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Degree type


Course length

3 years full-time


Durham City

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Typical offers

Typical offers
A Level AAB
International Baccalaureate 36

Course details

From the philosophical foundations of schooling to the political implications of policy, education is a vast field that has multiple avenues to approach a seemingly straightforward subject. Our degree goes far beyond any classroom and considers education, people and their relationship to the ever-changing world.

The breadth of our modules allows for the creation of pathways through the course. This may be linked to one of the degree's four strands of educational expertise: pragmatic; sociological-philosophical; psychological; and international-intercultural education.

Core modules:

  • Historical and Philosophical Ideas of Education
  • Introduction to Intercultural and International Education
  • Contemporary Issues and evidence in Education
  • Foundations of the Psychology in Education
  • Educational Research Methods
  • Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Higher Education: Issues of Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Constructing Childhood and Youth
  • Assessing Education
  • Identity, Culture and Education
  • Learning and Development in Childhood
  • Wider Contexts of Education
  • Disability and Educational Needs: Impairment, Empowerment and Education
  • Disability and Education Needs: What’s so ‘Special’ about SEND?
  • Education in a Global Age
  • Understanding the Arts in Education
  • Evidence and Educational Policy
  • The Social Life of Education
  • Learning Sciences.


You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.


The course is mainly delivered through lectures and seminars. Lectures often present, explain and critically analyse theories and relevant issues, whereas smaller group seminars normally focus upon peer-assisted interaction for debate and discussion. There may be some opportunity for study visits and/or fieldwork within specific modules. A large amount of time is spent on independent study and reading around topics, developing students’ capacity for critical analysis, reflection and evaluation.

Assessment is mainly through essays. Some modules may include examinations, portfolios, podcasts, presentations or posters.

Entry requirements

A level offerAAB.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended DiplomaDDD.

IB Diploma score36

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. For more information or contact our Admissions Selectors.
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

Alternative qualifications

International students who do not meet direct entry requirements for this degree might have the option to complete an International Foundation Year.

English language requirements

Country specific information

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,250 per year
EU students £23,800 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £23,800 per year

The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

School of Education

Of those students who graduated in 2019:

  • 100% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 100% are in high skilled employment
  • With an average salary of £24,000.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here

Department information

School of Education

Are you interested in teaching and inspiring future generations?

At Durham, we offer Primary Education with QTS and also BA (Hons) Education Studies. Our Primary Education course has been developed so that you are taught by primary education experts, using innovative and research informed methods to develop your knowledge and skills. Outstanding teachers require excellent subject and pedagogical knowledge, and our course offers both academic and practical opportunities to develop both.

For more information see our department pages.


  • World Top 100 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2022
  • 2nd in The Complete University Guide 2023.


For a current list of staff, please see the School of Education pages

Research Excellence Framework

  • 2nd for Outstanding Research in Education (REF 2021).


Our School of Education is set in beautifully landscaped gardens above the River Wear and overlooks both the Castle and Cathedral. As well as an attractive work environment, it offers excellent study facilities, including a department library with a wide range of books and periodicals.


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