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BA (Hons) Education and Sociology

Explore the modes, methods and purposes of education across all age phases while examining how the organisations and groups through which we live our lives impact on our sense of identity, values and wellbeing.

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    Overview

    UCAS Code: XL33
    Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
    Start Dates: September 2020, September 2021
    Subjects: Education and Teaching
    Social Sciences
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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    This degree provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of Education while simultaneously exploring a range of sociological issues such as politics, class, race, gender, disability, identity and culture. In Education, you will explore why our school and university systems exist as they are, including how a succession of governments have helped shape and mould the way in which we teach children and train adults. You will come to understand the UK education system not only in its own right, but also in its European and global contexts. In Sociology, you will study social trends and investigate sociological developments and phenomena in cultural, political and historical contexts. This will be achieved through a focus on the social structures, institutions, orthodoxies, processes, organisations and groups that we spend our lives within.

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    In Year 1 you will gain an oversight of the different areas of study within education. Through the application of key concepts to real-world scenarios, you will be introduced to the core academic disciplines of education studies (history, sociology, philosophy and psychology). You will learn about the uses of technology in education, as well as how these technologies are harnessed in order to make learning more engaging and effective. Year 1 also enables you to explore sociological theory, political sociology and cultural studies. You will gain fresh insights and discover different approaches to the analysis of some of the most critical questions facing our society today.

    Year 2 develops your skills in the design and execution of research projects. You will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the work of key thinkers in the field, examine some of the key changes in the history of UK education, explore education from a psychological perspective, or compare the UK education systems with others around the world. You will choose between a placement, where you will gain crucial work experience in a relevant sector, or an extended study of an aspect of education. Sociology modules will enable you to examine the issues of conflict and violence within and between states, as well as exploring class, culture and conflict in contemporary British society and furthering your investigations into the cultural debates of our age.

    In Year 3 you will continue your studies in the core disciplines of education, critiquing and applying the concepts and ideas of those individuals who are currently leading new developments and innovation in academic studies in education. You will have the opportunity to gain sociological and psychological perspectives of contemporary education. There is also the option to complete a dissertation. In Sociology, you will be introduced to different ways of understanding ‘the body’, emotions and their significance in past and contemporary societies. You will also choose from a selection of optional Sociology modules, with the opportunity to analyse a particular society or culture, explore political ideas, investigate arts in society, assess the pressing issue of terrorism in contemporary society, or engage in self-directed study to investigate a relevant area of interest.

    How will I study?

    The course is delivered through a combination of whole-group lecturers alongside small-group seminars and tutorials. The smaller sessions are designed to be interactive, and to give you the opportunity to work with the concepts, ideas and information presented in the lectures in order to gain a greater understanding of their relevance and potential applications.

    In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and engage in work-based learning. Placements will be in a variety of different settings in which education takes place, either formally (schools) or informally (for example, art galleries and museums) and will be closely matched to your career aspirations.

    How will I be assessed?

    The assessment methods for this programme incorporate a variety of both traditional and innovative formats. There will be a blend of essays, exams and website development work. You will be asked to produce and present work through a combination of wikis and blogs, or to produce video presentations or give a live presentation. You will also create research posters reporting on the results of your investigations and be taught how to present your work in the format of professional magazine-style reports.

    Who will be teaching me?

    You will be taught by a team of lecturers who bring with them a vast amount of both professional and academic experience. Members of the team include academics who research both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning in a host of contexts. Other members of the programme team offer a wealth of experience in teaching across all age-phases and a wide range of academic disciplines including language and literature.

    For the Sociology modules, you will be taught by expert staff from the Department of Social Sciences who are at the forefront of teaching, research and publication in areas including desire and sexuality, violence and terrorism, cultural and social theories and perspectives, and culture and arts in society.

    A Great Study Environment

    Education

    Students walk through the foyer of the Faculty of Education.The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

    Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

    The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

    Sociology

    Social SciencesThe Department of Social Sciences is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary facilities for Social Sciences students.

    The building features a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

    An Employers’ Advisory Panel helps to inform the programme curriculum. We invite employers to work with you so that you can apply your developing critical knowledge to solve real-world problems.

    Your degree will be supplemented by a lively programme of activities including social events and research seminars featuring academic staff and guest speakers. The department also organises specialist careers fairs, hosts speakers from a range of professions and organisations, and arranges a variety of employability events.

