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BA (Hons) Education

Explore educational issues beyond the confines of the classroom

X300, X306 (Integrated Foundation Year)
3 years full-time, 4 years full-time (Integrated Foundation Year)
Bognor Regis Campus

7th

in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching

Guardian University Guide 2022

5th

in the UK for Education

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21st

out of 121 universities in the UK

Guardian University Guide 2022

Overview

Do you have a passion for education? Do you want to be an agent of change? Then this course is for you.

Consider the role of education, learning and thinking in human development.

Go beyond the classroom

Our BA (Hons) Education 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.

You will study a range of important educational topics including social justice and contemporary issues in education, which will fully prepare you for your professional career within the sector.

Open up your career options

This broadly-scoped degree opens up opportunities to work in the community or with organisations that have an educational component to their work, or a career in teaching at any level.

Placement opportunities

We also offer work-based placements in the second and third year that help you to contextualise theoretical learning and examine contemporary educational issues in society.

On this course you will:

  • Investigate, understand and analyse the fast-changing landscape of education.
  • Study real-word projects as you learn in an active manner.
  • Explore and consider key theories of human development and the nature of education.
  • Provide a firm foundation for a career within educational settings.

The Course

Explore key theories of human development around the nature of education and learning

Our BA (Hons) Education course gives you a comprehensive overview of key contemporary theories and conceptions surrounding education, allowing you to discover and pursue your specific interests.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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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. 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.

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.

Learning Outdoors

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.

From Bognor To Bogota And Beyond: An Introduction To The UN and SDGs

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.

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 a number of perspectives across the wider social and more specific educational arenas 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.

Education, Philosophy And Thinking – Historical Perspectives

You'll begin to explore the key debates in philosophies of education with a particular focus on personal and institutional value systems and how educational contexts have developed over time. The module introduces a coherent historical framework, which helps you to understand how educational perspectives and values change and evolve.

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.

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. Key concepts such as creativity, design, performance and aesthetics will be considered from philosophical, pedagogical and social perspectives.

Global Citizenship: Living And Teaching 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.

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.

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.

Work-Based Placement

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.

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.

Forest Schools

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.

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.

Comparative Education – The International Context (II)

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.

Independent Project (Education)

The Independent Project builds the level 5 module 'Research in Education' and as a double level 6 module is a substantial piece of work that makes a significant contribution to your overall degree classification. This module and the 30 credits which are attached to its successful completion should be viewed as an exciting opportunity to pursue your own personal lines of enquiry.

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.

Creativity, Technology And Learning

This module will enable students to investigate, both academically and practically, how new 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.

Work-Based Placement

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.

Do The Right Thing: Moral Issues in Education

This module examines key themes that traditionally underpin western moral philosophy, including: utilitarianism, duty-based theories, relativism, absolutism, rights theory and pluralism. You will explore how the underpinning concepts of western ethical thought have developed historically and their relevance to education. For example, unless one understands the basis for deciding whether something is right or wrong, how can one justify promoting or sanctioning it? The content of this module will enable you to use knowledge and understanding of ethical issues to inform their practice and approach to teaching.

Special Educational Needs And Disability – Engaging All Learners

This module will introduce students to a range of developmental, cognitive, social and emotional influences that affect pupil learning and progress. 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.

Early Education and Sustainability

This module provides the opportunity to explore the topic from an early childhood education perspective both globally and locally. You will explore current themes and discourse to develop an understanding of the complex term and the pivotal importance of early education in laying foundations for future thinking and actions. Investigations will consider how early years settings in the United Kingdom can embed principles and practices in relation to sustainable education for young children and their families.

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.

Experience

Discover facilities that help support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Discover innovative teaching techniques and varied assessment methods

Teaching

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:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • 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.

Assessment

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.

Work Placements

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

Careers

Open up a wide variety of professional careers within education

Education graduates can progress into a range of careers within the sector. Many graduates progress to a PGCE to become a classroom teacher, however, there are a range of other career choices in schools and other organisations.

Graduates can also progress to become educational administrators , 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:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Charities
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Church and faith organisations
  • International development

Further study

We also offer masters qualifications in both Education and Inclusive Special Education to help you continue your studies and increase your employability even further.

Postgraduate pathways

  • MA Education
  • MA Inclusive Special Education
  • PGCE

University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.

Student View

"You don’t have to become a teacher, it shows you everything you can do within education"

Sienna

BA (Hons) Education graduate
"I love the BA (Hons) Education course because it offers such a broad range of opportunities such as seeing what Adult Education is like as well as Special Needs Education, Primary, Secondary and Early Years. They offer really amazing trips such as Ford prison and Aldingbourne Project in Slindon."

Erin

BA (Hons) Education graduate
"I chose to study the BA (Hons) Education course because I liked the fact that it gave you a wide variety of options at the end of the course. You don’t have to become a teacher, it shows you everything you can do within education. It gives you a broader view of Education itself."

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

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.

Entry Requirements

UCAS
104-120
tariff points.
A Levels
BBB - BCC
BTEC
DDM - MMM
Cambridge Technical
DMM - MMM
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
IB
26-28 points
IELTS
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.

DBS

BA (Hons) Education 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.

Integrated Foundation Year Option

Build your academic knowledge, skills and confidence before your studies begin

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.

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, so this course includes an introductory year to build your academic knowledge, skills and confidence.

Year One:

  • Learning Communities: Children Learning, Children Thinking
  • Childhood to Adulthood
  • Learning Outdoors
  • From Bognor to Bogota and Beyond: an introduction to the SDGs
  • Equality of Opportunity and Diversity
  • Education Philosophy and Thinking: Historical Perspectives
  • Children’s Literature in Education
  • Arts in Education and Society

Year Two

  • Global Citizenship: Living and Working in a Diverse and Interconnected World
  • Facing Environment Crisis: facilitating learning for the ecological self
  • Learning From and Within the Community
  • Work-based placement
  • Research in Education
  • Forest Schools
  • Humanities in Education & Society
  • Comparative Education – The International Context (II)

This course offers

  • An additional year to build academic skills.
  • Lower entry requirements than the main degree pathway.
  • More insight into education degree pathways and careers.
  • Includes a school placement to give you a taster of a career in teaching.

Course costs and entry requirements

  • 2021/22 UK fee: £9,250
  • 2021/22 International fee: £14,050

 

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.
  • Enhanced DBS check required
  • If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent
  • 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.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

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What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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