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  • 1. Shape the future: BSc (Hons) Education Studies1
  • 2. BSc (Hons) Education Studies Achieving a degree in Education Studies could lead to a wide range of careers. 2
  • 3. Why Education Studies? Education is a fascinating area to study – it’s about children,  classrooms, schools, the workplace, government policies, and  children and adults learning throughout their lives. In fact,  Education Studies is one of the most rapidly growing areas for  undergraduate study nationally. At Southampton, we have created this new We are starting the course in October 2011 and  course aimed at a wide variety of students within 3 years it will have 300 students on it,  with different educational careers and futures probably the biggest undergraduate academic  in mind: education course in the UK. This size enables us  to offer you a wide range of choice of modules,  •   If you want to become a primary school  a large student group to relate to and huge  teacher this course will help you on to a opportunities. However, while we will be big  primary PGCE course, but importantly it gives  enough to cope, we will be small enough to care  you the chance to spend time in schools before  and our large number of small sized modules,  that; our small group teaching and our personal  tutorial system means you will feel a student •   If you want to go into social research careers or  focussed and friendly atmosphere. And because  other education related work opportunities it we are creating something ‘new ’we can be up- provides a firm foundation and leads naturally to-date in our curriculum design, our teaching  on to a Master’s or Doctorate course if you methods and our assessment methods. wished, at Southampton or elsewhere; •   If you are just interested in the subject area  The course over the three years is of ‘Education’ it can lead you into industrial, based upon: commercial or public sector jobs just like any  •   Giving you foundations in psychology,  other social sciences or humanities degree; educational policy, curriculum and learning  •   And if you are interested in working in the  in year 1, together with modules that offer the  Further Education sector, or lifelong learning  chance of learning about how schools work  areas of employment, then you can choose and getting out into them; modules that are relevant to help you get there. •   Giving you options and choices of modules  Whatever the reasons you’re thinking of taking  in accordance with your interests and where it, the degree’s strong focus upon study skills,  you are going on the job market in the future,  problem solving, its ‘people’ orientation, its  in year 2; concentration upon what makes children and •   Giving you an even greater chance to  adults ‘tick’, and its emphasis upon training you  construct your own degree in accordance  to collect and present data, to communicate and with your personal and job interests in year  be rational and logical, will develop skills that are  3 through doing a dissertation and other  applicable in any career. Its contemporary nature  modules where you study things that interest  makes it also extremely attractive to employers you in detail. of many kinds. 3
  • 4. Why do a BSc? This course focuses on current policy issues and  the theories that underpin learning. It allows you  to understand qualitative and quantitative research methods and provides an emphasis on the rigorous  scientific nature of education. As such, the  programme awards a BSc rather than a BA.  Single Semester 1 honours Yr 1 Contemporary An introduction An introduction Primary education: education issues, to learning to teaching & systems & problems & policies teachers structures * Or University’s Graduate Passport Scheme Free choice Yr 2 Research methods Choose 2 from: Early years in education 1: • Internationalisation & education education: systemsBSc (Hons) Education Studies: perspectives & • Learners & learning & structures * approaches • An educational placement: Or experiential learning # Free choice Yr 3 Dissertation Choose 2 from: Work based (semester 1) • Lifelong & work related learning education: systems • Advanced research methods & structures * • Sociology of education Or • Current issues in teaching & Free choice learning in schools *Students will be expected to undertake a placement experience as part of these modules # If not selected in year 2, students could choose this as one of their semester 1 year 3 options The curriculum 4
  • 5. Semester 2 Education in other Special educational Curriculum design Secondary education: countries needs systems & structures * Or Free choice Research methods Choose 2 from: Lifelong learning: in education 2: • Leading & managing education systems & structures * techniques & analysis • ICT & digital literacies Or • Educational policy & politics Free choice Dissertation Choose 2 from: Health & wellness (semester 2) • Social justice & inclusive education education: systems & • International educational policies & practices structures * • Contemporary debates & issues in education Or Free choice5 5
  • 6. Students enjoy a range of lectures, seminars and workshops. How will you study? by employers in boosting your appeal as a  graduate. The passport scheme may involve  Studying is made up of formal class time and  work experience or voluntary activities in the independent work. Class contact involves  local community. Find more information online  lectures, seminars, workshops and IT sessions.  at www.soton.ac.uk/careers/passport Independent work comprises directed study,  reading, assessment preparation and revision.  In addition to sport and Graduate Passport  You will also have one-to-one tutorials and you  activities, you may want to take part in some may meet with peers to study or support each of the University’s other clubs and societies.  other through peer discussion. See www.soton.ac.uk/study/unilife/ clubssocieties.html for more information. Most formal class time is made up of oneHow will you study? lecture a week per module, plus smaller How will you be assessed? seminars or workshops. This may vary  Assessment methods vary throughout the  depending on the module; for example,  course. Some modules have coursework that you  the dissertation module has few lecture complete during teaching weeks and some have  sessions but more one-to-one meetings. examinations. Others have a mix of assessment  Work and study are vital to achieving this  methods; for example, a presentation during  degree, but activities and experiences outside  teaching weeks and an examination at the end  your study programme are also important  of the semester. However, all are appropriate to  and add to your CV. You might want to spend  the topic you are studying, and are applicable to  some time each week taking part in activities  the learning outcomes set for that module. Some  which count towards achieving your University  also use projects which can be done in a wide  of Southampton Graduate Passport. This is a  variety of educational settings.  programme of personal development valued  6
