Education Studies BA (Hons) Modules

First year

  • Historical and Contemporary Issues - provides an historical context to many of the major aspects of modern education
  • Perspectives on Education
  • Evidence-based Teaching and Learning -
  • Thinking and Learning in Higher Education - 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

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 - examines ‘learning’, how we view the essential nature and meaning of the term, and what social and psychological processes shape learning and development
  • Teaching Diversity: Inclusive Education - 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

Plus, select one or two modules from:

  • 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 - allows you to gain practical experience in key programming environments and languages that are widely used in UK primary schools, such as MIT’s ‘Scratch’. Practical work is situated through coverage of key theory, research and professional literature on the application and value of children’s computer programming. 
  • 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

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
  • Special Educational Needs in Primary and Secondary Schools - explores how primary and secondary schools support children who have special educational needs (SEN)

You can choose 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.
  • Adult Learners and Life-long Learning - explores the relationship between contexts, theories and methods of adult education as a lifelong activity. Focusing on real-life educational sectors, such as prison, community and museum education, the module seeks to promote theoretical and practical criticality, while highlighting alternative educational settings beyond primary and secondary schools
  • 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


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