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Education Studies BA Honours

Explore how education defines our world. You'll go far beyond teaching with skills to work in any educational setting
Code
X300
Start
September 2023
Duration
3 years full-time
Flexible part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
John Barker

Our course goes beyond just teaching and learning to prepare you for a career in education and beyond.

Why take a course in education with us

We blend theory and practice to extend and apply your knowledge, skills and understanding of education studies throughout your time with us. You’ll be taught by experienced academics who are research leaders across areas of diversity, child development, multilingualism and education. This course draws from a range of disciplines so you’ll learn about subjects such as history, sociology, law, and philosophy, and how they relate to education.

A degree in education can open varied career avenues like education policy, management and research, charities, to name just a few.

We're in the top 250 in the world for Education (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).

Practice your hands-on skills with us

We strongly encourage you to develop your employability skills throughout the course and this is often built into the modules from the start. These skills, sometimes referred to as soft skills, include reflection, professional development and team work.

You’ll receive a Placement Planning Pack to help with structuring and planning for work experience, ensuring you get the most out of it. Additionally, you’ll undertake a practitioner-based module, set within a workplace, and build a digital portfolio that showcases the development of your knowledge and skills throughout the course. The course’s timetable is specifically arranged to give you the opportunity to arrange voluntary or paid work experience, or shorter placements. Typically, graduates go on to careers in educational settings, training programmes, and charities. It's also a route into a teaching role through a Primary or Senior PGCE.

Get the support you need

While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area.

Whatever your career goals, our course aims to support what you want to do. Our links in the industry, along with your work placement, set you up for an exciting career in education.

Course highlights

  • You’ll be taught by experienced academics who are research leaders across areas of diversity, child development, multilingualism and education.
  • This course combines a blend of theory and practice to extend and apply your knowledge, skills and understanding of education studies
  • Full support gaining industry links with our Placement Planning Pack and the opportunity to build a digital portfolio that showcases the development of your knowledge and skills throughout the course.
  • Dedicated support throughout your studies where you’ll have a Personal Tutor and committed Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have studied your subject and can support you based on their own experience.

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What will you study on the BA Education Studies?

You will examine both historical and contemporary approaches to education policy development in the UK and study an introduction to philosophy in relation to education. Alongside this, you will explore the psychological approaches to learning and the study of childhood (which includes the social construct of childhood and child development). You will be continually building on your learning and also studying the National Curriculum Key Stage 2 and beyond alongside comparative education, equality issues and research methods. You will also have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project, gain practical experience on placement and have a choice of modules to complement your learning including disaffection and counselling in education, children's rights, education and the law, and children's literature.

Modules

  • Year 1 - Compulsory

    • Historical, Social and Political Perspectives on Education (30 credits)

      This module aims to engage you in a historical understanding of education, exploring major changes that have impacted and shaped education over the last 160 years.

      It also aims to enable you to adopt a sociological approach towards the study of education, engaging you in contemporary sociological debates about social stratification and equality within education.

      As part of both aims, you will explore different political ideologies and consider their impact on education systems.

    • Learning through the Lifespan: Social Contexts and Contemporary Policies (30 credits)

      The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of socio-cultural constructions of childhood, youth and adulthood, exploring the complexity of the interaction between learning and local and global contexts and the impact of these on learning and educational outcomes.

      The module will also consider how various social contexts and factors influence development and learning across the lifespan, and enables students to apply these to reflect on their own educational histories.

      Lastly, this module will critically examine the impact of contemporary policies and the possible implications on the learning processes for a variety of learners.

    • Questions in Philosophy of Education (30 credits)

      The module aims to introduce you to fundamental ethical and philosophical questions concerning the varied purposes and goals of education and how these underlying values, concerning the primary purpose of education, the conceptions of the child and childhood, and what constitutes learning, impact on education policy.

      Through critical reflection and debate, you have the opportunity to engage with a number of different perspectives and to evaluate aims and values, means and ends, and the validity of the education issues in question.

      The study of the philosophical underpinnings of education systems organisation allows for examination of competing values systems and the philosophical conceptions of rights, particularly what is meant by social justice when there are competing rights holders.

      The module will enable you to reflect on your own and others' value systems and to use your knowledge and understanding critically to locate and justify a personal position in relation to contemporary philosophical educational debates.

