BA (Hons) Education

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The BA (Hons) Education undergraduate course at Birmingham is one of the most prestigious education degrees in the UK.  

Our students learn about the education as a dynamic process of human, cultural, economic, and social development that is fundamental to a changing, globalised world. As an interdisciplinary degree, the BA Education combines ideas and research from education, psychology, sociology, philosophy and history. The programme includes a placement in your second year so that you can apply your knowledge to work with children and young people in a professional setting.

Our students go on to high achieving careers working with children and young people in a variety of fields ranging from teaching, social work, policy, psychology and research. 

The degree is interdisciplinary and combines ideas and research from areas such as education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, social policy and history. It is designed for both UK/EU and international students who have career aspirations and/or academic interests in the fields of childhood and education. 

The BA (Hons) Education gives you the option in your second year to study overseas at one of our partner institutions for the first semester. 

The School of Education: At a glance

-       4th in the 2018 Guardian University League Tables
-       5th in the 2018 Complete University Guide
-       In the top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
-       BA Education scored 96% for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) 

You may also be interested in our two joint honours UG programmes:

Download information on all our School of Education undergraduate programmes (PDF, 121MB)

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“I was particularly drawn to the diverse nature of this course. One of my highlights of studying BA Education was volunteering at a special needs school, where I was able to put into practice what I had learnt.”

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Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr Ian McGimpsey, provides an overview of the BA (Hons) Education programme in this video below.


The BA (Hons) Education will equip you with both the academic knowledge and the relevant practical skills to build a career working with children and young people in different settings and geographical locations. You will be taught in a School which is doing pioneering world-class research in diverse specialisms from character education and racial equality to innovative technology for children on the autistic spectrum. 

This programme is made up of core and optional modules to allow you to build a programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. Our modules explore how people, and especially children, develop and learn in their social and cultural contexts. Our extensive range of compulsory and optional modules is constantly updated to include new research, meet the needs of the sector and to recognise the UK’s evolving education policy and practices.

There are three years of study, each worth 120 credits including a compulsory two-week vocational placement during the second year and completion of a dissertation. BA Education students have the opportunity to study a Widening Horizons Module in Year 1 and a MOMD (Module Outside the Main Discipline) in Year 2 and Year 3. 

International exchange programme

The BA Education offers exciting exchange opportunities for both European and International study overseas. The European Educational Exchange Programme allows students to study at selected European institutions and the International Exchange Programme allows students to study at one of a number of worldwide institutions through our International Office. 

As well as universities in Europe, students have opted to study at universities in Canada, China and the United States of America. These exchanges enhance your critical knowledge and understanding by promoting a diverse and international approach to the interdisciplinary social sciences. Modules are taught and assessed in English so you won’t have to worry about language barriers. You will be in regular contact with our departmental International Study Abroad Coordinator as you plan your exchange. read more....

Please be reassured that the vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus and study abroad programmes. Visit our EU Referendum information page for more information.

International Students

The School of Education welcomes international students who would like to come and study with us on the BA (Hons) Education programme. 


In Year 1, students can chose a MOMD for Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. 

Year One



Year Two



Year Three



The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Modules outside the main discipline (MOMD)

These are designed to give students the opportunity to study modules in areas of study outside their main degree programme. Students studying the BA in Education can choose a MOMD in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. There are nearly 200 modules available from a wide variety of subject disciplines.

For a list of modules please go to:

For more information on this degree programme please email

Alternatively, please contact Admissions for more information on admission and entry requirements. Email or telephone 0121 414 5488.

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Fees and funding

2017 - 2018

UK Students

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2017, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250.

EU Students

For EU students beginning their studies in September 2017, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250 provided this continues to be permitted by UK law.

Overseas Students

For overseas students beginning their studies in September 2017, the University of Birmingham will charge £15,210 for the first year of study.

Visit our tuition fees pages for more information on all these fees.

Living Costs

Please visit the Living Costs webpage to find out more about other costs such as accommodation.


Learn more about our scholarships and awards

The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme offers financial support for undergraduates to undertake work experience or a research placement in the summer vacation. The scheme is open to all first-, second- and penultimate-year undergraduate students. It is also open to final-year undergraduate students who are in the process of applying for, or who have already applied for, a place on a postgraduate programme at the University of Birmingham.

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
Typical offer:
General Studies:
not accepted

  • BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are accepted but subjects are considered on a case by case basis. BTEC Extended Diploma DDD; typical offers when offered in combination with A Levels: A in A Level plus DM in the BTEC Diploma; or AB in A Levels plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 655 at Higher Level (Plus 32 points overall)

Additional information:

Maths and English at GCSE grade C or above. Please note, a GCSE Science at grade C is preferred but not essential. (For students wishing to pursue a career in Primary or Early Years teaching, it is essential to hold a GCSE Science at grade C).

