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X1V1 Education Studies - History BA Undergraduate 2012


UCAS code X1V1
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical offers A Level
International Baccalaureate (IB)
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 8347

Course Content


This course offers you the opportunity to combine the study of key issues in education with studies in another department. It draws on the educational aspects of sociology, politics and psychology, as well as exploring the history and philosophy of education, to provide you with an understanding of the themes which underpin current educational thinking and policy.

The overall framework of the course offers progression from its initial broad background of study and provides you with the opportunity to focus on specific and more sharply defined issues. Whilst some of the modules are compulsory, others are optional. Therefore, by using the option system you are able to build the type of degree that suits you.

Education Studies is a course that our students rate very highly. In the 2010 National Student

Survey, Education Studies students gave the course an unbeatable 100% satisfaction rating - the average for all universities was 82%.

Year One

In the first year there are three compulsory modules in Education which set the scene for the rest of the course. You will spend the rest of the week studying three modules in your partner department. (See their pages in the prospectus or visit the website for details of your partner subject modules.)

Education modules:
  • History of Education
  • Context of Education
  • Learning and Teaching.

Year Two

In the second year you may choose from a list of modules, including the Education Placement in which you have the opportunity to design your own programme of study based on a placement, which could be in this country or possibly abroad. You will also study Education Research Methods - to help you find out just whether what people say about education is actually true. The second year list also contains the Harry Potter module which attracted worldwide publicity when it was first announced in 2010. Again, half your time will be spent in your partner department.

Education modules:
  • Education Research Methods
  • Education Placement
  • Identity, Culture and Education
  • Higher Education: Issues of Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Learning in the Early Years
  • The Philosophy of Social Science
  • Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion.

Year Three

In the final year one of your modules is your dissertation where you will choose a topic to study in depth - many students regard the dissertation as the most enjoyable and important piece of work they undertake in the whole three years. You may also take one of the modules from the second year list above.

As in year one and year two you will also be working in your partner department.

Education modules:
  • Dissertation
  • Citizenship Education
  • Assessment and Intervention in Education
  • Political Sociology of Education
  • Responding to Special Educational Needs
  • Education in a Post-industrial Society.

Throughout the three years you are encouraged to make links between the education half of your course and your partner department. For example, one recent dissertation, Simply

Mothballs, explored the relationship between children's literature and national identity.

Another, entitled Rice, Rum, Reggae and Risk, investigated the effects of HIV/AIDS peer education programmes in Belize. Here the student undertook independent research during her visit to Belize as part of her volunteer work for a charity. In a recent report the course's external examiner said that the breadth of dissertation topics studied was 'inspiring'.

It is also worth noting that the Education Studies - Psychology degree programme is BPS accredited.

For further specific course details please see the School of Education website and the Information for Applicants Handbooks at:

Teaching and assessment details

Teaching ranges from lectures in large groups to seminars in discussion groups and tutorials to support independent work. You will be expected to lead some seminar discussions, as well as taking some responsibility for your own learning, with direction from your course tutors. You will also be invited to attend research seminars where you will have the opportunity to share the views of some of the world's leading educationalists. Depending on your module choices, approximately half of the course will be assessed by written work and half by examination.

Study Abroad

The School of Education welcomes students from all countries onto its programmes and as part of the ERASMUS scheme, has close links to programmes in Denmark, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Students will have the opportunity to spend time studying abroad under this scheme.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University's general entry requirements and the programme specific entry requirements above, please note:

We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. 

Grade A at A-level or equivalent is required in the partner department subject if relevant. 

We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23); Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A

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Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

School of Education, Durham City

Durham has an excellent graduate employment record. This course opens up routes into teaching, and approximately half of our graduates follow a teaching career. However, it also prepares you for a career in educational research, publishing, administration and management.

Educational Studies will also prove attractive if you wish to pursue careers in non-education fields, such as accountancy, law, public relations, advertising, human resources, and retailing - indeed, many of the careers which Durham graduates have traditionally entered. You may also remain in the School to enrol on one of our Masters degree programmes, where you may progress to study for a doctorate.

Should you wish to teach, the Education Studies degree does not in itself confer Qualified Teacher Status. To train as a teacher you would need to study for an additional year for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in either primary or secondary education. Please refer to the School's website for further information and to ensure you would meet the entry requirements for the PGCE course.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the very best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments and opportunities to explore college options they will provide a full experience of Durham University for any prospective undergraduates.

Pre-application open days in Durham City will take place on:

  • Monday 25 June 2012
  • Saturday 30 June 2012
  • Saturday 22 September 2012

Further details, and information on how to book.  

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Department Information

School of Education, Durham City


Explore a subject at the centre of our society.

The School of Education is one of the best in the UK. Ranked 4th in the Good University Guide 2011, 11th for graduate employability and boasting 100% satisfaction in the 2010 NSS survey the School of Education has a lot to offer prospective students. Coupled with research that is recognised as being world class and of international quality, the School aims to produce education focussed graduates who challenge existing beliefs and push the boundaries of educational thinking.

The School offers two different programmes: Primary Education based at Queen's Campus and Education Studies in Durham City. The Primary Education course is a three year degree programme which combines a grounding in a breadth of subject areas with professional practice in local primary schools ensuring that students can achieve both an academic qualification and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The Education Studies suite of programmes allows students to examine education in a wider context and is aimed at students who also have interests in the psychology, history and philosophy of education. All of the Education Studies programmes have been designed to offer students choice and flexibility in their future careers.

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Our School of Education is set in beautiful landscaped gardens above the River Wear and overlooks both the Castle and Cathedral. As well as an attractive work environment, it offers excellent study facilities, including a department library with a wide range of books (over 60,000 volumes) and periodicals.


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