Education Studies BA (Hons) Modules

First year

In your first year of Education Studies you will undertake four core modules and one core placement module running over the full year.

  • Developing Professional Agency
  • Perspectives on Education: Socio/Psych/Phil - In the first section of the module students will consider the role, purpose and function of schooling in contemporary society through a number of sociological perspectives of Education, such as functionalism, marxism and symbolic interactionsism. Students will also examine the outcomes of the education system and develop an understanding of why some groups are more educationally successful than others. In section two the focus is primarily through the examination of a range of key psychological theories of learning and cognitive development.  Students will also examine how these theories have impacted on educational practice. In the third section of the module students will explore aspects of Philosophy of Education. They will be introduced to key philosophers and key schools of thoughts from the Ancient Greek philosophers to today. Students will develop a knowledge map of thinking about Education helping them to understand the wider context of and the reasoning behind current educational decisions.
  • Historical and Contemporary Issues in Education - this module will provide an understanding of how the UK came to its current state of educational provision. It outlines society’s journey towards a more equal and inclusive education system, including the key struggles involving class, gender, minorities, and other sections of society. It will also cover some of the key thinkers in the history of education, and key issues in contemporary education.
  • Childhood, Social Justice and Education
  • Thinking and Learning in HE
  • Evidence based teaching and learning

Second year

Core modules:

  • Contexts for Inclusion - Inclusive education is concerned with providing appropriate responses to the broad spectrum of learning needs in formal and non-formal educational settings. Rather than being a marginal theme on how some learners can be integrated into mainstream education, inclusive education is an approach that looks into how to transform education systems in order to respond to the diversity of learners.
  • Researching Education

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
  • 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
  • Perspectives on Diversity: Rhetoric or reality
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Childhood, Youth and Education
  • How People Learn
  • Preparing for Professional Practice
  • Forest School and Outdoor learning
  • The ‘Priorities’ and Politics of Education
  • Applied Performance

Third year

Core module:

  • Dissertation with fieldwork
  • Dissertation – library based

You can choose two modules from:

  • Special Educational Needs in Primary and Secondary Schools - explores how primary and secondary schools support children who have special educational needs (SEN)
  • Education and Equality: Class, Race and Ethnicity - This is a yearlong module designed to introduce you to some of the debates underpinning social justice and the British education system.  The aims of the module include introduction to key debates and critical engagement with ideas and issues.
  • Gender and Education – this module examines the education system and its relationship to the wider society as well as social change with respect to gender relations. You’ll be encouraged to explore the literature and the themes in relationship to your own and others’ experiences and to your own practice. The module is facilitated through interactive workshops.
  • 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
  • Radical Educations
  • Arts and Education - This module 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. We will explore the place of the arts in the evolving English education system and in the early years, informal, and community settings. We will consider the various motivations for the inclusion of arts in education and key contemporary debates regarding intercultural and multicultural arts education, the nature of ‘creativity’, STEM vs STEAM and the creative industries, the influence of technology, and access and equality of opportunity. We will also investigate life-long engagement with the arts via public spaces including museums, libraries, galleries and performance venues. 
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