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BA (Hons) - Education Studies

Passionate about education? Want to inspire across all ages, races and opportunities? You can apply your drive to inspire positive change through education on our Education Studies programme.

This innovative course is built around current research and pressing social issues, allowing students to inquire into areas of the subject that truly fascinate them, in fact, the programme has achieved a 100% Student Satisfaction Rate according to the National Student Survey (NSS).

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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. Experience a practical placement that provides you with hands-on experience. Be supported by industry-experienced tutors who provide you with a solid academic grounding to complement your practical experience. You’ll study subjects associated with education, teaching and learning, gaining a national and international perspective of education.

Discover the world of social justice, policy and current affairs in the context of education.

On this course you will...

  • Complete work-based placements, enhancing your academic knowledge and boosting your employability.
  • Develop a critical understanding of educational environments and approaches in relation to social justice, social policy and educational diversity.
  • Benefit from an intimate learning environment, including a personal tutor and small class groups.
  • Complete research enquiries on educational issues and in educational settings, developing analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Learn flexibly, studying the areas of education that are of interest to 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 qualifications with a one-year PGCE course to gain Qualified Teacher Status, subject to application.

Year one
  • Professional Studies and Work-based Contexts
    Develop a professional understanding of the 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
    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.
  • An Introduction to the History and Sociology of Education
    Develop a 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
  • Professional Studies and Work-based Contexts 2
    Further 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.
Year three
  • Professional Studies and Work-based Contexts 3
    Further develop your professional understanding of the relevant education working environments including schools and non-school settings.
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
    Develop an understanding of the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Educational Leadership and Management
    Develop an understanding of the perspectives of education leadership and management, making links between education management theory and practice.
  • Current Issues and International Perspectives
    Develop an awareness of the issues arising nationally and internationally within all sectors of Education.
  • Education and the Media
    Discuss 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
    Undertake and communicate findings of a reliable and valid small scale research project into an appropriate aspect of education.

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