BA (Hons) Education

  • Gain a rich understanding of the field of education
  • Take part in work-based learning to provide context for your studies and develop your employability skills
  • Specialise in an area of your own interest culminating in a capstone project

About the course

The BA (Hons) Education Degree provides important multidisciplinary tools for studying education. It selectively draws from fields such as history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, linguistics, and economics aiming to promote critical understandings of such things as teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment. Importantly, it considers the moral, social and political issues which intertwine with these, such as inclusion, access and equity.

Education is important to the world. Studying it to the best of your ability is to exercise an equally important responsibility.

Why choose this course?

Belonging to a learning community.

Joining a university is joining a culture. We co-create this culture through the way we behave:

  • as open-minded scholars
  • as caring individuals respectful of each other’s stories and ideas, and by
  • making the best use of the rich resources the University has to offer such as studying the core texts and beyond. 

In this spirit, and throughout the programme, you will:

  • routinely be encouraged to share your works-in-progress in both face-to-face and online environments
  • be given tools with the expectation that you’ll use to think reflexively about education and your own learning journey; and
  • be given many opportunities to experience and explore real work environments inside and outside the University that will help to prepare you for the next phase in your journey.

Careers

In addition to studying selected academic fields that deepen your understanding of education, the programme welcomes a diverse range of interests related to professional applications of teaching, learning, communication, child development, and special needs. On graduation, you could:

  • use the degree as a strong foundation for entry into a wide range of other professions such as social work, youth work, museums, the civil service, or anything else involving learning and professional development
  • use the degree to progress to a postgraduate teaching qualification, or
  • continue your studies with a Masters Degree.

Whatever is chosen, an important aim of the programme is to nurture your confidence around learning about education and the world of work. We expect you to leave us with relevant knowledge, skills and a portfolio of achievements to share with potential employers.

What job can I get?

With a degree in education you will be equipped to work in various sectors and roles including:

  • mentoring and coaching
  • teaching
  • pastoral work in schools and universities
  • educational administration
  • local authorities and the civil service
  • museums, charities, non-government organisations, environmental services as an education officer
  • human resource management

Whatever your career goal, a key focus of the degree is work-based learning where all students will undertake field work in order to provide a context for enquiry, to develop employability skills, and to learn, in a first-hand way, about our communities and how they might usefully contribute to its needs and possibilities. In addition, you may progress onto a Master’s degree in Education, postgraduate Initial Teacher Education through a PGCE in Primary Education, the Post Graduate Diploma Youth and Community (PGDipYCW) qualification or an MA Conversion to Psychology.