BA (Hons) Education Studies

Welcome to the BA (Hons) Education Studies.

Engagement with Education is something that all human beings experience at some stage of their lives, but have you ever wondered what shapes education systems?

How did law-makers, theorists and influential educators make their marks, and what
does that mean for our work as educators of the next generation? Discovering some of the answers is just part of this student-centred degree programme as you embark on your career in education.

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The purpose of the BA (Hons) in Education Studies course is to give students an insight into the world of Education. It will explore educational differences within the United Kingdom and Internationally as well as allowing students to examine pedagogy and andragogy in context. The course will also explore the impacts of governments and governmental legislation on education and how the socio-economic climate influences the needs of education.

Upon successful completion learners should be able to:

  • Have a balanced knowledge and understandingof the principal features of education in a wide range of contexts and provide opportunities for students to appreciate educational theory, policy and practice both in the United Kingdom and globally.
  • Have the knowledge of UK education systems, including provision at different key stages, and global issues in education allowing the learner to assess the possibilities, opportunities and challenges for the future of education
  • Understand ‘Education’ in its broadest sense by drawing on a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical perspectives and academic disciplines to illuminate understanding of education and the contexts within which it takes place in an ever-growing number of educational settings.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30 or 15 academic credits, 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.

Compulsory modules enable you to cover key subject knowledge whilst and optional allow you to develop your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Year One (Level 4) Year Two (Level 5) Year Three (Level 6)

64 UCAS Points* Applicants with substantial professional experience may also be accepted on the programme.

*2017-18 UCAS Tariff

International applicants

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:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

Progression routes upon completion of the programme could include social work, youth work, employment in the education sector, PGCE or Masters Level study. It allows new students to obtain an entry into education studies. It will also allow a progression route for the Certificate of Education graduates to a Dip HE and then full BA (Hons). It will also provide opportunities for employment in education management roles and other associated youth work roles.

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 practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-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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BA (Hons) Education Studies - Full-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration3 Years
UCAS CodeX300
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £9,250 per year
BA (Hons) Education Studies - Part-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration6 Years
Course CodeZE6BAEDFF1
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £4,625 per year
Year One (Level 4)

Module title Education Studies 1 (Communication Skills) (Level 4, 15 credits)

What’s it about?

Key aspects of communication, allowing you to analyse your own strengths and areas for development in relation to each of the four key educational sectors within the UK education system. It will look at verbal, non-verbal and written communications within an educational context

What do I learn?

  • To demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communications in a variety of scenarios and understand your impact on learners including those with English as Second/Other

Language (ESOL).

  • To identify and analyse your own areas for development within communication skills.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of certain communication theorists within an educational context.

What’s the assignment?

Part 1 – Recording – 15-minute recording of two role plays demonstrating different communication skills with different groups of students (you can decide upon sector, age, and SPLD groupings that you wish to investigate further) (50%)

Part 2 – Essay – Reflection on your role-plays and self-assessment on areas of personal development with links to appropriate theorists for your areas of interest. (1,500 words) (50%).

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Module title Educational Legislation (Level 4, 15 credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the range of relevant legislation that surrounds and encompasses education and educational establishments such as the various Education Acts, the Schools and Inspection Act, Safeguarding, Child Protection, Equality and Diversity legislation and PREVENT (the anti-radicalisation legislation), to name but a few. You will also investigate the structure of the Department of Education, its role in shaping government policies and how these are then enforced.

 What do I learn?  

  • Key pieces of legislation that are associated with educational establishments for children and young adults.
  • To identify the importance of important legislation in the United Kingdom educational sector.
  • To outline the government’s organisational structure and law-making procedures in relation to educational matters

What’s the assignment?

3,000 word written assignment – patchwork text.

Task 1 – Outline four key pieces of education related legislation that are specifically related to your field of choice. (1,250 words)

Task 2 – Identify the importance of these four pieces of legislation in the educational sector (1,250 words).