  • 7. Weekly timetable example 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 Mon Module 1 Module 4 (Lecture) (Lecture) Tues Module 2 Module 4 Module 2 (Lecture) (Seminar) (Seminar) You might choose to play sport for one of our University teams or get involved in one of the University’s societies or Wed work!! Wednesdays are typically inter-university match days. Thur Module 1 Module 3 (Seminar) (Lecture) Fri Module 3 Undertake Graduate Passport activities (Workshop)7 7
  • 8. Contemporary education issues, Education in other countries problems & policies Compulsory or option? Compulsory Compulsory or option? Compulsory What will you study? What will you study? In this module you will explore education Education in the United Kingdom has been, in the UK and other selected countries. and is, changing rapidly – this module explains, Topics which you will study include: describes and analyses why. You will examine international aid and development, gender whether education can combat wider participation in education in different inequalities of race, gender and class. You will countries, the growth of private education be introduced to its contemporary debates – in developed countries; technical and about how schools should be organised, about vocational education in different countries; how the curriculum should be structured and and educational practices such as streaming, how examinations should be run. You will also setting, ability grouping, homework policy, be developing your IT, knowledge searching assessment for learning and national and academic writing skills. examination practices in different countries. How will you be assessed? How will you be assessed? 1. Literature search and annotated 1. Written assignment/project Bibliography on a chosen topic for the 2. Examination written assignment 2. Written assignment Primary education: systems and structures An introduction to learning Compulsory or option? Option Compulsory or option? Compulsory What will you study?Examples of modules: Year 1 What will you study? The module will incorporate a critical In this module you will be introduced to the examination and analysis of diverse aspects latest research and thinking about learning of primary education, locating issues in their theories and practice. You will explore social, cultural, historical and political contexts. your own learning experiences to help you Typical content is likely to include: the current understand the needs of different learners and state of play in terms of primary and early the variety of ways we can approach studying. years curricula; an historical overview of the This module will help you to understand the development of the primary curriculum; and influences of the interaction between the the course will involve some time spent in a individual and the environment in helping or primary school setting on placement. hindering learners to learn. How will you be assessed? How will you be assessed? 1. Written assignment/project 1. Project based in a school 8
  • 9. Study the systems and structuresof primary education.9 9
  • 10. Educational policy and politics Leading and managing in education Compulsory or option? Option Compulsory or option? Option What will you study? What will you study? In this module you will explore the different In this module you will define and distinguish views on the role of education within society the difference between leadership and and consider how ideology has shaped political management. You will learn about leadership perspectives of education. You will examine the and management theory as well as examining major trends in contemporary UK educational the issues when trying to lead for and with policy with some international comparisons. diversity and inclusion. You will examine Work in this module is likely to involve looking leadership effectiveness and improvement, at detailed case studies of key educational including the research evidence for leadership policies; economic and social perspectives impact and leading for quality in education. of their development, implementation This module will include an examination and impact. You will also investigate the of global perspectives on leadership and organisation and governance structures management and will also explore the through which educational policy and its methodological issues in researching effectiveness is implemented, monitored leadership and management. and evaluated. How will you be assessed? How will you be assessed? 1. Written assignment 1. Written assignment 2. Written reflection from class seminars 2. Poster presentation ICT and digital literacies Compulsory or option? OptionExamples of modules: Year 2 What will you study? In this module you will examine social, ethical, economic and moral matters pertaining to the use of ICT in learning, teaching and assessment. For example, you will consider the use of avatars in virtual environments. You will also consider contemporary and future developments in technology and the implications for learning and teaching. How will you be assessed? 1. Participation in a computerised assisted assessment relating to the content of the module 2. Submit an electronic artefact highlighting an aspect of digital literacy and learning 10
