98.7% of our Education Studies graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing this course.
Gain a solid understanding of education, from early years to lifelong learning, from both a home and international perspective
Tailor your degree to your career aspirations by choosing one of the three specialist pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), or Career Development*
Consider different aspects of education in a range of settings, within and outside school
Gain an insight into international education on one of our exciting fieldtrips. Previous students have visited The Gambia, Morocco and Kenya
If you choose one of our specialist pathways, you’ll undertake work placements. This valuable real world experience will strengthen your CV
90% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course, according to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).
* Please note that these pathways are subject to validation for September 2016 entry.
This course provides a solid understanding of education, from early years to lifelong learning, from both a home and international perspective. You’ll also have the opportunity to go abroad to explore education in a different context.
Develop in-depth knowledge
The course is underpinned by social justice, with an emphasis on psychology, sociology, and social policy to develop a broad spectrum of knowledge about the subject of education. You will be encouraged to consider different aspects of education, where and how education happens, including primary, secondary and higher education, and lifelong learning. We also offer specialist pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Career Development.*
If you choose one of these specialist pathways, you'll undertake compulsory work placements that will enable you to develop your practical skills.
If you choose not to study a specialist pathway, you'll have the option to go on a 12-day work placement in an education setting during stage two of the course.
International study and experiences
We participate in the Erasmus scheme, which offers you the opportunity to apply to study in the Netherlands. International fieldtrips are also available - previous students have visited Morocco, The Gambia and Kenya.
These options will provide you with an insight into different levels of education provision and the associated issues surrounding economic, social, and cultural development.
You can choose to tailor this degree to your interests by taking one of our three optional specialist pathways.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Pathway*
This pathway will help you to explore a range of practitioner roles and the ways that government policy impacts upon such roles, in and out of the classroom. The pathway creates an opportunity for the University to be at the forefront of educating potential employees like you in this area, and ensure that you are better equipped to work with these learners. We have strong contacts with schools and colleges (special and mainstream) so that you can learn from a range of professionals currently working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
The development of this pathway is in response to the shortage of appropriately trained staff to work with learners identified with special educational needs and/or disability.
The TESOL pathway responds to a direct need to provide a qualification in the field of English language teaching for those students interested in working with a range of learners, in a variety of contexts. This pathway will enable you to:
Work with English as Additional Languages (EAL) pupils in a primary or secondary setting
Work abroad as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher
Work as teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in an adult or community environment.
As part of the pathway, you will be required to undertake observed teaching practice which will give you vital experience in the field, enhancing your employability. You’ll be introduced to a variety of approaches and methods for teaching: grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation. In addition, you will look at lesson planning, syllabus design and assessment. You’ll also be encouraged to reflect on your own knowledge and understanding of the English language.
Career Development Pathway*
This unique pathway will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a profession that supports the career development of others. This is a thriving sector, which offers a range of career paths for those interested in working with young people and adults.
This pathway draws together the disciplines of education and career studies to provide the relevant knowledge, understanding, attributes, insights and professional skills. We will prepare you for a role in a range of educational settings such as schools, pupil referral units, colleges of further education, universities, vocational education providers or in community settings.
This pathway has been designed to equip you in developing professional practice, which will be recognised by the Career Development Institute and can lead to professional registration. The pathway will be co-delivered by staff from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), who all have experience as advanced practitioners, researchers and consultants in a range of settings in the career development sector.
*Please note that these pathways are subject to validation for September 2016 entry.
Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English
Interview / Audition
Please Note: You are not required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting the course. However, if you wish to undertake a placement during the course (which are a compulsory element of the SEND, TESOL and Career Development pathways), you’ll be required to obtain a DBS certificate before you start your placement. We will assist you in completing the form. If you are unable to obtain a DBS certificate, unfortunately you will not be able to go on placement and will therefore be unable to complete any of the specialist pathways (in SEND, TESOL or Career Development).
If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.
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92% of students were satisfied with the teaching of this course, according to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).
You’ll be taught using a variety of methods from directed study, lectures, seminars, and tutorials. If you choose a specialist pathway, you'll undertake compulsory work placements. If you choose not to study a pathway, you will have the choice of completing a 12-day work placement in an education setting.
How you're assessed
You won’t have to take any exams as you’ll be assessed through case study analysis, essays, portfolios, presentations and reports.
A range of opportunities are available to you, including in education-related fields, like social or health care contexts, careers and guidance, and the voluntary sector.
Past graduates now enjoy careers as higher level teaching assistants, welfare child protection officers, early years practitioners, care assistants, and community learning facilitators. You could also develop a career in SEND occupations, such as SENCOs, SEND teachers or SEND management.
"My tutors and their lectures have been more than I could ever ask for. The placements I have undertaken have enhanced my learning; for instance, within my psychology modules, I have been able to support my academic writing with real world evidence.”
Antonia Wragg, current student
"The course offers a huge variety of options for those studying education to move forward in life and begin to challenge the notion and concept of education in our world."
Ian Chuck, graduate
Education Studies graduate, Emma Musson, recently visited Spain upon completing her degree. While there, Emma volunteered in a local primary school, teaching English to the children.