Education and History 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Our degree programme in Education and History appeals to students who have a passion for studying' how people learn about the way humans have tried to organise their lives – physically and conceptually, individually and together.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: VX13

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Course Overview

You will consider education’s relationship to society and culture, looking at its historical development, its impact on people’s life chances and identities, the organisation of education, and how learners learn. At Keele, we place education in a contemporary and even future-focused context, exploring the ways in which the world of education is changing. At the same time, History courses will also encourage you to reflect on the way in which the past conditions the present and shapes the future.


You will learn the skills of the historian as you deepen you understanding of eras, continents and cultures from political, social and religious perspectives. There are opportunities to bring together the two subjects in this combined degree programme. For example, students might

take a teaching placement or develop a final year project on history and education. Expert tutors will give you an excellent grounding in the subject and help you to develop approaches to education and to the historical topics that interest you.

What will this mean for my future?

This course will open up a range of opportunities in education, the social services, in health, or in local or central government, journalism, management, and the civil service, for example. A significant percentage of graduates go on to take higher degrees, with many choosing to stay at Keele for further professional study to qualify as a teacher, lecturer or social worker.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding Learning
  • Back to the Future: issues in the history of schooling
  • Education in Britain
  • Medieval Europe
  • Digital Technologies
  • Too Poor to Learn: poverty, education and social policy
  • Princes and Peoples: European History 1490-1700

Second year

  • Play, Power and Pedagogy
  • State and Empire in Britain 1530-1720
  • History of the United States in the Twentieth Century
  • Education Matters: Contemporary issues and debates in education
  • Victorian Society
  • Special Education

Third year

  • Education, Work, Identity
  • Race, Politics and Education
  • Urban Lives in Modern Europe 1890-1914
  • Educating for Global Citizenship
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj
  • The New World in Chains
  • Dissertation