BA (Hons) Education Studies

What is the purpose of education? What impact does social and economic background have on levels of achievement? Should social justice be a key aim for schools? Explore the philosophies and politics behind education.

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Overview

If girls play with dolls and boys play with cars, what impact will it have on their education? Why does Finland have the best education system in the world, even though children start school at age seven? Is it a schools’ job to teach right from wrong?

Through Education Studies, you’ll explore themes from the history of education to the impact of gender and disability on our ability to learn, from the use of the arts to regenerate a deprived, urban area to whether play can help adults to learn. You’ll challenge theories, discover global views on education, and investigate factors that stop us from getting an education.

On this course, you’ll study aspects of philosophy, sociology and politics, exploring the role of education in promoting social justice and improving society, the history of the education system, and why we educate in the first place.

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, group projects, presentations and discussions. Some of the ways you might learn include researching news stories and debating policies resulting from public enquiries, spending 15 minutes playing with gender specific toys to experience how it can influence boys’ and girls’ achievement levels, and using Lego® to build a community and explore citizenship.

In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to choose areas you’d like to specialise in and take a specific pathway such as Religion and Community, Inclusive Education, and Theatre and Performance.

Features and Benefits

  • Community links- In years two and three, you can specialise in areas you’re particularly interested in such as religion, theatre or special educational needs.

  • Real world projects- You’ll have access to EdLab, working innovatively with communities and developing your employability, through creating innovative educational experiences.

  • Study abroad- You’ll have the opportunity to study at a university in Europe, America, Japan or Australia in Year two.

  • Practical experience- In year two, you may get the opportunity to work in a school or alternative educational setting

  • Teaching expertise- Our teaching team has both practical and academic experience, working with children across a range of sectors from schools and nurses to youth work and local authority.
"The multidisciplinary nature of Education Studies helped me secure a seven-week internship working for a local authority, the role and engage with different areas of the community I would otherwise not have had the chance to.” Stuart Sanderson, BA (Hons) Education Studies

"’I’ve definitely got the support I needed and there’s been a lot of opportunities to build my confidence. Group work has allowed me to get over my concerns about being a little older and I love hearing different perspectives from students with different experiences than mine.’’

Heather Hart, BA (Hons) Education Studies

Career Prospects

As a graduate, you could develop your career across the education sector. You might work in prison education, educational publishing, or perhaps you’ll continue with postgraduate study to become a social worker or teacher.

If you decide you’d like to become a teacher, you’ll need to complete a PGCE (this is normally a one-year course). If you take the optional units in Education and Applied Theatre or Religion in an Age of Conflict in Year three, you could study for a PGCE in theatre, religion or social studies and teach these subjects at secondary school level. 

*Whilst this degree course does not provide qualified teacher status, it can provide a good foundation to progress to a PGCE at a later stage. Those considering undertaking a PGCE should be aware of the specific requirements for this.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM), Grade B in CACHE Diploma, CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (VRQ).  We do not accept CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator VRQ).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE Grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications e.g. Functional Skills, will be considered.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 to include 9 credits at Distinction and 36 at Merit.

International Baccalaureate points

25 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

All candidates must have evidence of study at level 3 or equivalent within the three years prior to application and must provide an academic reference.

A satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) is required for all students. This will be completed through the University prior to enrolment.

Students who wish to go on to a Primary PGCE or GTP programme of study once they graduate should be cognisant of the needs of those programmes and should possess GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science (please refer to entry requirements before applying).

Further information

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year.

Course details

On the course you’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, group projects, presentations and discussions. In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise and choose a specific pathway.

If you choose to specialise in Religion and Community, you might explore whether it’s possible to teach morality, if the government should fund faith schools, and where the relationship between religion and education cause tensions. On the Theatre and Performance pathway, you might develop a performance aimed at children based around an issue, perhaps gender or bullying.

On other optional units, you could interact with people in the local community, train as an academic mentor and work with challenging pupils in Year 6 and Year 11 or offer one-to-one counselling.

In your first year, you’ll usually study subjects across the field of sociology, questioning why we educate people, why some students do better than others, and why different education systems exist across the world.

You’ll look at your own experience of education and explore your perspective, before discovering local, national and global views. You’ll complete lots of presentations, too. This is to help you develop the confidence to present to an audience, no matter whether you’re speaking to a classroom of eight-year-olds, your peers or education professionals.

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Core Units

Key Questions in Education

The unit will focus on key philosophical and sociological debates around the nature and purpose of education. Questions about the meaning, purposes and functions of education will be raised. An exploration of the role of educational autobiography in our understanding of these issues will be a key feature. Consideration will also be given to different philosophical debates around the nature and function of knowledge and the curriculum. The relationship between knowledge, power and ideology will also be explored.