Task 3 – Create a poster detailing the current governmental structure in relation to education including names and brief job descriptions. (500 words)

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Module title History of Education (Level 4, 15 credits)

 What’s it about? This module explores the history of education in Western societies, with particular focus on that of Britain. It examines the contextual significance that has been placed on the value and purpose of education at varying times throughout history. It investigates how education evolved and its political perspectives. You will use individual and group activities to learn the major changes undergone in education.

What do I learn?

  • To demonstrate an understanding of the changing role of education within Western society.
  • To analyse the broad impacts of political policy on education in the last twenty years. To describe different types of learning in environments outside schools.
  • To demonstrate an appreciation of the extent to which the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology and history underpin educational policy and practice

What’s the assignment?

A presentation of 30 minutes on the educational sector of your choice with focus on a particular, anonymised school, college or University to chart the progress through the years.

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Module title Information Technology in Education (Level 4, 15 credits)

What’s it about?

The history of technology in education, how it has impacted and shaped the modern curriculum and the learning spaces that are used in today’s modern classroom. It will also enable you to explore different software and hardware packages that are available in different educational settings and evaluate their effectiveness as a teaching tool.

What do I learn?  

  • To identify the impact information technology has had on education in the United Kingdom in the last 20 years.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of information technology in a chosen educational environment.
  • To identify your own areas of improvement in relation to information technology usage in a chosen educational environment

What’s the assignment?

Task 1 – 3,000 word written piece as a case study of a room or office of your choice through the last 20 years.

Task 2 – 500 words personal skills analyse on your current skills and how to develop them and therefore be more employable at the end of the degree programme.

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Module title: Introduction to Research Skills (Level 4. 15 Credits)

What’s it about?                      

This module introduces the theory and practice of research in educational contexts. It will train you in the use of resources for research and the principles, the methods and strategies used in education research, and will equip you with the skills to design and implement small-scale, independent research projects.

What do I learn?                      

You will learn how to demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes research, and show your knowledge of a range of diverse research methodologies. You will be taught how to design, conduct and analyse the findings of an original small-scale research project in your institution that demonstrates engagement with research and knowledge creation.

What’s the assignment?

You will submit a 3,000 word evaluation of the sections of a research project.

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Module title : Introduction to Special Education Needs/Specified Learning and Disability needs (SLDN) – (Level 4. 15 Credits)

What’s it about?                      

This module introduces the topic of special educational needs and disability. This module will discuss theories of inclusive education in relation to SEND, as well as implications for the curriculum and pedagogy. The module will consider collaboration and partnership working with parents / carers and other professionals.

What do I learn?                      

You will learn a range of aspects in relation to legislation, and practices and initiatives which relate to children and young people  with special educational needs or disabilities.

What’s the assignment?

You will submit a 3,000-word written assignment. This will detail the changes in legislation, support and partnership working with children or young people with SEN/SPLD, and the positive impact of this upon them.

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Module title: Research Project 1 (Level 4. 15 Credits)

What’s it about?                      

The aim of this module is build on your knowledge from the previous research skills module and allow you to undertake, a small-scale research project.

What do I learn?                      

You will learn how to identify the issues in research including the purpose and nature of educational research, and analyse the purpose and the key features of planning the research process. You will also learn how to identify a range of methods for gathering primary and secondary data related to the area of choice, and identify the ethics of research in relation to an educational context.

What’s the assignment?

You will produce a 3,000 word research project including methodology and a literature review.

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Year Two (Level 5)

Module Title: Alternative approaches to education. (Level 5. 15 Credits)

What’s it about?                      

This module is designed to help you think critically about the nature and purpose of education. It does so by focusing on examples of alternative educational provision, such as ‘progressive’ schooling education and home education. These examples will enable you to analyse and reflect upon your own educational experiences, as well as to evaluate current policy and practice within mainstream state provision. The module will also help you to shape your own educational philosophy.

What do I learn?                      

