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BA single honours or in combination with another subject Education Studies 2020/21

Year of entry

Explore the big questions underpinning education through the lens of history, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Discover learning across the lifespan, from the cradle to the grave. Examine key issues around sustainability and arts education and argue your case for alternative models of education and society drawing upon informed and cutting-edge research and debate.

You’ll compare education systems in different countries and cultures, and build an understanding of how people learn and develop throughout their lives. This thought provoking and stimulating course also gives you the chance to move beyond this core, exploring issues such as globalisation and the impact of neoliberalism, politics and education or the role of the arts in education. There are also opportunities to explore how education is represented in the media, film or in literature. 

Our personalised tutoring will give you the opportunity to develop a deeper and more holistic understanding of education as a philosophy as well as a pedagogy and you will be supported to develop your studies to suit your career aspirations. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit a range of educational settings such as schools or community education groups

You will explore areas including:

  • sociology, philosophy, history, psychology and literacy
  • sustainability
  • ethics, politics and extremism
  • the role of the arts in education.

This thought-­provoking and stimulating course offers the opportunity to explore the relationship between education and some fundamental questions underpinning the world. Education studies examines how people learn and develop throughout their whole lifetimes, investigating how successful this is, exploring the impact education does or does not have on how we live our lives as individuals, communities, countries and cultures.

Oppression of minorities, inequality and poverty, and marginalisation of social and ethnic groups remain national and international problems. The solution to these issues, in whatever form, can only start with education. But even these long-standing concerns are dwarfed by the new global emergency of climate change. Whatever the future of the world, education must be a catalyst in rethinking how we treat the planet and in adjusting to the new reality of how climate change will dramatically effect communities, nations, peoples and cultures.

The degree includes several modules that directly address such big questions, and aims to support you in becoming an expert in understanding not just how people are educated, but also the role education plays in sustained and life-long change, particularly in matters of social justice, sustainability and the environment.

The course is taught by a passionate team of lecturers, all active in education research communities, many have a qualification in teaching and a background in teaching in schools on PGCEs or undergraduate teacher education routes. All our tutors are highly supportive and will help you move from school to university life. Over the three years you will have tutorials with a personal academic tutor as a way of bringing coherence to your course and helping you to progress with your studies.

Education Studies has always attracted students who are passionate about the role education plays in people’s lives and are interested in finding out about the learning process, how humans learn and the role educational settings play in shaping how people see the world. More than this however, if you also feel passionate about the challenges the world faces, particularly issues regarding sustainability and social justice you are likely to feel at home on the course. 

Education studies is also very attractive to students who are not quite ready to specialise in one particular area. Because it has a base in a variety of fields - particularly sociology, psychology, history and philosophy – it is a great course to choose if you want a general background in a variety of topics rather than be constrained to just one area. The great advantage to this is the breadth of knowledge you will gain. 

In terms of careers, education studies attracts many people who know they want to work in the educational field but haven’t yet decided exactly where. Many of our students decide to go into primary, secondary or further education teaching, but a wide variety of non-teaching options are also opened up by the degree, including educational work in museums, charities, media, publishing or local education authority roles. Many of our students also take their interest in education further by studying for Master’s degrees. 

100% of our Education Studies students were in jobs or further study six months after finishing their course. 
(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17)

You will examine education and learning in all its settings and contexts. From schools to universities or to simply sitting at home watching YouTube videos, education happens in a wide variety of forms. You will become highly knowledgeable about not just the learning process – wherever it takes place – but also the purpose and function of education. You will learn about when it is beneficial, with the result being emancipation, enlightenment and excitement; but also about when education can also be used for less positive goals – to control, to indoctrinate and to limit horizons.

Connecting all the modules in education studies are psychology, sociology, history and philosophy. Although there are some modules that explicitly look at these issues, the majority use these academic areas as tools to examine specific themes and concepts in education. In all modules you will be expected to challenge and debate the key issues of national and international education policies, and consider how education influences and shapes societies.

Work experience and field trips are also available during the degree and you will have the opportunity to visit a range of educational settings. You can take a work -related learning module to gain experience in educational settings during the course.  We have links with a variety of educational establishments and third sector organisations who may be able to offer you observation opportunities or work experience either within the course or beyond.

