For 2017 entry: The University is currently undertaking a review of the curriculum of this programme. This will mean that the content and structure of the programme will be different from that described below. Please contact us for more information
Everyone is entitled to an education, but what should be taught and by whom?
This course explores how education has evolved over the years. We look at social, historical, psychological and philosophical aspects of education and how these affect issues such as teaching and learning, the inclusion of children with special educational needs, policy making, equality and curriculum design.
During the course we also give you the opportunity to study and examine teaching in a multicultural city, education in other countries, and working in schools not only as a teacher but also as a counsellor, educational psychologist, high level teaching assistant and mentor. You will also be given the opportunity to choose modules to build expertise and gain experience of different education settings through a placement.
This course will introduce you to the different aspects of education and give you an opportunity to reflect on your own educational experiences and how these link to formal research into education. You will examine the purposes of school, what children should learn and how they are taught. Studying child development will help you understand some of the different approaches to explaining human behaviour and how theory and practice work together. There is also the opportunity to examine how children with special education needs or troubled adolescents can be supported in mainstream schools.
You will explore the significance of education in society and how learners and teachers can influence the learning process. You will gain a broad understanding of policies and practices related to education and develop an appreciation of the extent to which the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology and history underpin educational policy and practice.
You will leave this course with a detailed understanding of the education system and the way in which people and society affect it. You will also have developed skills to critically analyse and assess research and theories and how to apply that learning to education-related work.
In your first year, you are introduced to the subject of education from psychological, social, and philosophical perspectives to provide you with the foundations for further study and enable you to identify the subject matter you would like to focus on in year two and three. You will study children’s development from birth to adolescence, consider the development of our present education system and debate concepts regarding the aims and purposes of education. If you are a Single Honours student, you will also be given the opportunity to examine contemporary issues education, issues of inequality in education, and reflect on and compare your own educational experiences.
In your second year you are able to choose from a variety of modules depending on your areas of interest and future career plans. You have the opportunity, to learn about the practice of teaching 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, the issue of inequalities in education, infant and adolescent development, how children learn, and compare the education systems in different countries.. You can also complete a placement in one of a variety of settings, such as after-school clubs, charities and schools. You may choose to undertake an extended education placement which may prepare you for work in schools as a teacher or other education professional.
In year three, you also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of modules and complete your own dissertation on a subject that you have become fascinated by and would like to investigate further. You may choose to study and gain expertise in, counselling in schools, the social philosophy of education, primary school education, youth participation, multicultural and/or special and inclusive education. Furthermore you may learn about the presentation of children and education in the media or learn about the children’s rights and the subject of social philosophy in education. The final year places 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.