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Education BA

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3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich

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Brunel University London campus

Entry criteria

CCC (A-level)

Placement Offered This course has a placement year option


Brunel Education is ranked 2nd in London (Guardian League Table 2019)

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

Inspire a Generation!

Education at Brunel University London is an exciting programme that will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to support the next generation of children and young people.

The course combines the study of Education with Professional Practice and is designed to offer a pathway into a range of education professions and post-graduate professional study.

If you are thinking about a career in teaching or in an education-related field – perhaps counseling, educational psychology, social services, local authority work, social work, administration and education management – a degree in education will give you a strong foundation from which to build.


  • The BA Education programme aims to provide you with a broad and balanced view of educational theory, policy and practice within a range of educational contexts.
  • The course recognises the important blend of theory and practice, therefore it offers an integral placement module at each level that is intended to compliment your theoretical and critical study.
  • Each level presents numerous opportunities to develop a range of transferable skills, such as critical reflection, systematic analysis, communication, collaboration, presentation and writing.
  • The programme is aimed at applicants from diverse backgrounds. It offers a pathway into employment in a range of educational-related fields either on graduation or via further professional study such as Schools Direct, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Post Graduate Diploma Youth and Community (PGDipYCW).


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

The BA consists of compulsory modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

The course is structured around three broad learning strands that run through each level:

  • Education, Culture and Society
  • Educational Theory and Development
  • Professional Skills and Practice

Level 1

  • Understanding Learning: A module that will introduce you to some of the main theoretical approaches that have helped us to understand the different ways in which children and young people learn.
  • Human Development: Childhood to Adolescence: A psychology based module that considers personal, social and emotional development, and the ways in which language, knowledge and thinking develop.
  • Education and Society: This is a sociological module that looks at the structure and provision of education in England and Wales and their historical development.
  • Multi-disciplinary Perspectives 1: A module that considers the range of professionals working in educational settings and introduces some of the key skills required in differing education interventions.
  • Study Skills and Methods of Enquiry: A module designed to 'skill you up' to cope with your studies at university.
  • Placement: A chance to put some of the ideas you have studied into practice.

Level 2

  • Living and Learning in Different Communities: Cultural Perspectives and Comparisons: The implications of culture, class, ethnicity and gender in education.
  • Working Creatively with Children and Adolescents – Emerging Themes: A chance to develop your skills in an emerging education practice.
  • Human Development: Childhood to Adolescence 2: This module continues the study of human development introduced at Level 1 with a focus on health and wellbeing.
  • Individual and Group Learning in Informal Environments: This module concentrates on the key informal education approaches and considers different arenas in which this type of learning might take place – for example, museums or city farms.
  • Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives 2: This module studies the differing ways in which we might develop effective communication and engagement with children, young people and families.
  • Research Methods: An important module that will introduce you to the key research skills that you will need for your dissertation in Year 3.
  • Placement: A chance to further develop your skills set and experience in another education setting.

Level 3

  • Growing Up in Twenty First Century Britain: Key debates and controversies in childhood and adolescent studies.
  • Education in Formal Contexts: In this module we look at contemporary influences on education in primary and secondary schools.
  • Education in Informal Contexts: A deeper consideration of informal learning approaches, for example through fairy tales, play or television.
  • Research Project: A chance to research a topic that interests you.
  • Placement: Final chance to build up your experience or to try something different.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Brunel University London has always placed great emphasis on developing graduates who can innovate, and who can add value to society through their industry.

Brunel students become the kind of graduates who employers want to recruit, and as a result they currently enjoy the 13th highest starting salaries in the UK. This success is down to several factors:

  • Combining academic study with work experience.
  • Creative and forward-looking subjects.
  • An award-winning careers service.
  • Working while they study.
  • The entrepreneurial spirit.
For more information, go to our Employability page.

Careers and your future

When you graduate you’ll take with you a wealth of knowledge, understanding and skills in educational theory, policy and practice, plus lifelong learning techniques to support you as you prepare for further professional or academic qualifications, or take your first steps into an education-related career.

Some students go on to QTS teacher training courses en route to becoming primary teachers. Others apply for places on Brunel’s highly regarded Postgraduate Certificate of Primary Education (PGCE) course.

