On the undergraduate BA (Hons) Education degree at Newcastle you will learn about education as a human, cultural, economic, and social development that is fundamental to a changing, globalised world.

The BA (Hons) Education programme combines ideas and research from education, psychology, sociology, philosophy and history. It has been designed for both UK/EU and international students who have academic interests in education or aspirations to work with children and young people in a variety of fields.

Each of the three years of study is worth 120 credits. Our extensive range of compulsory and optional modules on the BA (Hons) Education degree will allow you to build a programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. The modules explore how people, and especially children, develop and learn in their social and cultural contexts. 

You will be taught in a School which is doing pioneering world-class research in diverse specialisms from character education and racial equality to innovative technology for children on the autistic spectrum. The modules are constantly updated to include new research, which meets the needs of the sector and recognises the UK’s evolving education policy and practices.

There is a compulsory two-week vocational placement during the second year. During your second year of study you will also have the option to study overseas at one of our partner institutions for the first semester.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA (Hons) Education

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Year One


  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology – Part 1
  • Equality and Diversity: Children, Families and Society 
  • Schooling: a social and cultural history
  • Contemporary Issues in Education: learning communities in higher education
  • Contemporary Issues in Education: engaging with research
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Young People and Social Change
  • Introduction to developmental psychology – Part 2

Year Two


  • Education Policy and Social Justice 
  • Researching Childhood and Education 
  • Placement 

Choose 60 credits from a list of optional modules including:

  • Cognitve Psychology
  • Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Changing Behaviours: A History
  • Ethics in Education
  • Making culture: new ways of reading things

Year Three


  • Dissertation 

Choose 80 credits from a list of optional modules including:


  • Cultural Psychology and Child Development
  • Children as Citizens
  • Identity Politics and Everyday Life
  • Primary and Early years education theory and practice
  • Professional Development
  • Reclaiming Education: past, present and future

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Our award-winning Careers Network team can help you develop your career from the moment you arrive with us, through bespoke training and events. Careers Network support is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialist College team who can give you expert advice.

A University of Newcastle Education degree is highly sought after by employers as evidence of the ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Transferable skills from the BA Education degree programme include:

  • written communication developed through writing essays; 
  • oral communication skills gained through reasoned debates during seminars and presentations;
  • ability to work as part of a team, through collaborative group work;
  • research and analytical skills with the ability to judge and evaluate information;
  • organisational and time management skills by prioritising tasks to ensure academic, social and work commitments are completed on time; 
  • negotiation, informally with peers and formally with staff;
  • problem solving; 
  • IT skills.

Our graduates from the School of Education use these skills and their practical experience to pursue successful careers in roles directly related to our BA Education degree programme such as:

  • Primary School Teaching – 40% of our graduate progress to careers in teaching, with many studying our Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education or Early Years (QTS)
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Child Pyschotherapist
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Learning Mentor

Others use their transferable skills developed during their Education degree to go onto successful careers that are indirectly related to the programme such as:

  • Community Development Worker
  • Museum Education Officer
  • Youth Worker
  • Careers Adviser/Personal Adviser

Many of our graduates go onto successful careers that are open to any graduate with an excellent Honours degree from a top University, such as banking, accountancy, public services etc.