BA (Hons) Education StudiesSouthwark Campus
How we learn
This degree is all about deepening your understanding of how people learn. You’ll explore the cultural and historical aspects of the education system in the UK and beyond, and undertake placements in a wide variety of London settings.
These could include mainstream primary schools, schools for children with special educational needs, hospitals, prisons, Pupil Referral Units and theatres.
It’s all delivered by an academic team with vast experience and expertise in teaching practice and education research – with a guaranteed interview for teacher training and strong employment opportunities waiting for you when you graduate.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2020.
Why Education Studies at LSBU?
- Our expert staff are committed to a practice-based approach, and we collaborate with psychologists to create exciting course modules.
- Top 3 overall for Education in London (Guardian University League Tables 2019).
- The Centre for Education and School Partnerships, which delivers this degree, has extensive links with schools, alternative educational settings and the creative industries.
- We’re home to specialist facilities that contain all the equipment you can expect to find in a primary school setting.
- You’ll have the chance to be involved in three work placements as part of your studies, gaining valuable experience and experiencing exciting new educational settings.
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2nd for graduate prospects in Education in London (Sunday Times League Table 2020) and top 3 for career prospects amongst London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020).
On this course, you’ll not only find yourself learning about exciting ways to teach – you’ll find yourself benefitting from them too. As well as traditional learning methods, it includes practical, classroom-based aspects. For example, to help you study the teaching and learning of reading, you’ll be placed into a school to support the reading development of a child.
You’ll also look at topics such as language and literacy, mathematical thinking, special educational needs and disability, equality and diversity, prison education, and education in museums and theatres.
Methods of assessment for this course overall: 85% coursework.
- What is education?
An introduction to key concepts in education studies contextualised within the disciplines of philosophy, sociology and history.
- Study skills
This module equips you with the study skills you will need to study at HE level.
- Constructing childhood
A focus on media portrayals of children and childhood, including notions of the 'othered' child, exclusion and stereotyping.
- Community, family and children
Building on themes introduced in the 'Constructing childhood' module, the focus will be on considerations of social capital, youth culture and transitions.
- Language, literacy and learning
An exploration of the theories and practice around how children become effective readers, writers and users of language. This module will include a reading placement in a local school or early years setting.
- Developing mathematical thinking
A theorised, developmental problem solving approach to understanding mathematical thinking and how learning in mathematics is supported.
- Interpersonal interactions
An exploration of peer and family relationships, friendship, social capital and bullying.
- Barriers to learning
Building on a range of previous modules the focus will be on identifying and reducing barriers for individual learners.
- Equality, culture and citizenship
An exploration of the individual as a citizen within the context of social justice.
- Alternative education setting placement
In this module you prepare for a placement in a non-main stream educational setting. This could be a special needs school, museum, prison, hospital school etc. The placement is for eight weeks and you'll develop practical skills and understanding whilst applying theory you have already been studying to an educational context.
- An introduction to education technology
The use of technology in formal educational contexts has had a profound effect on the way teachers teach and students learn. In this module you'll learn about technologies used in formal learning contexts and how technologies can be used to support learning and assist educators.
- Contemporary issues in education
This module will deal with politically, economically and socially current issues in education.
- Creativity in education
Reflections on curriculum will help you to understand how you and children develop creative approaches to learning.
- Assessment in education
In this module you will consider how effective teaching and learning is supported by techniques in questioning and formative assessment. You will develop a political understanding of how class, school, national and international assessment is related to performance and curriculum policy making decisions.
In the third year you will have the opportunity to design a study based in an educational setting which will help you understand a specific context and learn how theory is applied to practice.
- Contextualising education globally
Building on the year one module 'What is Education?' you will explore and compare aspects of policy, practice and curriculum across the world and develop an understanding of global concerns.
You’re guaranteed an interview for teacher training after you graduate from this degree, and have excellent employment opportunities if you want to start your career in an educational or related setting. You’ll also be very well prepared to take a PGCE or employment-based route into teaching, or to carry your studies on to Masters level.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
We have extensive links with schools, alternative educational settings and the creative industries, as well as organisations such as The British Dyslexia Association, Achievement for All, and researchers in the field.
You’ll have the chance to undertake a total of three very different placements as part of this degree. The first will be as a reading mentor, and will be organised by the University. The second will take place in an alternative educational setting, such as a prison, a Pupil Referral Unit, a hospital or a theatre.
Your final placement will be in a setting of your choice as you begin to specialise, giving you the perfect opportunity to put your learning into practice.
Teaching and learning
You’re never on your own on this degree. Even when you are out on placement, you’ll be visited by a tutor. Further resources will be available through our visual learning environment and monitored chat rooms, with tutor input, to enable you to communicate with your fellow students and learn from each other’s experiences.
Study Skills will be embedded throughout the modules as well as a specific Study Skills module. You'll receive support in accessing assistive technology and LSBU’s study, library and disability services. You’ll also be allocated an individual academic advisor to help your development.
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As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
In your first year, you'll meet with your personal tutor for 1 hour, twice a year. In your second year you will have appointments with your personal tutor three times a year, for up to 30 minutes.
In your final year your dissertation supervisor will arrange to meet with you as required.
You can contact your tutor/supervisor for additional support by email or phone.
- A Level BCC or:
- BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
- Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
We also consider applications from those who have gained relevant skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or responsible experience.
While a GCSE in science is not an entry requirement to this degree, candidates must note that these GCSEs or equivalent are required for application to a PGCE teacher Training programme.
Visit UCAS for tariff guidance.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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- Bartlett, S. & Burton, D. (2012) 3rd Ed. Introduction to Education Studies: Education Studies: Key Issues Series. London: Sage Publishing Ltd.
- Murphy, L., Mufti, E. & Kassem, D. (2009) Education Studies: An Introduction. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Knowles, G. and holmstrom, R. (2012) understanding Family Diversity and Home – School Relations: a guide for students and practitioners in early years and primary settings. London: Routledge.
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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
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Possible fee changes
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