If you have an itch to travel, you can also participate in an international placement organised by the University. Previous students have travelled to Kenya, Spain and Ghana. If a placement is not enough, you can even spend your whole second year at a European university – for example in recent years, students from education studies have successfully studied at the Stockholm Institute of Education in Sweden.

These modules will enable you to acquire interdisciplinary skills and concepts to help you work across a variety of disciplines. Modules are subject to availability and may change.  

Year 1

Core Modules

Orientation to Higher Education (20 credits) 

This module aims to specifically support your transition into university life. You will learn to develop study skills geared towards being successful at undergraduate level. This includes exploring the importance of research in allowing people to engage with information and developing an analytical approach to studying. Your critical reading and writing situation will be enhanced, and you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and analyse some of the key issues in educational concepts around the world. 

How do Humans Think and Learn? (20 credits) 

You will be introduced to some major ideas and theories around learning. The module explores contexts for learning across the lifespan from the cradle to the grave. These include not only formal opportunities for learning, but also the informal learning that takes place in a range of different settings. Where have you learnt today? 

The Power of Words (20 credits) 

This module is particularly intended to help you read critically and read effectively. It helps you communicate ideas found in reading powerfully in both spoken and written form. The module also gives you a chance to consider how education is represented in literature and popular fiction. It then moves on to consider the transformative power of literacy, including its use as a critical thinking tool. 

What are Schools For? (20 credits) 

In this module, you will be offered the opportunity to critique current schooling systems and to consider alternatives. The module is built around three core concepts of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. You will be introduced to alternative models and you will be able to visit educational settings to consider these concepts in practice.  

Optional modules 

You will choose two optional modules. Likely optional modules include: 

An Introduction to Learning in Natural Environments (20 credits) (work shadowing may require a DBS check) 

You will explore education in a range indoor and outdoor settings. The module is structured around the idea of ‘Earth Education’ which encourages people to live more in harmony with the natural world, to respect the Earth and to reduce our own impact on its natural resources.  

Responding to Refugees (20 credits) 

You will examine the education of children who have been forced to leave their home nations because of issues such as war, persecution and famine. The module provides knowledge and understanding to give you authentic, emotionally meaningful and practical insights into the application of humanitarian values in the most challenging of circumstances. 

Whose morals are they anyway? (20 credits) 

This module will introduce you to perceptions of objectivity and subjectivity with regard to morality. 

Year 2 

Core modules 

Exploring Research, Methods, Methodologies and Implications for Practice (20 credits) 

This will be an opportunity to develop your understanding of the essential concepts of research and information gathering by investigating a study around children, childhood, young adulthood, family, community, or adulthood. The module offers you the opportunity to analyse research perspectives and evaluate and reflect on the relevance of your proposed study on your academic and professional development. 

How to be Good (20 credits) 

You will 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? This module looks at some very big questions and gets stuck in to key debates around them. 

(Two modules from): Investigating History and Education (20 Credits) or Investigating Philosophy and Education (20 Credits) or Investigating Psychology: Contemporary Learning Theories (20 Credits) or Investigating Sociology of Education (20 Credits) 

You will need to take two out of these four modules, each of which focuses in depth on the four underpinning disciplines of education studies degrees. Sociology examines how education intersects with inequality, gender, disability, race and class; psychology examines how people learn across the human lifespan, examining  contemporary learning theories to gain a wider understanding of humanity in educational settings; history examines some famous educational moments in the past and explores what we can learn in the present day from studying their causes and consequences; and philosophy centres on broadening your awareness and understanding of the purposes of education. 

Optional modules 

You will choose two optional modules. Likely optional modules include: 

Education in Practice (20 credits) (work related experience, may require a DBS check) 

This module will  provide you with a worked-based experience in a school or non-school educational setting and introduces you to observational fieldwork techniques. This module is intended to enhance employability prospects as you become more aware of the reality of job opportunities in the education sector.  

Voluntary Action in Education (20 Credits) (work related experience may require a DBS check) 

This module provides an in-depth examination of the relationship between voluntary activity and education. It particularly explores two central themes - the practical role of voluntary action in children’s education and the how voluntary activity helps us construct our ideas of morality.  