You will learn to compare and contrast three ‘alternative’ educational theories and practices, and examine the benefits and barriers of alternative approaches to education.

You will learn to relate ideas and opinions on alternative approaches to education to wider social, cultural and political understandings, and reflect on your own educational experiences, beliefs, attitudes, and values, and evaluate what you have learned about alternative forms of education

What’s the assignment?

You will submit a 3,000-word assignment comparing and contrasting three different educational establishments.

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Module title: Child Development and Socio-economics. (Level 5. 15 Credits)

What’s it about?                      

Child development helps to explain why children share certain characteristics but equally why two children of the same age can be so different. In this module, you will learn about the ways in which growth and development are interlinked in five broad areas: physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social.

What do I learn?                      

You will learn to examine how the principles of growth and development apply to children’s developmental progress from birth up to 18 years, and to analyse the range of factors which influences children’s development including socio-economic status. You will also learn to analyse theories and models of development and how they relate to aspects of children’s development, and to evaluate the importance of recognising atypical development.

What’s the assignment?

You will compare and contrast two case studies – 3,000 words (100%)

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Module Title: Education in an International Context (Level 5. 15 Credits)

What’s it about?                      

This module focuses on understanding education in an international, multicultural teaching and learning context. It begins by introducing key concepts used in international education policy and practice, examining the roles and responsibilities of contemporary educators. The module also considers current concerns in international education, as well as reflecting on key individuals who are researching future trends and challenges. One of the key areas of focus in this module is to reflect on what constitutes a constructive international culture of teaching and learning.

What do I learn?                      

You will learn to reflect on the key concept of what international multicultural education means in the 21st century, and to identify key influences of political, social and historical contexts on international education. You will be encouraged to critically discuss theories, policies and practices that influence teaching and learning in a variety of contexts, and determine which dispositions encourage respect and concern for other cultures and peoples, linking these to the demands of the wider curriculum in teaching and learning in contemporary classrooms.

What’s the assignment?

You will create a 30-minute presentation on comparison of one area or sector of education, between three different countries.

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Module title: Education Studies 2 (How and why we learn) – (Level5, 15 credits)

What’s it about? This module will enable you to understand key theories, principles and applications of learning. The knowledge base features contemporary theories involving new and emerging technologies.

What do I learn?

  • How to analyse theories, principles and models of learning.
  • To evaluate how theories can be used to inform classroom teaching and impact on learning.
  • To evaluate how internet, and communications technology theories can promote learning.
  • To examine potential barriers to learning and how to overcome them.

What’s the assignment?

3,000 word portfolio on an anonymous group of six students (approx.. 500 words each) describing a range of learning needs and methods to combat them to allow for maximum progress.

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Module title Educational Provision. (Level 5, 15 credits)

What’s it about?

This module aims to provide you with an overview of the National Curriculum, Key stages and levels of learning and why key subjects are included and how progress/quality is monitored. It will also look at the very dynamic nature of educational settings and the differences between them. It will also provide an in-sight into government oversight and the strategic importance of key subjects in relation to the economy and national/international growth by examining the links between educational establishments, local and national industry as well as the government of the day.

What do I learn?

  • To discuss the effectiveness of the national curriculum for today’s modern, culturally diverse Great Britain and the future.
  • To critically assess the current effectiveness of academy chains in the current educational system as opposed to Local Educational Authority based provision.
  • To evaluate the current educational system within the United Kingdom in relation to Key Stages and a range of delivery providers.

What’s the assignment?

3,000 word essay on the Education provision within Great Britain and the influences on it.

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Module title: Managing Data in an Educational Context. (Level 5, 15 credits)

What’s it about?

In this module you will focus on the importance placed upon managing data within the educational sector and the methods by which these are returned to public funding bodies. You will look at, and evaluate, a range of software programmes from across the sector to familiarise yourself with the possible data handling requirements of a future position within the education sector.

What do I learn?

