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Education Studies with French BA (Hons) Modules

First year

  • Teaching, Learning and the Politics of Primary Education - considers national perspectives on primary education and provides a critical insight into teaching and learning in contemporary primary classrooms
  • Childhood, Social Justice and Education - introduces some of the most important current debates in childhood studies. You are encouraged to contest and interrogate common sense and commonly held ideas about children and childhood
  • Historical and Contemporary Issues in Education- this module has been carefully designed to support you through your academic life by helping you to establish a good personal and academic ground on which to build your learning and development 


  • Language Module One: depending on the level of French language on enrolment (beginner or post GCSE) the modules work towards a level of language competence recognised in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The module includes language workshops which cover basic grammatical structures and vocabulary themes at the appropriate level, as well as an element of intercultural awareness and understanding of language learning.     

Second year

Optional modules offered vary depending on staff expertise, student interests and changes in the Education sector. The following modules were offered in 2015.

Core modules:

  • Researching Education - considers the current themes, debates, methods and ethical issues involved when carrying out educational research into children and young people’s lives
  • How People Learn - this module is about ‘learning’, how we view the essential nature and meaning of the term, and what social and psychological processes shape learning and development 

Plus, select one or two modules (dependent on the credit levels of each module), options include:

  • Philosophy of Education - critically examines the contributions of key philosophers to our understanding of education, ranging from classical thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle to contemporary ones including Paulo Freire and Richard Rorty
  • Global comparative education - encourages students to look beyond UK borders by examining education systems around the world, utilising comparative frameworks and considering global conceptualisations of education
  • Contemporary cultural perspectives - introduces students to a range of perspectives, theories and debates concerning contemporary cultural change and how this impacts on education and learning
  • Technological transformations in learning - enables students to examine in detail the key educational transformations that arise from the expansion of all forms of technology
  • Computer programming as a tool for learning
  • Music in the life of the primary school  - offers students basic, core practical skills in primary music education, supported by engagement with key contemporary debates regarding UK policy, practice, theory and research into children’s musical development
  • Teaching Diversity: Inclusive Education Internationally - rather than being a marginal theme on how some learners can be integrated into mainstream education, inclusive education is explored as transformation of the education system in response to the diversity of learners 
  • Applied Theatre


  • Language module two: the French modules in year two build on the language learning of year one, and also include the study of French society and culture

Third year

Core module:

  • Education Dissertation - an independent study on a topic of your choice, agreed with the subject team. It provides an opportunity for students to design and undertake a small-scale study and receive feedback from their tutor 

Plus, select two modules from:

  • Placement Project (strongly encouraged) - is an independent and individually negotiated project involving a placement in a school or other educational environment
  • Education and Equality: Class, Race and Ethnicity - examines current debates concerning social class, race and ethnicity, and social justice in education
  • Gender and Education - examines current debates concerning gender and education
  • Radical Educations - examines contemporary radical theories of education, particularly the arguments for ‘critical pedagogy’, and possible responses whilst studying contemporary examples of innovative education
  • Education and the Arts - will equip students with an understanding of arts education policy, pedagogy, curriculum design, and assessment in a time of educational, economic, technological and social change
  • Special Educational Needs in Education - explore how primary and secondary schools support children who have special educational needs (SEN)
  • Adult Learners and Lifelong Learning


  • Language Module Three: : in year three, the French modules continue to build on previous language learning such that learners are able to produce a mini-project on a topic of their choice wholly in the foreign language 

Students may take language ‘routes’ depending on the languages background/level on entry:

  • Beginner in French or Mandarin: Basic User (A1/A2)
  • Post GCSE in French: Independent User (B1/B2) (2)
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