The Learning System

This unit will introduce you to current theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning and is based on a critical  approach to psychology, pedagogy and philosophy. It considers key theories and ideas about how people learn, also discusses the role of the educator, and the factors that influence the learning and teaching process.   

Learning in Places

This unit will analyse different settings where educational activities take place, including, but not limited to: formal and informal settings, institutionalized and non-institutionalized, non-virtual and virtual. This will be contextualized through exploration of historical perspectives. It will consider various perspectives including the characteristics of the setting and the role of the educator and learner. Settings will include: school, hospitals, prisons, PRUs, home schooling, museums, zoos, theatre and alternative approaches such as Forest Schools, Montessori and also learning in virtual spaces and `edutainment'. The unit will also examine learning within the workplace and the concept of lifelong learning. Through this unit, you will have the opportunity to visit some of these learning settings and there will be specialist inputs by a range of guest speakers from the field.

The First Year Seminar

This is a year-long sequence of learning in which you will choose a pair of seminars from a range of options, all of which follow a learning sequence that is designed to help them develop university level transferrable skills in argumentative writing and critical reading skills in the first term (FYS1) and library research and oral communication skills in the second term (FYS2). The unit also accommodates a range of optional seminars that introduce you to your specialist subject but which are also focused on enabling student choice.

Year two  tends to focus on policy and the reasons behind the creation of education policies, for example, exploring why schools become academies. You’ll have the opportunity to choose optional units to study, such as Understanding Autism Spectrum Conditions and Dyslexia or the Enrichment Pathway (where you’ll work with the local community on projects such as mentoring).

You’ll also have the opportunity to choose areas you’d like to specialise in and take a specific pathway such as Religion and Community, Inclusive Education, and Theatre and Performance.

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Core Units

Becoming Researchers

This unit considers the issues and questions that can be investigated in educational research, the methods that can be employed in a satisfactory investigation and how to generate ideas from such investigation utilising diagnostic and critical skills. This will be achieved through a consideration of: the contested nature of social inquiry;

  • competing paradigms of social research and methodologies (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • different strategies and approaches to collecting and analysing data;
  • contrasting ways of interpreting findings
  • effective planning and team working.

This unit will require that you make an effective use of the library and electronic resources (e.g. collaborative research tools or research software);and that you are able to analyse, reformat and evaluate information from a wide range of sources (academic and non academic). You will also demonstrate an understanding of the university ethical standards and procedures.

Policy and Politics in Education

This unit will introduce you to the contested issues that shape the provision of education in England, considering political and historical factors, major reviews of education conducted in the 20th and 21st centuries e.g. The Education Reform Act and the Plowden Report.

You’ll choose optional units in year 3, you can choose different subjects from the ones you took in year two or continue with the same topics. If you continue with units from year two, your degree transcript normally features your specialism so that you can show employers.

There’s a variety of units to choose from in year three from inclusive education to leadership. In the Physical Worlds, Digital Citizens unit, for example, you’ll explore how technology connects people around the world, the impact of online to learning, and the challenges with online education. In Leadership and Management in Education, you’ll look at the characteristics of a good leader, the responsibilities of a leader, and reflect on your leadership skills.

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Core Units

Research Project (ES)

The choice of topic and methodology used for the dissertation will depend on your particular interests within the degree programme. The individual research project may focus upon a single issue/topic or alternatively it may draw upon a range of material from your programme of study. The research must be school based or alternatively focused on another educational context, but will involve the collection and analysis of data.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment
Optional foundation year

Placements options

There are no formal placements, but you will be provided with opportunities to work with children and young people in a variety of contexts, such as schools, out of school initiatives and museums, and are actively encouraged to work as a volunteer.

School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies

Our School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies specialises in teaching and research around education disciplines focused on children, young people, families and communities.

The department works collaboratively with communities, partners, local authorities and arts organisations on social enterprise projects, and has been at the forefront of developments in its field for over 20 years.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £14,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated as soon as more information is available. The standard tuition fee for home, EU, and Channel Island students is set by the University subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students. For reference, the home fee for the full 120-credit 2017/18 academic year is £9,250.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated as soon as more information is available. The standard tuition fee for home, EU, and Channel Island students is set by the University subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students. For reference, the home fee for the full 120-credit 2017/18 academic year is £9,250.

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

If you proceed to the linked degree and decide to undertake a placement, you will need to budget for travel expenses. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at tfgm.com

Professional Costs

Up to £135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - mmu.ac.uk/dbs

If you decide to undertake a placement you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: mmu.ac.uk/dbs It is possible to complete the programme without taking a placement or undergoing a DBS check.

Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

Full-time applications via UCAS X300

Part-time applications via mmu.ac.uk/applicationsform

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Full-time: applications through UCAS
Part-time: mmu.ac.uk/applicationform

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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