BA Education Studies
Our BA Education Studies course provides a distinctive and valuable insight into a range of educational issues.
Explore current debates in contemporary education within a variety of contexts:
- Sociology: society and social justice, inclusion and inequalities, sustainability, and global perspectives in education
- Creativity: the Arts in different environments and educational contexts
- Psychology: theories of learning, and child and adolescent development.
The course offers opportunities to link theory to practice through educational visits, guest speakers and placements. This enables you to develop your skills and apply your knowledge in different contexts – an asset that is highly valued by employers.
Why choose BA Education Studies at the University of Reading?
- Our Institute of Education is ranked 9th in the UK for Education in the Guardian University Guide, 2024.
- In the National Student Survey 2023, 100% of our students said that teaching staff were good or very good at explaining things (100% of respondents studying on BA Education Studies).
- Assessment is 100% coursework-based and you can tailor modules to your interests.
- The course is taught across three days per week, allowing you to balance your studies with other responsibilities.
You’ll be taught by passionate, experienced researchers and professional guest speakers, and will learn in a vibrant, inclusive community.
Education’s creative, psychological and sociological contexts
You'll develop your understanding of psychology, learning theories, inclusion, sociology, policy, creative learning and educational practice, gaining the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively and confidently across a range of educational settings and contexts.
Taught by leading academics and researchers at the Institute of Education, you'll examine:
- educational debates, such as pedagogy, creativity in education, global education, sustainability and learning theories
- topical issues, including the impact of inclusive practice, the reality of social justice, and multicultural environments
- education in its creative, economic, philosophical, cultural, political and sociological contexts.
Experience in the education sector
This degree blends theory with practice, offering a wide range of placement and volunteering opportunities. This enables you to make a positive impact and develop as an active, thoughtful citizen.
Some of this valuable, real-life practice is acquired through a placement in your second year. Depending on your career aspirations, you could carry out your placement in settings including a school, museum or gallery. A dedicated academic tutor, as well as the programme team, will be available to support you and tailor your placement in line with your interests.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required, depending on the type of placement setting you choose.