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BA (Hons) Education Studies

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York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York, YO31 7EX, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

How can I study Education Studies?

Education Studies can be studied as a Specialist degree or as a Joint Honours subject alongside: British Sign Language, Business Management, Counselling Studies, English Language, English Literature, History, Information Technology, Modern European Languages, Modern International Languages, Music and Theology & Religious Studies.

You can study full-time over three years or part-time over five-eight years.

Why study Education Studies?

Increasingly education is seen as fundamental to economic growth, as ‘intellectual capital’ becomes ever more significant in a global economy. This, together with continuous change in technology and systems, places emphasis on ‘lifelong learning’.

There is recognition that education is not confined to schools. Learning is to be found in a wide range of settings and institutions, such as the family, communities and the workplace. This idea will permeate your studies. Central to this programme is the examination of the idea that learning can take place in many different locations and many of these will be examined and evaluated.

Our course is run by a small team of tutors. This means that you will get to know us well, and we will get to know you well. This is central to both the course and the University, for we are small enough to care, but big enough to widen horizons. If you want to look at an area of human experience that initially seems obvious, but is full of hidden meanings, twists and turns, then this is the course for you. Not only will you gain an insight into how humans learn, but you will also develop your own critical capacities in the process of your own learning.

What will I study?

The following list contains examples of programme modules (modules may not be available each year or new ones may be added).

Level 1

  • Ways of Thinking about Education: what different meanings of education are there?
  • ICT & Academic Communication Skills in Education: key skills for Higher Education.
  • History of English Education: how has the English education system developed since 1870?
  • Current Issues in Education: what topical issues are there in the world of education?
  • How We Learn 1: how did early psychologists view learning?
  • Education & Fairness: is our education system fair for all learners?

Level 2

  • Knowledge & the Curriculum: are there different ways of organising knowledge?
  • Research Design & Planning in Education: how to research in education.
  • Location of Education: where does learning take place?
  • How We Learn 2: what modern theories are there about learning?
  • Work-based Learning in Education: a chance to develop your work skills.
  • Comparative International Education: how is education approached in other countries?

Level 3

  • Special Study: a chance to pursue an area of interest in depth.
  • The Comprehensive Experience, Inclusion & Beyond: what happened to the comprehensive ideal?
  • Values Teaching: how do we teach values? What values do we teach? Why?
  • Investigating Learning: what claims are made about different ways of learning? What evidence is there?
  • Future Education: what will education be like in the future? Will schools still exist?
  • Education & Contemporary Ethical Issues: how does education approach ethical issues of immediate concern?

Will I get any practical experience?

In your work-based module you will spend time in an education-related setting. You will have the opportunity to reflect about the world of work, and also to consider your possible future options for life after York St John.

What skills will I acquire?

You will be able to think critically about a major area of human experience. You will develop your own points of view and opinions, and learn to present them in a balanced and rational manner. You will learn to argue a case, based upon clear thinking and evidence. You will also be able to examine the claims made for different theories, and know how to locate the relevant facts that support or disprove the claims. Your ability to work in teams or individually will be developed, as will your presentation skills, both oral and written.

How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations. You will be assessed through a mixture of creative and analytical assignments within each module which may involve essays, critiques, collaborative projects, presentations and analyses.

What costs will I incur?

You will incur few costs on the programme, other than for stationery and printing. Book purchases are not essential, though recommendations can be made.

[What qualifications do I need to apply?

200 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language. (GCSE Maths also needed for Business Management option).

What sorts of jobs will our graduates get?

Graduates go on to careers in education administration, public sector management, training officer, research officer/assistant, social worker, education guidance and counselling, personnel officer, support worker, youth worker, librarianship, journalism and communications and the media. To pursue a career in teaching you would need to go on and take a postgraduate teaching qualification.

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You can study our Education Studies Degree as a Specialist degree or as part of a Joint Honours degree.

UCAS code

Specialist degree - Education StudiesX302Joint Honours degrees

Education Studies and:

British Sign LanguageQX13Business ManagementNX23Children, Young People & Families BA(Hons)*LXM3 Counselling StudiesLX53English LanguageXQ33English LiteratureXQ3HHistoryVX13 Information TechnologyGX53Modern European LanguagesXR38Modern International LanguagesXT39MusicWX33Theology & Religious StudiesVX63The UCAS Institution Code for York St John is Y75 YSJ.

Attendance: 3 years full-time, 5-8 years part-time

Study Abroad - No

Entry requirements

200 points plus three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English Language (GCSE Maths is also needed for Business Management option).

How do I apply?

If you wish to apply for full-time study, you need to apply through UCAS. All part-time applications should be made direct to YSJ.

How can I find out more?

General information

For general information about York St John or details about our Open Days, please call our Information Hotline: T: 01904 876598 E: [email protected]

Degree programme information

For enquiries about the Education Studies degree or to arrange a visit, please contact: [email protected]

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