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Education BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time XQD4 2018
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2018

*This course is subject to validation.

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Why choose this course?

The three year BA (Hons) Education course provides an interesting and thought-provoking opportunity for you to study and experience the diverse discipline of education.

You will explore notions of knowledge and pedagogy; exploring and understanding how we learn throughout our lives. You will have the opportunity to undertake a critical evaluation of education including historical, political, international and social influences whilst examining theories of learning and factors that impact on this. You will develop the ability to critically analyse education systems and approaches and gain the knowledge and skills required in order to undertake an innovative educational project. The course will enable you to gain fieldwork experience in a diverse range of education settings; experiencing first-hand the interface between theory, research and practice.

There will be opportunities for you to pursue your own interests within the field of education as you undertake a variety of assessments, which will draw on your developing knowledge and understanding within different organisations and communities. You will further develop the independent skills needed for effective practice in the workplace as you explore and consider your future career options.

What you will study

The course will offer a diverse range of learning and experiential opportunities that will enable you to develop as an independent, creative and innovative thinker and foster the ability for you be a reflective learner and practitioner within the workplace. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to enable you to critically examine all aspects of education and consider the theoretical, political and society frameworks it sits within.

Through this you will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding, problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills, which are essential attributes when working in the field of education. You will also explore comparative education philosophies in an international context and consider the potential impact of globalisation on practice approaches within England.

There will be opportunities to gain experience in a range of statutory and non-statutory education systems. These will include Outdoor Learning, Creative Arts Learning, Museum Education, Traveller Education, Virtual Learning Education, School Liaison and Early Years.


In the first year of the course you will undertake a range of fieldwork trips such outdoor learning, creative arts, museum education, children centres and other educational settings. In year two and three of the course you will take part in extended fieldwork (block placements), which will enable you to develop a range of skills and experience that will enable you to make informed career choices and enhance your employability.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Level 1

  • This module introduces students to a range of learning theories and how these shape approaches to education. Students will explore and draw on experiences of learning in an exciting and diverse range of environments. Students will investigate a variety of learning strategies and consider the impact these can have on themselves and others. They will have the opportunity to explore their preferred approaches and ways of working in a dynamic and collaborative learning environment whilst making links between theory and practice.

  • This module will empower students to examine their professional identity within the wider discourse of safeguarding, child protection and children's rights. Students will consider the universal values on the rights and responsibilities of the child and develop their own emerging professional position within this. Ethical issues will be unpacked, encouraging students to reflect on the issues surrounding safeguarding and child protection. Legislation, policy and codes of conduct will be explored to inform students' thinking, understanding and developing professional practice within educational contexts. Theoretical perspectives that underpin approaches to safeguarding, child protection and promotion of children's rights will be explored. Students will review appropriate working practices within the educational establishments that promote the wellbeing and safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

  • In this module students will be provided with the opportunity to visit a range of educational settings across teaching block 1 and teaching block 2. This will enable students to examine the diverse variety of educational provision in a number of different organisations.

    Students will explore the philosophy, principles and practice that underpins the different educational contexts visited. In preparation for the visits students will investigate moral and ethical working practices in education to ensure understanding of behaviours in a professional context. They will explore the notion of the professional educator. This module has been designed to be complimentary to the module on safeguarding and children's rights that runs consecutively and explores educators responsibilities when working with children and young people.


  • This module gives students the opportunity to explore what is meant by education and the varied types of provision and curriculum approaches. It is an exciting opportunity for students to explore key influential historical, social and political perspectives that are evident in education. The module has been designed to enhance students' skills in research and critical analysis, enabling them to make informed contributions to lively debates and discussions that recognise the diversity of education, curriculum and systems. Students will also investigate influences that have shaped approaches within education, and how this impacts on practice within a range of settings. This will include their personal philosophy and position and how this affects their critical thinking and understanding.


