The University of Southampton
Southampton Education School

X300 BSc (Hons) Education (3 years)

This programme is designed for those with a broad interest in education who may wish to go into a range of education-related employment or onto further study in education itself.

Introducing your course

The BSc Education is a highly rated flexible degree. The BSc Education develops your knowledge and understanding about how practice and policy are informed by theory and research. In addition to opening up the chance to study a masters level PGCE teacher training programme it has the flexibility for further study and research at Masters level. The BSc Education provides career opportunities in a range of public or private sector educational teaching and training contexts.
The BSc Education investigates education in the UK and internationally and covers the full spectrum from Primary to Further Education and Post-compulsory education and training. There are placement opportunities to gain experience in real world settings.


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Programme Structure

  • The course covers the full spectrum from primary to post-compulsory education and lifelong learning.
  • You gain the essential background to policies, systems and methods, both in the UK and internationally.
  • Free option choices each year allow you to either specialise further in education or to select modules from other subject areas available in the wider university curriculum.
  • You can explore alternative forms of education, and issues around social justice and inclusive education.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

In the 2017 National Student Survey, of our BSc Education students:

  • 100% agreed that staff are good at explaining things
  • 100% agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
  • 96% were satisfied with the organisation and management of their course


Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEGrade C minimum in Maths and English.
A Levels:
GCE A-levelABB from 3 A-levels or BBB from 3 A-levels + Grade A in the Extended Project Qualification. There are no compulsory subjects at A-level. General Studies and Critical Thinking at A-level are excluded.
International Baccalaureate32 points, 16 at higher level
International students

The programme will welcome both UK/EU and international students, and those with different educational, social and cultural backgrounds. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

For those whose first language is not English, the programme will follow the University policy to provide evidence of competence in English. We normally ask for an score of IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each component. You can find out more about pre-sessional language support here.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the IFY course page.

Other qualifications, including those from other countries

These are considered individually on an individual basis.

Contextual Admissions

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is BBB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

For further enquiries please contact the Admissions Administrator on +44 (0) 23 8059 2512 or via email

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

As part of the normal quality and improvement cycle this degree programme will be validated* again in the Spring of 2017. Module names may change as part of validation process*. In each year of study, you can expect to take seven single and one double module across the two semesters and together worth 120 CATS credits (60 ECTS credits). The double module in the final year focusses on developing and researching your dissertation and it runs across both semesters.

In each year you have a mix of compulsory modules, education option modules and free choice option modules. Compulsory modules in the first year give you a strong foundational knowledge of key education topics and you can then choose an option each semester either based within an educational work based setting or a free option from the broad range of choices available across the whole University. In the second year there are 2 compulsory modules in research methods where you will be preparing for your final year compulsory dissertation. All of your other modules in years 2 and 3 are options, either within education or free choice from across the University.


*Courses subject to validation
Validation is a process by which the University approves programmes of study. Any taught degree leading to a University of Southampton award is required to go through programme validation. For full validation process, visit


Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Learn a language

Year 1

You must pass Year 1 in order to proceed to Year 2. Your Year 1 marks do not however count towards your final degree.

EDUC1060Credit: 30
EDUC1039Credit: 15
EDUC1042Credit: 15

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability. Choose 1 from:

PSYC2018Credit: 15
UOSM2016Credit: 15

Year 2


These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability. Select 6 modules. At least 4 modules must be from Education

Free choice module

EDUC2028Credit: 15
EDUC2035Credit: 15
EDUC2030Credit: 15
PHIL1005Credit: 15

Year 3

In your final year, you undertake an extended research project, resulting in a dissertation, on an education-related topic of your choice. Drawing on the skills and knowledge acquired in Years 1 and 2, this research work runs across the two semesters and is equivalent to two standard modules.

To take certain Year 3 option modules, you may need to have taken a Year 1 or Year 2 pre-requisite module.   All your marks from Year 3 count towards your final degree.


EDUC3027Credit: 30

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability. Select 6 modules. At least 4 modules must be from Education

EDUC3022Credit: 15
EDUC3029Credit: 15
UOSM2010Credit: 15
SOCI2003Credit: 15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BSc (Hons) Education2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
PlacementsTravel costs: Some optional modules may require attendance at schools or other educational institutions. You will be required to pay for any travel costs incurred in attending these institutions.
PlacementsDisclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: You will be expected to pay for the costs of Disclosure and Barring Certificates.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the career skills which are taught throughout the modules.

This programme can help you towards a primary PGCE course but importantly gives you the chance to spend time in schools beforehand. It can equally lead to industrial, commercial or public sector jobs, like any other social sciences or humanities degree, or help you progress towards further study.

Learning & Assessment

Teaching and Learning methods

A range of teaching methods is used to develop your knowledge and understanding of the many disciplines within education and psychology, including lectures, seminars, workshops, one-to-one supervision where appropriate, for example in the dissertation module, small group work, group projects, and independent research. Different types of teaching sessions are matched to the material being taught, and will provide a variety of learning activities and experiences to encourage deep learning and to recognise and respond to the different learning styles of students.

A range of methods are used to develop your intellectual skills, including problem solving exercises, student-led seminar discussions, group projects, oral presentations and dissertation discussions with your supervisor. Evidence of your intellectual skills generally culminates in the generation of a report on an independently conducted and original piece of research in your final year.

Modules across the programme include activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops where you will be able to develop your transferable skills. Lectures, for example, will help you to understand the key issues within a topic but importantly, alongside this, seminars will give you the opportunity to discuss, debate and challenge those issues and ideas with your peers and tutors.

Your work is assessed through a variety of methods in each year, including for example: essays, reports individual and group presentations, academic posters and mini-projects. The majority of these are set as coursework. There are relatively few formal examinations.

Award options

All successful applicants are offered a place on the expectation of completing a 3 year BSc degree. If you choose to leave the programme early, you can still be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education or a Diploma in Higher Education, dependent on satisfactory completion of the first or second year modules respectively.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study15%16%11%
Independent study84%82%89%
Placement study1%2%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment0%0%6%
Practical exam assessment6%19%6%
Coursework assessment94%81%88%

Study Locations

EEE Building

Highfield Campus, Southampton Education School (B32, B34)

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