Years one and two
  • Build an overview of education and cover the topics that each of the pathways will explore in more detail as you progress.
  • Study current issues and debates in early childhood and education, and investigate the notion of research, with a particular focus on social and cultural issues.
  • Examine the basic concepts of developmental social and cognitive psychology, from infancy to adolescence, and begin to understand how these concepts inform teaching and learning.
  • Learn about some of the most significant developments that have occurred in education in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Become a self-sufficient and confident student able to complete your studies efficiently and effectively.
  • Develop the emotional intelligence, interpersonal and reflection skills needed to become a successful professional within schools, higher education, education publishing and other institutions.

Years three and four

    • Build on the knowledge gained in your years one and two modules.
    • Choose to follow a particular pathway that will prepare you for your chosen career:
      • The Working in Education pathway will set you up well for working in schools but also learning beyond the classroom, in museums, galleries, youth projects, voluntary organisations, professional development and higher education. You will explore and examine how educationalists can improve pupils’ wellbeing and learning by understanding how social influences and, in particular, early experiences, emotions and emotional literacy, can facilitate learning.
      • On the Diversity and Inclusion in Education pathway, you will investigate key ethical dilemmas, rights and responsibilities in education, diversity and multiculturalism, youth participation and identity, and examine the learning needs and inclusion of children with special educational needs.
      • The Researching Education pathway covers issues in education such as exclusion from school, or selective education, and ethical dilemmas, rights and responsibilities. You will develop the capacity for logical reasoning, writing and methods of investigation, highly relevant in education institutions and other organisations that need to address and resolve everyday challenges.