  • 11. Social justice and inclusive education Health & wellness education: systems & structuresCompulsory or option? Option Compulsory or option? OptionWhat will you study?In this module you will further develop your What will you study?understanding of how race, gender and In this module you will examine models ofsocial class impacts in educational settings health and health promotion / education andand whether/how these can be barriers to investigate the determinants of health andeducational opportunities. You will explore how they affect educational outcomes. Youidentities in the private and public domains, will also explore the health needs of youngsexualities, differences, and the role of religion people and pupil health and well-being andand civic engagement including faith based will consider the impactschooling. You will gain an understanding of PSHE and the health education curriculum.of how policy statements about equality get How will you be assessed?translated into practice. 1. A 10 minute presentation plus anHow will you be assessed? accompanying paper of 500 words within1. Portfolio of reflections from class seminars a student conference2. Examination 2. 2000 words reflective learning log. This will involve some time spent in a health andInternational education policies wellness education setting on placement.and practicesCompulsory or option? Option Dissertation Option? Compulsory double moduleWhat will you study?In this module you will examine the diverse What will you study? Examples of modules: Year 3theories of globalisation, and explore Students will undertake a research projecttopics such as the political, economic and to investigate a topic of their choosing.social factors which contribute to the How will you be assessed?internationalisation of the governance of 1. 8000 word report or equivalenteducation, transformations in global educationpolicy, and the increased importance of skills.How will you be assessed?1. Written summary of a presentation2. Written assignment/project 11
  • 12. Due to the broad range of topic areas within the programme, you will be taught by a number of different tutors. We have highly skilled and experienced individuals on our staff, all of whom will enrich your learning experience.Meet some of our staff 12
  • 13. Here is an introduction to some of the key Professor Anthony Kelly tutors you might meet during your time Professor Kelly specialises in School studying with us: Improvement and Political Economy. In particular Anthony focusses on: how this Professor David Reynolds CBE, FRSA relates to school improvement/effectiveness Professor Reynolds has run undergraduate theory; innovative practice in educational academic education courses in Cardiff, management; governance and policy analysis; Exeter and Newcastle Universities. His adapting capability and game theoretic research interests are school effectiveness, concepts to education; and developing school improvement and education policies innovative quantitative methods. His most and he has written over 20 books and recent books are on: benchmarking in hundreds of journal papers on these topics. education (Routledge Falmer); the use of game theory in decision-making He has a strong interest in English (Cambridge University Press); educational policy making and has developed conceptualising a theory of intellectual the Numeracy Strategy, helped develop the capital for use in not-for-profit organisations Literacy Strategy and has been on the Boards like schools (Kluwer Academic Press); and of numerous educational organisations. He adapting Sen’s theory of capability to school was an Advisor to the English Government choice (Palgrave Macmillan). and is currently Senior Policy Advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government. For further information about Professor Kelly please see hwww.southampton.ac.uk/ For further information about Professor education/about/staff/ajck.page? Reynolds please see www.southampton. ac.uk/education/about/staff/dr1v10.page? Dr Felix Maringe Professor Jacky Lumby Dr Maringe is a senior lecturer in education. His research is in the area of Globalisation Professor Lumby’s main interests are in and Internationalisation of Higher Education leadership and management; particularly within the broad remit of leadership and the 14-19 age group and post-compulsory management. He is currently leading education. Her research has encompassed research into the impact of Globalisation in studies of school and college leader/managers Higher Education through a global survey of at all levels in the UK and internationally. universities in different parts of the world. She has published extensively. Her most recent books concern how language For further information about Dr Maringe both reflects and shapes thinking about please see www.southampton.ac.uk/ education (with Fenwick English) and education/about/staff/fm2.page? diversity and leadership in education (with Marianne Coleman). For further information please see www. Dr Jenny Byrne southampton.ac.uk/education/about/staff/ Dr Byrne is the School of Education’s jlumby.page? Learning and Teaching Coordinator. With a robust teaching background, Jenny’s research interests include: children’s cognitive development (especially in science); outdoor education; the affective domain of the self and its impact on learning; health education; and biography. For further information about Dr Byrne please see www.southampton.ac.uk/ education/about/staff/jb5.page?13 13
  • 14. If you are considering applying to Southampton, we will be pleased to meet you at one of our University Open Days. Please visit www.southampton. ac.uk/visit for more details.Visiting the Education Department The education society Given the large numbers we will have, we  plan to fund a society to organise social  events, provide a forum for students to express your views on the course and to organise visits to educational and other  locations. Placement Abroad We are developing our links with  Universities in other countries to provide the possibility of our students spending  some time in another country to observe  educational policies and practices elsewhere. Contacting the Education Undergraduate Admissions Office Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 3475 and ask  to be put through to the Programme Leader. Email: educate@southampton.ac.uk www.southampton.ac.uk/education This information can be made available, on request, in alternative formats. For more information, please contact the Education Undergraduate Admissions Office. 14
  • 15. This brochure is prepared well in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the University offers the information contained in it as a guide only. While the University makes every effort to check the accuracy of the factual content at the time of drafting, some changes will inevitably have occurred in the interval between publication and start of the relevant academic year. You should not therefore rely solely on this brochure and should consult the Education website www.southampton.ac.uk/education for up-to-date information concerning course fees, course content and entry requirements for the current academic year. You should also consult the University’s prospectus or go to www.southampton.ac.uk/inf/termsandconditions.html for more specific details of the limits of the University’s liability in the event of changes to advertised courses/programmes and related information. © University of Southampton 201115 15
  • 16. www.southampton.ac.uk/education UK and EU enquiries:educate@southampton.ac.uk +44 (0) 23 8059 3475  International (non-EU) enquiries:global@southampton.ac.uk +44 (0) 23 8059 969916