- Engage in a rich programme informed by a multidisciplinary approach.
- Gain work experience on a placement in an educational setting, including schools, nurseries, museums, galleries or charities.
- 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).
- We are ranked as the top university in London for Education (Complete University Guide 2020).
Education is something that happens at all stages of our lives, not just in childhood. It allows us to develop our thoughts and ideas, progress in our careers and learn more about the world in which we live.
Whether your interest lies in working with children with special educational needs, working in a museum as an educator, youth work, professional development in a private organisation, or making a contribution to the wider field of education, an BA Education Studies will give you a strong grounding for your career.
The degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate teacher education and further study at master’s level.
An education studies degree at Roehampton offers you breadth of study, but also provides direction, by giving you three possible career pathways to pursue:
- Working in Education. This route will prepare you well for graduate employment in schools and other educational settings.
- Diversity and Inclusion in Education. The ideal pathway for graduate professional work, giving you the skills to work with the diversity of students that attend mainstream schools but also in more of a specialist unit or a central, local or private organisation.
- Researching Education. A good route if you are considering further training or academic study. You’ll be well qualifed to investigate issues and concerns as a professional working in a variety of organisations (such as schools, higher education colleges and charities in the voluntary or public sector).
Being a broad based programme, opportunities exist to develop knowledge, understanding and skills for a rich field of study, particularly across the three areas below. You'll study all three in your first year which will help you to make choices about optional modules in years two and three, depending upon your interests.
- Educational Contextual Landscapes; which explores discourses and theories of education, over time, key concepts and the influences that shape educational thinking and experiences.
- Development, Teaching and Learning; which presents theories and application of knowledge, skills, pedagogy and practice. Students gain insights and become more aware of the challenges of working in a diverse set of education establishments, and other setting, and the need to promote inclusion for a range of individuals with a diverse set of needs. They are prepared for the world of work by helping them to become professionals, gaining the knowledge and skill to function successfully in organisations and learning about pedagogy.
- Educational Enquiry, Research and Innovation; which increases appreciation for testing and examining 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, ability to engage in logical inquiry, and being a self-sufficient professional who can take responsibility for his/her own workload and professional development.
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.
- 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:
Independent study module (this can only be taken with the approval of the Programme Convenor)
Independent Study 1
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
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, 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.
Life at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.