Meet Dr Juliet Raynsford - Course Leader, BA Education Studies
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Critically analysing Education in a fast-changing globalised world, the BA (Hons) Education Studies will introduce you to creative and forward-thinking approaches to teaching and learning. It will also allow you to develop your understanding of contemporary educational policy at both global and local levels, whilst exploring the background to the history and development of education.
Reflecting the Centre for Education Studies’ pioneering interdisciplinary model – an environment in which modules are co-developed and co-taught with a number of other Warwick departments – the evolving programme of study draws on a variety of subject disciplines across the University to create a challenging and thought-provoking degree.
The University of Warwick has a rich history of Education provision, including the incorporation of the City of Coventry Training College for Women opened on the site in 1948 and was set up in a former wartime workers' hostel (now part of the Westwood campus) to address a shortage of teachers.
We are ranked in the top 10 Education departments for the Russell Group in the Complete University Guide 2016, and feedback on our students' work was ranked as better than the average for Russell Group universities in the National Student Survey 2015. This programme will not provide you with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) but can be a great introduction into teaching.
Each year you will take a mixture of 30 and 15 CATS modules, adding up to a total of 120 CATS per year. Whilst the first year follows a set structure, the second and third years offer the opportunity to take a combination of modules in different areas of education, which could be, for example, around childhood and society, creativity and culture, ethnicity and migration, or philosophical issues of education.
Modules will vary; some will be located in the Centre for Education Studies, others will be co-developed – and will therefore be co-taught – with at least one other department. This offers a variety of academic subject perspectives, encouraging you to think critically from a standpoint that widens your particular knowledge set. A range of carefully selected related modules from other departments will be available to you, which have been chosen to build on the knowledge from your first and second year compulsory modules, but which also add breadth of experience to your degree. The result is a course you can build to suit your interests and future career plans.
In the first year you will take six compulsory modules that provide a flavour of a number of different areas of education for you to build on in your second and third years.
- Theories and Practice of Learning (30 CATS)
- Contemporary Educational Issues (30 CATS)
- International Education (15 CATS)
- Creativity, Culture and Learning (15 CATS)
- Foundations for Learning: The Early Years (15 CATS)
- Social Contexts of Childhood and Education (15 CATS)
In the second year you will take some compulsory modules but will also have the opportunity to select some of your modules.
- Research Methods (30 CATS, Core)
- Disputes and Debates (15 CATS, Core)
- Globalisation and Education (15 CATS, Core)
- All our students are strongly advised to take the work-based placement module (15 CATS) (subject to DBS checks, and your finding of a suitable placement)
- The remaining 45 CATS will be made up of module options that will vary each year, but will include modules from both inside and outside the Centre for Education Studies to keep the choice diverse.
In the third year you will have even more choice, but some modules are still core. take an advanced core module of 15 CATS called
- 21st Century Educational Innovation (15 CATS, Core)
- Individual Research Project (45 CATS, Core) is a 10, 000 word dissertation
- The remaining 60 CATS will be made up of module options across both terms from either inside or outside of the department (but still with an education focus)
Students in their third year will also have the opportunity of taking a 13-week Erasmus placement in one of our partner universities (subject to confirmation and availability). This would happen in the first term of the academic year, and the work undertaken whilst abroad would count for 15 CATS of the year's modules. Students would also be expected to work on their dissertation whilst away.
Teaching is by a combination of lecture and either seminar or tutorial. You will receive approximately 12 hours of contact time per week in the first year. This will differ in the second and third year depending on your selected modules.
Alongside the assessed work that counts towards your marks for each module, you will receive a range of formative (not for credit) feedback. This might be comments on written work, seminar contribution or peer-group presentation skills. This type of feedback is extremely useful in helping you to get the most from your learning experience and pinpoint areas for improvement that can translate to your assessed work.
In addition to course and module leaders, you will have a personal tutor to support you in both academic and non-academic issues, which will help to make sure that you are on track with your studies. In your third year you will have a dissertation tutor to guide you through this important piece of work.
"[The] placement module gave me the opportunity to explore a different aspect and area of education...My time with JAC has made me revaluate my career aspirations and I am now exploring the option of developing a career in Art Therapy" Jo Shimell, BA Education Studies
We believe many of the students interested in this programme will be fascinated by Education as a discipline and keen to pursue a career in this area. Our leading-edge programme includes modules around economics and policy, creativity and culture, childhood and society, and psychology in education. This breadth of subject areas, coupled with the cross-departmental teaching programme, opens doors to a plethora of exciting career options, which could include (but are not limited to):
- Local government
- Civil service
- Educational organisation bodies
- Education in museums and prisons
- Charities and NGOs
- Community and educational theatre
- Nurseries and Early Years settings
- Social and youth work
- Educational administration at school and University level
- Educational marketing, PR and journalism
- Education business and commerce
- Primary and Early Years teaching (subsequent to undertaking a PGCE)
Employability skills will be strongly woven into the programme throughout its duration. A first year core module will develop self-study and reflection, while the work-based placement module in the second year not only offers you a chance to experience working in an educational environment of your choosing (subject to availability), but will also feature employability lectures and a strong focus on preparing you for entering the world of educational work. The degree is a critical and academically focussed programme, which inherently develops many skills attractive to employers, such as oral and written communication, teamwork, ICT ability, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
The department has a dedicated specialist career consultant who can give you tailored information on further studies at the end of your degree, as well as work-based guidance. There is further information about our career service and opportunities here.
Students on the BA Education Studies may wish to take an intercalated year, which would require transferring to a four-year variant of the degree, where the third year is spent at our partner University, Dronning Mauds Minne Hogskole in Trondheim, Norway. Students would then achieve the award of BA Education Studies (Intercalated Year).
This year does not count towards your final degree mark, but to enable you to achieve the award of BA Education Studies (Intercalated Year) you will be required to:
- Attend at least 90% of taught sessions
- Complete and obtain a pass mark in all modules
- Complete a 3,000 word reflective essay/portfolio of work over the summer for submission on return to Warwick the following autumn
More information will be given to interested students at the beginning of their second year. For more information on studying abroad at Warwick, please visit the Study Abroad pages.
Dronning Mauds Minnie Hogskole (Queen Mauds College of Early Childhood Education) has been an Erasmus partner of the University of Warwick for 10 years. It is one of five accredited private colleges in Norway that are training institutions for early childhood teachers. The University is experienced in accepting international students, and the courses provided are compatible with the BA Education Studies degree.
"The aim [of the placement] was to learn more about Equine Assisted Learning and how this could help children with a wide range of difficulties...I hoped to undertake my own craft related project within the charity with a focus on self-esteem and confidence building"
Jo Shimell, 2nd year undergraduate student on the work-based placement
I would recommend this course to a friend as it allows you to explore education and everything around it, without pigeon-holing you into a specific work area. It allows you to create your own pathway to define your future, whether it be within the field of education or not"
Jasmine, Undergraduate Student Champion
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