BA (Hons) Education Studies
Cass School of Education and Communities
January 2018 start date available for this course - study over the summer and join the 2nd year in September 2018.
Do you want to help shape and change young lives through education? Do you have a passion for teaching? Do you want to change communities from the inside? Our course is innovative and exciting, incorporating the very latest developments in the field of education studies.
Whether you want to become a primary or secondary school teacher or influence and shape education policy, it will provide you with a fantastic foundation. You’ll learn from practising teachers and take an active role in important current debates on children’s education. At UEL, we’re embedded in a diverse and inclusive community in east London.
This course reflects that, and you’ll be taught by an academic team that is representative of the wide multicultural variety of our student intake. Our course is strongly rooted in the real world, with plenty of opportunities to experience education in action in our community. This will ease your transition into a teaching environment when you leave us.
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Education Studies, BA (Hons)
I've been able to gain a new perspective looking through a child's eyes and I've learned more about children’s rights. I've especially loved exploring the enchantment of child literature. The intimate lectures of about 30 people are great. You can have some interesting debates and almost everyone has a chance to speak.
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What you'll learn
This course investigates contemporary education in a lively and stimulating way, from primary and secondary through to higher and adult education.
It’s very much a sociology-based course, looking at sociological factors affecting the family, social policy for young people, education and the national curriculum. We look at the subject from an international perspective to reflect the diversity of our student intake.
You’ll explore how individuals develop and learn, how the education system has evolved and how it continues to evolve. You’ll learn to critique the purpose of educational interventions and to evaluate arguments on educational issues.
We’ll give you an understanding of how political ideologies influence education policy. You’ll examine faith schools, special needs education and multiculturalism along with the sociology, psychology and philosophy of education.
You’ll learn how to evaluate research, enriching your studies and giving you the know-how and confidence to embark on your own research.
What you'll study and when
Philosophy of Education (core)
Education and Psychology (core)
The Language of multilingual communities (core)
Families, Children and Education (core)
Comparative Educational Ideology and Policy (core)
Researching Issues in Education (core)
Debates in Educational Ideology and Policy (core)
Language, Pedagogy and Cultural Diversity (core)
Critical Pedagogies (option)
How you'll be assessed
We use a variety of methods to assess you, including assignments, presentations, group activities, reports and a small number of written examinations.
How you'll learn
With a number of practising teachers on our academic staff, we understand there are times when you might need some extra tutor support. We won’t let you down in this regard.
Our team of lecturers and tutors pride themselves on being in tune with their students’ needs and adjust their teaching accordingly.
Based in the acclaimed Cass School of Education and Communities at our Stratford campus, you’ll attend lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You’ll also carry out e-learning, self-learning and guided reading – with plenty of individual support along the way.
We want you to develop as an independent thinker, which is why our lectures are always interactive and include open debates.
In your final year, you’ll carry out an independent research project on a relevant topic, taking your education off campus and into real-life situations where the emphasis is on practical learning. There’s also an optional volunteering module.
If you fancy studying abroad, you can do so through an educational exchange or apply for a short study trip overseas via our popular Going Global scheme.
“I really enjoy the variety of topics we cover on my course,” says Diane Griffiths, a third-year undergraduate. “They’ve have raised my awareness of current issues and relevant theories that explicitly relate to the education sector and situations that I might face in a classroom in the future.”
Your future career
This course provides you with an excellent foundation for a career in education.
It’s the perfect springboard if you want to become a teacher, particularly in primary education, or if you want to influence policy in the education field.
Once you’ve graduated successfully, you’ll have the option to train as a teacher, for example through a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) programme. At UEL, we offer PGCEs in Primary Education and a wide range of secondary subjects.
With a teaching qualification, you’ll have the choice of teaching in a mainstream school, a special school or a different kind of educational setting such as an environmental education centres.
The Education Studies course also equips you for a career in educational administration or a support role in education.
During the course you’ll have frequent opportunities to meet practitioners and potential employers, and we also arrange dedicated careers workshops and events.
The skills you gain are transferable to a wide range of working environments. Some of our graduates have gone on to teach English as a foreign language abroad. Others have move into fields outside education such as journalism.
You could also choose to embark upon postgraduate research at UEL in areas such as educational psychology or the philosophy of education.