Have you ever wondered what part you could play in shaping and transforming peoples’ lives through education; or even asked yourself what part you could play in transforming our educational system today?
Our holistic Education Studies degree programme at UCC enables you to discover the answers to these questions whilst preparing you to embark on your future career in education whether that be in teaching, supporting learning, or even educational psychology – the opportunities are endless.
You are passionate about shaping and transforming people’s lives through education. You will be passionate about creating safe, inclusive and exciting learning environments. You will want to be a strong advocate for those that you work with and uphold high standards of professional practice whilst not being afraid to challenge the status quo. You will want to make a difference.
You may already be working or volunteering in a school as support staff. Perhaps you are running sports coaching sessions or a forest school leader. You might be contemplating your next steps after leaving 6th form, or you might be mid-career and want to focus on a change of direction with education. There really is no one profile of our learners, we embrace the diversity of our learners backgrounds and their personal aspirations.
The term education encompasses a breadth of opportunities for our learners. In the UK, there are over 33,000 educational settings, made up of nurseries, schools, independent schools, alternative provisions, further education colleges and higher education institutions. These are supporting over 15million school pupils and adult learners. The opportunities an Education Degree provides is immense. Educational support is not just through teaching, it extends to educational psychology, supporting learners with SEND, interdisciplinary support, and pastoral and mental health support. Beyond traditional educational settings, a holistic understanding of education presents opportunities that arise for example in educational policy setting, museum education, corporate learning and development, as well as designing innovative curriculum through enhanced by educational technologies.
This interdisciplinary degree programme presents exciting opportunities to critically engage with ways of knowing and understanding; whilst analysing underpinning cultural, societal, technological, political, historical and economic contexts that relate to education. The programme provides the backbone to understanding what education is and what the role of an educator is. As you progress through the programme, you are able to start to tailor your work to areas of personal focus, culminating in your final dissertation.
We will help you to transform both personally and professionally through a creative, inspirational, critical and inquisitive culture that is fostered throughout. Throughout, employability skills are embedded with the programme and professional practice is considered. Strong links with teacher training providers have been forged for students wishing to complete their training to become teachers.
A wide range of enrichment activities are provided to support your learning outside of the modules, working with students both within our programme and across our School. We are also able to provide guidance for support if you need to resit any GCSEs required for teacher training.
Like our students, our teaching team is diverse, all have professional experience across educational professions yet we all have the collective goal in our commitment to inspire, educate and support you throughout this programme.
Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
64 UCAS Points* Applicants with substantial professional experience may also be accepted on the programme.
*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2021.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Additional requirements for International Students:
Your qualification progresses throughout the three years, starting with a Certificate of Education, to a Diploma in Higher Education and then a full BA (Hons). Progression routes include teaching training or Masters level study, whereby we will support you with the application process of these. Additional opportunities include: education in hospitals, prisons, working with SEND, educational psychology, working in youth justice, sports education, forest schools, policy making, non-governmental organisations, international educational programmes, play therapy, learning and development, designing educational technology, museum educators, pastoral and mental health support…the list is endless! Most importantly, you do not have to be restricted to any particular career from the outset, this is your opportunity for self-discovery and establish your own direction.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures.
When not attending lectures, seminars and practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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