    Modules

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    Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

    BED1000Introduction to Education Studies (20 credits)

    Introduction to Education Studies outlines the core disciplines of the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education. The module will also introduce you to the newer and emerging discipline of the economics of education as well as the key topic of technology in education. It will enable you to conceptualise the breadth of areas, the range of age phases and the contexts which you will explore within education studies. You will begin to gain the conceptual knowledge and the skills required to further your studies in education.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    BED1002Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context (20 credits)

    Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context enables you to learn about the ways in which the formal education system is structured, governed and funded in the four countries of the UK. You will explore the similarities and differences that exist between the different systems, examine the conceptualisations of education that each system appears to reflect, and develop opinions as to the ways in which they function. You will also explore the evolution of those different systems over time, noting the ways in which the different policy approaches taken by the separate legislatures within the UK have affected education in practice.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPY1110Political Sociology (20 credits)

    Political Sociology immerses you in the study of power, the state, ideology, authority and domination. You will study the roles, functions and participation of institutions, organisations and groups in the political world, gaining a conceptual model of the way in which the political world operates and engages with powerful interests and demands for democratic participation. A series of lectures will provide a foundation of knowledge and you will then follow particular case studies to exercise that knowledge in depth. These case studies will be drawn from the research specialisms of staff and topical issues. Indicatively, case studies might be security and state surveillance of political participation in Britain, the political management of mass public protest, the political strategies of social movements, the relevance of political parties to contemporary politics, political marketing and media politics.


    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    SPY1111Thinking Sociologically: Sociological Theory and Applications (20 credits)

    Thinking Sociologically: Sociological Theory and Applications introduces you to using the ‘sociological imagination’ to explore a range of sociological concepts and approaches. You will develop the ability to reason effectively about the relation of human agency and social structure, and reflect on the challenges, choices and constraints underlying the assumptions and tacit expectations that determine our view of the world. The module analyses how we create and sustain meaningful social relationships, organisations and systems, and how, in turn, those relations, organisations and systems impact on us.


    Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

    SPY1112Introduction to Cultural Studies (20 credits)

    Introduction to Cultural Studies provides a foundation for the study of culture in society, with a focus on different – and particularly critical – approaches to the study of the cultural world. The module rehearses relevant cultural theories from traditional conceptions of ‘high’ culture and the importance of culture in society, to critical approaches to culture that take in analyses of power, representation, ideology and hegemony. The module will explore cultural theories and their analyses of popular culture in the last 75 years before applying theoretical insights to the study of cultural forms and movements in Britain since the 1950s. The study of cultural forms will allow for both an appreciation of the tools of cultural analysis and of the richness of cultural practices and representations.


    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    You will select one of the following modules:

    BED1003Learning in a Diverse Society (20 credits)

    Learning in a Diverse Society enables you to explore the various ways in which access to education can be helped or hindered by issues such as race, religion, class, ethnicity, learning difficulties, or physical disability. The module encourages you to explore and reflect upon the specific factors that can affect access and consider how obstacles to access can be mitigated against or overcome.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    BED1005Technology and its Place in Education (20 credits)

    Technology and its Place in Education considers the underlying theoretical perspectives used in conjunction with technology to enhance learning. The term educational technology encompasses technology enhanced and e-learning. It includes the adoption and integration of hardware and software, various electronic devices, pedagogical tools, approaches and delivery methods. Technology has the capacity to significantly re-shape teaching and learning and this module will provide you with the opportunity to critically examine, explore and evaluate the potential benefits of a range of educational technology, as well as consider the underpinning pedagogical rationale for their use, with the specific intention of enhancing teaching and learning.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either BED1003 Learning in a Diverse Society or BED1005 Technology and Its Place in Education.

    Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

    BED2000Designing and Managing a Research Project (20 credits)

    Designing and Managing a Research Project gives you the knowledge and skills required to conceptualise, design and communicate a research proposal, understanding the fundamental principles of quality research. You will learn how to plan and manage a project over an extended period, sustain focus, conduct and organise extensive data collection and research materials, and mitigate typical problems that can derail or delay a project.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPY2135Broken Britain (20 credits)

