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Dip HE - Education Studies

Are you passionate about education? Do you want to inspire people of all ages, races, and backgrounds? Apply your drive to make a positive impact through education in our DipHE Education Studies program.

This innovative course is designed around current research and pressing social issues, giving you the chance to explore the topics that truly fascinate you. Once you successfully complete the course, you may be eligible to transfer to our full BA (Hons) Education Studies program.

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Course Overview

Study education and learning from a national and global point of view, in vocational and non-vocational education and training and in lifelong learning. You'll gain hands-on experience through practical placements and be supported by industry-experienced tutors who will provide you with a solid academic foundation to complement your practical skills. Explore subjects related to education, teaching, and learning, and gain insights into the global and national landscape of education.

Dive into the world of social justice, policy, and current affairs within the context of education.

On this course you will...

  • Complete work-based placements to enhance your academic knowledge and boost your employability.
  • Develop a critical understanding of educational environments and approaches, focusing on social justice, social policy, and educational diversity.
  • Benefit from a personalised learning environment, with support from a personal tutor and small class groups.
  • Conduct research inquiries on educational issues and settings, honing your analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Enjoy flexible learning, studying and undertaking placements in educational areas that interest you.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

This programme will develop useful skills for a future working in a range of education settings, including roles such as a learning mentor, teaching assistant, family support worker or museum education officer. Alternatively, if you want to become a Primary School teacher, you can top up your qualification by transferring onto our BA (Hons) Education Studies programme.

You will be given two days off timetable to complete placements in educational settings of your choice with the flexibility to earn while you learn.

Year one

In year one, you will begin to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills drawn from a range of subjects; principally sociology, psychology, and policy. You will also complete placements in up to two different educational settings of your choice.

  • Professional Studies and Work-based Contexts
    Develop a professional understanding of relevant education working environments including schools and non-school settings via your placement.
  • Learning and Development
    Consider different influences on the development and learning of children, young people and adults, with a particular focus on social and emotional factors.
  • Introduction to Safeguarding in Education
    An introduction to issues relating to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults in the context of education services in England.
  • Educational Environments
    Understand education environments with reference to different forms of both formal and informal education.
  • Introduction to the History and Sociology of Education
    Develop an historical and sociological understanding of education.
  • Key Issues in Education Today
    Build upon concepts around the links between education across the lifespan, social justice, identity and issues in society which effect education today.
Year two

In Year Two, you will build on the knowledge, understanding, and skills from Year One, progressively deepening your learning while adding global and philosophical perspectives. You will also have the opportunity to complete placements in another two educational settings of your choice continuing with two days off timetable to complete your placements.

  • Further develop your professional understanding of education working environments.
    Build upon the level 4 module of the same title in supporting you to develop your professional understanding of education working environments.
  • Psychology of Education
    Develop an understanding of psychological theories, relevant to educational practice, and how these relate to practice and their influence in educational settings.
  • Educational Policy and Context
    An introduction to the reasons for policy in education (across all age phases) and the relationships between policy and social justice.
  • Global Childhoods
    Develop a theoretical understanding of public policy issues surrounding global childhoods.
  • Education, Faith and Philosophy
    Understand your own values and personal ethics in relation to philosophical thought.
  • Planning an Enquiry
    Prepare for a small scale study.

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An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

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