BA (Hons) Education

Discover the modes, methods and purposes of education from early years to degree level, studying the evolution of the education system and acquiring real-world experience of how learning takes place.

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    UCAS Code: XX10
    Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
    Start Dates: September 2020, September 2021
    Subjects: Education and Teaching
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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    Why do our school and university systems exist in their current form? How have successive governments helped shape the way in which we teach and train children and adults? This degree addresses questions such as these, as you explore the world of education through the prisms of history, sociology, philosophy and psychology. You will develop your understanding of the UK education system not only in its own right, but also in its European and global contexts, engaging with the thinkers and ideas that are at the forefront of current education policy and practice, tracing their evolution as they shaped the way we teach and learn in the 21st century.

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    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, and how these technologies are harnessed in order to make learning more engaging and effective.

    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, and 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.

    During Year 3 you will design and undertake a research project while furthering your study in the history, sociology, philosophy and psychology of education. You will apply your knowledge to the UK and international education contexts in order to compare and critique the way in which education takes place.

    How will I study?

    You will study in a variety of ways, such as lectures, seminars and workshops. You will be taught and guided by experienced staff who will get to know you, both as an individual and as part of a group, so that you can acquire the skills and experience you need in order to move successfully into the world of employment. You will also take part in visits to different settings in which education takes place.

    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 programme enables students to produce work for assessment in a range of different ways. From more traditional essays and class tests, through group-work and presentations, to the creation of websites, wikis, videos and blogs, the assessment strategies on this programme equip students with a host of communication skills that will serve them well in their future careers.

    There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

    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.

    A Great Study Environment

    Two students listen to music on a mobile phone while walking by a lake, with the Faculty of Education building in the background.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.


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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%.

    BED1001Applied and Integrated Studies in Education (1) (20 credits)

    Applied and Integrated Studies in Education (1) enables you to engage with real-world contemporary issues in education and, through that engagement, reflect upon the relevant contingent factors that define and shape those issues. This module will focus on post-primary education, in both its formal and informal contexts, and will encourage you to explore the causal links between the various factors at play in particular education environments. Through the discussion and investigation of real-life issues you will learn to apply the concepts and theories of academic studies in education.

    Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

    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%.

    BED1003Learning in a Diverse Society (20 credits)