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

We are keen to encourage applicants with a wide range of qualifications and prior learning experiences. These include the International Baccalaureate, international foundation programmes and BTEC, CACHE and Access to HE diplomas. Please address any queries about qualifications, APL or mature entry to the Admissions enquiry contact address:

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required from accepted candidates before registration for the programme

International students:

Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements

We welcome applications from international students doing foundation courses. There are no particular subject requirements but evidence of essay writing is beneficial and IELTS scores are required.

English language support - before your course starts

The University offers Presessional English courses for students whose IELTS score does not meet the entry requirements. If you successfully attend one of these courses you won’t need to retake IELTS.  

English language support - during your studies

BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials.  For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.   

Birmingham International Academy (BIA)

You may also be interested in the Birmingham International Academy. Our Foundation Pathways at the University of Birmingham combine the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience. Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to UK undergraduate study, the foundation programme is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

How to apply

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As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Learning experience

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates). To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues, and offer help for any particular areas where you need support. You will also have access to a wide range of dedicated e-learning, IT and library facilities within the School and university to support your studies.

Education is concerned with real life practices and processes. The tutors in the School of Education are experienced specialists who teach all levels of study. Our teaching and assessment strategy reflect this concern with the real world. As well as learning in lectures and seminars, students are asked to undertake a variety of enquiry based learning activities; undertaking small research projects, participating in public debates and working in groups to solve problems. The school also runs events which provide you with an opportunity to listen to such as esteemed speakers as Liam Byme (MP); Baroness Doreeen Larence (OBE); Dr Anthony Seldon and Nicky Morgan (MP). 

External Examiner Comments

“The programme content is excellent. It is well structured, with some excellent foundation courses in the first year and with some modules (e.g. research methods, placement) taking place over 2 years thus allowing for progression and continuity. The module offers a rich and diverse curriculum that is highly appropriate for this degree, with some very strong specialisms on gender, history and developmental psychology. The programme is very well designed and affords students much opportunity for cross-curricular learning in ways that develop their understanding (rather than repeating debates/issues across modules). The dissertations strongly evidence this with some excellent examples of students who have thoroughly engaged with the full breadth of the degree programme.

Contact hours

Throughout your Education degree you can expect about 12 hours of contact time per week. The precise number of contact hours will vary from year to year and will be affected by the particular module choices you make. Contact hours consist of lectures, seminars and a variety of other activities designed to help you to develop your learning.

Assessment methods

Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.

We assess students not only the basis of the knowledge they gained, but also the skills that they have acquired. You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations and formal exams. Students also prepare portfolios of experiences and activities which enhances their employability on graduation. Our assessment strategy does not just deliver grades. It seeks to widen horizons and to promote self-development so that our graduates are valued for their leadership and problem solving capabilities.

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.

During your first year you will undergo a formal ‘transition’ review to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university and our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree. 

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. The University also has a graduate careers support service for all students who have graduated within two years.

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends -the employability rate for the BA Education degree was 94% and graduate employability 85% for 2014-15 graduates. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Transferable skills include: 

  • written communication developed through writing essays; 
  • oral communication skills gained through reasoned debates during seminars and presentations;
  • ability to work as part of a team, through collaborative group work;
  • research and analytical skills with the ability to judge and evaluate information;
  • organisational and time management skills by prioritising tasks to ensure academic, social and work commitments are completed on time; 
  • negotiation, informally with peers and formally with staff;
  • problem solving; 
  • IT skills.

Job roles directly related to the degree

An undergraduate degree in education is a good foundation for many types of career. For example, if you are interested in teaching (Primary or Early Years), our Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education (QTS) may be an excellent next step. But please ensure you meet its entry requirements. Graduates also have the opportunity to continue their educational development by participating in one of our specialist masters and professional development courses

Additional careers include: 

(post graduate or further professional training may be needed): 

  • Learning mentor
  • Special educational needs teacher
  • Social worker
  • Child psychotherapist and Counsellor
  • Educational psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Play therapist
  • Playworker 

Careers that are indirectly degree related include:

  • Community development worker
  • Museum education officer
  • Youth worker
  • Careers adviser/personal adviser

Many of our graduates go onto successful careers that are open to any graduate with an excellent Honours degree from a top University, such as banking, accountancy, public services etc. We also actively encourage students to explore opportunities for gaining experience outside the UK, taking advantage of links built in the field of education in Europe and beyond.

Personal Skills Award

The University of Birmingham offers an employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award which recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects. Many students participate in clubs and societies and volunteer in the local community. The University’s Personal Skills Award accredits this putting our graduates a step ahead.