This programme will undergo a periodic review in December 2019 in order to confirm the new course content shown below. Applicants will be informed of any further changes following the review.
All modules marked* are also available to study through the medium of Welsh.
The Primary Education Studies' modules are:
Studying Education : Evolving Systems (20 credits)*
This module provides an overview of the historical developments within the field of education since 1870, to help facilitate an understanding of the contemporary system. Furthermore, the module explores the relationships between education, society, politics, and the individual. Finally, the module aims to develop key transferrable skills relating to academic study and writing, to support the transition into Higher Education.
Studying Education : Controversies and Debates (20 credits)*
This module builds upon 'Studying Education : Evolving Systems' to develop students' knowledge of contemporary debates and controversies, to deepen your understanding of the key themes and strands that characterise the field of education studies. Moreover, the module highlights the cyclic nature of key issues, and reflects on the underlying explanations for the persistence of certain patterns.
Areas of Learning and Experience (I) Part 1 (20 credits)*
This module will explore current policy and practice related to the key areas of priority in primary education. Specifically, this module will outline differing definitions and theoretical perspectives of literacy and numeracy. There will also be and a demonstration of different approaches to teaching literacy and numeracy in primary education.
Areas of Learning and Experience (I) Part 2 (20 credits)*
This module builds upon 'Areas of Learning and Experience (I) Part 1' to explore differing theoretical perspectives of digital literacy. Moreover, this module will compare different approaches to embedding digital literacy within teaching and learning. Finally, this module will feature a compulsory placement, which will provide practical examples of cross- curricular and/or creative approaches to learning from placement experience.
Childhood Education: Learning and Teaching (20 credits)*
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of children's education. Furthermore, it will explore a range of key pedagogical approaches related to the education of children within the UK and explore academic evidence relating to the 'effectiveness' of teaching and practitioners.
Early Learning (20 credits)*
This module will identify a range of early learning principles and approaches drawing on best practice. Moreover, this module will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the use of real life, authentic contexts for play and learning drawing on policy and research whilst understanding theoretical perspectives of language acquisition and early mathematical development.
Developing your Research skills (40 credits)*
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key concepts relating to academic research and the research process so that you will have the requisite knowledge to enable you to conduct the extended empirical research project in your final year. The module will examine a range of methodologies, innovative research tools and of data sources. In addition, the module will examine critical issues when undertaking research with children including ethical issues and informed consent/assent.
Education and Equality (20 credits)*
This module will provide you with a critical understanding of contemporary research and practice in education and equality. You will examine key theories and concepts surrounding education and equality (e.g. gender, EAL, bullying, looked after children) and relate these to relevant examples.
Areas of Learning and Experience (II) Part 1
This module will equip you with relevant knowledge, concepts and skills relating to the teaching and learning of expressive arts, health and wellbeing. Moreover, the module will provide opportunities to develop the practical skills needed to plan inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary learning across the areas of learning.
Areas of Learning and Experience (II) Part 2
This module builds upon 'Areas of Learning and Experience (II) Part 2' to equip you with relevant knowledge, concepts and skills relating to the teaching and learning of humanities, science and technology. Moreover, it will provide opportunities to develop cross-curricular learning and connections within and between areas of learning and experience. Finally, this module will feature a compulsory placement, which will provide practical examples of cross- curricular and/or creative approaches to learning from placement experience.
Community and Holistic Approaches in Primary Education Contexts (20 credits)*
This module will investigate sociological perspectives on the relationships between education and families, communities and society. In addition, you will explore the role of partnerships with outside agencies in primary education and beyond and examine key tensions between policy and practice relating to multi-agency working.
Alternative Approaches in Education (20 credits)*
This module will develop your critical understanding of a range of alternative approaches within education, examining them from a range of perspectives including political, philosophical and international perspectives. It will provide critical insight into a range of pedagogical practices and their underpinning principles and philosophies. Moreover, there will be a practical application of key concepts (e.g. creativity, innovation) and principles of alternative approaches.
Global and Comparative Education (20 credits)*
This module will enable you to apply knowledge and synthesise ideas encountered in a variety of comparative examples, major issues and settings to global education. The module will engage you in debates and arguments from competing perspectives and identification of possible new concepts in respect of Comparative Education. Moreover, you will develop a critical and systematic understanding of well-established theories and concepts in respect of Comparative Education in a globalised context.
Professional Practice and Well-Being (20 credits)*
This module will critically examine contemporary stresses and demands facing professionals working in and with the primary education sector and explore strategies for dealing with them. As part of the module, you will develop a detailed knowledge of professionalism and professional standards within a range of contexts in primary education
The Future of Education (20 credits)*
This module will critique contemporary and emerging issues within education and the relationship between education and other political, economic, social and technological issues or policies. You will explore contemporary and emerging initiatives within the UK and wider education sectors and display an ability to effectively communicate different perspectives.
Independent Project (40 credits)*
The aim of this module is for students to complete an independent piece of research. Students should develop greater independence in their approach to research, improve their ability to critique and synthesise others' research, enhance their analytical and presentational abilities, gain time management and project planning experience and expand their reflective capabilities
Applied Work-Based learning (40 credits)*
This negotiated work based learning module provides the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and critical understanding in an area of their choice within the chosen policy field. It also provides an opportunity to draw on knowledge and understanding gained throughout the programme, and in particular to develop and apply investigative skills.
Applicants should have 104 points from at least 2 A Levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:
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