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Our Education Studies degree is a rewarding and challenging course. You’ll study child and adolescent development, specifically around inclusion and educational inequalities.
You’ll question why governments change education policy, and look at how education is portrayed in popular culture.
In your second year you can choose an innovative pathway Education Studies: SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion (SENDI) This covers the experiences of children and young people who can find themselves marginalised or excluded from traditional Educational settings.
You will gain extensive knowledge about the role of education in contemporary society, and areas such as:
- 21st-century education
- special educational needs and disabilities
- children’s literature.
This degree prepares you for many careers including:
- youth work
- educational psychology
- social work
- therapeutic support
- policy provision
- educational publishing.
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Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
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Learning and assessment
The course is underpinned by the four academic 'foundational disciplines':
- Social Sciences.
Throughout the course you will take compulsory modules. You will also choose from a range of optional modules.
In Year 1 the compulsory modules introduce you to core ideas and themes that you will carry through this course. They include:
- Introduction to the Study of Education
- Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development
- Key Ideas in Education.
In Year 2 compulsory modules include:
- Psychology and Education
- Research Methods in Childhood and Education
- The Social World of Childhood and Youth
- Educational Inequalities
- Core Texts in Education.
In Year 3 compulsory modules include:
- Controversial and Contemporary Research in Education
- a dissertation based on your research interests.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
A degree in Education Studies can lead to careers in many areas. We recognise that there are many career opportunities for Education Studies students, in addition to teaching.
For those not wishing to follow a teaching career, the course offers an excellent preparation for careers in the public or private sector. Professions within a specialist education sector now include advertising, marketing, the arts, journalism, law, publishing and the media together with the charity and leisure industries.
Some students do become teachers after completing their degrees, undertaking a further one-year PGCE course in primary or (for combined honours students) secondary education, leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Others have gone on to teach in further education colleges. Education Studies is not a programme of initial teacher education and does not in itself provide a recognised teaching qualification.
Previous graduates from the course have gone on to have successful careers in many different fields including social work, youth work, community education, adult education, educational psychology, recruitment and retail management.
The undergraduate degree can lead to further study of education, at master's and research degree level. Your degree may also provide the basis to progress to professional courses in other areas such as educational psychology, social work, librarianship or human resources.
The School of Education at Oxford Brookes University offers opportunities in post-graduate research, including MAs in Education or Childhood, PhD study and a taught Educational Doctorate.
"The department is very personable which makes you feel welcome. Additionally my classes were usually quite small which made the lecturers very accessible. I also found the facilities to be very good including a 24-hour computer room and a well-stocked library, with many of the books also available electronically"Read more about Dawn
"Throughout my degree, I’ve become actively involved – voluntary and employed – in local charities and national youth organisations, including local authorities, Student Hubs, ArtsWork and Adviza. I was also a participant in Camp America, which was invaluable experience to support my degree and my career aspirations"Read more about Josh
"I enjoy being able to decide what I learn instead of having it chosen for me. If I had childcare commitments within a term I knew that I could work my timetable around them instead of having to arrange my childcare around my university commitments"Read more about Jodie
"I went abroad in my 3rd year and spent a year at Yamanashi University in Japan. It was great – all the staff and students were very helpful and I have made many friends and long-lasting contacts"Read more about Steff
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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