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BA (Hons) - Education Studies with Placement (Accelerated Two Year Degree)

Do you have a passion to shape and change people’s lives through education?
Are you interested in a career in education but not sure if you are ready to get in to teaching?
Do you want to gain experience in a range of educational settings of your choice?

Our two-year degree is a fast-track version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning you will gain a full honours degree, but graduate a year earlier. It's a stepping stone to a variety of life-long and rewarding career options.

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Course Overview

Explore the nature, scope and purpose of education across formal and informal systems, national and global settings, from early childhood studies to Higher Education. This course provides opportunities to ask the ‘big questions’ of learning and challenges perspectives, allowing you to grow into an education expert. Written and designed by an experienced tutor team, including staff who have researched and written widely across the education field, you’ll study a range of subjects associated with education and discover the world of social justice, policy and current affairs.

The programme also offers opportunities to gain valuable placement experiences in a variety of educational settings through work-based learning. The flexibility of our placements enables you to gain experience in specialist areas that are of interest to you and start making a difference through education before you even graduate.

On this course you will...

  • Develop the knowledge, understanding and skills drawn from a range of subjects such as sociology, psychology, philosophy and policy.
  • Combine your theoretical knowledge with practice by undertaking practical placements each year; enhancing your academic knowledge and boosting your employability.
  • Be allocated two days of the week to carry out your placement which can be voluntary or paid, giving you the flexibility to work whilst you study.
  • Benefit from an intimate learning environment, including a personal tutor and small class groups.
  • Learn flexibly, studying areas of education that are of interest to you and complete research enquiries on educational issues and settings, developing analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Have the accessibility of studying an education degree in London, Carlisle, or Lancaster, campuses surrounded by rich opportunities for study, placement, and student life.
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What you will learn

This Education Studies degree 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 careers in museum, hospital and prison education. Alternatively, if you want to become a Primary School teacher, you can top up your qualifications with a one-year PGCE course to gain Qualified Teacher Status, subject to application.

You will also gain real life experience of educational settings enabling you to make links between theory and practice, become reflective practitioners, and develop a wide range of graduate and employability skills. The flexibility of our placements enable you to gain experience in areas that are of interest to you and network with relevant stakeholders in those fields.

Other practical aspects of this education course include visits to a range of educational settings and completing certified Safeguarding, Prevent and Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) training.

Year one

The first year of the programme will provide opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate the following:
• An understanding of the processes and values of safeguarding issues
• Knowledge of societal and organisational structures and purposes of educational systems
• Knowledge of current issues in education and how they link to policy and legislation
• Knowledge and critical understanding of the range of interactions and relationships that exist within the complexities of the education process
• Knowledge and critical understanding of the importance of the influence of psychology on education systems and theories
• Ability to evaluate the impact of global and ethical issues on education

  • Professional Studies and Work-based Contexts
    Develop professional understanding of relevant education working environments including schools and non-school settings.
  • 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
    Explore and discuss welfare and abuse, including support for children, young people and vulnerable adults to thrive. Policies and methods of defining and investigating abuse will be introduced, drawing particularly on the requirements placed on education professionals and multi-professional teams.
  • Educational Environments
    Develop an understanding of education environments with reference to different forms of both formal and informal education.
  • Introduction to the History and Sociology of Education
    Gain an historical and sociological understanding of education. This sets the context for future modules by considering social justice, identity, theory on structure and agency. You will develop an awareness of how education is linked to issues such as poverty.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Global Childhoods
    Develop your theoretical understanding of public policy issues surrounding global childhoods. You will explore education systems home and abroad and examine comparative educations.
  • Education, Faith and Philosophy
    Understand your own values and personal ethics in relation to philosophical thought. Philosophical thought is central to this module allowing you to review and analyse the history of education, the definition of education, how faith relates to education and the morality of education.
Year two

Year two of the programme will provide opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate the following:
• An appreciation of complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity of equality, diversity and inclusion on educational settings and practice
• An ability to critically review and evaluate leadership and management in education and the impact of the change process
• A systematic and conceptual understanding of how current issues can impact on educational settings
• Critically reflect and analyse the importance of educational research
• The ability to analytically examine assumptions about education and learning

  • Professional Studies and Work-based Contexts 2
    Build upon the level 4 module of the same title in supporting you to develop your professional understanding of education working environments.
  • Educational Policy and Context
    You will explore the context of neo-liberalism and the marketisation of education and will develop an understanding of how policy is developed and implemented.
  • Planning an Enquiry
    The aim of this module is to prepare you for a small scale study which you will undertake the following semester.
  • Professional Studies and Work-based Contexts 3
    You will further develop your professional understanding of roles and responsibilities in an educational setting of your choice.
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
    Develop an understanding of the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion. This is done through a review of cultural, societal, political and historical perspectives on education policy and processes including education across the lifespan.
  • Educational Leadership and Management
    Develop an understanding of the perspectives of education leadership and management and make links between education management theory and practice.
  • Current Issues in Education and International Perspectives
    Develop awareness of the issues arising nationally and internationally within all sectors of education.
  • Education and the Media
    Explore the nature of media and technology in the world of the learner, exploring significant issues in the way technology has impacted on children, young people and adult learners’ lives, experiences and well-being.
  • Special Study
    You will undertake and communicate findings of a reliable and valid small scale research project into an appropriate aspect of education. This includes a critical and evaluative literature review.

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