This course examines the ways in which knowledge, skills and attitudes are passed on and developed in individuals, both overtly and covertly, through the ‘hidden’ curriculum.
It draws on a range of disciplines, including the psychology, sociology, philosophy and history of education, curriculum studies, comparative and international education, and education policy. These disciplines are the theoretical underpinnings of the course.
You will have the chance to research educational settings, join in activities in schools and attend visits to other educational settings and institutions such as prisons. These practical experiences are particularly valuable to your future career development if you would like to go on to a teaching career. Most second year modules also include trips off campus (for example, to museums, schools, prisons, parliament, overseas visits, etc). The cost of any essential trips is covered by your tuition fees, but there will also be some visits that incur an additional cost. Trips within the UK may cost £20 and European trips can cost several hundred pounds but there are subsidies available for some students, for example, from the Students’ Union and the Chancellor’s Fund.
The first year is an overall introduction to approaches, perspectives and theories within education and teaches you the skills you need to be successful at University. At the end of the first year you will be offered an opportunity to go on a study trip to one of our partner universities in Europe. Most Education Studies Students visit HAN University in the Netherlands
The second year is all about experiential learning and allows you to see how the theory you have been learning is applied in practice.
Your final year allows specialist and intensive study on the areas or subject you are most interested in, culminating in a dissertation or independent study that focuses on your choice of subject.
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