  • To critically evaluate the need for data management and storage within the educational sector(s).
  • To analyse your personal ICT skill set and identify action plans in order to be work ready.
  • To evaluate the current data management requirements in a chosen education setting.

What’s the assignment?

Analyse and draw conclusions from a provided set of data to review performance of an educational environment (choice of primary, secondary, or further education). [3,000 words.]

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Module title: Research in Education 2. (Level 5, 15 credits)

What’s it about?

This module will provide an opportunity for you to establish or advance your understanding of research considering a number of different methods. The module introduces the language of research, ethical principles, and challenges, and the methodological elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. You will use these theoretical underpinnings to critically review literature relevant to your field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in informing your understanding of your environment (work, social, local, global).

What do I learn?

  • To analyse the purpose and the key features of the education research methodology with a particular focus on action research processes.
  • To appraise the ethical principles of research, challenge and approval processes.
  • To identify and justify a planning proposal for research of your own choice of an area of practice for action research with related ethical considerations.
  • To plan and conduct a research project evaluating your own research abilities.

What’s the assignment?

2,500 word project and 500 word self-evaluation of your own performance in research.

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Module title: STEM Subjects and English in Education. (Level 5, 15 credits)

What’s it about?

This module aims to give you a more in-depth look at Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (often referred to as the STEM subjects), and English. It will review their impact on the face of education and employment opportunities for graduates in society. It will look at how the different key stages interact with these subjects, how a range of school environments deal with implementing these subjects, and the importance that is placed upon them both in educational establishments and the individual learners studying them as well as how they are reported to the government for inclusion in the national performance tables.

What do I learn?

  • To evaluate the importance of the STEM subjects, plus English, in society in Great Britain today.
  • To evaluate the emphasis and the importance placed on these subjects by education institutions as opposed to non-STEM or English subjects.
  • To critically assess the current reporting systems of the educational system within the United Kingdom.

What’s the assignment?

Task 1 – 3,000 word case study on a school/LEA of your choice centred on the STEM/English subjects, the importance of them within that establishment and their performance nationally.

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Year Three (Level 6)

Module title: Education Studies 3 (Assessment Methods/Visible Learning). (Level 6, 15 credits)

What’s it about?

The module covers the theories and principles of assessment, requiring you to design and demonstrate assessment methods. You will obtain an in depth understanding of the purpose and types of assessment that are available for use with the benefits and pitfalls of all in relation to a typical teaching and learning context. You will also obtain knowledge of the concept of assessment for learning and assessment of learning, all embedded with minimum core skills and how best to provide feedback.

What do I learn?

To critically evaluate the need for a safe and inclusive learning environment in relation to assessment. To critically review theories, principles and applications of formal and informal assessment. To critically evaluate the importance of delivering and receiving feedback.

What’s the assignment?

Task 1 – A 15-minute presentation on types of assessment methods and feedback available. Task 2 – Sample portfolio of marked work showing examples of feedback and a critique as to their effectiveness. (1,500 words.)

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Module title: Employment Studies (Assessment Methods/Visible Learning). (Level 6, 15 credits)

What’s it about?

During this module, you will conduct research into your intended areas of employment. You will also obtain work experience within this environment and conduct a skills audit to identify areas of concern and weaknesses which would prevent you from progressing into your chosen areas within the educational sector. You will investigate elements of Human Resources legislation, policies and procedures resulting in a better, all round interview performance.

What do I learn?

  • To critically evaluate an educational based job description including hard and soft skills, pay and benefits, desirable and essential criteria.
  • To conduct and critically assess a personal skills audit on a specific job description.
  • To design, critically appraise and commence a personal action plan for improvement.

What’s the assignment?

3,000 word critical review of a job description, placement, and personal skills audit

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Module title: Final Major Project – Research in Education (Level 6, 30 credits)

What’s it about?

This module builds on all of the previous research modules, allowing you to study a piece of research in great depth having developed it over the previous two years, or to embark on a fresh area of study. It develops knowledge and understanding regarding an academically rigorous research process, primarily concerned with action research. Areas to consider are how to formulate effective inquiry problems and devise research questions, how to identify the significance of asking the right questions, how to assess the significance of how questions are theorised, and to understand how research is related to policy and practice within an identified area of pedagogical praxis

What do I learn?

  • To critically analyse and compare the purpose and the key features of action research processes as distinct from other approaches to research.
  • To identify and justify a planning proposal for research of your own choice of an area of practice for action research with related ethical considerations.
  • To critically evaluate a range of methods for gathering primary and secondary data related to the area of choice.
  • To create a comprehensive research project reflecting subject specific content, key issues, and locally and internationally contemporary concerns.

What’s the assignment?

7-8,000 word research project (not including methodology/literature review chapters from previous module)

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Module Title: Government Influences in Education – Level 6. 15 Credits.

What’s it about?                      

This module will allow you to investigate government policies in relation to the United Kingdom Educational Sector. It will focus on a range of political parties and governmental departments to allow a broader understanding of the issues and influences on Education. You will also consider some key recent changes to the educational sector and the impact of them. This module will build on the knowledge learnt in Education Provision and allow you to examine, in depth, the educational themes within the manifestos of the main, current political parties within Great Britain to allow you to have a greater knowledge of the effects of politics on the educational sector.

What do I learn?                      

You will learn to critically evaluate the potential impact of a change of government on the education sector, and to critically assess the changes in the education sector over the last ten years. You will also learn to critically assess the current range of educational establishments (both delivery and managerial) that exist in the United Kingdom.

What’s the assignment?

You will write a 3,000 word education manifesto for a political party of your choice.

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Module title: Reflective Practice (Assessment Methods/Visible Learning). (Level 6, 15 credits)

What’s it about

This module will help you to understand the purpose and the importance of reflective practice. You will discover theories and models associated with reflective practice and how to apply them to all areas of your work including children, families, colleagues, and other professionals. By engaging with reflection you will be able to continuously improve your own skills and practice by learning from others and keeping up to date with new information.

What do I learn?

  • To critically examine the purpose of reflective practice in relation to working in an educational context.
  • To critically analyse a range of approaches to reflective practice.
  • To critically evaluate your own reflective practice and create a SMART action plan to improve your skills.
  • To critically analyse the link between refection and learning in the educational

What’s the assignment?

Submission of a reflective diary and self-evaluation equivalent to 3,000 words.

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Module Title: Research Methodology in Education (Level 6. 15 Credits)

What’s it about?                      

This module will deepen your knowledge of research by investigating a wider range of research approaches and methods to pedagogical research. A number of different areas related to research methodology and the approaches to presenting data will be discussed. You will be able to progress in more depth on your research conducted in years 1 and 2 or start a new research project evidencing different methodology and data presentation techniques.

What do I learn?                      

You will learn how to evaluate the applicability of different research methods with particular focus on action research, and critically analyse the characteristics of different methodological approaches and methods of research. You also will learn how to critically appraise available literature in order to justify a research question, and justify the selection

What’s the assignment?

Task 1 – A 1,500 word research methodology chapter (for your final major project)

Task 2 – A 1,500 word literature review chapter (for your major project)

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Module Title: The role of an educator in society. (Level 6. 15 Credits)

What’s it about?                      

The role of an educator in modern society has become a multifaceted one. Developing an understanding of wider professional practice is essential for anyone involved in this profession. Consequently, this module considers the broader political and social economic contexts, including relationships and responsibilities as well as the complexities of the role in the community and governmental pressures. You will be encouraged to reflect on prior learning as you develop your own educational philosophy.

What do I learn?                      

You will learn to critically examine the impact and effect of the educator in modern society, and critically analyse the external pressures on an educational establishment. You will also learn to critically reflect on your own educational philosophy and current expectations and standards for a role in a particular educational sector.

What’s the assignment?

You will submit a critical review of a role in a particular educational sector – 3,000 words

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