Level 2

  • In this module students will explore a range of contemporay key issues within education and consider the impact these have on practice. In addition to legislation and theoretical perspectives a broad range of current issues that have been highlighted within the media will be explored and debated. Current research will be examined, giving students the opportunity to critique how they influence thinking, understanding and working practices in a variety of contexts. This will enable students to develop a deeper understanding of key issues and consider how these shape personal and professional approaches within education practice.

  • In this module students will have the opportunity to experience an educational environment on a block placement. Students will explore the philosophy, principles and practice that underpins their selected educational setting and how this shapes teaching and learning strategies. In preparation for the visits students will investigate professional codes of practice in education to ensure understanding of the expectations and behaviours in a professional context. They will also explore data collecting methods which enable them to gather information to inform their knowledge and understanding of specific roles and how these influence practice and professional approaches within their placement. This module has been designed to be complimentary to contemporary issues in education.

  • This module will explore a range of international pedagogical approaches, giving students an opportunity to compare and contrast key issues to the English education system. Students will consider the impact of international testing systems and benchmarking approaches on educational practices within the global context. There will be the opportunity to explore a range of theoretical approaches regarding leadership and how it impacts on education within an international framework. Students will also consider the factors that contribute or hinder the international and intercultural dimensions of education and worldwide mobility.

  • This module encourages students to critically analyse what is understood by the term ‘Creativity', and how it develops knowledge and understanding in and across the Arts* and Design. This is a practical module combining elements of theory and principles of creativity, and the therapeutic value of the arts, alongside opportunities for developing individual as well as collaborative expression. Students will be encouraged to explore the key concepts of creativity and how these have manifested in a range of cultures, (for example youth subcultures), and through different historical, political, creative and aesthetic lenses. Through practical work and discussions in lectures, this module will enhance the students' skills in refining and articulating their personal definition of creativity and creative development. They will also have a chance to develop particular skills, knowledge and understanding in, Music, Dance, Drama, Art, Design and Technology and will have the opportunity to combine these in the form of Digital Animation as a form of creative expression.

    *The Arts: applied art (design), visual arts (fine), performing art (music, dance, drama, D&T, poetry)



Level 3

  • This module is student directed, providing them with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and understanding gained throughout the programme. Working collaboratively with their peers they will developing a project of their choice. This will require students to work as part of a collaborative learning group to plan, manage, develop and evaluate a relevant resource for the project. In the development process students will liaise with employers and other stakeholders to ensure the resource supports teaching and learning strategies. This resource will be applicable for a specific target group within an educational context.



  • This module explores the aims and purposes of educating for citizenship and the approaches and sites of this in societies. Students are encouraged to explore the different aims of citizenship education, the concepts inherent in the area as well as the tensions between different proponents of education for citizenship. Their exploration of these concepts and how they apply to societal and global issues will in turn support students' critical understanding and ability to articulate and challenge ideas related to how they position themselves within others in society in differing contexts. Students will also explore differing sites of citizenship education including schools, the work of community and citizens action groups, Parliamentary and Legal Education Services, and museums, galleries and archives. Using their learning, students will have the opportunity to ‘take action' through an educative project working with one of the sites investigated.

  • In this module students will have the opportunity to self select an educational setting for a block placement. This is a student-led module that provides the opportunity to explore an area interest in education and potential career pathways. It enables students to build on the knowledge, skills and experiences acquired throughout the programme and explore how these can be applied effectively within an educational context. Students will critically analyse and reflect in depth on the Codes of Practice, Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures within their chosen educational setting and the that impact on their professional practice. Students will also explore ways to work effectively within a team, exploring leadership theories and paradigms that support and underpin constructive working practices.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

*Subject to validation

We have robust internal approval procedures to ensure that our programmes of study are of the highest quality and will offer our students the best academic experience.  Our approval process is called validation.  Where a course is described as 'subject to validation' this means that the course is in development and the details are in the process of being finalised by the University. Whilst courses on our website with the status of 'subject  to validation' are approved by Kingston University, validation is not guaranteed. Should the course not go ahead you will be informed by the University and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Kingston University or another provider.

Please note that students who require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK will not be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for courses that have a Subject to Validation status.

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