    • Psychological Approaches to Learning (30 credits)

      The module aims to consider how psychological approaches to human learning and cognition have shaped our ideas of learning and development by exploring key learning theories and how these theories relate to practice in real world educational settings.

      To encourage understanding of learning processes and to explore influences and impact of social and cultural factors on development, educational experiences and achievement.

      To consider how the cognitive, social and emotional realms of individual development are all closely inter-linked and mutually dependent as well as their impact on educational experiences.

      You will be invited to reflect on your own learning histories and make connections between concepts and theories studied and their experience as learners.

  • Year 2 - Compulsory

    • Introduction to Research Methods in Early Childhood and Education Studies (30 credits)

      The driving force behind this module is the idea that knowledge of social research is of fundamental importance in virtually all professions, but especially within the fields of education and early childhood. As such, the module is based on the premise that we all need to be able to understand research methods so we can (a) become intelligent users of research and (b) so that we can conduct research as part of our own academic and professional work.

      The module incorporates guided reading activities to help students understand and critically evaluate different approaches to research, including methods which have been used by others. The assignments will give you an opportunity to develop the skills required for research, including how to plan a project, collect data, analyse data and work within ethical frameworks. Throughout the module we will focus on how you use the knowledge gained to understand and do research.

      This module also acts as a vital steppingstone for your independent dissertation project in year three. Not only will this module give you an opportunity to practice the same skills you will need for your dissertation, but the feedback from the assignments will give you advice to bear in mind when you start planning your dissertation.

    • Education for Social Justice: Equality, Diversities, and Inclusivity (30 credits)

      This module aims to develop your understanding of social justice issues in education and their critical engagement with the values, processes, and practices underpinning educational institutions.

      You will be introduced to a critical vocabulary that will inform their thinking and practice and enable you to challenge racism, injustice, and prejudice in education.

      Through a decolonised curriculum, the module develops a robust theoretical base for examining multiple perspectives and the different understandings and experiences of learners in educational settings, from young children to university students.

      The module is underpinned by critical and antiracist pedagogy and built on dialogic principles which are designed to support students to grow intellectually, emotionally, and ethically. It develops your independence, autonomy, and collaborative ways of studying.

    • Developing Professional Practice in Educational Settings (30 credits)

      This module aims to give you the ability to consider crucial aspects for those who work or undertake research in educational contexts, such as decisional processes, creating and managing work team, hierarchy, rules and procedures, leadership style, risk management, micro-management, allocation of resources. You will enabled to assess how these aspects impact on professional practices within educational organisations. You will gain a thorough understanding of educational organisations, in particular schools, and a critical understanding of the relationship between educational organisations and the families, the local and national government, the economy. The mutual influence between these social actors and educational organisation will be critically discussed.

  • Year 2 - Optional - choose one:

    • Comparative Education and Children’s Rights in a Global Context (30 credits)

      The module aims to encourage students to engage with fundamental questions concerning the aims, purposes, values and outcomes of education and its relationship to society in different countries worldwide, so encouraging the interrogation of learning and educational processes in a variety of contexts.

      Attention is given to the impact of various United Nations declarations and conventions regarding social justice in education and education for sustainable development, so promoting a rights-based and inclusive analytic lens.

      The impact of globalisation on education systems is examined through the study of past and present pan-national UN initiative development goals and pan-national testing systems in global north and global south countries.

      Study of the barriers to quality education for all facilitates the analysis of complex situations concerning human learning and development and the problematic nature of implementing aspects of educational theory, policy and practice in various countries.

      The multinational scope of the syllabus allows students from a variety of national backgrounds and experience of diverse schooling in diverse countries to exchange their experiences of education and to compare educational processes, policies practices and philosophies.

      This will increase students’ ability to reflect critically on their own experiences of education and take principled positions regarding different perspectives on various aspects of national and international education policy through a rights-based, social justice lens.

    • Curriculum Studies in Primary Education (30 credits)

      This module aims to develop a critical awareness of children’s educational experiences through examining the result of the aims, structure and content of the school curricula in Primary education in England.

      The module introduces curriculum in the historical and socio-political context between 1944 and 1988 alongside the formation of the National Curriculum, and considers who has influence over its aims, design and delivery.

