This course enables you to explore education in its broadest sense, as learning for life, across all phases of the education system and of human development.
This subject views Education as a discipline in its own right, and recognises that in order to ensure that something is educational, requires a critical understanding of Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology. As students of this subject, you will engage with these perspectives and also develop an appreciation of the contexts they reside in such as the historical, economical and political.
In year one, modules such as the 'History and Aims of Education' encourage you to reflect upon your own experiences of education and relate this to the theoretical positions in order to gain a deeper awareness and understanding of your experience. You will also develop an awareness of the theories of learning and teaching.
In year two, you are encouraged to take an increasingly autonomous, critical and innovative approach to your work and consider ways that Education can meet diverse needs. You will have the opportunity to take a placement.
In year three, you will develop advanced research and enquiry skills and look at broader issues such as what skills we need for the 21st Century and comparing the education systems across the world.
A popular combination is education studies with a subject in the national curriculum, such as English, history or a foreign language, such as French or Spanish. This helps prepare you for a career in teaching.
Another approach is to combine education studies with a creative arts subject such as sport, dance or drama. This will allow you to pursue your passion for the creative subject while simultaneously developing your capacity to share that passion with others.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of studying a combined subjects programme at the University of Sunderland: