Education  

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Education at Keele is distinctive because of its strong focus on contemporary issues in education and policy making. Studying education means considering its relationship to the economy, its historical evolution, its impact on people’s life chances and identities, how education is organised, and how learners learn.

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UCAS code: X300

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Course Overview

Keele goes even further by placing education in a very contemporary and even future focused context, exploring the ways in which the world of education is changing and looking at education from philosophical, historical, psychological, cultural and sociological perspectives. This course examines changing ideas about childhood, learning, schooling and education, and factors such as poverty, social policies and digital technologies which impact on these. 

What will this mean for my future?

Our undergraduate Education programme is not a teacher-training course per se, but a study of education itself. However, the course does open up a range of opportunities in settings from pre-school to adult learning, as well as in a variety of other contexts. On graduating you might work in the social services, in health, or in local or central government. The course also sets you up well for further professional study to qualify in areas such as teaching, social work or the legal profession.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Understanding Learning
  • Childhood, Policy and Education
  • Back to the Future: Issues in the History of Schooling
  • Education in Britain: past, present, future
  • Digital Technologies: Rethinking Learning and Teaching
  • Too Poor to Learn? Poverty, Education and Social Policy

Second year 

  • Education Matters: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education
  • Play, Power and Pedagogy
  • Reflective Teaching: Critical and Reflective approaches to Teaching in Secondary Education
  • Research Strategies and Methods in Education
  • Comparative Education
  • Special Education

Third year 

  • Dissertation (Independent research project)
  • Education, Work and Identity
  • Race, Politics and Education
  • Educating for Global Citizenship

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

90

0

15

15

30

2

60

30

60

0

30

3

30

60

90

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

All students must take six compulsory modules. The remaining 30 credits can be obtained by either taking one optional module and one elective module or two elective modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Understanding Learning

15

Social Inequalities in the Contemporary

World

15

Childhood, Policy and Education

15

Electives

15

Back to the Future: Issues in the History

of Schooling

15

   

Education in Britain: past, present, future

15

   

Digital Technologies: Rethinking Learning and Teaching

15

   

Too Poor to Learn? Poverty, Education

and Social Policy

15

   

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

All students must take four compulsory modules (60 credits) and 2 optional modules (30 credits). The remaining 30 credits can be obtained by either a) taking further 2 optional modules, b) one elective and one optional module (at 15 credits each) or 2 elective modules (at 15 credits).  

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

 

Education Matters: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education

15

Education Placement

15

 

Play, Power and Pedagogy

15

City, Culture, Society

15

 

Research Strategies and Methods

in Education

15

Issues in Public Education

15

 

Reflective Teaching: Critical and

Reflective approaches to teaching in secondary education

15

 

Comparative Education

15

 

   

Special Education

15

 

   

Electives

15

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

All students must take the compulsory module Dissertation (30 credits) and 4 optional modules (60 credits). The remaining 30 credits can be obtained by either taking 2 more optional modules, one optional and one elective module or two elective modules (of 15 credits each).

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation (Independent research project)

30

The Making of Professionals:

Education, Health and Social Work

15

   

Higher Education: Policy and the Student Experience

15

   

Education, Work and Identity

15

   

Educating for Global Citizenship

15

   

Race, Politics and Education

15

   

The Sociology of Parenting and

Early Childhood

15

   

Inclusive Education

15

   

School Engagement and Outreach

15

   

Electives

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az