Plymouth Institute of Education

BA (Hons) Education Studies with Foundation

Educators can have a lasting impact on lives. Whether you want to become a teacher, work in social or care industries, business, the environment or community development, education studies offers a flexible career path. If you're wondering if university is for you or if you have enough entry points we want to hear from you, whatever the circumstances. With opportunities to work with children, young people and adults in a variety of contexts, this course allows you to create your own career path.

We offer high-quality teaching, a stimulating learning environment where you'll feel supported and ready for degree study. In your first year, you'll develop your knowledge of the ways children and adults come to know what they know. You’ll acquire skills and the confidence to know how to use it. Upon successful completion of your first year, you’ll join the undergraduate BA (Hons) Education Studies programme where you develop your understanding of the ways children and adults learn together.

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Key features

This course is an integrated part of the Education Studies degree at the University of Plymouth. Successful completion of your foundation year (Year 0) provides progression onto Year 1 of the Education Studies degree. This four-year course is designed to give you the grounding necessary to progress through your undergraduate programme in BA (Hons) Education Studies giving you a broader view of education by studying the subject in practical, historical and international contexts.

Your foundation year will:

  • enable you to enter University from non-traditional entry routes, whether you are returning to education after a break or if you come with qualifications other than A levels.
  • introduce you to supportive and accessible academic staff in a welcoming community with personal tutor support.
  • prepare you for level 4 study in a research-rich environment, establishing relationships with the University, support services, teaching staff and other education students.
  • provide research-informed teaching opportunities which build on your prior learning, encouraging you to draw on your work/professional/personal experiences
  • provide you learning experiences which offer small group work, problem-solving and interactive approaches through a wide range of diverse and innovative teaching methods.
  • support you in developing essential study skills through a variety of coursework-based inclusive assessments – from essays and presentations to creative projects, personal development plans and written projects.

This course is an integrated part of the Education Studies degree at the University of Plymouth. Successful completion of your foundation year (Year 0) will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but provides progression onto Year 1 of the Education Studies degree.

When you join the BA (Hons) Education Studies with Foundation, you will:

  • Engage with our three cores: social justice, inclusion and sustainability
  • Critically consider eco-education: from global education to outdoor and experiential learning
  • Tackle central education issues, such as diversity, special educational needs, disability, mental health and wellbeing
  • Learn from experienced lecturers and tutors who are actively engaged in national and international research projects in education.

Course details

  • Foundation Year
  • Foundation year

    In your foundation year (Year 0), you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills you’ll need to progress through your studies and become a confident, independent learner. You’ll take four 30 credit modules which will introduce you to a range of education-related topics whilst preparing you for degree-level study at the University of Plymouth.

    Core modules
    • ED001 Questioning Education

      The module introduces students to the key debates within education in its widest sense. It takes a sociological perspective, exploring how education has been shaped throughout history, policy and society. Exploring both popular, political and personal perspectives of education and the education system.

    • ED002 Studying Learning and Learning to Study

      The module introduces students to the theories and approaches of learning. Key ideas of how learning is facilitated will be explored and considered in light of students own learning and transition to university study. Academic skills will be introduced and embedded in the learning activities engaging in application and development of these.

    • ED003 Children and Stories

    • ED004 Independent Enquiry

      This module centres on a desk-based enquiry into an aspect of education and learning. Students will be supported to undertake a detailed exploration of their chosen topic using a range of secondary data.

  • Year 1
  • Year 1

    In the first year of your extended degree, you’ll be introduced to the three key strands of the course: disability and inclusion, eco-education, and early childhood. The concepts of values and equality will sit at the heart of your learning, helping you develop an understanding of the moral and social issues in education today. Fieldwork at this stage gives you the chance to recognise your strengths and develop specific areas of expertise early on.

  • Year 2
  • Year 2

    Your second year of the extended degree picks up the three major strands studied in the previous year, but with additional modules in alternatives in education, disability and Special Educational as well as preparation for graduate work and/or PGCE in a school or other education context. You’ll have the freedom to focus on a variety of vocational or postgraduate pathways, while work-based and independent learning allows you to use paid or unpaid work (even a holiday job) to further your reflection skills and enhance your graduate profile.

  • Year 3
  • Year 3

    In your final year, your main focus will be on educational research. Some options are also available to study in year three. Entry at this level is available to students with a foundation degree or HND-related subject.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Hons Education Studies with Foundation programme specification 2019 20 6663

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

32 - 48

Don’t have 32–48 UCAS tariff points? We will consider ‘non-standard’ applications on a case-by-case basis.

A levels: For Level 3 entry the Tariff points entry level will normally be 32–48 points from A level or equivalent. Non-standard applicants will normally be interviewed.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended

All Access courses: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (preference to education/ social science/health and social care, but all considered) with at least 33 credits at Merit/Dist.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Refer to the Admissions Tutor.

Scottish Qualifications Authority: 32–48 points at Advanced Highers – refer to Admissions Tutor.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Irish Highers, H5 in five subjects equivalent to 32–48 points.

International Baccalaureate: 24 overall

GCSEs: Applicants are recommended to have GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at Grade C/Level C or above. If applicants do not have the equivalent, completing this during this degree will be promoted.

Proficiency in English: Students for whom English is an additional language will need to demonstrate ability in spoken and written English equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 and/or successfully complete the university’s special test before entering the Foundation Year.

We are looking for applicants with good potential including with non-standard qualifications and background, so will consider every application on a case by case basis. Alternatively, if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on 01752 585858 or email, where a member of the team can offer you further advice.

Non-academic requirements

  • All candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form.
  • We also ask all applicants to complete a self-disclosure form so that the University can consider suitability for programmes that involve contact with children and vulnerable adults. This form offers the opportunity to declare any criminal convictions prior to completing a DBS application.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU N/A £9,250
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

DBS assessments and other requirements

It is important to note all offers of a place to study with us are made subject to receipt of satisfactory screenings prior to starting your course.

If you do not pass these checks satisfactorily you will not be able to start a course with us.

Learn more about DBS assessments and other requirements

Charlotte Dunn, Key Stage 1 teacher

"After doing a placement through the University I decided that teaching was the route I wanted to take. Plymouth gave me a change to get a well rounded view of education, I got to study outdoor education, children's literature, disability in education, and this has helped me to become a better teacher."

BA (Hons) Education Studies graduate Charlotte talks about her studies and subsequent career.

Alice Potter, Commissioning Support Assistant for Devon County Council

 "My studies at Plymouth were incredibly rewarding. I really appreciated the support and encouragement I was given by my tutors."

Alice Potter interned at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is now working as a SEN Statementing Coordinator for Devon County Council.

BA (Hons) Education Studies graduate Alice's talks about her graduate career