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Durham University


X1C8 Education Studies - Psychology BA Undergraduate  2021


Please note: 2020-21 courses may be affected by Covid-19 and are therefore subject to change due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Summaries of course-specific changes resulting from the impact of Covid-19 will be provided to applicants during August 2020.

For the latest information on our plans for teaching in academic year 2020/21 in light of Covid-19, please see

UCAS code X1C8
Degree BA
Professional accreditation British Psychological Society
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 Years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A Level
International Baccalaureate
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications
Contextual Offers You may be eligible for an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements. Find out more.
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Course Summary


Education Studies is a broad multi-disciplinary degree, designed for the intellectually and practically curious. From the philosophical foundations of schooling, to the political implications of policy, education is a vast field that has multiple avenues to approach a seemingly straightforward subject. Our degree goes far beyond any classroom and considers education, people and their relationship to the ever-changing world. 

Course Structure

The breadth of our modules allows for the creation of pathways through the course. This may be linked to one of the degree's four strands of educational expertise: pragmatic; sociological-philosophical; psychological; and international-intercultural education. You will also study modules in the Department of Psychology

Core modules include:

  • Contemporary Issues and evidence in Education  
  • Foundations of the Psychology in Education 
  • Range of Psychology modules such as:
    • Introduction to Psychological Research
    • Social Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Biological Psychology
    • Psychology Project & Statistics
  • Educational Research Methods  
  • Dissertation  

Examples of optional modules:

  • Higher Education: Issues of Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Constructing Childhood and Youth 
  • Assessing Education 
  • Identity, Culture and Education
  • Learning and Development in Childhood 
  • Wider Contexts of Education
  • Disability and Educational Needs: Impairment, Empowerment and Education
  • Disability and Education Needs: What’s so ‘Special’ about SEND?
  • Education in a Global Age
  • Understanding the Arts in Education
  • Evidence and Educational Policy 
  • The Social Life of Education
  • Learning Sciences.

Placement Year

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Course Learning and Teaching

The degree is mainly delivered through lectures and seminars. Lectures often present, explain and critically analyse theories and relevant issues, whereas smaller group seminars normally focus upon peer-assisted interaction for debate and discussion. There may be some opportunity for study visits and/or field work within specific modules. A large amount of time is spent on independent study and reading around topics, developing students’ capacity for critical analysis, reflection and evaluation.

Assessment is mainly through essays. Some modules may include examinations, portfolios, podcasts, presentations or posters. 

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A level offer – AAB

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DDD

IB Diploma score – 36 with 665 in higher level subjects.

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.


English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Information relevant to your country

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £21,730.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £21,730.00 per year

The tuition fees shown for home and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding 

Career Opportunities

School of Education

The Education Studies degree is an excellent programme if you want to keep your options open. As well as opening up routes into teaching, the programme also qualifies you for careers in educational research, educational publishing, educational administration, policy or management, as well as a range of careers in the commercial or public sector.

Of those students who left in 2017:

  • 97% are in employment or further study six months after graduating

Of those in employment:

  • 92% are in graduate level employment
  • Median salary £28,000

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2016/17 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found

Quote: Since Graduation I have been a project worker at Investing In Children, a children's rights-based social enterprise, to help improve local services and trusts for children and young people. This involves working directly with children and young peo

Students who have graduated from Education Studies in the past 5 years have taken positions as Journalists, Youth Workers, Archivists, Charity Development Officers, Publishers and Music Therapists as well as professional preparation and study as Social Workers, Teachers, Psychotherapists and Midwives.

In addition many students go on to further study within educational research. For example, a taught MA, or MA in Research Methods (Education), some have gone onto funded PhDs.

The programme is also an excellent preparation for a career in teaching at either primary or secondary level. Although the degree does not offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you may be able to progress onto a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme (PGCE). However, it is important to stress that you are not expected to teach, and this degree is in no way focused around the competencies of a teacher.

The BA Education Studies - Psychology programme is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and as such provides clear career paths into a number of professions including teaching and educational psychology. The BPS recognition ensures that students who wish to work in a field requiring memberships of the BPS are prepared and qualified to do so.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the 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, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place:

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

School of Education


Are you interested in teaching and inspiring future generations?

At Durham we offer Primary Education with QTS and also BA (Hons) Education Studies. Our Primary Education course has been developed so that you are taught by primary education experts, using innovative and research informed methods to develop your knowledge and skills. Outstanding teachers require excellent subject and pedagogical knowledge, and our course offers both academic and practical opportunities to develop both.


  • 5th in The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
  • Top 100 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2020.


For a current list of staff, please see the School of Education web pages


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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