BA (Hons) Education

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

Our students learn about 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 degree combines ideas and research from education, psychology, sociology, philosophy and history. The Education degree 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 who complete our Education degree 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.

This Education 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 degree 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

  • 5th in the 2019 Complete University Guide.
  • 6th for HE-led ITT provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.

Download the Undergraduate Course Brochure (PDF)


You may also be interested in the following programmes:

BSc (Hons) Psychology in Education

BA (Hons) Education and Sociology



“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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The BA (Hons) Education degree 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.

Our Education degree 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 that make up our Education degree, each worth 120 credits including a compulsory two-week vocational placement during the second year and completion of a dissertation.

International Students

The University of Birmingham has been welcoming international students onto our campus since 1900. We have one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK, with 5,000 international students from more than 150 different countries and 31% of our academic staff from overseas.

If you would like further information about entry requirements If you would like further information about entry requirements for our BA Education degree, how to apply and funding options, then you can visit our international students webpage. You may also wish to take a virtual tour of our campus

I enjoy the course very much because the content is very diverse. We get a lot of support from our tutors and lecturers. They are very supportive, especially to international students.” Ho Cheuk Lam, BA Education student 

International exchange programme

The BA Education degree offers exciting exchange opportunities for studying overseas. Through the European Educational Exchange Programme and the International Exchange Programme, student can choose to study at a number of selected institutions in countries across the world including Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, China and the USA. 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.

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.


Year One


The following must be taken unless a Widenening Horizons Module is chosen in place of one of the modules

A Widening Horizons module

Year Two



Year Three



Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

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

2019 - 2020

UK Students

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, the University of Birmingham will charge £16,740 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 who wish to improve their knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for academic study at the University of Birmingham. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS .  

English language support - during your studies

Birmingham International Academy (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.   

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

Apply through UCAS at 
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Key Information Set (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.

The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.

The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

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Learning on our BA Education degree 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 you will have access to a wealth of support to help you make this transition. Personal tutors and welfare tutors can help with both academic and welfare issues, and offer help for any particular areas where you need support. You will also have the use of dedicated e-learning, IT and library facilities within the School and university to support your studies.

Students in the School of Education are taught by experienced specialists. Many have published widely in their area of expertise and can offer a unique perspective of their subject.  Our teaching and assessment strategy on our Education degree, reflect our concern with real life practice. 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.

As an undergraduate student studying our Education degree, you will be part of a lively School which is actively engaged in the education sector. We hold regular events to which you will be invited. Previous speakers have included Michael Gove MP, Liam Bryne MP, Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE and Baron David Blunkett.

Allia Mahood

"Not only do the lecturers convey the concepts really clearly, they are always on hand to help with anything you want them to while ensuring that you feel as comfortable as possible." 
Allia Mahood, current student.

Find out about the support available to help you make the most of your time at Birmingham


External Examiner Comments

“The programme content is excellent. 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)." 

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 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 support from tutors 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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The University of Birmingham was named University of the Year for graduate employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. Our award-winning Careers Network team can help you develop your career from the moment you arrive with us, through bespoke training and events. Careers Network support is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialist College team who can give you expert advice.

A University of Birmingham Education degree is highly sought after by employers as evidence of the ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Transferable skills from the BA Education degree programme 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.

Our graduates from the School of Education use these skills and their practical experience to pursue successful careers in roles directly related to our BA Education degree programme such as:

  • Primary School Teaching – 40% of our graduate progress to careers in teaching, with many studying our Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education or Early Years (QTS)
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Child Pyschotherapist
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Learning Mentor

Others use their transferable skills developed during their Education degree to go onto successful careers that are indirectly related to the programme such as:

  • 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. 

Graduates can also continue into related postgraduate study at Masters and Doctoral level. Find out more about our postgraduate programmes.

 Milla Lotta

"I feel that the BA Education course not only prepared me very well for my masters studies, but also helped me to find my career path" Milla-Lotta, graduated 2015.

 Learn about the wealth of opportunities to enhance your employability