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University of Plymouth

Education Studies

UCAS Code: X301

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


88 to 96 UCAS points including a minimum of 2 A Levels. Preferred subjects include Arts / Drama / Social Sciences / Earl Years / English / Humanities / Media.

Considered alongside other qualifications.

Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit or Distinction. Preferred subjects include Arts / Drama / Social Sciences / Earl Years / English / Humanities / Media.

Considered alongside other qualifcations.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

24 points overall. Preferred subjects include Arts / Drama / Social Sciences / Earl Years / English / Humanities / Media. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalents

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4,H4

Preferred subjects include Arts / Drama / Social Sciences / Earl Years / English / Humanities / Media. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalents

Considered alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

Preferred subjects include Arts / Drama / Social Sciences / Earl Years / English / Humanities / Media.

Considered alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Preferred subjects include Arts / Drama / Social Sciences / Earl Years / English / Humanities / Media.

Considered alongside other qualifications.

88 to 96 UCAS points to include 2 Advanced Highers. Preferred subjects include Arts / Drama / Social Sciences / Earl Years / English / Humanities / Media. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalents

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

88-96

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. Preferred subjects include Arts / Drama / Social Sciences / Earl Years / English / Humanities / Media.

Considered alongside other qualifications.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Education studies

Educators can have a lasting impact on people’s lives. Whether you want to become a teacher, work in the social or care industries, or become a researcher, education studies offers a flexible path to a challenging and rewarding career. Explore moral and social issues, and discover how the environment shapes learning, to understand how you can make a difference to a child’s wellbeing and future.

Take advantage of an optional paid or unpaid work-based learning module to help you stand out when it comes to starting your career. Participate in education-related volunteering in the Plymouth area and develop your knowledge and experience. Make the most of the opportunities presented by being part of a department that has strong links with universities in Canada, Spain, Africa and the USA, through the International Students Exchange Programme.

* Benefit from a multi-strand and mutli-disciplinary course that offers scope and flexibility to explore where your strengths lie in the field of education.

* Learn from experienced lecturers and tutors who are leading national and international research projects in education.

* Tackle central education issues, such as disability and inclusion studies, with the help of experts in the field.

* Engage in questions of social justice and inclusion and develop your ability to present well founded arguments.

* Participate in education-related volunteering in the Plymouth area and develop your knowledge and experience.

* Choose modules in early childhood studies to gain insights into important factors that shape us as young learners.

* Seek advice from our expert employability service as you move through the degree.

Modules

In your first year, you'll be introduced to the three key strands of the course: disability and inclusion, eco-education, and early childhood. The concepts of values and equality will sit at the heart of your learning, helping you develop an understanding of the moral and social issues in education today. Fieldwork at this stage gives you the chance to recognise your strengths and develop specific areas of expertise early on.

Your second year picks up the three major strands studied in the previous year, but with additional modules in ICT, alternatives in education, critical theory and philosophy with children, as well as preparation for a PGCE in a school or adult context. You’ll have the freedom to focus on a variety of vocational or postgraduate pathways, while work-based, independent learning allows you to use paid or unpaid work (even a holiday job) to further your reflection skills and enhance your graduate profile.

In your final year, the three core strands from years one and two continue, while your main focus will be on educational research. Some options from year two are also available to study in year three. Entry at this level is available to students with a foundation degree or HND-related subject.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

Plymouth Institute of Education

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Education studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Childcare and related personal services
15%
Caring personal services
11%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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