BA (Hons) Education Studies (top-up)


Course code X305

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Course code X305

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Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2021
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Do you have an interest in education? Are you keen to study aspects of education without committing to becoming a teacher? Do you want to help children and adults to learn in a variety of settings?

With BA (Hons) Education Studies (top-up) you can study the subjects associated with education in society. You'll gain a national and international perspective of education and consider elements such as social justice, policy, current issues in education. You'll also have the opportunity to gain some placement experience in a range of settings.

This course is ideal if youhave already completed a related foundation degree or diploma of higher education.

Wondering what the lecturers are like? Watch our on-demand taster session where lecturer Dr. Paula Daines explores how gender has an impact on the education of children, especially girls, in both the developed and developing world.

Watch the 'Effects of Gender in Education' Taster Session

Why Choose University of Cumbria?

We'll give you a solid academic grounding, so if you want to progress to further study at masters level or go into primary teaching, you can.

You have the opportunity to complete work experience, so all the theory you learn in lectures and seminars will be backed up with first-hand experience. Not only will this boost your confidence, but it'll bolster your CV.

  • Our strong partnership with educational providers helps you to secure placements and enhances your job prospects
  • Study in small class groups, so we will get to know you well
  • Support from a personal tutor from the start of your studies
  • Work-based placements will enhance your academic knowledge and boost your employability
  • Boost your professional and employability skills throughout your studies - Flexibility to follow and research your own interests 
  • Taught by tutors with education backgrounds to bring real-life experience into your learning
  • Study at our London campus, situated in the East End of London So, if you're passionate about education, this is the perfect course for you.
  • Explore the underpinning fundamentals of education including historical and social developments both past and present, and the philosophical, psychological and sociological theories on which modern education has been established.
  • Consider a range of educational systems and settings, selected from local, national and international examples, with scope for pursuing students own particular professional interests.
  • Develop a critical understanding of educational environments and approaches in relation to social justice, social policy and educational diversity.
  • Develop and deepen an understanding of the practices of teaching and learning in a range of educational settings
  • Recognise and evaluate the process of human learning and the impact learning and education have not only within schools and other formal educational institutions but also within the wider social context, as learners progress and change from childhood and adolescence to adult life.
  • Cultivate a critical perspective on contemporary education and consider the possible directions of its future development.
  • Critically reflect on personal values in relation to education and make connections to the assumptions made within educational contexts.
  • Complete research enquiries on educational issues and in educational settings, demonstrating critical thinking and skills to effectively design, complete and report on educational research, including the collection and analysis of numerical or narrative data, that reaches balanced conclusions positioned within the existing literature.
  • Develop a well-informed, enquiring, analytical and critical disposition towards educational policy and practice.
  • Make links between theory and practice; reflect critically on real-life experiences.

Graduate destinations

This programme will develop useful skills for a future working in a range of educational settings such as:

  • Education administrator
  • Learning mentor
  • Teaching assistant
  • Careers adviser
  • Family support worker
  • Museum education officer
  • Youth worker

Alternatively, if you want to become a teacher, you can top up your qualifications with a one-year PGCE course to gain qualified teacher status.

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