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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.