Politics and Education (20 credits) 

You will develop your understanding of the relationship between ideology and political practices in British and international contexts. The module will enable you to analyse recent and contemporary education policies so that you will be equipped to critically examine future government proposals. 
 

Sustainability and the Global Village (20 credits) 

You will further your understanding of sustainability and globalisation, specifically in their relationship with education. Key areas examined include environmental policies or movements that have succeeded in mitigating pollution, conserving resources, or promoting ecological resilience. 

Perspectives of Autism (20 credits)  

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of the theoretical, clinical and person constructs underlying Autism. You will be able to evaluate a range of strategies used in educational settings to meet the needs of those diagnosed with autism.  

Year 3 

Core modules 

Education on the World Stage (20 credits) 

The module examines the extent and impact of cultures and policies on educational practices in Europe and international contexts. Issues surrounding education structures, policy and practice are discussed within the context of the key concepts of nationalism, globalisation and internationalisation. International comparative elements are integrated into the course, using a range of perspectives to challenge attitudes and perceptions. 

Independent study (20 or 40 Credits) or Research in Action: Social Action, Advocacy and Participation (20 credits) 

In year three you have the opportunity for an in-depth specialism. In both the 20 and 40 credit routes you will investigate an educational issue of your choice. Taking the 40 credit Independent Study route provides you with the opportunity to write a full dissertation on a topic of your interest and passion. You will have a supervisory tutor to guide you through this. Alternatively, for those interested in the third sector you can choose to design and implement a research project in partnership with charities, voluntary organisations and community groups. 

Human Rights and Citizenship (20 credits) 

Human rights has become a major focus for education throughout the world.  The right to education, children’s rights and women’s rights all provide striking interpretations of schooling in the modern world. In this course you will be introduced to notions of education for tolerance, understanding and friendship between people, the right to education, education for peace and sustainability. 

Leadership and Management for Learning (20 credits) 

This module introduces you to the ways in which educational leadership has developed over time in a selection of different cultures, including those in Europe, Asia and North America. Differing approaches to leadership and management of organisational cultures in education today are the key focus, alongside research relating to leadership, management of education (in all sectors and phases) and how these are applied in practice. 

Optional modules 

You will choose up to two optional modules. Likely optional modules include: 

Film and Education (20 credits) 

You will examine the ways in which education is represented at the movies. You will  explore the narrative, genre and character constructions of a range of films with education as a theme. Each session contains a film screening - after which you will  engage in debate and discussion in order to draw conclusions about the ways in which education and educationalists are depicted in popular culture. 

Fads and Fashions (20 credits) 

You will critically examine how the educational landscape shifts and changes as a result of ‘fads and fashions’ in research and practice. You will encounter a range of examples of teaching and learning strategies and will look at these forensically in order to determine how useful they might be in an educational world which is forever trying to find out “what works”. 

Extremist Education (20 credits) 

You will investigate themes and topics in education related to religious, political and economic ideologies that conjure fears of indoctrination, radicalisation and extremism. The module aims to help you develop a well-rounded understanding of cultural and counter-cultural trends in education systems in British and international settings. 

Maths and Society (20 credits) 

This module particularly appeals to those looking to go on to teacher training courses. It aims to not only examine mathematics as a subject in terms of things like mathematics as a language and use in modern life, but it also aims to support you in developing your own mathematical skills and practices. 

Work Experience

As you can see from the information about the different modules on the degree, there are several courses which involve opportunities to attend work-based educational settings. The most extended of these is the Education in Practice module in Year 2 which allows you to attend an agreed placement. This module also offers you the opportunity to experience this in an international setting. 
 

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment. 

Education Studies is a broad academic course that provides a foundation for many different professional career paths. 

Our graduates have gained employment in various fields including corporate training, teaching English abroad, educational publishing, the third sector, social and educational research, educational administration, speech and language therapy, and management in either local or national government. Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, such as Master's degrees, teacher training or other professional qualifications. 

Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
DBS / Health Checks You will need to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if you undertake an activity that requires one. 

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

In each year you will complete six modules with a combination of core and optional modules. For each module you can expect around 50 hours of contact time. This includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and online activities. For each module you can expect around 200 hours of self-study time.

Academic input

Education Studies is staffed by a very passionate team of tutors, many of whom have experience working as school teachers and teacher educators while developing their expertise in educational research. 

A wide variety of assessment strategies are chosen to suit the subject matter and to give you the opportunity to develop a broad set of communication and presentation skills. Examples of assessment strategies include oral presentations, poster presentations, reviews, journals, essays, blog posts and portfolios.
Our well stocked library and wide range of e­books and online periodicals help you keep up to date with the latest thinking in education. 

“It has been one of the best decisions I have made studying Education Studies. The course is full of such interesting modules, which will have help you to develop both professionally and personally. The lectures on this course have been amazing! They support they give is unevaluable and they will go above and beyond to support you. Without their support I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I am truly grateful.” 

Bonny, Education Studies graduate 

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time on Education Studies as I got to experience education through a lifelong and life-wise lens. With the help of the amazing tutors I was not only able to enjoy the sessions but also pick up information and skills that will benefit me for the rest of my life."    

Tom, Education Studies graduate 

“I have found that, every tutor on the Education Studies course provides authentic, genuine, advice. Every lecturer is passionate about the modules, which makes it really enjoyable.” 

Becky, Education Studies graduate 

“The best things about Education Studies is the warm atmosphere, and the willingness and enthusiasm of the lecturers, who challenge you to be the best you can be.” 

Lottie, Education Studies graduate 

“Education Studies is a fantastic course for people who have a passion for education. It enables you to explore personal interests, which in my case led to discovering a side to education I never realised I had an interest in.“ 

“Education Studies provides you with the skills to develop an in-depth understanding of multiple aspects of education. It enables you to access a career in a variety of educational fields that you may not have considered before." 

Zachary, Education Studies graduate 

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Education studies is ideal if you are passionate about the role education plays in people’s lives and are interested in finding out about the learning process, how humans learn and the role educational settings play in shaping how people see the world. More than this however, if you also feel passionate about the challenges the world faces, particularly issues regarding sustainability and social justice you are likely to feel at home on the course.

It’s also ideal if you don’t feel quite ready to specialise in one area, as it offers a base in a variety of fields - particularly sociology, psychology, history and philosophy – it is a great course to choose if you want a general background in a variety of topics rather than be constrained to just one area. The advantage to this is the breadth of knowledge you will gain.

In terms of careers, the degrees attracts many people who know they want to work in the educational field but haven’t yet decided exactly where. A variety of non-teaching options are opened up by the degree, including educational work in museums, charities, media, publishing or local education authority roles. Many of our students also take their interest in education further by studying for a Master’s degree or decide to progress on to a postgraduate teaching course in primary, secondary or further education.

A wide variety of assessment strategies are chosen to suit the subject matter and to give you the opportunity to develop a broad set of communication and presentation skills. Examples of assessment strategies include oral presentations, poster presentations, reviews, journals, essays, blog posts and portfolios.

In each year you will complete six modules with a combination of core and optional modules. For each module you can expect around 50 hours of contact time. This includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and online activities. For each module you can expect around 200 hours of self­study time. 

Academic input 

Education Studies is staffed by a very passionate team of tutors, many of whom have experience working as school teachers and teacher educators while developing their expertise in educational research.  

Education Studies is a broad academic course that provides a foundation for many different professional career paths. It opens up routes into teaching at either primary level or as a secondary teacher in some subjects. 

Other employment pathways that graduates have moved into in the past include corporate training, teaching English abroad, educational publishing, third sector employment, social and educational research, educational administration, speech and language therapy or management in either local or national government. A large proportion of Education Studies graduates go on to further study, many studying Masters level qualifications. 

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • X301 Education Studies
  • X399 Education Studies with Education Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 112 UCAS Tariff points.

    A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is not an entry requirement, however if you take part in work-related experience, visits or placements to settings or educational establishments where you are undertaking regulated activity, the setting may determine that a DBS check is required. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and arrange this through the university before undertaking the activity.

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