What is education? Why do people learn differently at different ages, and what makes them lifelong learners? What affects how education is provided, and how is your learning affected by the country you live in? If you’re interested in studying education itself, this is the course for you.
Education is hugely important to all of us. It affects our experiences, ambitions, qualifications and prospects. But it’s designed and delivered differently in different places – both nationally and internationally. Our course explores how and why educational differences occur, and opens up a range of fascinating careers to you.
This course will help you to develop as an independent, critical problem-solver. You’ll explore academic theory relating to education, and pedagogy – that is, how people are taught. You’ll look at the underlying values, principles and philosophies of educational processes and systems, and examine the complex interplay of factors which shape education provision.
Many of us continue to learn throughout our lives, so our course looks at educational differences at various life stages rather than concentrating on a single phase, such as childhood. It also considers how people develop identities as learners based on their education, society and the online environment they have access to; digital technology’s ever-increasing role in education; and what can be learned about education and citizenship in this age of social networking.
Our friendly, helpful tutors will offer support and guidance throughout, and help you to think about – and plan for – your future career.
Our degree course will open up a range of careers. It will be especially useful if you want to go into primary school teaching, education administration and welfare, learning support, youth work, or early years management.
You could also choose to do postgraduate study, such as a PGCE, which would give you qualified teacher status.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. These will include essays and extended prose, presentations, placement proposals and reports, portfolios of evidence, reflective journals, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, or ‘patches’, built up week by week), and your participation in webinars.
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans.
We also offer our £400 Books Plus scheme, which helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree can access an £800 bursary.
There’s finance available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants. Find out more on our finance pages.
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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