Whatever you’ve studied before, you will become familiar and confident in using ideas Education Studies draws upon from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, popular culture, history and philosophy. We do this by tackling themes rather than trudging through textbooks – you’ll consider why poorer children do less well in school, whether children have too few or too many rights, whether the National Curriculum is relevant or outdated, if ‘ability’ can ever be accurately measured. Year 1 culminates in a six-week professional placement where ideas meet practice and you can see whether that career you’re thinking about really is for you.
As you develop your own ideas in the academic disciplines introduced last year, you now have more scope to let these shape your assignments. Do you have a better way of funding university education than students paying fees and could you ‘sell’ this to the public? What changes would we make to ensure schooling is fair and ethical for all? Should SATs be changed or abolished?
You will learn how to design your own research project, in preparation for Year 3.
There is a second professional placement to keep ideas in contact with professional practice and to help build your CV and inform your career choice.
One third of your final year’s work and assessment is your choice - you could review an issue you’re interested in, go into professional contexts as a researcher or negotiate with professional educators to set up a project. Of course, we help throughout - you are allocated an individual supervisor.
You will select themes from your study of psychology relating to education and you examine the teaching profession through film, TV and literature. Radical ideas regarding educational practice and new ideas to support inclusion are considered.
You will graduate knowledgeable about the ideas of others and with ideas of your own. Most importantly, as an Education Studies graduate you have the confidence to be successful in a range of professional contexts.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: