.

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

Other Information

Student Satisfaction

As rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey, Education Studies achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction

Study abroad (optional):



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 may wish to pursue the three year BA (Hons) Education Studies pathway or the four year Integrated Masters MEd Stud (Hons) Education Studies pathway.

The Single Honours Education Studies programme is both a rigorous academic degree and an excellent preparation for those who wish to take a PGCE.

It not only examines educational practice in the context of classroom practice and current policy but also in its historical, sociological, cultural, political and philosophical contexts. Consequently, the programme offers a means of engaging with educational theory from ancient Greece to the present. These perspectives are examined in such ways as to enable students to think deeply not only about developments in educational theory, but also about the changes in ideas concerned with family life; appropriate ways about caring for others; expectations of educational provision; and ideas about who we are and how we should relate to others in the world. This programme is fundamentally based in texts and theory - there is no required practical component. However, some students select an optional volunteering module in their second year of full time study which allows them to accredit academic reflection on a self-arranged placement. 

Students interrogate the educational process as a whole and seek answers to questions about the purpose, value, misuse and difficulties of education and learning.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • 1944-88: The Acts 
  • Political Perspectives on Education
  • Introducing Early Childhood
  • Learning from the Renaissance* 
  • Educational Reflections*
  • Educators 
  • Principles in Education 
  • Introducing Special and Inclusive Education
  • Literacies in Higher Education*

Students take two of these modules as designated by the Programme 

Year 2

Core modules:

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

Students choose from the following 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


Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation/Extended Independent Study

Students choose from the following 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


For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

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: 240  hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

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

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

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

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Education Studies is offered as a means to gain an intellectually satisfying grasp of the education of learners of all ages and the care of the very young. We believe with this intellectual background students will be in a far stronger position to be valued as individuals within educational institutions. We use a variety of teaching methods and try to listen and respond effectively to student comments. Teaching may be didactic, discussion-based or led by student presentation. This is accompanied by intellectual rigour in all forms of student work (essay, presentation, discussion). On all of the modules students will be expected to read widely, to reflect and comment on their reading and to express their ideas clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing.

Programme Leader

Dr Marie Morgan's research and teaching areas are in Philosophy, Holocaust Studies and Higher Education.

Teaching Team

Dr Shaun Best's research and teaching interests are in the areas of identity, biography and social theory.

Dr Emile Bojesen has particular  interests in philosophies of democracies and communication, education and literature.

Dr Simon Boxley is the Programme Leader for Education Studies programmes and undertakes research in the relationship between ecology and education, educational policy and politics, and 'race' and ethnicity in education

Dr Alexis Gibbs' research interests are in educational theory, higher education, and dialogue

Dr Jaclyn Murray's research centres on cultural diversity and identity formation in early childhood education with a strong focus on social justice, and she leads the Early Childhood pathway
Diana Sousa's research interests include lifelong and comparative education, education and democracy and early childhood education.

Dr Stephanie Spencer is Head of Department. She specialises in history of education, gender and education and oral history.

Dr Caroline Stockman research interests include technology and employability.  She Is the Employability  Project Manager for Education Studies

Dr Wayne Veck researches in the area of Inclusive Education, and leads the special and Inclusive Education Pathway

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)*:

  • 63 per cent coursework
  • 4 per cent written exams
  • 33 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 83 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 17 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 88 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 12 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.

Explore the graduate profiles for this course: Madelaine - Learning Support Assistant and Charity Founder

For more information about graduate employment for the Education Studies and Liberal Arts department


Unlike most Education Studies degrees, many of our students do not move straight from our course into teacher training. Some do, and those who seek a PGCE place immediately upon completion of our degree almost always get one. But the majority of our graduates find that the degree has opened their eyes to other possibilities. In the first instance, many decide to work in support roles in schools, sometimes with children with special needs, often in challenging settings like pupil referral units or special schools; some work with young offenders or in prisons. We sometimes find our graduates making a career in the law, in international development or charity work, in politics or in research. At the end of the course, many of our graduates feel they need more, continue on into postgraduate level qualifications.

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.

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

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