Education Studies BA (Hons)

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Explore the world of education. Understand the history and socio-cultural issues of modern pedagogy. Develop an exciting career in a fascinating field.

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Overview

BA (Hons) Education Studies will give you a broad and detailed understanding of the principles of education, and its systems and structures. You will critically explore all phases of education, from a range of historical, economical, philosophical, sociological and psychological perspectives.

If you want to continue training and become a teacher, when you graduate from this course you will be guaranteed an interview for a University of Sunderland PGCE degree.

Why us?

  • 94.2% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK undergraduate students)
  • Focuses on all phases of education, allowing opportunities to tailor the course to your personal career plan
  • Stage 2 offers increased student led assessment with your choice of placement, curriculum design project and individual research plan
  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Curriculum offers a good mix of theoretical and practical study of the discipline of education, exploring various perspectives

Course structure

This course is taught via small group work, workshops, lectures, tutorials, computer-based learning, presentations and independent learning.

Your progress will be assessed with essays, reports, group work, seminar presentations and self-evaluation. Throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • History and Aims of Education (20 credits)
  • Understanding Experiences of Education (20 credits)
  • Socio-Cultural Issues in Education (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Education (20 credits)
  • Theories of Learning, Teaching and Assessment (20 credits)
  • Developing Personal Skills in English (10 credits)
  • Developing Personal Skills in Mathematics (10 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Approaches to Meeting Special Educational Needs (20 credits)
  • Developing Creative Solutions (20 credits)
    Students as Tutors (20 credits) (existing LLS module)
    English and Society (10 credits)
    Mathematics and Society (10 credits)
    Philosophy and Education (20 credits)

Final year (national level 6):

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Comparative Education and the Global Citizen (20 credits)
  • Ethics and Education (20 credits)
  • Leading and Managing in Education (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Advancing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy (Mathematics) (20 credits)
  • Advancing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy (English) (20 credits)
  • Learning in the 21st Century (20 credits)
  • Advanced Independent Study in HE (20 credits)

The David Goldman Informatics Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
St Peter's Way,
Sunderland,
SR6 0DD

54.912323,-1.373368

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Library resources which you might find particularly useful include:

    • Project Muse, which provides over 180 full-text humanities and social sciences journals
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
    • Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
    • Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Database, which includes full-text journal articles on topics spanning emotional and behavioural sciences, psychiatry and psychology
    • Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
    • EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals
    Library Services - education studies

Facilities

You'll be based at The David Goldman Informatics Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter's riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award). We don’t accept General Studies as one of the A Levels.

You must also have GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

The following qualifications are also accepted for this course:

Qualified Teacher Status
A Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)
A Professional Certificate of Education (PGCE)
A Foundation Degree

If you don’t have the necessary academic qualifications, but you have relevant work experience or qualifications you may still be eligible.

You must have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check before you can start this course.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £10,750 if you are from outside the EU

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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Employment

BA (Hons) Education Studies prepares you for a career in many different aspects of the education system. These include informal and vocational learning, care, training, professional development, and curriculum development.

Please note course does not qualify you as a teacher. However, if you do decide to become a teacher then you will be guaranteed an interview on a University of Sunderland Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) degree course.

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