x390 - Education BA

Education BA Honours

UCAS Code: X390 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

If you are interested in understanding education from a variety of perspectives – sociological, philosophical, historical, political – education at Newcastle will appeal to you.

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At a Glance


UCAS Institution Name and Code

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 30-32 points

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The study of education is essential in order to evaluate the opportunities and challenges that face humanity in the twenty-first century.

On this degree you'll explore what is meant by education and how it has changed over history, including its central place in the foundation of modern societies. 

You'll learn about education globally and investigate the role of international development in supporting education in developing countries.

You will face challenging questions, critically examining issues such as:

  • Who does schooling benefit?
  • How does the English curriculum compare with those in other countries?
  • What effect does resourcing have on educational outcomes in the developing world?
  • If Google knows more than the teacher, does the teacher still have a role to play?

Two major career development modules enhance your employability and a research project gives you the opportunity to showcase your knowledge and expertise. 

Humanities and Social Science Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships are available to eligible new UK and EU students entering this degree in 2017 only.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

It's a great course that explores education in depth, it really expands your mind and you get to study a wide range of modals. You also have the chance to study a language as an extra module so I am currently also studying Japanese!

Hannah, Education BA Honours

Related Degrees

  • Combined Honours BA Honours

    If you are independently minded and enjoy studying and mastering more than one subject, you will find Combined Honours at Newcastle has plenty to offer.

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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.


Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Education careers

A degree in education from Newcastle not only shapes your own development and understanding, demonstrating your capacity to work individually and as part of a team.

It also provides you with the transferable skills to work within a range of contexts, including workload management, meeting deadlines, written and oral communication, IT, problem solving and the critical analysis and interpretation of complex ideas and policies.

Our careers pathway and workplace settings will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding essential for your chosen career.

You may use this degree as a springboard for further postgraduate study at Newcastle (for example, Primary PGCE, International Development, Cross-Cultural Communication, International Education).

Alternatively, you may find work in fields as diverse as community or health work, human resource/education management, widening participation or rehabilitation programmes, environmental organisations, heritage sites, museum, theatre and library provision or information management (eg digital learning).

Find out more about career options for Education from Prospectus: The UK’s Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

Making your application

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Application decisions and enquiries

Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.

Student profile

“It's a great course that explores education in depth, it really expands your mind and you get to study a wide range of modals. You also have the chance to study a language as an extra module so I am currently also studying Japanese!”

Hannah, Education BA Honours