The BA Education degree programme encompasses the psychology, sociology, history, philosophy and social anthropology of education. Students will follow a flexible pathway of study which will enable them to tailor the degree according to their own personal interests.
Students benefit from a high staff/student ratio with support provided by experienced staff in a School of Education renowned for its excellence in teaching and research. Key skills learning is integrated into our undergraduate degree to ensure that you gain not just subject knowledge, but transferable skills that are valued by employers, such as teamwork, communication, presentation and problem-solving, thus enhancing your self-confidence and employability.
The School employs a range of interesting and innovative teaching approaches and a careful balance of assessment methods including research projects, presentations and some end of module examinations. We stress the role of personal advisers who will take an active interest in your development. We take the progress of individual students very seriously - as evident from the final degree results of our first cohort in which over 80% of students were awarded a degree at first class or 2:1 level.
The academic year consists of two 12-week semesters, with a Reading Week in Week 7, during which time students are expected to work independently but are not required to attend lectures or seminars. This is followed by a six-week examination period. In each semester, you will typically take three modules. The module structure usually consists of two lectures plus one two-hour seminar per week. Extensive independent study is also required. Lectures are attended by everybody taking the module; for seminars, students are divided into groups so that they can interact with the tutor and their peers and engage in group activities. In addition, there are occasional reading groups, led by more advanced students and supervised by members of staff, that students are required to attend.
The second year of the BA Education will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a placement in an educational setting, for example, in a school or a museum. In addition to this, you will be able to participate in a number of visits to a variety of education providers throughout the course. This combination of academic and applied study will enable students to complement theory with observed practice.
UK/EU £9,000; International £12,300Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
The programme introduces you to how people learn with reference to a wide range of educational institutions in and beyond the UK. The modules cover understanding teaching, learning and assessment, international education, learning and teaching in the digital world.
As you develop an understanding of the links between the theoretical approaches and real life examples, you will start to appreciate the breadth and scope of education as a subject. An important module in the first year is Becoming a Student of Education: Learning to Learn, which equips you with research methods in education and the higher level learning skills that underpin the whole course. Other modules include: How People Learn: Learning, Thinking and Cognitive Development; Educational Practices and Perspectives Around the Globe; Learning and Teaching in a Digital World; Teaching, Learning and Assessing: Understanding Education; and Where People Learn: Educational Institutions and the Way They Work.
There are compulsory and optional modules to help you construct an understanding of education in a particular context. The compulsory module: What is Teaching? The Teachers Role and Practice in Different Settings will encourage you to question, analyse and interpret real learning situations. We also introduce learning from experience on work placements in a wide range of educational settings in this year. You will take a core module in the History and Philosophy of Education which contextualises the present education system. You will choose two modules from: How Children Learn: Cognitive and Language Development; Working with Early Years: Play and Learning Settings; The Study of Language in the Context of Learning, Teaching and Educational Policy; Classrooms as Learning Environments; Spirituality, Education and the Child; and Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning.
You will take the dissertation module, which allows you to carry out your own research project from planning to disseminating findings under the supervision of a research active member of staff. The other compulsory module is Education in the Wider World: Education and the Media, which will explore the role of media in education. You will choose two modules from: Children and Special Educational Needs; The Rights of the Individual and the Needs of the Group: Meeting Learning Needs in Educational Settings; Creativity and Learning; International Perspectives on Childhood; and Children, Teachers and Mathematics. In both years two and three, you are given the opportunity to choose a module from a range selected by the School, enabling you to expand and enrich your studies.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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Candidates will be expected to have 3 A levels (see below for typical offer). Please note: We do not accept A level General Studies as one of these.
Candidates with equivalent qualifications to the A level requirement are encouraged to apply (eg International Baccalaureate; Access to Higher Education certificate). Mature candidates are welcome. International candidates are actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.
Students should also have 5 GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.
The School will consider alternative qualifications as equivalent to our stated entry requirement and sometimes interview applicants in such cases.
The course begins in September each year.
No work experience is required.
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