The BA in Education Studies offers an exciting opportunity to combine academic study with professional practice, developing a balance of intellectual and practical skills. Consequently, students on this course will be required to engage with the thoughtfully designed curriculum which explores various aspects of teaching and learning, whilst also working within the education sector. This facilitates the application of theory into practice.
The course enables students to gain insight and understanding of how they can theoretically and practically support the learning and development of children and young people.
Voluntary placements need to be undertaken in a school or education setting rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted. Practice-based learning is combined with campus-based sessions at the UCNL; full-time attendance on the course is normally 6 hours, two days a week, over three years. It is a work-based course which will see you combine practice-based learning with campus-based sessions, allowing you to gain industry experience whilst studying.
This programme aims to:
- Provide a critical overview of key debates that surround the education landscape in England
2. Develop a critical understanding of the role of education in society
3. Champion social justice and challenge the impact of societal inequalities
4. Investigate global perspectives and provide students with an awareness of emerging themes that shape current education
5. Provide opportunities to examine theory and evidence-based research findings which inform developments in practice
6. Recognise and actively employ self-awareness strategies to safeguard mental well-being
7. Develop highly skilled, reflective educational practitioners
This course is three years long, progressing through levels 4, 5 and 6, though suitably qualified students may be able to join at level 5.
This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:
On this course you will study a range of engaging modules, considering various aspects of educational practice and making connections to professional experience gained.
The Curriculum [20 credits]
The Policy Landscape in Education [20 credits]
Safeguarding Children and Young People [20 credits]
Assessment for Learning [20 credits]
Theories of Learning [40 credits]
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities [20 credits}
Effective Pedagogical Approaches [20 credits]
Nature Connectedness [20 credits]
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Practice [20 credits]
Small Scale Research [20 credits]
Careers and Employability [20 credits]
Current Issues and Contemporary Debates in Education [20 credits]
Research Project – inc. Dissertation [40 credits]
Collaborative Working within Education [20 credits]
Education and Social Justice [20 credits]
Professional Practice in Education [20 credits]
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time
The programme will require private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research.
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
Students will study full time through face to face (on-campus)
Students will be supported through:
Seminars will allow for focussed discussion in small groups which encourages participation, fosters active debate, and allows participants to learn from the different opinions and the experiences of others. Seminars develop transferrable skills in active listening, negotiation and conflict resolution, self-expression and general oral communication.
In-class activities or online discussion forums are an important feature of many seminars and workshops. This meets the requirements of working in the sector; employers stress collaborative and team-working abilities as desired graduate attributes. Collaboration also provides a valuable opportunity to engage in shared learning. Initially supported and guided study will be the approach adopted but students will be required to develop independence and self-direct their study as they progress through the programme.
Workshops take place in small groups or discussion forums but are more practically focussed than seminars. Workshops will also be arranged to support students’ developing research and IT skills.
Virtual Learning Environment
Extensive use will be made of the institutional VLE. Beyond being a repository of material, the CANVAS provides a student lead experience which supports all learning and teaching activities mentioned. Students are encouraged to construct their own community of practice with the support of the teaching staff. The VLE allows for connectively and flexible study opportunities for student engagement.
Students will be offered group and individual tutorials to provide one to one student support either face to face or via the VLE. This is a useful way for students to access support for their studies and assessments and allows students to discuss the application of their knowledge to practice. The tutorials are available at flexible times of the week to support with work and other commitments.
A range of assessment methods underpin the development of student transferable skills and make a positive contribution to the students’ learning experience. Assessment is both formative and summative. The diverse assessment strategies meet the varied needs of students and include:
Reports linked to practice
32 UCAS Tariff points from a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas.
Level 2 Requirements (GCSE level):
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics.
• A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required.
• There is a requirement of either paid or voluntary placement, for a minimum of 2 days per week.
We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.
As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay for example:
– Books. You’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies
– Printing and photocopying
– Trips and enhancement opportunities
- A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.