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BA (Hons) Education Studies (Online Learning)

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Teaching and Education

Attendance

Full-time, 3 years

Part-time

Learning

Online

Course summary

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? 

This BA (Hons) Education is offered online so you can study this exciting field when and where it suits you.  The 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 use our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle to access materials and complete weekly topics.  You'll follow slides, audio recordings and interactive online materials. 

Online discussion forms will allow you to communicate with your fellow students to resolve issues related to your studies. 

You’ll learn from practising teachers and take an active role in important current debates on children’s education. 

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.

UCAS points

96

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

N/A

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

Find out more

Placement

Optional placement year available

94%

Our overall student satisfaction score (NSS, 2018)

Specialist academics

You’ll be taught by enthusiastic and expert staff who focus on the needs of our students through innovative teaching methods, as well as academic writing and publishing.

85%

Percentage of our graduates who go on to work and/or further study (Unistats, 2017).

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Vikki Silvers

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

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Tuition fees
UK
£9,250

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

Maintenance Loan

Part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

From academic year 2018/19, part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation.
Part-time students need to study their courses at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.


All students will receive
:
Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA.

 

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

96

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

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

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 1 (core)
  • Exploring Social Worlds  (core)
  • Key Principles for Inclusion and Diversity  (core)
  • Emerging Research Communities  (core)
  • Philosophy of Education  (core)
  • Sociology of Education (core)
  • Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 2 (core)
  • Contemporary issues in Education (core)
  • Identity and Social Justice (core)
  • Building Research Communities (core)
  • Ideology, Politics, and Policy in Education (core)
  • Education Practice (core)
  • Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 3 (core)
  • Critical and global perspectives on education (core)
  • Language, Pedagogy and Cultural Diversity (core)
  • Volunteering (core)
  • Active Research Communities (core)

How you'll be assessed

We assess all modules through different forms of coursework. Assessment methods include group works, exams and individual work including essays.

In addition to writing traditional essays, you’ll be required to write reports, policy reviews and give presentations. This is to ensure you gain skills that are relevant to and can be transferred to the workplace. In your final year, you’ll write a research dissertation.

All grades count towards your module mark. 

More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL’s assessment and feedback policy.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

Distance learning on this course is supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), Moodle.

You’ll be given a full introduction to the use, nuances and scope of the VLE. This will help you to feel comfortable and confident with your online classroom, while your module leader/tutor will contact you at the beginning of each module to provide basic information and check for questions.

Each module has a site in Moodle structured around a sequence of weekly topics. These topics contain a lecture – typically, a series of slides and accompanied audio recordings or interactive online material – supported by guidance on key learning outcomes, self-assessment questions and links to core and additional readings. Modules run concurrently so you would need to balance your time across a number of modules at the same time rather than just one.

Our distance learning programmes cover the same content as our on campus equivalents.  In order to meet your potential in this programme you’ll be expected to take responsibility for the way you learn as you will need to motivate yourself throughout the course and undertake independent learning and research, including individual reading, preparation of assignments and completion of assessed course work.

Coursework will include presentations, video reports, research-based assignments and learning logs. The approximate percentages for this course are:The approximate percentages for this course are:

Year 1: 100% coursework
Year 2: 100% coursework 
Year 3: 100% coursework 

You’ll virtually 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, 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. 

You’ll be taught by staff with relevant experience and practice to ensure you learn from real life experience and research. We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on-campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

When not attending timetabled lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, Microsoft Teams and Moodle.

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7.

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. 

Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. If you need support with certain skills such as academic writing, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments will help you to achieve your potential. 

You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. 

We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. 

UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor led sessions, individual learning, practical activities. 

Our aim is to prepare our students for a broad range of careers, so that they can make amazing contributions to their communities. When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer. 

Approximate class sizes: 
30 in seminars 
200 in lectures

Who will teach on this course

Iona Burnell

Kate Ketcher

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.
 

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