Education Studies is a dynamic and exacting study of the individual, social and political forces that shape educational provision no matter where it is found or how it is delivered. It embraces questions such as what is the nature of knowledge and how does technology impact on learning and teaching. Neither is it restricted by economic or territorial concerns but freely explores a wide range of contexts both here and abroad. If you are interested in all aspects of how and why we learn it will challenge and excite you in equal measure and help you grow as both an individual and someone who can fit into a wide variety of work contexts.
All undergraduate students in the Education Faculty will study the BA Education as the core component of their degree. This brings a diverse range of students and staff together to learn alongside and from each other, sharing different subject specialisms, perspectives and life experiences. The core academic disciplines of Education Studies are at the heart of all the BA Education degree and students will study each of them. They are the classical disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology and history of education, made relevant to the modern world.
BA Education can be studied with one of a number of other subjects taught by other Faculties. Some of these are National Curriculum subjects which may lead to primary or secondary qualified teacher status via the PGCE route or a Masters course.
Early Childhood provides the stimulating and thought-provoking academic study of young children and their families, drawing on the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, health and social policy. Early childhood is now recognised and valued as being crucial in securing the foundations of lifelong learning.
Childhood & Youth
Childhood & Youth is a vibrant, multidisciplinary academic field which harnesses insights from sociology, anthropology, education, health and social policy to inform understandings of childhood and youth across diverse social and cultural contexts.
The Faculty’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Studies team brings together experts in the two complementary fields of SEN and Disability Studies. ‘The personhood of people labelled with Special Educational Needs’ is paramount within the approach to SEN adopted within the Faculty through the Special Education Needs degree. In addition to this the Faculty’s expertise in Disability Studies is reflected in the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies.
The composite academic disciplines of Education Studies are at the heart of the provision for all undergraduate students in the Faculty and students will study each of them from an increasingly critical perspective. They are the classical disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology and history of education. We take a traditional, classical view of education but interpret it creatively so that it engages contemporary students facing the challenges of a globalised world.