You will take 5 core modules plus one optional module. Optional modules will be offered subject to cohort size and you may choose to take a module which relates to your overall degree choice.
Optional module choices are made in the second semester and become the last module taken.
However, you are not locked into the choice of overall course but may choose to change pathways at the end of the Foundation Year (Year 0). Alternatively, you may choose to take a Certificate of Completion and apply to another degree course, subject to entry criteria.
- Introduction to Education
- Applied Literacy, Numeracy and Science Skills for Education
- Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education
- Personal and Career Development
- Introduction to Human development through the Lifespan
What is education?
This module acts as an introduction to the course, offering a series of seminars that set out some of the key principles and thinkers in education. These modules will be followed up by tutorials to specifically support your transition into university life. Each individual on the course will be allocated a personal academic tutor to help you settle in and get the most out of the course.
Likely optional modules
Year 1 provides some general modules which give you the opportunity to explore some of the big ideas and issues in education while offering a gentle introduction to the four key disciplines of sociology, psychology, philosophy and history.
How do we learn?
You will be introduced to the major discourses around learning. This module explores learning across the lifespan from the cradle to the grave. It’s not only about formal opportunities for learning - it’s also about the informal learning that takes place in a range of contexts. Where have you learnt today?
What does it mean to be good?
This is an opportunity to explore the ethics, morals and values that underpin education systems. What values did your parents encourage in you? Are they the same set of values that your school encouraged? Are they the same values you want to share with your children? Should we have moral education in schools? There are some very big questions here, but our students love to debate them.
The Arts in Education
The creative arts have a role in education throughout the lifespan, from the mother singing to her child to the intergenerational learning of a grandfather teaching his grandson the piano. Yet some argue opportunities for music and art are being sidelined in schools and formal settings. This module gives you the opportunity to engage in this debate and share in some of the best practice around Arts education across the lifespan.
The Power of Words
This module is intended to help you read, read critically and read effectively. It will then help you communicate the ideas in the readings powerfully in both spoken and written form. The module gives you a chance to consider how education is represented in literature and popular fiction. The module then moves on to consider the transformative power of literacy, exploring critical literacy and the work of Paulo Freire.
Gender, race and class
Do we all have an equal experience of education? Is the current school system succeeding in providing educational opportunities for all? These are some of the big questions in education and broader society today. This module gives you the opportunity to explore the most recent research behind these big issues.
What is the point of school?
This module offers the opportunity to explore and analyse contemporary thinking in education. Questions such as ‘what should be on the curriculum?’ ‘how should children be assessed?’ and ‘what are the alternatives to schooling?’ are explored in such a way as to prepare students who are applying for teacher training courses.
Likely optional modules
Year 2 provides the opportunity to opt for TWO modules in two of the four key disciplines, ensuring you can tailor the Education Studies programme to your own particular interests
Investigations in the key disciplines
You will have the opportunity to explore two of the four key disciplines in more depth, choosing two modules from a focus on history, sociology, psychology and philosophy. You will be introduced to some of the key debates in this area through research and policy papers.
Time for divorce? Politics and Education
This module looks at the crucial interplay between education and policy. Education, especially in schools, colleges and universities, is increasingly governed by policy and policy makers. Understanding this policy and how it is created is fundamentally important to those seeking to gain a full knowledge of education systems in both the UK and in other parts of the world.
Alternative Learning Experience
This module offers you the opportunity to observe and experience education in a setting outside the university. It might involve work experience in a special needs school, volunteering at a museum or taking part in a Forest School. You will be encouraged to observe carefully and critically reflect on your experience using the learning from a range of other modules on the course.
By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate awareness and understanding of the well-established concepts, principles and knowledge associated with sustainability and sustainable development and the ways in which they have developed. A wide variety of practical activities are used to support your development on this module.
In year three you have the opportunity for further specialism within an area of your choice. You may opt to write an independent study on an area of your choosing. A further module gives the opportunity to explore one of the four key disciplines in greater depth
This module gives you the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You may wish to link this to the research literature you critique in the following module.
Researching a key discipline
This module provides the opportunity for a more in-depth investigation of one of the four key disciplines underpinning Education Studies- philosophy, sociology, psychology and history.
Fads and Fashions
This module forms part of a pathway across the course that aims to prepare you for teaching, if that is a career that interests you. The module aims to develop your understanding of how the educational landscape shifts and changes as a result of ‘fads and fashions’ in research and practice.
Human Rights Education
Human Rights Education is found in different forms, school ethos projects, citizenship and religious education, in community development projects as well professional training. The module aims to critically explore these themes and developments through theoretical, educational, and philosophical texts, as well as international case studies.
Film and Education
This module seeks to encourage an examination of the ways in which education is represented in cinema. The use of key concepts from film theory will enable you to explore the narrative, genre and character constructions of a range of films with education as the central theme. You will analyse popular representations of education, and will gain an understanding of the ways in which the history, philosophy, sociology and policies are represented within film.
Extremist Education: Religion, education and fear
Fear that education might be a breeding ground for dangerous ideas is an ancient worry - Plato was convicted of moral corruption of the young through his teaching. In the present time the idea of extremism is fuelling concerns about the place of religion in education, particularly in countries where religion is a major sponsor of state schools. Stories of extremist individuals taking over schools have made headlines and changed government policy on inspection. Secular organisations point to religious schools as sources of homophobia, inequality and irrationality. Governments are seeking to assert shared national values and use schools as tools to bring extremism to light. Extremist Education will examine these and related issues.