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Are you interested in studying for an Education degree but you’d like to build a better foundation of knowledge?
Then the BA (Hons) Education with Integrated Foundation Year is an ideal option for you.
Build your academic knowledge
This four-year route will help you gain a deeper understanding of the philosophy, policy and practice of education while building your academic skills.
Studying at university can be challenging but that’s the beauty of this course. It includes an introductory year to build your academic knowledge, skills and confidence.
Alongside building your academic writing, research and presentation skills, in the first introductory year you’ll take modules from the BA (Hons) Education and BA (Hons) Primary Teaching degrees. This means you’ll get to see different careers in education.
Go beyond the classroom
Our BA (Hons) Education with Integrated Foundation Year course prepares you for a future career in education, as you go beyond the confines of the classroom to analyse the fast-changing landscape of education.
Exploring topics on a local, national and global scale, you’ll learn about education from all perspectives and understand how you can make a significant difference to the lives of others.
Open up your career options
Choosing this course will help keep your options open with future study and job prospects in or outside of the classroom. You will gain the skills needed to progress within numerous industries that contain an education element to their work.
As part of this course, you get the opportunity to experience placements during the third and fourth year.
This will give you great insight into how different industries integrate education in their organisations.
On this course you will:
- Build your academic on an integrated foundation year.
- Investigate, understand and analyse the fast-changing landscape of education.
- Explore and consider key theories of human development and the nature of education.
- Provide a firm foundation for a career within educational settings.
Explore key theories of human development around the nature of education and learning
Our BA (Hons) Education with Integrated Foundation Year course gives you the academic skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed.
You then focus on a comprehensive overview of key contemporary theories and conceptions surrounding education, allowing you to discover and pursue your specific interests.
Select a year
Children’s Literature in Education
This module will introduce you to the features of children’s literature and its place in the primary classroom. Drawing upon the motivational power of texts, you will come to recognise how engaging texts can promote children’s language and literacy development. You will be introduced to a variety of ways in which children’s literature can be used as a stimulus for creating engaging learning experiences for pupils.
Foundation in Knowledge and Skills
In this module, you will develop your basic knowledge and skills to support your academic development and improve your confidence in your academic writing and reading.
The module aims to provide an opportunity for you to consider the use of the outdoors as an exciting, engaging and purposeful learning environment. You will consider the theory underpinning the use of the outdoors and will reflect upon how and why it can support learners of all ages and abilities.
Personal Study in Education
This module is designed to develop your personal study skills. You will undertake an independent study into an aspect of education under the guidance of the module co-ordinator. You will accommodate new principles and new knowledge through your own study. This will involve knowing the complex interactions between education and broader contexts. Through carrying out your personal study, students should learn how to analyse the complex situations concerning human learning and development.
Professional Studies: Learners and Learning
This module will enable you to develop an understanding of how learning is influenced by a diverse range of factors.
You will focus on the implications of this on the role of a teacher in areas such as:
- behaviour management and planning inclusive
- adaptive teaching
as well as establishing a safe and stimulating learning environment.
Valuing Individual Differences
This module develops your knowledge of atypical development in children and young people.
You will focus on the medical, genetic, and environmental influences on children’s development and evaluate theories of child development to gain a deeper understanding of how individual differences can affect learning.
In doing so, it will develop your thinking on the current discourses about defining special educational needs and disability.
Arts in Education and Society
You will engage with a range of discourses surrounding arts and society and within the processes of teaching and learning.
A range of disciplinary subjects, including Performing Arts, Drama, Theatre, Music, and Visual Art will be explored.
In addition, key concepts such as creativity, design, performance, and aesthetics will be considered from philosophical, pedagogical, and social perspectives.
Childhood to Adulthood
This module develops your awareness of the biological, intellectual, social and emotional changes that occur from childhood through to adulthood. You will examine the phases of development in children from conception through to puberty, early adolescence and adolescence in a changing world. You also will examine growth and physical development in the early years, motor development and maturation.
Equality of Opportunity and Diversity
This module will explore relationships between cultural identity, social policy and issues of equality and diversity.
You will examine key features of the theory and practice of social and educational inclusion from several perspectives, and explore issues, central to inclusion, human rights, equal opportunities, and social justice.
You will explore patterns of inequality in selected areas of social policy and provision with reference to the British experience and some international issues.
From Bognor to Bogota and Beyond: An Introduction to the Un and Sags
You will be encouraged to look beyond their immediate surrounding to the wider world. You’ll find out how global issues such as those outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals have an impact on people across the world as well as on their own lives. the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and its role in educational provision will also be considered.
Learning Communities – Children Learning, Children Thinking
This module explores the sociological influences relating to our success as learners.
You will use research on thinking, learning and development to consider how individuals can maximise learning opportunities for themselves and help others to learn.
In addition, you will explore influences on learning, development and identity and discuss how learners are included or excluded from education settings.
Central to the module is a sociocultural perspective on learning and education that looks beyond the individual to communities and the historical contexts in which learning takes place.
Comparative Education – the International Context
The module explores global issues in education and the different contexts in which children and young people learn and educators teach – in formal and informal settings. It begins by introducing key concepts used in international education policy and practice. It presents information and research around educational opportunities and inequalities worldwide and discusses their historical and sociological origins.
Facing Environmental Crisis: Facilitating Learning for the Ecological Self
This module is designed to introduce student teachers to the role that education might play in the face of serious environmental challenges. We will look at different perspectives of what it means to be human, the changing nature of our ecological awareness and how this might be most effectively presented in educational settings.
