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University of Reading

Education Studies

UCAS Code: X300

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

Entry requirements

A level


Access to HE Diploma


Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal


Extended Project


In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


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


Scottish Higher


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About this course

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Full-time | 2020


Education studies

BA Education Studies is a distinctive and innovative programme for students who want to know more about education and learning in its broadest sense. The range of possibilities when graduating from this course make it a modern, highly flexible option.
This course balances theory with practice to ensure you receive a well-rounded education with a strong focus on inclusion, drawing from the experience of our leading researchers.

You will be able to explore issues of diversity, social justice and disability. The choice of optional modules will give you a degree tailored to your academic and professional interests and enable you to use a range of creative strategies to support all learners.

During your time with us, you will explore many fundamental moral and social questions in education, such as:

Why are there differences in educational attainment for different students?
How does lifestyle affect the environment and the sustainable use of resources?
Is there a link between health and learning?
Do all citizens have the right to an education?
You will examine education in its cultural, political and sociological contexts as well as developing your understanding of how children and adults learn. You will explore the opportunities and challenges that will affect educational practice today and in the future.

The placement and option of study abroad will enhance your reflective and transferable skills; assets highly valued by employers and important to your learning.

Assessment is 100% coursework, which means that we use a range of assignments (essays, reports, presentations and portfolios) to test your knowledge throughout the year, rather than giving you an examination at the end.

You will complete a four week placement in Year 2, which may be undertaken in a school or another setting that best reflects your career aspirations. For example, if you are interested in working as an Education Officer in an art gallery or a museum, we can help you find a related placement for hands-on experience. Professional development is a theme which is embedded throughout all three years, and we shall support you to develop career skills relevant to your area of interest.

A DBS check will be required in Year 2 if you undertake a placement in certain settings such as schools.

Why study at the Institute of Education?
3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2018
Top ten for Education in Complete University Guide for over a decade
8th in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
Practical placement to complement your academic studies
Ideal location, setting and facilities


This course is an ideal stepping stone to a wide range of careers. It will help you to decide whether you want to teach (and, if so, which age group you are interested in teaching) and prepare you well for a postgraduate teaching qualification. You may choose a different educational career, such as becoming an Education Officer in a theatre, art gallery, historic house or museum, where groups of adults and children will come to visit and undertake educational programmes.

You may be interested in working in education administration or policy, in local government, national institutions, the public sector or academic and research organisations.

If you are interested in working with adults, you may become a trainer, work in human resources or pursue a career in mentoring or disability support.


Sample modules may include:

* Creative learning through the arts
* Exploring learning
* Education for inclusion
* Society and social justice
* Drama for learning
* Education for a sustainable future
* Multilingualism in education

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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What students say

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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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.

Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Teaching and educational professionals
Childcare and related personal services
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.







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:

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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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