Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

BA Education

Explore your study interests with the School of Education

Education sits in an ever-changing social, political and cultural context. This exciting new degree will allow you to explore the different settings where learning takes place and the processes that underpin it.

You’ll explore how education is delivered in different contexts, as well as the impact of government policy on classroom practice. You’ll learn how schools and classrooms work and how core curriculum subjects are learned and taught – and placements in Years 2 and 3 will allow you to gain first-hand practical experience of classrooms or other education settings. Diverse optional modules will allow you to focus on the topics that excite you the most – from science, mathematics or language education to behaviour management.

You’ll study among active researchers at the forefront of their fields, including our Teaching and Learning Academic Group. It’s a great opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and a wide range of skills for careers within and beyond the education sector.

From the start of Year 1 you’ll build your understanding of key approaches and perspectives in education studies. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, you’ll explore the ways in which learning is shaped by its social and cultural context, the factors that influence learning processes and issues in educational research and practice. In addition, you’ll learn to apply psychological theories to education and select from optional modules on topics such as second language acquisition.

You’ll develop your knowledge in Year 2 with core modules that enhance your understanding of educational research. You’ll also investigate the influence of politics and economics on English national education policy, and how educational practices vary around the world. Optional modules will allow you to focus on topics such as inclusive education or teaching and learning in core curriculum subjects. During this year, you’ll also undertake the first of your two placements, applying your knowledge to real-life situations.

In your final year, you’ll focus on your own research project – an opportunity to work with your supervisor to examine a topic of your choice in greater depth. Your second placement will also allow you to gain practical experience and build your understanding of practice within the education sector. To complete the year, you’ll choose from further optional modules on topics such as assessment techniques or support for children with additional needs.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Diverse Contexts of Learning 20 credits
  • Psychological approaches to Education 20 credits
  • Learning about learning: Processes, complexities and theoretical perspectives 20 credits
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Second Language Acquisition and Learning 20 credits
  • Language, Learners and Society 20 credits
  • Social and Cultural Worlds of Childhood and Youth 20 credits
  • Play and Learning 20 credits
  • Building a Career from Education Studies 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • International Perspectives of Pedagogy and Practice 20 credits
  • Approaches to Research: Theory and Practice 20 credits
  • Students into Education (1) 20 credits
  • Educational Policy and Politics 20 credits

Optional modules

  • School Mathematics from an Advanced (Undergraduate) Perspective 10 credits
  • The Practice of English Language Teaching 20 credits
  • Language Description for Education 20 credits
  • Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Supporting Children's Learning 20 credits
  • Science Education: Issues and Challenges 10 credits
  • Inclusive Education 20 credits
  • Literacies and Learning 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Final Year Project credits
  • Students into Education (2) credits

Optional modules

  • Globalisation, Identity and English Language Education 20 credits
  • Language Learning Technology and Materials 20 credits
  • Supporting Learning in Children with Additional Needs 20 credits
  • Mathematics Education 10 credits
  • Understanding and Communicating Science 10 credits
  • Ecological Approaches to Child Development 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Education BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures supported by workshops and tutorials that allow you to focus on and discuss topics in greater depth. You’ll also learn through fieldwork, and use a wide range of online learning resources and discussions to develop and express your ideas.

Independent study is also an important part of this degree, allowing you to improve your critical thinking and research skills, develop your own interests and prepare for assessments.


Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose. They are likely to include reports, poster and/or verbal presentations, media projects, fieldwork reports, group work, literature reviews and research, essays and the design of a science event.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB, not including General Studies.

In general we expect applicants to have two ‘traditional’ academic subjects at A-level. See our Accepted A-level subjects document to see which subjects we accept.

When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) this can be considered alongside A Levels and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

Applicants are also required to have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (or equivalent). Students who are accepted onto the programme are required to adhere to the University Disciplinary Regulations during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme. For further information, see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/secretariat/documents/gudr_current.pdf

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Complete 60 credits with 45 credits at Level 3 including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above.



International Baccalaureate

34 overall (6, 5, 5 higher)

Other Qualifications

CACHE Diploma A.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Education Undergraduate Admissions Team.

International foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

DBS checks
To enrol on this course, you will need to have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) by 31 August in the year you start the course. We’ll send you a form over the summer, which you should complete and return with the appropriate documents.

Find guidance on DBS checks and equivalent checks for international applicants on the DBS website.

Admissions policy

School of Education Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £17,500 (per year)

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

You will need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure from DBS before you start the course. If you’re an international student, you’ll need an equivalent level of clearance. Information on the cost of DBS checks is available on the DBS website.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

This new degree will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge as well as a variety of transferable skills in areas such as communication, research, analysis and presentations.

You’ll be well prepared to progress to a primary teacher training programme, or work in related fields such as educational psychology, publishing, child welfare or school administration and management.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

Students into Education
In Years 2 and 3, this course gives you the opportunity to spend 35 hours over two semesters working in a school or other educational setting alongside established teacher and education professionals. You’ll be supported to create and develop your own materials to use, and focus on the theoretical and pedagogical underpinnings of your experience. Regular seminars will allow you to discuss the issues that arise.

It’s a great opportunity to develop your knowledge, broaden your skill set and gain valuable experience to pursue a career in the education sector.

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