Education Studies (BA)

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  • Engage in a rich programme informed by a holistic, multidisciplinary approach.
  • Gain work experience on a placement in an educational setting, including schools, nurseries, museums, galleries or charities.
  • A springboard into a broad variety of careers, including teaching.
  • Roehampton is in the top three universities in London for graduate earnings in education (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings one and five years after graduation).
  • For the past three years Roehampton has been ranked in the top two universities in London for Education (Complete University Guide 2020, 2021 and 2022).
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.

Summary

This degree offers a broad based study programme examining both contemporary and traditional views of education, with a questioning approach rooted in inclusion and a desire for social justice.

The course is designed to appeal strongly to changemakers, those students who want to make a difference to people's life chances and who seek a holistic approach to education.  Many also find themselves changed by this holistic approach as they examine education through a range of lenses - philosophical, sociological and psychological for example.  Some expertise in these disciplines, plus an understanding of economics and pedagogy, are essential to gaining a full picture of what education is, its purpose and its possibilities.

It's this breadth of study that differentiates BA Education Studies from teacher training degrees, although some of our graduates do go on to complete a PGCE Primary course to become classroom teachers.  Other career outcomes for our graduates may include working with children with special educational needs, working in a museum as an educator, youth work, or professional coaching in a private organisation. The degree is also excellent preparation for further study at master’s level.

The programme offers you breadth of study via three themed study routes, each with a corresponding suite of modules. The areas are:

Educational Contextual landscapes: which explores theories of education, over time, key concepts and the influences that shape educational thinking.
Educational Enquiry, Research, and Futures in Education:in which students test and examine theories and practice in different ways that help to inform knowledge, understanding and, potentially, influence the field. Students are required to develop their capacity for independent investigation and become a self-sufficient professional who can take responsibility for his/her own workload and professional development.
Personal Learning and Development: An understanding of how growth, development and learning happen is fundamental to this degree programme. As students progress, they will develop a deepening appreciation of the range of factors that impact on learning, and how investigations into such issues can inform ideas about pedagogy and the role of educators. 

You will undertake a professional work placement, to gain valuable experience in the workplace, and put the theory you have learnt at Roehampton into practice. You can also choose to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities, to develop your cross-cultural skills and confidence, and learn about education in another culture.

Year one

  • Build an overview of education and cover the topics that each of the three pathways will explore in more detail as you progress.
  • Study current issues and debates in early childhood and education, and investigate the notion of research, with a particular focus on social and cultural issues.
  • Examine the basic concepts of developmental social and cognitive psychology, from infancy to adolescence, and begin to understand how these concepts inform teaching and learning.
  • Learn about some of the most significant developments that have occurred in education in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Become a self-sufficient and confident student able to complete your studies efficiently and effectively.
  • Develop the emotional intelligence, interpersonal and reflection skills needed to become a successful professional within schools, higher education, education publishing and other institutions.

Years two and three

  • Build on the knowledge gained in your year one modules.
  • Choose to follow a particular pathway that will prepare you for your chosen career:
    • The Working in Education pathway will set you up well for working in schools but also learning beyond the classroom, in museums, galleries, youth projects, voluntary organisations, professional development and higher education. You will explore and examine how educationalists can improve pupils’ wellbeing and learning by understanding how social influences and, in particular, early experiences, emotions and emotional literacy, can facilitate learning.
    • On the Diversity and Inclusion in Education pathway, you will investigate key ethical dilemmas, rights and responsibilities in education, diversity and multiculturalism, youth participation and identity, and examine the learning needs and inclusion of children with special educational needs.
    • The Researching Education pathway covers issues in education such as exclusion from school, or selective education, and ethical dilemmas, rights and responsibilities. You will develop the capacity for logical reasoning, writing and methods of investigation, highly relevant in education institutions and other organisations that need to address and resolve everyday challenges.
  • If you prefer, choose to study a cross section of modules from the three pathways above, giving you a broad base of education knowledge.
  • In year three, complete a dissertation on a subject you are interested in, with support from a personal research tutor.

 Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Contemporary Issues
Researching Social and Cultural Issues
Understanding Education
Aims of Education in the 21st Century
Child Development and Educational Practice
Professional Practice in Education

Independent study module (this can only be taken with the approval of the Programme Convenor)
Independent Study 1

Year 2

Required modules
Research Methods
Professional Practice: Education Placement
Inequalities in Education
Developmental Phases and Education: from Infancy to Adolescence

Optional modules (students take two of the following)
Social and Emotional Dimensions of Teaching and Learning
Atypical Learners: Diversity and Inclusion
Ethical Dilemmas, Rights and Responsibilities in Education
Learning Beyond the Classroom

Independent study module
Independent Study 2

Year 3

Required modules
Dissertation
Special and Inclusive Education or Primary Education

Optional modules
Youth Participation and Identity
Pastoral Care, Behaviour and Learning in School
Multiculturalism and Education
Childhood and Media

Independent study module
Independent Study 3

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

This degree will prepare you to work in a wide range of educational settings, such as government departments, community and voluntary organisations, social services, policy and research settings. You could also work in youth organisations, libraries, museums, education publishers, and a host of other organisations where professional development and education is practised.

You will be well placed to go on to further study and complete postgraduate teacher training at University or in schools, if you want to teach children in primary education. You could go on to a MA in Education Studies, Education Leadership and Management, Special Education Needs, Disability and Inclusion, Education Policy or Education Practice.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Muna Golmohamad-Linkova
Senior Lecturer

Muna Golmohamad

Hello, my name is Muna. I am a senior lecturer and the Programme Convener for BA Education Studies. I have had a long-standing interest in the Philosophy of Education, exploring questions about identity, development and social justice. My publications focus on subjects such as global citizenship, patriotism, citizenship education and the intercultural phenomena of citizenship. I have been working at Roehampton since 2004, when I started as a visiting lecturer, but my relationship with Roehampton goes back further because I was also a student here. My passion for Education Studies is rooted in the breadth of its scope across disciplines, and its potential to affect and shape people’s lives. Everyone can relate to education at some level, because they can draw on personal experiences. Our students experience transformative learning, empowering them to take control of their futures and potentially become change-makers – this is what makes Education Studies special!

Dr Sue Smedley
Senior Lecture

Sue Smedley

I’m Sue and I teach on the BA Education Studies programme. Before joining Roehampton I worked as a primary school teacher in south east London. I particularly enjoy hearing students’ opinions and ideas in class when they discuss different aspects of education, learning and teaching. I love the natural environment of our university campus and I value the connections the university has with the famous early childhood pioneer, Friedrich Froebel, who was an advocate of play and who also believed we should be respectful of nature. In addition to teaching, I am Head of Undergraduate Taught Programmes, which means that I work with the Programme Conveners of all four BA programmes in the School of Education. This gives me an exciting overview of the different courses and the varied and creative work done by the tutors and. I count myself lucky to be working in such  a friendly and beautiful university.

Dr Melissa Jogie
Lecturer

Melissa Jogie

Hi, I’m Melissa and I joined the School of Education in 2018 as a Lecturer in Education Studies. For me, top highlights of being at Roehampton are my supportive colleagues, the diverse student community and the spectacular campus grounds with (very) happy wildlife. My research on social justice and activism (details at www.melissajogie.com) is spread across different disciplines and programmes at the university and informs my research-led teaching practices. Top non work related activities include baking, reading or working for Darth Vader as a Sith apprentice in virtual reality.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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