BA (Hons) Education Studies


Scotland’s newest education studies degree is an innovative, broad-based social sciences course with an emphasis on wider aspects of education.

This course was introduced for 2019 and offers an approach to education studies that is founded in evidence-based research in the social sciences. It offers the chance to develop a thorough understanding of contemporary issues in education, psychology and sociology, and to develop in-demand skills in research and interprofessional working.

NB Following validation the content of this course has slightly changed from what is printed in our 2020 entry prospectus and it has been updated on this page. 

Why QMU?

  • This newly launched course offers a forward-looking, evidence-based approach to education studies.
  • This is an intellectually inspiring course that will develop your critical-thinking abilities, hone your research skills and help you take your first step on the career path of your choice.


About the course

This broad-ranging degree will engage you in the wider socio-political issues that affect education on every level and how this in turn influences educational outcomes for children.
You’ll study contemporary issues in education, psychology and sociology to develop a sound knowledge base of human developmental pathways and the range of factors that affect them. You’ll gain an understanding of how pedagogic theory and knowledge informs educational practice.

Through practical experience in educational and community settings you will learn how to build positive relationships with learners and work alongside other professionals. You’ll learn how to assess individual needs and plan inclusive learning experiences taking account of diversity and difference.
Over the four years you will develop your academic literacies including digital and data literacy. You will develop research skills to enable you to develop as an autonomous, critically thinking reflective professional.

This is a fresh, modern and ambitious approach to education studies. We hope you feel as passionate about this new direction as we do and look forward to receiving your application.

At QMU we are committed to widening access to education and we welcome applications from all backgrounds and genders.


You will study for four years to develop in-demand and transferable skills in Education. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined.


Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based learning, student-led activity, independent study, online group tutorials, school experience, and community placements. Assessment methods are varied, including essays, reports, presentations, blogs and audiovisual submissions. For more details see the course entry on our website.

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Year One

  • Academic Literacies
  • Education Studies
  • Society and Lifestyles
  • Learning through the Lifespan
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Year Two

  • Creativity & Culture in 21st Century
  • Early Childhood Learning
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Education Race & Ethnicity
  • Society and Sustainable Lifestyles
  • Engaged Sociology

Year Three

  • Inclusive Practice
  • Social Psychology & Social Justice or Developmental Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Global Health & International Education
  • Poverty & Social Exclusion

Year Four

  • Dissertation
  • Peer Relations in Childhood & Adolescence
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Community-based Education
  • European Social Policy & Politics

This modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Dec 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check the website for any updates


These are essential to your Education Studies development and you will benefit from hands-on, real-world experience in each of your four years of study. Community-based placements will be offered but students are advised to also secure their own. QMU will support this process.

Exchange opportunities


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard BBCC, Minimum BCCC

A Level: CCD

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.

Required subjects: English required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/GSCE

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications or experience – see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • We expect to have a very small number of places available for second year entry into this programme. Requirements are HNC in Childhood Practice (120 credits) with B in the graded unit - see  www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required.


Associate student places




Please note that this degree course does not lead to a teaching qualification and graduates are not eligible for General Teaching Council, Scotland (GTCS) registration.
This degree will equip you with a variety of skills to prepare you to enter a range of education related professional careers, eg museum, community or arts education, international educational aid project, learning support assistants, PGDE in primary education, further educational study or research. 

Professional registration/accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

Awarding body

QMU. Please see the ‘External review’ section.

More information and contacts

For admissions or eligibility enquiries, please contact admissions@qmu.ac.uk and for any course enquiries please contact ITE@qmu.ac.uk

Alternatively, contact Geetha Marcus gmarcus@qmu.ac.uk, Programme leader.    

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants: EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/brexiteu-student-funding-update/

Teaching staff may be subject to change.




Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2020
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

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