"… the wide range of assessment opportunities allows them (students) to develop an impressive range of skills in displaying their knowledge and achievement in the field of Education and Professional Studies."
"Joint, co-operative effort by all concerned to build an educational environment directed to realising the full potentialities of all our citizens, whatever their age, gender, race or social class. Such must be the objective."
Brian Simon, What Future for Education?
Education Studies has become an increasingly popular area of study for many students. Although the study of education can sometimes be difficult to pin down, typically it is associated with the work of schools and teachers. Whilst this is a significant part of the field, the study of education is actually much wider than this and involves considering and challenging the very ideas of ‘school’, ‘schooling’, ‘learning’ and ‘teaching’. Students involved in the study of education are, therefore, exposed to a range of practices, theories and ideas that underpin how the work of education is conducted here in the UK and further afield.
Many of our undergraduate students go on to take postgraduate teaching qualifications such as the one-year PGCE or School Direct and hence much of what we do in Education Studies provides an ideal basis for initial teacher training.
The Education Studies programme is underpinned by a discussion of issues related to learning theory, individual development, education and society, equality and opportunity, access and inclusion, educational alternatives and organisational change. This is then an interdisciplinary field of study that draws on philosophy, psychology and sociology of education.
A number of our students also have interests that relate to other areas of allied educational work, such as youth, community and charity work or training and development. In response to this, the programme also draws on aspects of Critical Theory to explore issues of social justice, globalisation, sustainability and education and the environment.
Courses of interest:
Undergraduate - BA (Hons)
3 years full-time, 4.5 years flexible learning (for further information on flexible learning courses click here)