Course structure

Year 1

During your first year you’ll study a range of modules designed to provide a solid foundation to your studies. You’ll take modules in child psychology, the sociology of education and the history of education. You’ll also explore the rational curriculum and look at how childhood has been portrayed across different societies at different times.

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Year 2

In your second year you have a choice of subjects, including educational psychology, education policy, and a module looking at the impact of digital technology on children’s lives. You’ll also develop your research skills and will have the opportunity to do a small-scale research project.

Work placement
At the end of your second year you’ll be able to apply some of the theory you’ve learned in a professional workplace situation. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience that enhances both your knowledge and your future career prospects.

Note: All students undertaking work placements normally require a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance, which is funded by the School of Education or non-UK clearance checks where necessary, see Criminal records checks for overseas students.

Year 3

In your final year you’ll undertake an extended piece of research on a topic of your own choice. You will also explore the importance of philosophy to the study of education and critique the nature and purpose of education in the 'Philosophies of Education' module.

Alongside these, there are optional modules looking at a range of issues, from globalisation, to education research, to theories of learning.

For an overview of the course, including learning and assessement, please see the Prospectus.