Forest Schools Principles and Practices
A Forest School is a journey of self-discovery and awareness in the outdoors in which participants are given the freedom to explore their surroundings, themselves and others through their curiosity and imagination.
The approach is heralded by some as inspirational but described by others as re-branding of old ideas giving questionable impact.
This module explores principles that underpin the Forest School approach and reflects on evidence for its effectiveness.
Global Citizenship: Living and Working in A Diverse and Interconnected World
This module will fulfil the aspiration in the University of Chichester’s Vision Statement that our students should become Global Citizens. It will enable you to critically engage with some of the key global issues of our times and prepare you to think beyond your immediate locality about how you are connected with people and environments that you may never have seen.
Humanities in Education and Society
This module is based upon the belief that a broad and balanced curriculum enhances learning and that the humanities play an important part in this. You will learn about the areas of history, geography and RE and understand how they can motivate children.
Learning From and Within the Community
This module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to investigate a variety of organisations and groups which operate within the local community that have an educational element to their work. You will have the chance to create an educational project for an organisation in the community.
Research in Education
This module is designed to develop your understanding of the role and importance of research in the field of education. It will start to prepare you for undertaking a dissertation on an aspect of Education. the module will introduce you to key important theoretical and conceptual issues in research; introduce shaping research questions, research design and the selection of appropriate data collection methods and data analysis.
Work-Based Placement (Year 2)
In order to broaden your knowledge and understanding of a range of educational contexts, and to develop insights beyond the classroom you will undertake a placement experience in an education setting of your choice.
Creativity, Technology and Learning
This module will enable you to investigate, both academically and practically, how innovative technologies can be used in learning and teaching in a wide variety of mainstream and specialist educational settings.
Education in Multi-Ethnic Britain
You will consider the benefits and challenges that result from the ever-changing demographics of the UK’s population. You will consider the historical perspectives that have resulted in the UK becoming such a diverse and multi-ethnic society.
Exploring Mathematical Thinking
What is mathematics and why does it seem to matter so much? This module will inspire you to reflect on this question and, in doing so, increase your critical knowledge of mathematics education. Your own relationship with the subject will be explored, as will ideas on the beauty and power inherent within the subject.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
This module investigates the importance of good social, emotional and mental health for children, young people and into adulthood. It will examine the current climate of children’s mental health in the UK and in comparison, to other countries. You will consider some of the features in school environments that might result in poor mental health. It will also consider cultural influences on a decline in mental health in the population of the UK.
Special Educational Needs and Disability – Engaging All Learners
You will learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to learning, including the use of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) AAC and ICT.
This module broadens your knowledge of a range of educational contexts and provides you with insights from beyond the classroom as you undertake a placement experience in an education setting of your choice.
Teaching and Assessment
Discover innovative teaching techniques and varied assessment methods
The University of Chichester has a long and proud history of education-based courses, having trained teachers here for over 180 years.
We use strategies that are designed to enable you to effectively master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge, understanding and practice.
Our focus on group discussion and the consideration of the thoughts of others allow you to develop your own ideas, all with the support of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline.
You’ll experience a mixture of:
- Practical sessions
- Outdoor learning experiences
- Field trips
- Case studies
- Whole group
- Sub-group activities.
Within these sessions, you will be challenged to go further and be encouraged to be proactive, responsive and responsible for your own learning and ideas outside of the classroom.
The key to a degree, and subsequent career, in education and teaching is communication.
Therefore, there will be a range of methods to assess the knowledge, understanding and skills you will develop on the course.
These will range from more traditional assessment methods such as essays, presentations, and examinations, to more education specific practices such as lesson plans, lesson commentaries and curriculum packs.
There will also be a focus on your ability to function within a workplace setting, as well as a final independent project that will act a culmination of your three years of learning on the course.
Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.
Discover facilities that help support your learning
Learning Resource Centre
Subject specific librarians
Gain vital experience within a professional environment to support your learning
As part of this course, you will gain the opportunity to experience placements during the second and third year.
This will give you great insight into how different industries integrate education in their organisations.
Placement opportunities include:
- Special Needs schools
- Primary schools
- Secondary schools
- Early Years settings
- Chichester Festival Theatre
- West Sussex County Council
- Museums such as the Sea Life Centre
- And more
Open up a wide variety of professional careers within education
Education graduates can progress into a range of careers within the sector. There are opportunities to move directly in classroom teaching, as well as various other roles within schools.
Graduates can also progress to become educational administrators or consultants, as well as work for local or national government with a focus on public education systems.
There are also opportunities to pursue an interest in roles within Special Educational Needs.
Career paths include roles within:
- Church and faith organisations
- International development
Other further study opportunities include doing an MSc in Data Science and Analytics.
Run in collaboration with the University’s business school this master’s degree offers you informed access to this exciting and rapidly growing field.
We also offer masters qualifications in both Education and Inclusive Special Education to help you continue your studies and increase your employability even further.
- MA Education
- MA Inclusive Special Education
- MSc Data Science and Analytics
University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.
"You don’t have to become a teacher, it shows you everything you can do within education"
Course fees 2023/24
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Course specific costs
You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.
Non-standard Application Entry Routes
The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required.
Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments.
BA (Hons) Education with Integrated Foundation Year applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.
We strongly suggest that all students sign up for the Disclosure and Barring Service update service for which there is a small annual charge, this makes the DBS portable both during and after the degree.
Failure to sign up for the update service might require the student to gain a further enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check which will incur additional costs.
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