x390 - Education BA

Education BA Honours

UCAS Code: X390 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

On this degree you'll explore what education means and how it has changed over history, including its central place in modern society.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: BBB
IB: 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.

You'll cover education from a variety of perspectives – sociological, philosophical, historical, political, and psychological. 

You'll also 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. These assist our graduates to find work in areas such as primary teaching, community and social work and education management

Highlights of this degree

Meet Hannah from the UK

“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
Meet Sophie from the UK

Lecturers on the Education course make you think about your own views and challenge them to make you think about a different perspective. I think this is such a good skill to have.

Sophie, Education BA Honours
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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

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. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.


    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 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    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



    Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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