In addition to following each of the four foundational disciplines, you may choose to explore a number of academic themes including:
- Academic Research in Education: this begins with 'Introduction to the study of education' which is a compulsory module. This introduces you to the key concepts and practices of academic literacy and provides grounding in the main areas of Education Studies, including learning theory, and the sociology, philosophy and history of education. It also introduces you to the notion of empirical research in education, giving you practice in developing your academic criticality by exploring how knowledge is constructed in the field of educational studies.
- Education changes in relation to the development of ICT, new media and technologies: it includes modules on Education and Childhood through Film and Literature, Children and the Media, the development of e-pedagogy and cultural and arts based learning
- Policy critique: for students interested in how government policy affects education, there are modules on social change and education, education and the world of work, addressing educational inequalities and debating contemporary controversial issues
- Inclusion: inclusion, social justice and addressing diversity and special educational needs are a particular strength of research in the School of Education and in our teaching team. Students therefore have the opportunity to deepen their engagement with these issues
- Global Awareness: the programme is particularly committed to studying education in its widest sense, and that includes a commitment to an international approach, looking at different education provision across the world, the very different experiences (and understandings) of learning in different cultures, and how education is developing in the new globalised world of the 21st century. This academic theme takes in modules on Cross-national Perspectives on Education and Education for International Development.
- Childhood: modules on the Introduction to Child Development, Constructions of Childhood and the Social World of Childhood draw on historical, cross-cultural, psychological and sociological perspectives to understand the role of the child in society and the development of child identity.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you can choose from may vary from those shown here.
- Introduction to the Study of Education (compulsory single and
- Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development (compulsory
single and combined honours)
- Key Ideas in Education (compulsory single and combined honours)
- Education in a World of Change: Policy and Provision (recommended
- Constructions of Childhood (recommended single and combined
- Education, Childhood and Youth Culture: Film and Literature
(recommended single and combined honours)
Years 2 and 3
- Core Texts in Education (alternative compulsory single and combined honours)
- Historical Perspectives on Education (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- The Developing Child (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- Educational Inequalities (compulsory for single and combined honours)
- Literature for Young Children (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- Inclusion: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- Psychology and Education (compulsory for single and combined honours)
- Research Methods in Childhood and Education (compulsory for single honours, acceptable for combined honours)
- The Social World of Childhood and Youth (compulsory for single honours, acceptable for combined honours)
- Media, Technology and Education (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- Children's Outdoor Learning (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- Gender and 21st Century Education (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- Language and the Mind (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- Philosophy of Education (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- Becoming a Reader (acceptable for single and combined honours)
- Controversial and Contemporary Research in Education (compulsory single honours, acceptable combined honours)
- Education in International Development (acceptable single and combined honours)
- Educational Sociolinguistics (acceptable single honours)
- Inclusion: Diverse Perspectives (acceptable single and combined honours)
- Independent Study (acceptable single and combined honours)
- Independent Study: Work and Community Related Learning (acceptable single and combined honours)
- Dissertation (compulsory single honours)
Modules in detail » Module diagrams »
We are always keen to explore ways in which you broaden your experience of education and development. In the past we have visited The Gambia developing long standing relationships with schools and colleges and we are actively exploring international opportunities in other parts of the world, aiming to be responsive to students' needs and interests.
These field trips are optional and will incur extra costs. The approximate cost for the Gambia trip in 2018 is £1200.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are
at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available
through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as
the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to
work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading, this is at their own discretion.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes