Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

BA Community Education

UCAS code: X320

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Education, The Moray House School of

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Introducing BA Community Education

This area of work is often referred to as Community Learning and Development. Graduates from the BA Community Education programme can be found working in settings as diverse as Adult Education, Community Arts, Environmental Campaigning, Mental Health (self-help projects), and Youth Projects and Centres.

The single most striking feature of the professional field is its diversity, and the programme is constructed to allow students to develop specialist knowledge and expertise alongside generic skills and understanding. The study programme combines taught classes and experience of professional practice through practice placements supervised by professionally qualified practitioners.

Overall student satisfaction 100 per cent

In the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) 100 per cent of Community Education students said they were satisfied with the quality of our programme.

“Overall, it was a very good learning experience. It opened up my mind a lot more than would otherwise have been possible.”


This programme is approved by the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland.

Year 1

Year 1 provides a general theoretical introduction to professional perspectives and concerns, and to underlying social scientific ideas. You are expected to undertake professionally relevant practical activity through voluntary or paid part-time work in an appropriate setting.

Year 2

You will explore theoretical perspectives and their relationship to the practice of community education. You are encouraged to develop an analysis of how community educators can locate the struggles of individuals within a wider socio-economic context.

You will also undertake an eight-week block practice placement. This could be in a range of agencies or organisations including local authorities or voluntary organisations.

Year 3

You will complete a further 11-week, full-time practice placement and take courses focused on the professional, organisational and policy context of practice, and on the development and analysis of theories in use to explore problems and contradictions emerging from practice and associated theory. You will choose from courses focusing on aspects of professional purpose and practice.

Year 4

You will complete a concurrent placement equivalent to 18 hours per week for 18 weeks, and combine taught courses with independent study and research, leading to a dissertation.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2018/19)

Our facilities

Most of the teaching will take place at Moray House School of Education, located at the Holyrood Campus within the University's Central Area.

You will also have access to the University's libraries and computing facilities.


Year 2

Full time block placement, 30 hours per week for the equivalent of eight weeks.

Year 3

Full time block placement, 30 hours per week for 11 weeks. Students will undertake two full days (or equivalent) pre-placement orientation visits during Semester 1

Year 4

A concurrent placement running across semesters 1 and 2 of the academic year equivalent to 18 hours per week for 18 weeks.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, independent small-group activity and the use of e-learning and virtual learning environments.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of methods including exams, essays, portfolios and student presentations. You will be assessed by school staff and University tutors while on school placements.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2018/19)

Community Education graduates are qualified to work in a range of community learning and development settings and can choose careers in adult education, or community or youth work.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Access threshold

The access threshold for a contextual offer is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Find out more about access thresholds and contextual offers

Detailed requirements for all applicants

To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4, Mathematics at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 4.

Additional requirements

Admission to this programme includes an interview process. Further details on the process will be sent to candidates shortlisted for interview.

Other entry pathways

This programme recruits a high proportion of mature entrants and applications from these and other candidates with non-standard qualifications are particularly welcome.

Fitness to practice

There is fitness to practice guidance for people who wish to become teachers, we strongly advise you to make yourself aware of this before you apply. Please consult the Higher Educational Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) website for fitness to practice guidelines for this programme.


Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements


For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BA Community Education

Additional costs

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG Scheme) with the University of Edinburgh as the Registered Body. You must cover the cost of joining the PVG Scheme, which is currently between £18 and £59.


For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding