Education Studies Online BA (Hons)

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Degree with distance learning

UCAS code: X304 112 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies Online, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies Online, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • pro-rata full time fee
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies Online, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

What makes this course different

  • 94%

    Our overall student satisfaction score (NSS, 2018).

  • Specialist academics

    You'll be taught by enthusiastic and expert staff who focus on the needs of our students through innovative teaching methods, as well as academic writing and publishing.

  • 85%

    Percentage of our graduates who go on to work and/or further study (Unistats, 2017).

Course modules

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Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 1

Exploring Social Worlds

Key Principles for Inclusion and Diversity

Emerging Research Communities

Philosophy of Education

Sociology of Education

Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 2

Contemporary Issues in Education

Identity and Social Justice

Building Research Communities

Ideology, Politics, and Policy in Education

Education Careers

In your final year, you'll carry out an independent research project on a relevant topic, There's also an optional volunteering module.

Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 3

Critical and Global Perspectives on Education

Language, Pedagogy and Cultural Diversity


Independent Research Project

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Once you've graduated successfully, you'll have the option to train as a teacher, for example through a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) programme. At UEL, we offer PGCEs in Primary Education and a wide range of secondary subjects.

With a teaching qualification, you'll have the choice of teaching in a mainstream school, a special school, or a different kind of educational setting such as an environmental education centre.

The skills you gain are transferable to a wide range of working environments. Some of our graduates have gone on to teach English as a foreign language abroad. Others have moved into fields outside of education such as journalism.

You could also choose to embark upon postgraduate research at UEL in areas such as educational psychology or the philosophy of education.

Industry links

During the course, you'll have frequent opportunities to meet practitioners and potential employers, and we also arrange dedicated careers workshops and events. 

Graduate employers

Our graduates have gone to work for such organisations as the Sarah Bonnell School, Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Havering Council and Reeson Education, to name a few.

Job roles

Typical roles which our graduates have gone on to do include: special needs teacher, primary school teacher and teaching assistant.

We offer postgraduate courses for further specialisation and you can explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

We offer a wide range of masters degrees in special education, early childhood or leadership in education, should you choose to specialise further.

Dorcus, Early Childhood student
The job I am doing right now was advertised through the UEL careers service."

Early Childhood graduate

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including: 

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top: 

  • Work-based projects 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business 
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

This course investigates contemporary education in a lively and stimulating way. We study primary and secondary through to higher and adult education.

It's sociology-based. It looks at sociological factors affecting the family, social policy for young people, education, and the national curriculum. We look at it from an international perspective to reflect the diversity of our student intake.

You'll explore how people develop and learn. You'll learn about how the education system has evolved and continues to evolve. You'll learn to critique the purpose of educational interventions and to think about arguments related to educational issues.

We'll give you an understanding of how political ideologies influence education policy. You'll look at faith schools, special needs education, and multiculturalism along with the sociology, psychology, and philosophy of education. You'll learn how to check research, enriching your studies and giving you the knowledge and confidence to do your own research.

    Guided independent study

    Our distance learning programmes cover the same content as our on-campus equivalents. In order to meet your potential in this programme, you'll be expected to take responsibility for the way you learn. You will need to motivate yourself throughout the course and undertake independent learning and research, including individual reading, preparation of assignments, and completion of assessed course work.

    Distance learning on this course is supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), Moodle. You'll be given a full introduction to the use, nuances, and scope of the VLE. This will help you to feel comfortable and confident in your online classroom. Your module leader/tutor will contact you at the beginning of each module to provide basic information and check for questions.
    Each module has a site in Moodle structured around a sequence of weekly topics. These topics contain a lecture - typically, a series of slides and accompanied audio recordings or interactive online material. This is supported by guidance on key learning outcomes, self-assessment questions, and links to core and additional readings. Modules run concurrently so you would need to balance your time across a number of modules at the same time rather than just one.

    Academic support

    You'll be taught by staff with relevant experience and practice to ensure you learn from real-life experience and research. We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on-campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on-campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can log in when you want, playback, and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

    Dedicated personal tutor

    If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths, or statistics, academic tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions, and one-to-one appointments to help you achieve your potential. 

    You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. 

    Our Student Support hubs feature centralised helpdesks. UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).


    Your overall workload consists of entirely online sessions, individual learning and practical activities.

    Your timetable

    Your individual timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. All distance learners' timetables are asynchronous and your learning materials will be released at the beginning of every week.

    Class sizes

    Approximate class sizes: 40 in online academic drop-ins.

How you'll be assessed

We assess all modules through different forms of coursework. Assessment methods include group work, exams and individual work including essays. In addition to writing traditional essays, you'll be required to write reports, policy reviews and give presentations. This is to ensure you gain skills that are relevant to and can be transferred to the workplace. 

In your final year, you'll write a research dissertation. 

All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides. 

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

Coursework will include presentations, video reports, research-based assignments, and learning logs.

Campus and facilities

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Education and Communities

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.


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Statistics for BA (Hons) Education Studies Online Degree with distance learning, Full Time

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What our students and staff say

Lisa Taylor
As a former University of East London New Beginnings and undergraduate student, I feel privileged to be able to work with our current and future students in the university that supported my academic journey."

Lisa Taylor

Senior lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Education Studies

 Professional Accounting course hero
I've been able to gain a new perspective looking through a child's eyes and I've learned more about children’s rights. I've especially loved exploring the enchantment of child literature. The intimate lectures of about 30 people are great. You can have some interesting debates and almost everyone has a chance to speak."

Vikki Silvers

Education Studies, BA (Hons)