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  • Engage in a rich programme informed by a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Gain work experience on a placement in an educational setting, including schools, nurseries, museums, galleries or charities.
  • Roehampton is in the top three universities in London for graduate earnings in education (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings one and five years after graduation).
  • For the past two years Roehampton has been ranked either top or second in London for Education (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021).


Education is something that happens at all stages of our lives, not just in childhood. It allows us to develop our thoughts and ideas, progress in our careers and learn more about the world in which we live.

Whether your interest lies in working with children with special educational needs, working in a museum as an educator, youth work, professional development in a private organisation, or making a contribution to the wider field of education, an BA Education Studies will give you a strong grounding for your career.

The degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate teacher training (PGCE) and further study at master’s level.

An education studies degree at Roehampton offers you breadth of study, but also provides direction via three themed study areas with a suite of modules, which respond to a holistic framework that offers continuity and enrichment opportunities. The areas are:

Educational Contextual landscapes: which explores theories of education, over time, key concepts and the influences that shape educational thinking.
Educational Enquiry, Research, and Futures in Education:in which students test and examine theories and practice in different ways that help to inform knowledge, understanding and, potentially, influence the field. Students are required to develop their capacity for independent investigation and become a self-sufficient professional who can take responsibility for his/her own workload and professional development.
Personal Learning and Development: An understanding of how growth, development and learning happen is fundamental to this degree programme. As students progress, they will develop a deepening appreciation of the range of factors that impact on learning, and how investigations into such issues can inform ideas about pedagogy and the role of educators. 

You will undertake a professional work placement, to gain valuable experience in the workplace, and put the theory you have learnt at Roehampton into practice. You can also choose to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities, to develop your cross-cultural skills and confidence, and learn about education in another culture.

Year one

  • Build an overview of education and cover the topics that each of the three pathways will explore in more detail as you progress.
  • Study current issues and debates in early childhood and education, and investigate the notion of research, with a particular focus on social and cultural issues.
  • Examine the basic concepts of developmental social and cognitive psychology, from infancy to adolescence, and begin to understand how these concepts inform teaching and learning.
  • Learn about some of the most significant developments that have occurred in education in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Become a self-sufficient and confident student able to complete your studies efficiently and effectively.
  • Develop the emotional intelligence, interpersonal and reflection skills needed to become a successful professional within schools, higher education, education publishing and other institutions.

Years two and three

  • Build on the knowledge gained in your year one modules.
  • Choose to follow a particular pathway that will prepare you for your chosen career:
    • The Working in Education pathway will set you up well for working in schools but also learning beyond the classroom, in museums, galleries, youth projects, voluntary organisations, professional development and higher education. You will explore and examine how educationalists can improve pupils’ wellbeing and learning by understanding how social influences and, in particular, early experiences, emotions and emotional literacy, can facilitate learning.
    • On the Diversity and Inclusion in Education pathway, you will investigate key ethical dilemmas, rights and responsibilities in education, diversity and multiculturalism, youth participation and identity, and examine the learning needs and inclusion of children with special educational needs.
    • The Researching Education pathway covers issues in education such as exclusion from school, or selective education, and ethical dilemmas, rights and responsibilities. You will develop the capacity for logical reasoning, writing and methods of investigation, highly relevant in education institutions and other organisations that need to address and resolve everyday challenges.
  • If you prefer, choose to study a cross section of modules from the three pathways above, giving you a broad base of education knowledge.
  • In year three, complete a dissertation on a subject you are interested in, with support from a personal research tutor.

 Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Contemporary Issues
Researching Social and Cultural Issues
Understanding Education
Aims of Education in the 21st Century
Child Development and Educational Practice
Professional Practice in Education

Independent study module (this can only be taken with the approval of the Programme Convenor)
Independent Study 1

Year 2

Required modules
Research Methods
Professional Practice: Education Placement
Inequalities in Education
Developmental Phases and Education: from Infancy to Adolescence

Optional modules (students take two of the following)
Social and Emotional Dimensions of Teaching and Learning
Atypical Learners: Diversity and Inclusion
Ethical Dilemmas, Rights and Responsibilities in Education
Learning Beyond the Classroom

Independent study module
Independent Study 2

Year 3

Required modules
Special and Inclusive Education or Primary Education

Optional modules
Youth Participation and Identity
Pastoral Care, Behaviour and Learning in School
Multiculturalism and Education
Childhood and Media

Independent study module
Independent Study 3


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

This degree will prepare you to work in a wide range of educational settings, such as government departments, community and voluntary organisations, social services, policy and research settings. You could also work in youth organisations, libraries, museums, education publishers, and a host of other organisations where professional development and education is practised.

You will be well placed to go on to further study and complete postgraduate teacher training at University or in schools, if you want to teach children in primary education. You could go on to a MA in Education Studies, Education Leadership and Management, Special Education Needs, Disability and Inclusion, Education Policy or Education Practice.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.