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Courses

X1V1 Education Studies - History BA Undergraduate  2018

Essentials

UCAS code X1V1
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A-Level
AAB
International Baccalaureate
36
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/entry-reqs

Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/education
Email ed.ugstudents@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 8332

Course Summary

Description

Year 1

In the first year there are three compulsory modules in Education which introduce, and induct you into the world of education studies. Specifically, each module draws from different perspectives on education, which could be historical, sociological, philosophical, psychological, cultural and/or political; these different lenses allow you to begin to consider ‘big’ questions about education and the world. You will also spend time studying three modules in your partner department.

Education modules

  • History of Education
  • Context of Education
  • Learning and Teaching.

History Modules

You will study half of your modules within the History department.

In previous years optional modules available included:

  • The Birth of Western Society
  • Early Modern England: A Social History
  • The Century of Revolution
  • Reformation Europe
  • Wars and Welfare
  • The Making of Modern Africa.

Year 2

In the second year, you have more choice and ownership over your studies, as you pick two Education modules. In general, modules examine topics in more depth and detail, and again, often come from certain perspectives. For example Constructions of Childhood uses a sociological and cultural position, to analyse what it means to be a child in the world; in addition, it asks what childhood means to the world. Whereas Learning in the Early Years examines children, but from a child developmental psychological perspective. Hence, you can pick which ontological position you prefer, or mix and match these contrasting views. There is also a chance to study Harry Potter, which may interest some muggles!

Everyone also studies Education Research Methods, which examines approaches to, and the interpretation of, educational research.

Again, half your time will be spent in your partner department.

Education modules

  • Education Research Methods (compulsory module)

In previous years, optional modules available included:

  • Identity, Culture and Education
  • Constructing Childhood and Youth
  • Learning in the Early Years
  • The Philosophy of Social Science
  • Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion
  • Higher Education: Issues of Exclusion and Inclusion.

History Modules

You will study half of your modules within the History department.

In previous years optional modules available included:

  • Robin Hood
  • Selling the Tudor Monarchy
  • Hard Times: English Society, c. 1800-1901
  • Soviet Socialism in the Cold War: The USSR, 1945-1991
  • The Romantic Revolution
  • Protest, Terrorism and Revolution.

Year 3

In the final year, you have even more ownership over your studies. This largely comes through the Dissertation, which is a double module. Specifically, the Dissertation entails choosing a topic to study in depth, and being supported through this by an academic member of staff. Some students use the dissertation to make links to their partner department, as such, we encourage a wide range of proposals. For example, one recent dissertation, ‘Simply Mothballs’, explored the relationship between children’s literature and national identity. Another, entitled ‘Rice, Rum, Reggae and Risk’, investigated the effects of HIV/AIDS peer education programmes in Belize. Here, the student undertook independent research during her visit to Belize as part of her volunteer work for a charity. In a recent report the course’s external examiner said that the breadth of Dissertation topics studied was ‘inspiring’, and many students regard the Dissertation as the most enjoyable and important piece of work they undertake at Durham.

In addition, you study another four modules, from education and your partner department. Within this, you can pick one second year module.

Education modules

  • Dissertation (compulsory module)

In previous years, optional modules available included:

  • Citizenship Education
  • Political Sociology of Education
  • Responding to Special Educational Needs.

History Modules

You will study half of your modules within the History department and have the option of selecting a level two module.

In previous years optional modules available included:

  • China, Asia and the World
  • History of American Capitalism
  • Anglo-Saxon Invasion? The Search for English Origins
  • Interpreting Conflict in Post-colonial Africa
  • Revolution and History
  • The Black Death
  • English Architecture in the Age of Christopher Wren.

Throughout the three years you are encouraged to make links between the education half of the programme and your partner department. The Education Studies degree has consistently achieved 100% student satisfaction in the NSS survey.

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Course Learning and Teaching

Students on this programme learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork (placements), informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing. Seminars, and tutorials, are much smaller groups than lectures, with tutorials often involving no more than eight students working with a professor or lecturer; seminars can be larger but are still small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with tutors. All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO).

This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree programme is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent learning as students move from their first to their final year. Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the programme) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a capstone dissertation—supported by one-on-one supervision—that makes up a third of final year credits.

This progression transforms the student from a consumer to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the programme and continue at key times throughout each year of the programme.

Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research.

Assessment on the course is typically comprised of academic essays, supported by other assessment, such as examinations, presentations, poster work or portfolios.

Each module includes formative assessment, which is designed to support students through their academic progress.

The Education department also benefits from being the site of Leazes Road Library, which has group and computer study facilities, as well as study carrels.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. For more information or contact our Admissions Selectors
  • Our typical offer is AAB at A-level or equivalent
  • A level Grade A in History or equivalent is required – Please note we do not accept Ancient History in lieu of History
  • We take a holistic approach to every application judging both merit and potential, academic qualifications achieved, predicted grades, the personal statement and reference.
  • We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer
  • Typical IB score 36 to include 665 in higher level subjects. Higher level grade 6 in History is required 
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

Science A-levels

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A-levels with an English examination board.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/country.information/

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,250.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £18,300.00 per year

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/live/visit/discoverdurham

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Department Information

School of Education

Overview

Have you ever wondered how education shapes society, and how society shapes education? Have you ever reflected upon the political nature of decisions made about, and within, educational institutions? Have you ever considered whether education systems are fair, and if everyone has the same opportunities of access, and of success? If any of those questions made you think, then the Education Studies programme may be for you.

Our Education Studies at Durham University is a broad multidisciplinary degree. You choose modules that focus on the philosophical, sociological, psychological, historical, political and/or cultural aspects of education. We go far beyond any classroom and consider education, people and their function in the world.

To complement the Education modules, you study half of your degree in one of our eight partner subjects: English; Geography; History; Music; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology; Theology and Religion. Hence, this degree is suited to anyone interested in education, but also anyone interested in broadening their studies with our partner subjects. We simply ask that you have intellectual curiosity.

Our Education Studies programme has had 100% student satisfaction for the last three years. Students appreciate the personalised support, the dynamic teaching and the academic challenge..

Rankings
  • 100% of our Education students have said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey for the last four years.
  • 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.
  • 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2016.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the School of Education web pages

Facilities

Our School of Education is set in beautiful landscaped gardens above the River Wear and overlooks both the Castle and Cathedral. As well as an attractive work environment, it offers excellent study facilities, including a department library with a wide range of books (over 60,000 volumes) and periodicals.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/education