    Broken Britain explores issues around class, culture and conflict in contemporary British society. You will examine a variety of sociological perspectives and case-studies to engage critically with questions such as whether British society is ‘broken’ or if the claim is a case of ‘moral panic’? If it is broken, why? Who broke it? What role has globalisation played? Is modernity itself broken? Can society be mended? What is the ‘Big Society’? What is the Good Society? Case studies may include ‘affluenza’ and consumption, family breakdown and the ‘parenting deficit’, the ‘underclass’ debate, the hollowing out of representative democracy, and the rise of ‘radicalisation’ and ‘violent extremism’.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPY2136States, Conflict and Political Violence (20 credits)

    States, Conflict and Political Violence recognises that the sociological study of armed conflict and political violence is an important and growing field of inquiry. Wars and conflicts within and between states are key problems facing the contemporary global community, rooted in the complex character of modern societies. They have been a central concern for sociological theorists since the founding of the discipline.  The study of armed conflict therefore does more than allow you to become familiar with the particular dynamics of specific wars. It also enables a series of key concepts, theories and issues in the social sciences (of power and authority, gender, ethnicity and class) to be investigated and applied to real world situations through the prism of organised violence by, between, against and beyond the state today.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    You will select one of the following modules:

    BED2001How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education (20 credits)

    How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education provides you with an introduction to key theories and perspectives in the psychology of education. You will develop an understanding of the basic principles within the fields of cognitive, developmental and social psychology, with the opportunity to explore issues relating to identity, self and motivation. Investigations of high-quality research within these fields will be underpinned by the fundamental questions of how and why we learn.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    BED2002Agency, Power and Change in Education (20 credits)

    Agency, Power and Change in Education enables you to explore some of the momentous changes in the history of education in the UK, to analyse how and why those changes occurred and investigate their social, political, economic and ideological causes. You will consider the historical ripples from those changes and reflect upon how they have continued to inform educational debates and policies to the present day. The module introduces you to some of the most influential educational thinkers drawn from the field of sociology, whose ideas have influenced and shaped the discourses on education in our society. It enables you to make connections between the ideas of key sociologists and changes in policy and thinking.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    BED2003Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education (20 credits)

    Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education enables you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the philosophy strand of education and to enhance your academic skills in critical analysis. You will learn how to synthesise ideas and analyse competing philosophical positions. A key focus will be on understanding how arguments are philosophically underpinned and value-driven.


    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    BED2004UK Education in its Global Contexts (20 credits)

    UK Education in its Global Contexts will enable you to compare and contextualise the UK education systems with respect to those in other parts of the world. International contexts are becoming increasingly important in the field of education, with educationalists, researchers, politicians, and the media frequently comparing the performance of UK education with the performance of countries such as Taiwan, Finland, and South Korea. This module will consider the UK education system in the context of international performance indicators and tables, with a focus on key education systems from Asia and Scandinavia as aspirational comparators. You will examine the field of international education, understand the international performance measures, and critique where it is that UK education aspires to be and why it holds those aspirations.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    You will select one of the following modules:

    BED2005Work Based Learning in Education (20 credits)

    Work Based Learning in Education provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience within the education sector. The module enables you to apply your skills and knowledge in real-life situations. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the processes, policies and organisational structure of your placement host, build in-depth knowledge of the business and the marketplace in which it operates, and successfully integrate yourself into a workplace environment.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    BED2006Work Related Learning in Education (20 credits)

    Work Related Learning in Education enables you to undertake an extended, work-related project focusing upon a strand of the education sector. You will choose the focus of the project, in conjunction with your assigned tutor, with the intention being that it is an area of education into which you might wish to progress after graduation. The module enables you to apply your skills and knowledge in real-world scenarios and experience how the multi-faceted nature of real businesses is often more complex than it may appear. You will also gain experience in investigating the systemic and marketplace contexts in which businesses within your chosen sector exist and function.


    Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

    You will select one of the following modules:

    SPY2138Cultural Analysis in a Global World (20 credits)

    Cultural Analysis in a Global World considers how we understand, make sense of and act upon cultural understandings of the globalised world. We are increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of the local, national and global, through cultural and representational forms, commodities and discourses. How do we make sense of them? How do we gain a sense of what is global, what is local, and how do we make comparative and critical examinations of past and present, and begin to speculate on future, on the basis of distinct and contrasting cultural analyses? This module will look at how both media and representational practices make meanings, generate understandings and act upon them in contemporary societies, with a particular focus on recognising the importance of post-colonial cultural critiques and critical discourse analysis as a means of looking below the surface of our globalised world.


