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Undergraduate study
Education Studies

X300 BA/EdSt (X301 BA/EdStFY for Year 0 entry)


Course overview

This programme offers a breadth of learning experiences that provide you with the multi-professional development essential to pursue a career in a range of educational settings.

It is delivered by practitioners and academics in the Education team who have specialist knowledge and experience of working in a range of educational settings such as schools, post-16 educational settings, and further and higher education. Your studies will include examining the developing child and young person, considering how policy impacts on current provision and practice, pedagogy, special educational needs and disability (SEND) and exploring how and where education takes place. You will also complete a module designed to boost your graduate employability skills. Through the second and third year, you will have the opportunity to develop your research skills when you plan for and complete a piece of independent research in an area of education which interests you. The programme will enable you to study how people’s education and their educational experiences develop from childhood through to adulthood. The programme has a focus on the importance of lifelong learning.

You can study this programme with a range of career interests in mind, ranging from educational roles in schools, further and higher education to working in local councils, libraries and museums. After graduating with the right degree classification, you are ideally placed to further your career interests by moving into work or taking a professional qualification at postgraduate level.


Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Study Skills Toolkit

This module will assist you in developing the personal and academic skills that you will need for undergraduate study. It focusses on developing skills such as information retrieval, evaluation, critical thinking, note taking, presentation skills and group work.

Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to the historical and contemporary development of social science disciplines and will provide examples of theoretical challenges and the ways in which research is applied in society. You will gain an understanding of the critical differences between disciplines and how interdisciplinary research is fostered through collaboration. You will also be introduced to academic standards, ethical guidelines and research protocols, personal development planning and to a range of study and transferable skills relevant to your degree course and beyond.

Fake News: Propaganda and Polemics, Past and Present

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills in thinking critically about the information and analysis presented in an array of media in today’s digital world, drawing on the methodologies of a range of disciplines within the social sciences, humanities and law. You will explore examples of the debates over fake news in both the past and present, and look at how fake news can be used to both support and undermine the status quo, enabling you in the process to become more savvy and engaged citizens.

Historical and Popular Crime, Justice, Law and Psychology

This module introduces you to the history of crime and justice, using media representations and crime fiction as a way of exploring crime over time, including aspects such as changes in society, law and education in this context.


This module allows students to identify an area of interest related to their undergraduate degree and to explore this through a small scale research project where students will be required to produce an analysis of an area of focus.

Teesside: History, Literature, Culture, and Society

This module provides you with an opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the Teesside region. You will learn about Teesside’s history, culture and society through the examination of various topics which will give you a deeper understanding of the region, both past and present.


Year 1 core modules

Academic Skills for Practice

This module enables you to attain a level of proficiency in managing your learning activities, reading and note-making skills required for University study, and to further develop your knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of studying.

The module introduces you to the IT facilities and electronic support material provided by the University, and develops and extends your basic ICT skills.

You are assessed by a group presentation (30%) and a portfolio of evidence (70%).

History and Philosophy of Education

This module introduces you to key moments in the history of British education and changes in education policy and, through an introduction to the philosophy of education, enables you to consider the social values underpinning these changes.

You cover aspects of educational thinking ranging from classical and enlightenment ideas up to recent UK policy including comprehensive schooling, academies and free schools.

You are assessed by a 1,500 word biographical outline of a key educational figure and a 3,500 word portfolio.

Inclusion and Diversity in Education

You explore how educational settings become learning communities, developing an understanding of how a range of issues can impact on children and young people's education and can often marginalise or exclude individuals. You identify and understand good practice in a range of social differences including religion, culture, race, social class, sexuality, gender and disability from a national and international context.

Introduction to Pedagogy

Central to education is the practice of teaching, considered by some to be a science and, by others, an art. This art or science is known as pedagogy, or didactics in other European countries, and it embodies some of the most important questions in education, such as, how do we think we learn, what is the role of the teacher and the purpose of assessment. Many of these issues are taken for granted in contemporary education systems.

This module gives you the chance to explore different approaches to the practice of teaching and the different underlying assumptions these approaches have about learners, learning and teaching. You use your own experiences of education as well as academic writings to consider the assumptions underlying modern practice, and develop your understanding of the role of the teacher and teaching.

You are assessed by two essays.

The Developing Child and Young Person

You focus on children's holistic development, which is central to an understanding of working with children and families. You are introduced to a range of theories about children's growth and development and the provision that is made to ensure children develop to reach their potential.


Year 2 core modules

Inclusive Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disability

This module explores current issues in relation to inclusive educational practice. It enables you to explore accepted definitions of inclusive practice in education and then to critically evaluate these in terms of your own conceptions and value base.

You develop your own interpretation and definition of what inclusive practice in education might be. The module will also provide opportunities for you to discuss and evaluate the rhetoric or reality of inclusive educational practices within defined contexts.

You are assessed by an investigation of an educational context and a report.

Learning and Teaching in Contemporary Education

This module provides a broad introduction to the key skills and underpinning knowledge that you need to develop in order to be confident to deliver learning. The module enables you to develop knowledge and understanding in relation to the roles and responsibilities of a tutor; planning for learning, teaching and learning strategies, resource development and approaches to the assessment of learning.

This module is assessed by an essay (40%) and a micro teach with supporting portfolio (60%).

