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Education (BA)

  • X300

3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Education is an exciting social science subject increasingly being presented as a principal means of fostering economic growth, social cohesion and personal well-being. The BA Education will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary developments and challenges in education. It will enable you to explore underpinning assumptions and to investigate the research basis of contemporary policy and practice.

From 2015 the single honours Education degree will no longer offer a BPS accredited route. For entry in 2014 to the Education degree, please contact an admissions tutor to enquire if there are spaces on the BPS accredited route.

Key Facts

UCAS Code X300
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Accreditation  An optional route is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) – limitations on module option choices apply to this route
Typical places available The School admits 300 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes of which approximately 50 are studying single or joint honours degrees in Education.
Typical applications received 1,500
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer ABB-BBB
Admissions Tutor Michael Arribas-Ayllon
Tel Number 029 2087 5122
Email address
School website

Education is a topic that lies at the heart of contemporary social issues. The Education BA is aimed at students who want to study an exciting and challenging social science subject, which explores and questions the social, psychological, political and economic foundations of education in society. It provides an excellent basis for those planning to apply for postgraduate teacher training courses, as well as employment in a range of other professions.

The study of education is concerned with how people develop and learn throughout their lives, and in exploring this we provide a critical understanding of the particular contexts within which educational experiences take place. Your study will be led by our education research and the latest developments in policy and practice, encompassing aspects of culture and identity, childhood and youth, gender, and social justice and inclusion.

The degree offers the intellectually rigorous study of educational processes, systems and approaches, and the cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts within which they are embedded. Topics studied include formal and informal learning, lifespan development, social relations (peer collaboration, friendship groups, social identities), schooling and pedagogy, children and childhood, education policy, equality and diversity based on gender, race, faith, social class, disability and sexuality differences.

The School of Social Science has close and mutually beneficial links with policy makers, as well as local schools, colleges, and other education and training organisations. This provides opportunities for students to actively engage with educators and practice on the ground.

First Year Modules

For Education degrees (single hons) progression is accomplished as follows. In Year One, all students take three core modules:

  • Education and Society: this covers the role of education in society, the changing nature and management of educational institutions, and the wider impact of education policies.
  • Introduction to Psychology: this provides an introduction to the psychology of social life.
  • Introduction to Social Science Research: an introduction to the principles and skills that underpin social science research.

Single honours students will complete their programme of study with cognate modules from the Sociology and Social Policy schemes. Joint honours students will focus their remaining modules on those required by their partner subject.

Second Year Modules

The second year further develops the main themes introduced in the first year. Currently all Single Honours students must take:

  • Sociology of Education
  • Social Research Methods

Additionally, students must take two, but may take three of the following two modules:

  • Children and Childhood
  • Policy and Practice in Contemporary Education
  • Human Development

Students may make up their remaining modules from the list above or from other modules, such as:

  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Poverty, Social Policy and Income Maintenance
  • Learning, Biology and Cognition
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Ethnography and Everyday Life
  • Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
  • Gender Relations and Society
  • Migration, Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Working Knowledge: Analysing and Experiencing Employment (with Placement)
  • Joint students will normally choose half their modules from each of the subject partners.

    Final Year Modules

    Depending on their particular degree programme (Single or Joint), Education students currently take a guided selection from the list below, with additional modules chosen from across the school’s Criminology, Psychology, Sociology and Social Policy modules:

    • Dissertation
    • Conflict and Change in Educational Policy
    • Equality and Diversity in Education and Work
    • Reflections on Teaching and Learning Practice, Theory and Experience

Teaching in the School of Social Sciences is research-led and reflects the inter-disciplinary nature of the School.  Students are taught about the latest ideas within the social sciences by internationally recognised scholars who are themselves shaping the future of their respective fields.  Students also play an important role in the development of the curriculum, with the Staff-Student Panel being consulted about major changes and all students contributing to module evaluations and an annual student survey.

The teaching programme is designed to support students in the transition into University learning. Each academic year, students take six modules, each of which will be taught via weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars. In between this formal contact time, students will be given guided reading, online exercises or other work designed to consolidate and develop their knowledge. All teaching is directed towards meeting clearly stated learning outcomes, which are then assessed at regular intervals. Assessment methods vary from module to module but, over the course of their degree, each student can expect a mixture of exams, essays, practical work, individual and group projects and presentations.

The style of teaching also changes over the course of the degree. In Year One, all students are expected to meet with personal tutor every two weeks in order to follow a structured programme of study skills and readings through which they will learn how to be social scientists. In Years Two and Three students are increasingly able to study and learn independently and so have the opportunity to read more widely and develop their own interests. For many, this will culminate in their final year dissertation, where they will work with a member of academic staff to design and carry out an independent research project.

Typical A-level Offer ABB-BBB, excluding General Studies
Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the Core, plus grades AB or BB at GCE A-level dependent upon offer
Typical Int Bacc Offer 32-34 points
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.

Studying Education at Cardiff will equip you with the skills you need to embark on a number of possible careers. Education graduates have little difficulty in finding employment and enter an increasingly wide range of careers in both the public and private sectors. An Education degree provides an excellent basis for careers in teaching - allowing students to apply for entry on to postgraduate teacher training courses, as well as entering a variety of other occupations such as educational psychology, youth and community work, careers guidance, management, personnel work and social science research.

“The course has provided me with a wealth of knowledge about child development, the education system, British politics and all sorts which will be hugely beneficial in my teaching career. However, the course still leaves you open to choose a number of different careers. I have friends who want to be teachers, social workers, educational psychologists and workers in social justice and equality schemes.” Rebecca Lobb, BA Education

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: SOCSI Undergraduate Admissions Office  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5122 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4175 


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