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

Year of entry

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

  • sustainability 
  • social justice
  • the role of schools, universities, nurseries and other educational settings
  • psychology of education
  • volunteering and the role of education charities. 

If you are passionate about how education has influenced your life or you are interested in the role education plays in shaping major issues facing the world, including topics such as sustainability and social justice, then education studies is for you. 

This thought-provoking and stimulating course offers the opportunity to explore the 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 howe we live our lives as individuals, communities, countries and cultures.

Oppression of minorities, inequality and poverty, and marginalisation of social and ethnic groups remain global 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 affect 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 a range of settings from schools, to higher education. All our tutors are highly-supportive and will help you move from school to university life. Over your degree, 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.

"The Education Studies experience is interesting and thought-provoking and has allowed me to experience and learn about parts of education I had never thought about before.” Carmen, Education Studies student

This course 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 passionately 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 particular area, as it offers a base in a variety of fields - particularly sociology, psychology, history and philosophy. It is a great option to choose if you want a general background in a variety of topics, with the advantage being the breadth of knowledge you will gain. 

The degree attracts people who know they want to work in the field of education 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 education roles in local authorities. 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. 

You will examnine education and learning in all its settings and contexts. From schools to universities, or simply sitting at home watching YouTube videos, education happens in a wide variety of forms. You will become highly-knowledgeable about not only 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. You'll also learn about when education can be used for less positive goals - to control, indoctrinate and 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 socities. 

Work experience and field trips

These are available during your 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 education settings during the course. We have links with a variety of education establishments and third sector organisations that may be able to offer you observation opportunitites or work experience either within the course or beyond. 

If you have the travel bug, 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 you whole second year at a European university - for example in recent years, students from the course have successfully studied at the Stockholm Institute of Education in Sweden. 

The course offers a range of optional modules alongside specialist modules. These modules will enable you to acquire interdisciplinary skills and concepts to help you work across a variety of disciplines.

Year 0

You will take five core modules plus one optional module related to your degree. 

Core modules

Applied English, Maths and Science Skills for Education

The aim of the module is to enable you to become more confident and competent in English, Maths and Science and to understand and use these effectively to support your academic study. You will be introduced to the application of English, Maths and Science in education and some of the conventions and ethical issues surrounding the use of social media in education.

Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education

The aim of the module is to introduce you to ways of researching and communicating ideas in Higher Education.  You will be introduced to conventions of academic writing and ways of analysing information and presenting and evidencing your work within the context of your degree study.  

Introduction to Education

You will discuss issues related to the study of education within a current and a historical context and develop your spoken and interpersonal skills in the context of managed and focused discussion and debate, underpinned by evidence. 

Introduction to Human Development through the Lifespan

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the physical and psychological factors that can influence human development from conception to old age. It will focus on key underpinning theoretical explanations of human development and look at how these align with current understanding of individual differences.

Personal and Career Development

You will be introduced to key concepts relating to career development. Through discussion and evaluation of various presented personal narratives, you will identify the opportunities and barriers facing individuals regarding their personal development and their career choices within societal parameters.  You will consider, depict and present potential positives and issues relating to your own future.

During or at the end of your Foundation Year (Year 0) you will able to change to a different degree, subject to entry requirements. If you successfully complete and choose to leave after Year 0, you will receive a Transcript of Achievement. 

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 will be enhanced and you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and analyse some of the key issues in education around the world. 

How do humans think and learn? (20 credits)

You will be introduced to the major discourses around learning. This module explores learning across the lifespan from the cradle to the grave. It’s not only about formal opportunities for learning - it’s also about the informal learning that takes place in a range of contexts. 

The Power of Words (20 credits)

This module is intended to help you read, read critically and read effectively. It will then help you communicate the ideas in the readings powerfully in both spoken and written form. The module 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. This module is built around three core concept 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 modules will include: 

An Introduction to Learning in Natural Environments (20 credits) (work shadowing may require a DBS check)
You will explore education in a range of indoor and outdoor settings. This module is structured around the idea of 'Earth Education' which encourages people to live more harmoniously with nature, to respect the earth and to reduce our impact on 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. This module provides knowledge and understanding to give you authentic, emotionally meaningful and practical insights into the application of humanitarian values in the most challenging circumstances. 

Whose morals are they anyway? (20 credits)
This module will introduce you to perceptions of objectivity and subjectivity with regards 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 you proposed study on your academic and professional development.

What does it mean to be good? (20 credits)

This is an opportunity to 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? There are some very big questions here, but our students love to debate 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 education 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 modules will include: 

Education in Practice (20 credits) (work-related experience may require a DBS check)
This module will provide you with a work-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 the 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 how voluntary activity helps us construct our ideas of morality. 

Politics and Education (20 credits)
This module will develop your understanding of the relationship between ideology and poltical practices in British and international contexts. It enables you to analyse recent and contemporary educational policies so that you will be equipped to critically examine future government proposals. 

Sustainability and the Global Village (20 credits)
This module aims to further your understanding of sustainability and globalisation, specifically in their relationship with education. Key areas 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 theoretical, clinical and the personal constructs underlying autism. You will be able to evaluate a range of strategies used in education settings to meet the needs of those diagnosed with autism. 

Year 3

Core modules

Education on the World Stage (20 credits) 

In this module you will examine 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 in to the course, using a wide 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 patnership 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. Through this module you will be introduced to notions of education for tolerance, understanding and friendship between people, the right to education and 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 related to leadership, management of education and how these are applied in practice. 

Optional modules

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

Film and Education (20 credits)
This examines the ways in which education is represented at the movies.  Students 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 students 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)
This module critically examines 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 modules available, there are several courses which involve opportunities to attend work-based education 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 local or national government. Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, such as master's degrees, teacher training or other professional qualifications.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250  / £13,000 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

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 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 e-books and online periodicals help you keep up to date with the latest thinking in education.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

International

Full-time study

Need some help?

UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email:  courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1227 928000
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000  (0)1227 928000

EU/International

Contact our International Team

 

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • X399 Education Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

    Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.

    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 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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