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BA (Hons) Education and History course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Your Launchpad sessions

The Faculty of Education have organised a number of virtual Launchpad sessions. Although not all of these sessions will be relevant to your specific degree, you may find a number of these sessions useful.


Suggested reading

You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

However, there are some key books which will prove useful for your studies in education. The three books below are core textbooks and it would be beneficial for you to have your own copies of them and to have read the opening chapters of each:

  • Introduction to Education Studies, 5th Editionby Steve Bartlett & Diana Burton. London, Sage
  • Sociology of Education, by Tomas Boronski and Nasima Hassan. London, Sage
  • History Skills: A student’s handbook, by Mary Abbott. 2008. London, Routledge

Additionally, the following resources would be useful for education:

  • An Introduction to the Study of Education, by David Matheson. 2015. London, Routledge
  • Understanding and using challenging education theories, by Karl Aubrey and Alison Riley. 2017. London, Sage

And the following for History:

  • Studying History, by Jeremy Black and Dominic MacRaild. 2016. London, Palgrave

Useful websites

To prepare for this course, you should keep up to date with education news in the mainstream media. The most popular and frequently updated sources are:


Your preparation tasks

We’ve created a selection of tasks which will help you to prepare for your course. We recommend that you keep your responses and notes together in a portfolio of pre-course work as they may well come in useful in the future.

Task 1 – Educational processes

Task 2 – Engage with debates

Task 3 – Inclusion and diversity

Task 4 – Technology


Meet your programme leader:


Additional ways to prepare

Preparing to start

This session examines how to make a successful transition to university. From planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you and general advice on uni life.

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Find out more about who you are

The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

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