An Education degree from Brunel also equips you with a range of transferable skills including critical reflection, systematic analysis, communication, collaboration, presentation and writing all of which are very attractive to employers across the board.

Brunel BA Education graduates can enjoy careers in fields such as:

  • education administration
  • after-school programme co-ordinators
  • early years education
  • informal education
  • education welfare
  • continuing professional development coordinators
  • business trainers and primary teachers.

Work placements

  • Our schools network is diverse and well-established, which means you will gain highly valued teaching experience in vibrant multicultural schools.
  • Three integrated work placements which give you the opportunity to explore all your options in education and related fields.
  • We offer one assessed professional work experience module per year. You are encouraged to take this as a weekly placement or, in a block over the holidays. When you go on placement you’ll be fully supported by your mentor and tutor.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A-level CCC (all subjects considered).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in a related subject. Other subjects may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject, with an A-Level at grade C. 
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels at grade CC is preferred however 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas can be assessed on an individual basis.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 27 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at level 3 with Merits in all units. (Access to Counselling, Education, Early Years, Criminology and Sociology, Health and Human Science, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Humanities, Social Sciences, Informal Education, Media and Cultural Studies, Psychology , Primary Teacher Education, Social Work, Teaching, Youth and Community are preferred; however other subjects may be considered on a case-by-case basis).                                           

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

The programme uses a variety of teaching and learning techniques appropriate to each strand: lecture/seminars, tutorials, student presentations, practical sessions, and for the placement modules - in-placement mentor and tutor support.


Lectures take place in our dedicated lecture centre. They aim to provide students with compulsory material and concepts and a framework for independent study. Students will be expected to complete directed reading tasks prior to, and to takes notes during, lectures in order to maximise learning opportunities.


Seminars will form an integral part of the teaching process; they will be used to promote discussion and group work. They will involve interactive learning experiences and help to develop your knowledge and understanding of subject matter, encourage an appreciation of alternative perspectives and viewpoints and develop effective communication skills.


All members of academic staff are available to discuss academic matters. Tutorials will involve one-to-one or small group interactions, focussing on individual concerns and development as well as support for projects, work-based experience and other learning and teaching issues.

Independent learning and research project activities

You will be involved in personal development of your study skills, research-related skills and critical thinking. All students will engage in directed reading, reflective exercises and preparation for work-based experience, planning and assessments.

Work-based experience

Work-based experience is designed to provide you with opportunities to apply and enhance your learning and research skills in professional settings. You will undertake a range of directed tasks and research activities at each level of study.

Assessment and feedback

Modes of assessment vary between each module, but include: critical assignments, reflective reports, portfolios, student presentations and posters (group and individual) and placement portfolios.

Most modules incorporate both a written and presentation element. At the end of your course, you are expected to undertake a piece of individual research as part of your final dissertation.

Special features

  • Brunel Education is ranked 2nd in London (Guardian League Table 2019)
  • Brunel Education graduates are top UK earners - on average, Brunel Education alumni earn £35,400 five years after graduating compared to a £24,700 average for Education graduates across the university sector, source: Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

This course offers:

  • Classes taught by an experienced, friendly and highly qualified team of academics and education practitioners.
  • Small class sizes allowing us to tailor the programme to your career aspirations whether that is teaching, youth work or any other child or youth support role.
  • Our schools network is diverse and well-established, which means you will gain highly valued teaching experience in vibrant multicultural schools.
  • Three integrated work placements which give you the opportunity to explore all your options in education and related fields.
  • A supportive and close knit community to nurture your talent.
  • A successful track record of employment and further study.

How will we guide and support you?

  • As a student at Brunel, you will be guided and supported from the admissions stage onwards.
  • On entry to the School, you will be given a personal tutor who is available to give advice about any matter within their capacity. They will also point you in the right direction should you need more specialist help, for example, medical attention, counselling, dyslexia support.
  • The tutor-tutee relationship will last for the period of your degree course. Hence, on completion of your degree there will be a member of staff ideally placed to write an academic and character reference for you.

Who will deliver the course?

Education staff members have a high reputation for scholarship and are well known nationally and internationally for their research.

They regularly attend and present papers at national and international conferences, write leading articles and textbooks in their field, are examiners for other universities and act as consultants for a range of education-related organisations.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time

International students: £15,400 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.