    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    SPY2139Self-Directed Learning (20 credits)

    Self-Directed Learning enables you to focus on a particular agreed topic or focus and explore it, with tutorial support, to produce a project-based piece of work which relates to a particular career trajectory. The project will involve addressing a social issue or problem and/or one organisation’s response (voluntary, public or private sector) to a social issue or problem. It will involve not only desk research such as library searches but information retrieval from a range of primary sources. The self-directed learning focus allows for a sense of both leading on the learning taking place and reflecting on its progress, problems and problem-solving.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of either SPY2138 Cultural Analysis in a Global World or SPY2139 Self-Directed Learning.

    Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

    SPY3130Sociology of the Body and the Emotions (20 credits)

    Sociology of the Body and the Emotions introduces you to different ways of understanding ‘the body’ and its significance in past and contemporary societies. Relevant classical social theorists, such as Bourdieu, Elias, Le Breton, Foucault, Mauss and Goffman, will be covered, as will more contemporary sociologists such as Turner, Shilling, Fraser, Butler, Burkitt and Williams. The social production of bodies, how the body is deployed socially and culturally, the socially constructed dualism between body and mind, and the relationship between power and the body, are key issues for evaluation and analysis. They will be illustrated through a range of substantive topics such as gendered, classed and racialised bodies, the body, health and illness, body modification, biotechnology, and social and digital media and the body.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    You will select a total of 60 credits from the following modules:

    BED3000Dissertation (40 credits)

    Dissertation provides you with the opportunity to design and execute a research project, with support from your tutors, which focuses on an area of interest in education (ideally relating to a sector in which you may wish to pursue a career). You will be responsible for the design of data gathering tools, for the choice of data analysis methods, as well as the production of a final dissertation that reports your findings.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    BED3001Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives (20 credits)

    Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives enables you to engage in the in-depth study of one of the key disciplines of education studies. You will examine the genealogy of key aspects of the current education sector, such as the National Curriculum, Early Years Provision, Lifelong Learning, the Exam System, or Higher Education. You will explore what current researchers are investigating, where the discipline appears to be heading, and how it can continue to contribute to the future of education and education studies.


    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    BED3002Knowledge, Learning and Understanding (20 credits)

    Knowledge, Learning and Understanding enables you to study the thinkers and ideas currently existing at the forefront of the philosophy of education, exploring how philosophy contributes to education policy-making, curriculum design, teaching and learning. The module encourages independent thinking through philosophical approaches and building upon your skills in critical analysis to develop an awareness of your own values and beliefs. You will need to communicate and defend your personal position in relation to challenging issues, exploration of which will structure many sessions.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    BED3003Current Debates in the Psychology of Education (20 credits)

    Current Debates in the Psychology of Education immerses you in the advanced study of psychological theories to develop in-depth knowledge of what constitutes effective teaching and learning. Psychology makes a vital contribution to the field of education, offering theories which can explain learning, behaviour and the mind. It allows examination of the motivations and perceptions of individuals, enabling educators to better understand the most effective ways to promote learning and how potential barriers to progress might be overcome. The module will support you in developing the skills required to examine and critique psychological enquiry and then applying this knowledge to consider key educational issues from a psychological angle.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    BED3004Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education (20 credits)

    Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education enables you to explore shifts in educational policy and consider the most pressing contemporary issues in the sociology of education. You will reflect on how education across the age spectrum, and in its formal and informal paradigms, is affected by the design and implementation of government policy, as well as by factors such as class, gender, race, religion and wealth. Additionally, you will explore the origins of the history of the sociology of education and how researchers apply the core concepts, collect and analyse data, and report on the results of their research.


    Assessment: Coursework: 90%, Practical(s): 10%.

    You will select two of the following modules:

    SPY3101Self-Directed Study (20 credits)

    Self-Directed Study enables you to look in depth at a theme or issue covered over the duration of your programme of study. The module involves identifying a chosen area for study, developing and negotiating a learning contract (which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period), as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning. You will be assigned a module supervisor who will help you to develop the negotiated learning and agree the nature of the assessment.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPY3109Arts in Society (20 credits)

    Arts in Society focuses upon the way that a range of feminist and community-based artists work with specific communities and the general public in order to address social issues. The module enables you to explore and develop notions of social justice and community engagement through innovative and creative means. In its examination of the ways in which the arts can ameliorate social conditions, it raises philosophical, ethical and practical issues. You will have the opportunity to learn about a range of artists and practices and the resonance these have with the social issues that are meaningful to them and their study. You will be encouraged to think creatively and reflectively and be expected to engage with works of art as well as with critical literature.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPY3110Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits)