      It will also examine:

      • the role of teachers in shaping pedagogies, as well as the processes of accountability and inspection
      • the usefulness of the National Curriculum content and structure for meeting the developmental, holistic needs of children at Primary school
      • the important contemporary issues including the hidden curriculum and alternative models, and
      • how playful pedagogies may play a role in enhancing 21st century primary education.
    • Families, Schools and Education (30 credits)
  • Year 3 - Compulsory

    • Independent Research Project for Education Studies (30 credits)

      The Independent Research Project will allow you to integrate knowledge and skills acquired across the degree, to design and manage a small-scale research study based on a chosen topic of relevance in contemporary Education Studies.

      Using skills of primary research acquired in module EDU2201 (or equivalent research methods module), you will carry out an individual research project, designed and managed by themselves on a relevant topic of your choice.

      You will identify relevant information on a topic, critically review previous research in the field and present this in a Literature Review.

      They will undertake a process of small-scale research design, data collection and analysis, culminating in a report in which they will demonstrate knowledge of both the research process and an academic analysis of their chosen research topic and the implications of their findings to the field.

  • Year 3 - Optional - choose three:

    • Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (30 credits)

      The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of:

      • the historical evolution of policy and practice relating to special educational needs, disability and inclusion, and
      • the legislative framework within which inclusive provision for special educational needs and disability is made.

      This module also enables you to explore and examine:

      • various theoretical perspectives and discourses within which the debate about SEND and inclusion have taken place, and
      • the implications for children, young people, parents and other relevant stakeholders on access and provision.
    • The Digital Child: Childhood in the Contemporary Media Landscape (30 credits)

      To extend your understanding of the media landscape and children’s relationship and response to it. A key focus will be on engagement with recent theories and research on contemporary issues and debates relating to stress, brain development, violence, advertising and positive interactivity will be explored.

      The module will allow you to engage in cross-cultural analysis and will cultivate an appreciation of the ways in which children’s media is socially and culturally negotiated within the context of safeguarding procedures, policy regulation and commercial initiatives.

    • Creativity and the Arts in Education (30 credits)

      This module aims to engage you with the value of the creativity and the arts in the learning and wellbeing of children and adults.

      Through the module, you will explore what creativity is and how it flourishes through the arts in formal and informal educational processes.

      Students will consider the role of creativity and the arts in various educational philosophies and approaches, and through this, will critically examine the place of creativity and the arts in current mainstream education in the UK.

    • Youth Studies: Critical Debates and Contemporary Issues (30 credits)

      A strong, critical grounding in the field of Youth Studies i.e. the academic study of the complex and shifting social, political and cultural aspects, contexts and practices of youth in the UK and around the globe is invaluable for Education Studies graduates intending to work in professions relating to Youth.

      Youth Studies has become a central field of research and scholarship as governments increasingly focus on youth well-being and policy-making.

      Therefore, this module aims to enable students to explore and analyse a range of theoretical perspectives and concepts which enable critical investigation of contemporary issues and policies relevant to youth and young people.

    • Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning in Education and Early Years (30 credits)

      This module aims to encourage students to evaluate social and emotional support for promoting learning and well-being in early years and educational contexts.

      The module explores the child’s social and emotional developmental needs, and the strategies used by early years settings and schools in attempting to meet these needs.

      It considers the many social and emotional influences on the child’s well-being and mental health, and how these affect their learning and educational experience.

      Students are asked to reflect on, and evaluate their own emotions and interpersonal skills, with a view to using this to help them to explore the social and emotional aspects of children and young people’s learning and well-being.

      A range of theories, strategies, approaches and skills used by those working with children in early years settings and education, such as teachers, counsellors, and therapists are studied.

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU / International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BA Education Studies support your career?

Education Studies can lead to careers in educational administration, management and research, within a wide range of educational settings, as well as training organisations, caring organisations, charities, parents' advisory groups or learning support organisations. Combined with a National Curriculum subject, is a route to towards PGCE (primary) or a PGCE (secondary).

Usual career routes for our graduates are within policy, leadership and management roles in education, or as teaching assistants in local schools, teachers, learning support officers and a wide range of special needs roles.

  • Kerri Furlow

    Education Studies BA graduate

    We have lots of discussions and debates, and as a result, you learn a great deal from others, and get to know everyone. I enjoyed working with the tutors. They are unique in their expertise and all passionate about what they teach.

    I would highly recommend this course because it is so varied and interesting. For example, you will learn a great deal about the various factors which can impact on a child's social, emotional and cognitive development. You will also learn a great deal about the way in which children develop and learn and explore education policy and the inequalities within Education.


We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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