Everyone has been to school and many of us continue to be educated and to engage in learning throughout our lives. We therefore have strong views and opinions on what children and young people should be taught in schools, on how they should be educated and what the outcome of a good education should be. Indeed we are all “experts” but to understand education and to develop a career within the education system you need to study the subject in considerable detail. On our BA Education programme you will have the opportunity to explore this fascinating subject from a variety of different perspectives.
You will consider what the aims of education should be in the 21st century, examine how children with special education needs can be supported in mainstream schools, explore the different ways in which young children learn to read, or discuss how troubled adolescents should be supported in schools. Moreover, in this programme we prepare you to gain employment in the many different professions associated with the business and practice of education.
- Roehampton is has an established history and international reputation for research and teaching in education.
- In the last review of our research output in Education 100% of it was recognised either internationally or nationally, with 30% of that work regarded as being either "world-leading" or "internationally excellent" (Research Assessment Exercise 2008).
- The programme is flexible and dynamic, with the opportunity to specialise in different aspects of education. In Years 2 and 3, you are given a wider variety of modules to choose from depending on your areas of interest and which career path you wish to follow.
- In the most recent evaluation of the programme students gave the highest satisfaction rating for the ability of lecturers to explain concepts and their enthusiasm for the subject.
- On the BA/BSc Education programme we pride ourselves on the support we provide to individual students.
In our first year you are introduced to the main ideas about the policy, history and structure of the education system in England, children’s development from birth to adolescence, and the aims and purposes of education. If you are a Single Honours student, you will also have the opportunity to examine the issue of social justice in education and to start exploring how education can be researched, starting with you reflecting on and re-examining your own educational experiences. The expectation is that by the end of year one you will have developed an interest in subjects which you will be able to explore and examine in more substantial depths in your second and third year.
In year two you have a wide variety of options to choose from depending on your areas of interest and the further education and/or career path you wish to follow. You have the opportunity to explore contemporary issues in education, to learn about the practice of education and to consider what it is like to teach in schools and other educational settings. In addition you may choose to learn about and examine how children with special needs or vulnerable children are supported in schools, ethical issues within education, or how a teacher can manage the behaviour of children in the classroom. There is also an opportunity to undertake an education placement in one of a variety of settings, such as after-school clubs, charities and schools.
In year three you again have a wider range of modules to choose from. You may, for instance, study comparative education, counselling in schools, social philosophy of education, primary school education, youth participation or the different ways in which young people are presented and treated in our society and how they can be helped to participate more fully and help to shape their own futures. As a single honours student you also have the opportunity to investigate an area of education which you have become particularly interested in by completing a dissertation. Here you can examine a topic that fascinates you with the support and guidance of a personal tutor who will be assigned to you at the start of your third year. Overall in year three there is a greater emphasis on independent study, with support, so that you are able to pursue those subject areas that you have become most attracted to and want to investigate further.
- Child Development
- Social Justice in Education
- Counselling in Schools
In order to enhance your career prospects we have pathways within the programme which enable you to improve your presentation skills, your abilities to communicate verbally and in writing, your abilities to work within a group and as part of team, your organisational and time management skills and your abilities to present a logical and coherent argument.
We therefore provide you with the generic skills needed for employment by enabling you to follow a particular personal development pathway. In addition, we also develop your knowledge and skills for employment in education by the choice of subjects you may study and the excellent teaching and learning experience we provide. So that when you graduate you may either gain employment as a teacher, after having completed a one-year PGCE, or another profession within education.
Besides teaching, a substantial number of students go on to gain employment as learning mentors, social or community workers, youth workers, educational administrators and education welfare officers. Recent graduates have also gone on to work in the education departments in museums, galleries and theatres; early years settings; education publishing; education research departments and local education authorities. Besides gaining employment, our students have completed Masters courses in, for instance, special and inclusive education, counselling, philosophy or educational psychology.