If you are interested in understanding education from a variety of perspectives – sociological, philosophical, historical, political – education at Newcastle will appeal to you.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 30-32 points
Humanities and Social Science Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships are available to eligible new UK and EU students entering this degree in 2017.
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.
Work placementsWork placements
Apply to spend a 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so.
Benefit from work experience and placements including student tutoring and volunteering, and ‘learning from work’ options.
Boost your CV with real-world experience, and develop transferable skills including teamwork, workload management, communication, problem-solving, and critical analysis.
It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability, however it isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad.
Find out more on about Work Placements.
Over 120 years of expertiseOver 120 years of expertise
We have a long history of teaching and research in education, including teacher education and related fields such as educational psychology, applied linguistics, international development and cross-cultural communication.
Our long history is testament to the quality of our teaching and research, meaning you can be assured of a high-quality experience at Newcastle.
We can also provide access to professional and alumni networks, as a lot of professionals now working in different educational settings started their careers at Newcastle University.
What our students say...What our students say...
'Since beginning my Education degree at Newcastle, I have been surprised by just how much my original beliefs and perspectives have been challenged and changed. I have become much more aware of political issues and debates within education which surround me. One area that has interested me most is the globalisation of education and I now feel that I view the world through the eyes of an educationist.' Joseph B
'I have an outstanding lecturer who has challenged my ideas consistently. She has been more than happy to discuss the very complicated and compelling set of ideas raised in her module both inside and outside of contact hours.' Taken from anonymous student feedback on 2015/16 course review
'I have found this module especially stimulating and it is entirely down to the lecturers. It has given me so much to think about and reflect on. I have very much appreciated all the hard work put into the lessons and seminars as it has been very clear to me that the teachers are as dedicated to their teaching as they are their research. The lectures have been very informative but also very open ended with us, encouraging us to make our own decisions and opinions.' Taken from anonymous student feedback on 2015/16 course review
'An extremely passionate teacher who combines his dedicated attitude to the subject with a very amicable and friendly demeanour. He has challenged my ideas and given me a lot to think about. He has engaged actively with me in debates in the class and been happy to discuss the important aspects of the module either by email or face-to-face outside of contact hours. He deserves to be commended for his motivational skills and his impressive wealth of knowledge on the subject of education in the developing world.' Taken from anonymous student feedback on 2015/16 course review
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
You will be based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, which has a wide range of facilities for studying how people learn and communicate.
There's a well-equipped and full-time staffed Education Resource Centre with excellent computing facilities in addition to well-equipped teaching rooms and lecture theatres.
You have access to two active Research Centres:
- Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT), which researches teaching and learning in different contexts
- SOLE Central, is a global hub for research into self-organised learning environments (SOLEs)
You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree – an academic member of staff who can help with academic and personal issues.
There's also a staff-student committee, to give you a say in how your degree works
There's a student-led Education Society which organises regular social events.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Study at the cutting edge
Research-informed teaching and practice by leading academics and professional practitioners is central to the programme.
You'll join a thriving research community and have the chance to conduct your own original research through a dissertation.
You will learn through a combination of lectures and seminars. You also undertake a considerable amount of independent study, using study resources such as our award-winning Library Service.
You will relate your acquired knowledge in practical settings – for example, exploring various pedagogical issues relating to teaching and learning, then relating these to the classroom or other educational settings, such as museums.
You'll be assessed by a combination of examinations and course work including reports, reflective journals, essays, presentations and data analysis.
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University
Modules for 2016 entry
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.
What you will studyWhat you will study
Our teaching is research-informed. The diverse research interests and expertise of staff allow us to offer you a broad range of topics and perspectives in studying education, such as:
- innovative technologies of learning
- international development
- social justice
Our degree is divided into three strands:
Education: Critical and Contextual Studies: You'll develop your knowledge and understanding in the fields of the sociology, philosophy and history of education.
International Perspectives and Contexts: You'll learn about the role of education in international development (including the use of innovative technologies), British and comparative education.
Careers/Employability: You'll gain critical and practical experience of studying and learning. Within this strand you will have the opportunity to study at least one foreign language.
- EDU1001 Education, Children and Society
- EDU1002 International Development
- EDU1003 British and Comparative Education
- EDU1004 Internationalising University Experience
- EDU1005 The History of Education
- EDU1006 Education in Developing Countries
- EDU2005 Representations and Images of Teaching in Literature, Film and Television
- EDU2001 Pedagogies
- EDU2002 Global Innovations in Education
- EDU2003 Introduction to Research in Education
- EDU2004 Global Developments in Technology Enhanced Learning
- NCL2007 Career Development for Second Year Students
Work Placement (optional)
You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.
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 2017 entry.
A LevelsA Levels
ABB-BBB. No specific subjects are required.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AABBB-BBBBB at Higher Grade. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
30-32 points including three subjects grade 5 or above at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
H1H1H2H2H3-H2H3H3H3H3 at Higher Level.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
Level 3 units in Social Sciences, Cultural or Media Studies are desirable. At least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and in addition at least 15 level 3 credits at a minimum of Merit.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3,M2,M2-M2,M2,M2 in Principal Subjects.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
If you offer the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification in a topic relevant to the degree programme, we will vary our offer to recognise this.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBC. No specific subjects are required.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
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.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
£9,250 in 2017-18
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£13,980 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information relating to all aspects of student finance at Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
You may be eligible for one of a range of Newcastle University Scholarships in addition to government financial support.
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
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
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
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
On the UCAS website you can also find out more about: