BA (Hons) Education Studies
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Why an Education Studies degree?
Education is an important field of study in its own right. It is central to government policy and affects us all, whether we are students, teachers, policy-makers, employers or parents.
This course offers the chance to explore key issues in education. It draws on the educational aspects of sociology, politics and psychology, as well as exploring the history and philosophy of education, to provide students with an understanding of the themes which underpin current educational thinking and practice.
Who is this degree aimed at?
If you have an interest in education in its broadest sense and intend to teach or if you want to study a rigorous, relevant, academic discipline that will lead to a career in the public and private sector – including business, commerce, social and educational research this degree may be right for you.
It is expected that you will have a strong interest in continuing one of your A-level subjects, but will also want to broaden your knowledge and understanding to include a new and stimulating field of study. You will have an intellectual curiosity, and a desire to explore a range of issues including philosophy, psychology, sociology and politics. You will have also the ability to reflect on your own educational experience, and to relate this to the theoretical questions you will meet.
Where will you study?
The BA (Hons) Education Studies course is taught in Durham. Half of the course is taught by staff from the Education department and half of the course will be taught by staff in your Partner department subject. For more information on Partner departments please follow the link to the left.
What will you study?
Examples of education modules you could study include learning and teaching, history of education and educational policy, political sociology or learning in the early years. Whilst some of the modules are compulsory, others are optional thus allowing you to build the degree that suits you.
In the second year of the course you have the opportunity to take even greater control of your learning by selecting the special placement option. This work placement, at home or abroad, may or may not take place in a school. Following the placement you will be expected to write an assignment based on your experiences and present your findings to a seminar group.
As well as writing assignments and sitting examinations, you will be expected to write an 8,000 word dissertation. As with the rest of the course, you will receive full tutorial support for this. Your chosen dissertation topic can be in an area you have studied in the School of Education or from your other academic discipline. Overall, depending on your module choices, approximately half of the course will be assessed by written work, and half by examination.
Full details on the content and structure of the individual courses can be found via the resources below.
Please note, the Education Studies Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Registration, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
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