Lifelong Learning

For this module, you explore how adults learn, and the broad contexts of where this learning can take place. It will discuss the theories of adult learning and how this may be considered to be different from the learning of those that are considered to be children or young people in the context of lifelong learning.

Key areas that will be evaluated are the psychology and sociology of adult learning, including, for example, adults as self-directed learners, motivating adult learners, how adults approach learning for assessment, the importance of social interaction to adult learning and how communities of practice develop. This will then be related to the types of learning environments and learning contexts (including formal and informal education settings) in which this learning may take place.

Politics and Change in Education

This module looks at key issues in education policy. You explore the origins of the comprehensive system, look in detail at the debates surrounding grammar schools, faith schools, Academies and free schools, assess a range of policies designed to tackle educational disadvantage (e.g. Education Action Zones, Sure Start, Aim Higher), critically explore the politics of teaching and assessment, and reflect more generally on the discourse of choice and diversity that frames current national and international education policy as a whole, placing it within wider neo-liberal economic structures.

Assessment will enable you to consider the relationship between policy and practice.

You are assessed by a policy critique (50%) and an essay (50%).

Research in Education

This module enables you to understand the place and importance of research in the field of education, and prepares you for the completion of your dissertation module in year 3 (level 6).

The module content focuses on three inter-related aspects of research: the philosophical basis of different methodologies, the practice of carrying out research (including issues of approach, method, sampling, analysis etc.) and how to ensure researchers follow developing ideas of good practice in research, with particular relation to issues of good ethical practice.

You are assessed by a research proposal.


Year 3 core modules


The Education Studies Dissertation provides an opportunity for you to define your own research topic and work on this over an extended period of time. It should also be regarded as the culmination of the programme, and the arena in which theoretical frameworks and ideas encountered elsewhere are tested.

The nature of the project undertaken will vary as appropriate to the topic, and will usually be based upon a research proposal submitted at level 5 for the Research in Education module.

You may choose to do a wholly ‘library based’ thesis or, alternatively, a piece of empirical research.

You are assessed by a dissertation.

Education, Identity and Society

You explore and engage critically with the role of education in society and its relation to the reproduction of social inequalities. You are informed by up-to-date research and develop your understanding of the impacts and consequences of existing education provision and policy, exploring it in relation to areas such as class, ethnicity and gender; and how these areas may reflect and add to social difference, divisions and inequalities in society. As well as exploring sociological research, you also explore relevant social policy, broadening the scope for the overall critical approach.
You are assessed by an essay.

Evaluating Work with Children and Young People

Careful analysis of effective practice requires good use of data and a clear overview of what is going on in a project. This module helps you design and carry out an evaluation of your organisation.
You are assessed by a report and essay.

Preparation for Employment in Education

You develop your understanding of your own practical and professional, personal, interpersonal, academic and subject specific skills to assist you to proceed with confidence to the next stage of your career.

You develop confidence and skill in creating the necessary tools to progress from learning to employment in an educational context. It encourages you to reflect on the the whole programme as well as the module experience to assist you in evaluating where you have made progress in developing your employability skills, and to also identify areas for further personal and professional development.

You also participate in a range of voluntary work, and you are advised to access the volunteering service offered by the University in order to help you gain as holistic a picture as possible of the diversity of career opportunities in education.

You are assessed by completion of a portfolio.


and one optional module

Global Childhood and Youth

This module reveals the impact of the process of globalization on the experiences and identities of children and young people. It considers definitions of globalization and what the process constitutes. Content allows you to explore how globalization is potentially transforming the lives of children and young people. In particular, content focuses on the ways relations between the global and the local are configured and reconfigured in contemporary society, with a particular consideration of transitions in the early life course, culture and identity. It also critically examines the way new multimedia technologies might provide opportunities for the creation of transnational and convergent cultural practices, and the extent to which we may need to rethink established notions of childhood and youth in a global context.

Assessment is via a 1,000-word report (ICA 25%) and a 3,000-word essay (ECA 75%).


This module gives you the chance to mentor someone on a one-to-one basis for one hour a week for 12 - 15 weeks. Placements are varied and may include mentoring pupils from Years 10 and 11 in secondary schools, mentoring international students, or working in third sector organisations.

Alternatively, you can arrange your own mentoring placement in an alternative setting, subject to the module leader’s approval. In addition to exploring practical aspects of mentoring, you consider different theoretical and practice models, and use research evidence to determine best practice. There is strong tutor support and supervision throughout the module.


Modules offered may vary.


How you are assessed

You will typically be assessed by a range of methods, including written assignments such as essays, reports and case studies, portfolios of evidence, presentations and by the completion of an independent research project (dissertation).

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Careers include a range of educational roles within schools, further and higher education, local councils and library or museum services. You may be able to progress on to a primary PGCE that provides Qualified Teacher Status with a good honours degree. To teach in the further education sector you need to be qualified one level higher than the students you are teaching. You would normally have at least a level 3 qualification in the subject you would like to teach which would give you the opportunity to study for a Certificate in Education and Training or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training. Please speak to the programme leader for more details.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits.

Our award winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.


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Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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  • Length: 3 years or 4 years with a foundation year
  • UCAS code: X300 BA/EdSt
    X301 BA/EdStFY for Year 0 entry
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The facilities available to Education, Early Childhood and Youth students at Teesside University are ideal preparation for a career in education. Students have access to many of the kind of resources that you would expect to find in an educational setting.


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