    Critical Terrorism Studies recognises that in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and those in London, Madrid, Paris and beyond, terrorism and political violence have become ever more pressing contemporary issues. But, what is ‘terrorism’; what does the term itself actually mean? What causes political violence, how is it represented in modern multi-mediated societies and how does the issue of ‘counter terrorism’ impact on the lives of people today? How has the ‘fear’ of terrorism come to affect our society? These are the sort of questions this module is designed to address. You will be invited to employ and develop your understanding of critical sociological theories, concepts and approaches in order to investigate these matters of great contemporary social importance.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPY3111Social, Cultural and Political Ideas (20 credits)

    Social, Cultural and Political Ideas enables you to undertake focused work on trans-disciplinary theoretical studies that combine social, political and cultural dimensions in order to understand issues and problems in the contemporary world. The module provides a discursive base on the relationship of theory to practice and the critical study of ideas before focusing on three particular issues and/or theoretical positions and perspectives. Topics might include democracy and democratisation, neo-liberalism, models of justice, consumerism, governance and globalism, cultural Marxism, Orientalism, post-colonialism, or post-Marxism. The balance of generality with specific focus allows for a detailed and critical approach to social, political and cultural ideas.


    Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

    SPY3118Childhood and Sexuality (20 credits)

    Childhood and Sexuality juxtaposes how children and young people are constructed simultaneously as desexualised or pre-sexual beings and, therefore, in need of protection and, at the same time, young people, in particular, are portrayed as sexually ‘promiscuous’ or engaged in sexual ‘risk taking behaviour’. The module introduces you to the tensions between these contradictory constructions of youth sexuality and explores the ways in which young people understand their sexuality and develop their sexual identity.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPY3125Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions (20 credits)

    Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions provides you with the opportunity to intensively study a particular society and culture through some of its contemporary issues. The module allows for the comparative cultural analysis of a different society to the one you live in, focused around some preparatory lectures and reflective sessions and an intensive study trip to that country. The focus of the study trip will be to explore both comparisons and contrasts, and use the experience of difference to explore social and cultural issues and problems.


    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

    Timetables

    Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

    Disclaimer

    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

    Example Offers

    Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

    • A Level: BCC-BBC;
    • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
    • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points;
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

    Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

    As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

    For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

    EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

    International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

    English Language Requirements

    International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

    If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

    Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

    Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    As a graduate from this BA (Hons) Education and Sociology degree you will be well placed to progress into a wide range of careers.

    Typical career paths include working as a teacher, a learning mentor, education administrator, museum/gallery/heritage site educator, educational psychologist, education counsellor, social/community worker, prison educator, international development worker, training organiser, charity worker, speech therapist, or in the civil service, business, media and journalism, or local government. Please note that further training will be required for some of these roles.

    Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in Education or Sociology or a combination of the two subjects.

    How can I enhance my employability?

    It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

    Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

    • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
    • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
    • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

    Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

    Finance

    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

    If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide for your intended mode of study.

    Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

    Scholarships

    Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

    These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

    An additional scholarship, which you may qualify to receive, rewards outstanding grades and is available to eligible UK and EU students.

    To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

    Apply

    How to Apply

    If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

    If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

    Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

    Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

    Visit Us

    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

    Request a Prospectus

    If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

    Get in Touch

    If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

    International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    28th February 2020 - Change of Modules

    BED2003 Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education (20 credits) changes from compulsory to optional in Year 2. BED2001 How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education (20 credits), BED2002 Agency Power and Change in Education (20 credits) and BED2004 UK Education in its Global Contexts (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2.

    BED3001 Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives (20 credits) and BED3002 Knowledge, Learning and Understanding (20 credits) change from compulsory to optional in Year 3. BED3000 Dissertation (40 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

    9th January 2020 - Change of Modules

    SPY2135 Broken Britain (20 credits) replaces SPY2137 Sexualities: Identities, Politics, Cultures (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 2. SPY2126 Promoting Equality in Childhood (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

    SPY3130 Sociology of the Body and the Emotions (20 credits) replaces SPY3112 Desire: Law, Politics, Ethics, Difference (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3. SPY3110 Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits) changes from compulsory to optional.

    23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    104-112 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.