BA/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.

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 will 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 will 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 will 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.


Year One

  • Introduction to Education Studies in 21st Century
  • Developing Academic Literacies
  • Introduction to Psychology 1
  • Learning through the Lifespan
  • Sustainable Human Behaviour Learning for Sustainability
  • Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing

Year Two

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

Year Three

  • Inclusive Practice: Difference & Diversity
  • Social Psychology and Social Justice OR Developmental Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Global Health and International Education
  • Poverty & Social Exclusion

Year Four

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

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates.

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. 

Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.


Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.


Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.


Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.


Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.




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 course. 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 required

Associate student places



Please note that this degree course does not lead to a teaching qualification and graduates are not eligible for 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. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

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.    

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Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate)

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

3 or 4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding