Education and Sociology BA (Hons)

Our Joint BA (Hons) Education and Sociologydegree at Birmingham will provide you with an opportunity to study Education and Sociology in equal proportions to Honours degree level.

Students will combine the study of key issues facing contemporary societies; including globalization; the changing nature of work and the family; gender roles and multiculturalism; with the study of educational practices; processes and applications in a range of contexts and settings.

As a Joint Honours student you will work at exactly the same level and to the same academic standard as students taking that subject in a Single Honours programme.

The course has a practical focus on career development and employs a number of teaching and learning methods to help you display a broad knowledge over two disciplines. Academic Studies in Education at Birmingham score consistently high in NSS for student satisfaction. Students consistently rate the enthusiasm of our teachers; the organisation of the course and the teaching quality of the course as high.

Academic studies in Education is ranked 4th out of the Russell Group of UK universities.  The Russell Group is committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. 

Course fact file

UCAS code: XL33

Duration: 3 years

Places Available: 52 across the department

Typical Offer: ABB (More detailed entry requirements and the international qualifications accepted can be found in the course details)

Start date: September


Course details:  Modules| Fees and funding| Entry requirements | How to apply 

The BA (Hons) Education and Sociology offers students with the opportunity to study Education and Sociology in equal proportions to Honours degree level (60 credits from each subject at each level). Students will combine the study of key issues facing contemporary societies, including globalization, the changing nature of work and the family, gender roles and multiculturalism, with the study of educational practices, processes and applications in a range of contexts and settings. In the second year of study, students will complete a placement module, which includes a two week vocational placement.

The Education Programme

In our Joint Honours Education Programme you will have the opportunity to study educational practices, processes and applications in a range of contexts and settings organised in four pathways which will equip you with academic knowledge of education as well as enable you to develop intellectual versatility and organisational flexibility.

  • Psychology
    In the Psychology pathway, you will be introduced to key theoretical perspectives for studying the psychology of development.
  • Policy and Philosophy
    In this pathway, you will explore different ideas about social justice and examine the ways in which education can sometimes promote aspiration, social mobility and fairness and also entrench divisions and inequalities in societies around the world.
  • History and Sociology
    Structural relationships between education, social change and human development are examined in the History and Sociology pathway. The experiences of children and young people in contemporary and historical settings are explored and critical questions posed around the emergence of modern personalities and the taming of emotions.
  • Applied
    In the Applied strand, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding to real world settings. Contemporary debates around education are reviewed and you can choose to develop your interest in a range of settings with special educational needs being a distinctive strength.

The Sociology Programme

The Sociology programme will provide you with a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to Sociology as a theoretically informed and evidence-based discipline. The programme has a strong theoretical core at each level which critically examines the major sociological traditions and perspectives as tools for understanding modern societies. This is paralleled by training in the analysis of empirical sociological research, the design of research programmes and the methods for collecting, interpreting and presenting sociological data.

You will be able to apply your core theoretical and empirical training to the critical and comparative analysis of major substantive sociological topics. These include the dynamics of multicultural societies, patterns of social divisions and how they relate to a global context. You will approach these issues by pursuing the distinctively sociological questions of the relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and wider social processes; the dynamics of stability and change and the distribution of power.

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First Year

In your first year of study you will take a number of compulsory modules to develop your sociological and educational knowledge. All modules are 20 credits.

The compulsory modules are:

Optional modules include:

Second Year

In the second year you will extend your subject knowledge through a number of compulsory modules:

You will then choose from a variety of optional modules:

Third Year

In your final year you will further develop your knowledge and skills in Education and Sociology. As well as the compulsory modules, there are a variety of optional modules to choose from.

Compulsory Modules:

There is a wide variety of optional Modules:

  • Debating Matters
  • Children as Citizens
  • Technology and Society
  • Sociology of Film
  • Sociology of Success and Fame
  • The Public Domain
  • Family, Institutions, Relationships and Myth
  • Political Sociology
  • Environment, Politics and Society

Fees and funding

Learn more about fees and funding


Standard fees apply
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: 3

Typical offer: ABB

General Studies: Not accepted

Additional information:

Maths and English at GCSE grade C. 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).

Typical offer grades are for guidance only, and will depend on the subjects you are combining. Please read the entries for both subjects. Where there is a disparity between the typical offer for Subject A and the typical offer for Subject B, the higher offer should be taken as the usual offer for the combination of the two.

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

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

International students:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 34 points. Standard English language requirements apply.

Learn more about international entry requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.

How to apply

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Learning and teaching

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.

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 a formal transition review during your first year to check on your progress and offer you 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 to support your studies.

The tutors in the School of Education and the School of Government and Society are experienced specialists and Professors teach both lectures and seminars at 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.

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.


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Graduates from our Joint BA (Hons) Education and Sociology degree will gain comprehensive knowledge of two disciplines and will allow you to develop a range of skills and practical experience which will enable you to pursue either educational or sociological study at a higher level or to secure employment as educationalists or sociologists. Reasoning, communication and organisational skills acquired from this programme, and practiced in the context of two disciplines, are readily transferable to a large number of professions and other careers. 

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.