Institute of Education Studies

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Institute of Education Studies

Institute of Education Studies

Education Studies

This programme page refers to the 2018 entry. For 2017 entry see Education Studies BA (start date September 2017)

Education Studies BA

This broad-based, interdisciplinary programme challenges how we think about education. Looking beyond education as taking place only in schools and universities, to studying how education occurs across all social institutions (for example, employment and families), this degree develops critical understandings of education in the past, present and future, both locally and globally.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
6 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
90 (2018 entry)*

* Figures relate to Education subject area

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at:

IB Diploma

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see:

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • A broad-based education programme that introduces students to educational insights from traditional disciplines including history, sociology, philosophy, psychology as well as innovative fields such as media, communication and technology studies, race and ethnic studies, feminist and cultural studies.
  • Developing students’ imaginative capacity and fostering critical understanding of education and society to enable you to engage in social justice and equality agendas through education.
  • Preparing students for careers in education and a wide range of other fields by providing you with an intellectual set of tools to take a lead role in transforming and improving society, no matter where you go next in your work, community and personal lives.
  • Our teaching team is made up of leading academics who draw directly on their research expertise to inform their teaching and provide students with specialist interest modules.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Education, Practice and Society.

  • 78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Our first-year core modules establish a broad-based, globally oriented, interdisciplinary curriculum that provides our diverse cohort with the skills, perspectives and knowledge needed to succeed in higher education.

In the second year, students combine core and optional modules to pursue their  individual goals and interests. In their third year students choose all modules and have the opportunity to conduct their own research on an area they are passionate about.

Modules address questions such as: What is equality in education? Why do class, race and gender inequalities persist in schooling? What significance does new technology have for transforming education? How do people learn? How and why does education vary across the world and throughout history?

Please note that this degree does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but students can apply for a one-year teacher training course after completing the degree.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Your learning

The programme seeks to help each student acquire a common set of intellectual skills and develop their own unique and principled voice for writing and speaking about education in the world. It does this through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, field trips, multimedia sessions, and individual and collective research and organising projects.


As part of their dissertation option, students can opt to undertake fieldwork, and several of our optional modules involved field trips to local archives, museums and other sites of educational interest.


We use a wide range of assessment methods that are carefully developed across all our programme’s modules. These include student journals and portfolios, empirical research assignments, multimedia projects, group discussions and debates, individual and collective presentations, writing drafts and outlines, formal academic essays and examinations.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Education Studies BA.


This programme prepares students for careers in education and a wide range of other fields, but also provides students with the skills to lead in transforming how we think about and practise education, in your work, community and personal lives.

Many of our students are keen to become teachers and work directly as educators. Our programme is also ideal for students wishing to make and influence education policy at local and national levels, or those who wish to develop careers in community and youth work, international aid and development, social care and inclusion, media and the arts, and other related fields.

Our students have also been keen to continue their own education, going on to study for Master’s qualifications in related fields at the UCL Institute of Education and other prestigious institutions.


First destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme at UCL include:

  • Full-time student, PGCE Primary at the UCL Institute of Education
  • Full-time student, PGCE Post-Compulsory Education at the UCL Institute of Education
  • Primary School Class Teacher (Year 6), Unspecified Primary School
  • Primary School Class Teacher (Year 6), Mitchell Brook Primary School and studying MA Policy Studies In Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
  • Primary School Teaching Assistant, Canon Barnett Primary School and studying MA Sociology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

Data taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Alumni view

I have always had a great interest in education as a whole and the various ways it intersects with things such as politics and sociology. One of the best things about studying at UCL for me was the fact that I was being taught by world-leading experts in the field. Khadijah Anabah – Education Studies BA (2015)

Alumni view

I chose the programme, as I was interested in working in the education sector, and the degree helped prepare me for the Primary PGCE. In my final year I undertook some work experience in a mainstream primary school as part of the requirements for the PGCE programme. I also worked in a tuition centre that provided me with further experience of working with young children. Hoomera Khurshid – Education Studies BA (2015)

Alumni view

At UCL IOE I managed to foster networks with a range of world-leading practitioners and professors within education. This was an invaluable asset to my career as the adoption of their theories and practices have helped me to progress further in my career. The friendly atmosphere at IOE made this an easy place to study and socialise, and the level of support and guidance from tutors and lecturers reached levels beyond comparison. They truly went over and beyond. Abdi Dahir – Education Studies BA (2015)

Fees and funding


UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18 – see below)
Overseas students
£16,340 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL’s fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We look for applicants with a desire to shape, redefine and reimagine what education is and can be. Applicants should have an appreciation of the approach of our programme and an interest in engaging with a variety of disciplines. We welcome applicants with a range of experiences in different kinds of educational settings.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018


We consider all aspects of your UCAS application, valuing compelling personal statements, academic abilities and commitment to the field of education, perhaps through voluntary or work experience. In some circumstances we may ask for additional information (for example, samples of written work). We reserve the right to interview applicants.

In addition to general open days, we run an offer holder day, usually in February, so prospective students can meet the team and experience what it will be like to study with us at UCL Institute of Education.

For further information on UCL’s selection process see: Selection of students.

Education Studies BA

Listen to Dr Rachel Wilde, Admissions Tutor, giving an overview of the Education Studies BA.