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Teaching and Education
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Teaching and Education

International Scholarships available

Overview

Explore the world of education and discover which aspects fire your passion. Through directed experiential learning, you will see first hand how theory links into practice.

Whether it is in a school, or wider afield in museums, prisons, or special needs schools, you will gain a wide understanding of educational systems and practices in the UK. Should you wish to go further, study abroad options will be available to you, and you will receive support from the teaching staff to undertake your development.

You will question key educational issues including the social influences surrounding how children learn and the potential barriers to learning. You will study a number of topics independently and develop high-level research skills. These skills will prepare you for the major independent study in your final year, which will cover an education subject of your choosing.

You will also gain an overview of current issues in education systems around the world and how they relate to the UK. You will benefit from the dedicated support and advice of your teaching team, who will help you tailor the course to your professional ambitions.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
You will undertake a placement in each year of the course to reinforce the theory you learn in class and give you invaluable practical experience.

During year two, you will also have the opportunity to take advantage of volunteering opportunities and study abroad for one or two semesters. In year three you will select modules based on your particular career aspirations.

You will also be introduced to a range of guest speakers, each giving their own perspectives on current educational issues. Previous speakers have covered topics such as social work, employability and enterprise activity and we have welcomed speakers from the Alliance for Inclusive Education.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Specialist facilities
  • University accommodation
  • Study abroad option
  • Placements
  • Expert careers service
  • TEF Silver Award
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BA (Hons) Education Studies

Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Rafina Din

Careers

Rafina Din
Year 4 Teacher Miriam Lord Primary School

BA (Hons) Childhood in the Early Years (Top-Up)

“My degree taught me more than just how to teach fractions. It also taught me how to understand and deal with the challenges that can affect children outside the classroom. This rounded approach has really benefited my career and has made me a much more confident and reflective teacher.

Teaching and learning

This course prepares you for employment in the field of education, including working with the wider children, young people and family workforce. You will become conversant with the latest issues and policy developments that impact on education, and will apply theory to practice through directed experiential learning. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
Engage in the theoretical study of education from the starting point of personal experience. You will gain an awareness of the impact of social perspectives on education by sharing individual life experiences and looking at how they have influenced educational outcomes.
Core Modules

This module will introduce you to a range of key issues in education in England. You will explore some of the knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and issues related to the academic study of education as well as study the major developments in education policy.

Examine how social, political and economic factors affect policy implementation in practice. You will gain an understanding of the development of the provision of education, the place of education in national and local political life, and the successive ideologies that have underpinned education in England.

Develop the first steps in transforming from learner to effective educator. You will begin to better understand, articulate, evidence and reflect on the professional preparations, opportunities and experiences you access in order to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

Study the key concepts and theories of learning and human development, and apply these theories in practice through the observation and analysis of a learning episode.

Undertake a two-week placement and examine how an education policy is put into practice. You will develop key digital and presentation skills as well as a broad understanding of what it is to be a reflective ethical professional.

Examine the use of research-generated materials, such as published academic work and government reports, to build a critical perspective of educational policy, theory and practice.

Take greater responsibility for your own learning through increased research and inquiry to prepare for your Major Independent Study. You will also consider a wide range of issues that impact on educational outcomes, such as different social perspectives and vulnerable groups (Special Educational Needs and Disability), through a placement experience.
Core Modules

Drawing on sociology, politics and policy analyses, you will examine how gender, social class, poverty and race affect the achievement and the progression of children and young people through systems of education.

Develop an understanding of the economic, political, social and environmental factors that affect educational experiences and systems throughout the world. You will explore how education systems reflect and influence social values, and how they can enhance the life chances of individuals, ensuring productive economies, and promoting sustainable development.

Study the key thinkers in the field of education and develop your understanding of the fundamental issues affecting educational practice, nationally and internationally.

Discover the key barriers to learning which arise from social perspectives, disability and special educational needs (SEN), and other forms of educational exclusion.

This module will provide you with a systematic training in research. You will examine the debates linked to different methodologies and the issue of ethical considerations in relation to research with human subjects.

This module culminates in a three-week placement, building on previous and current experiences in the field. By shadowing professionals in a preferred educational setting, you will gain an understanding of the expectations you will face when working in practice

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Your final year aims to support your future career direction and maximise your employability prospects. A choice of option modules will allow you to pursue a particular interest or strength, and your Major Independent Study will enable you to carry out in-depth research to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of this aspect of education.
Core Modules

Explore and investigate a series of educational issues through a self-directed placement. You will examine educational policy across all levels, from early years through to adult education and training, and will have the opportunity to tailor the module to your individual career needs.

Compile a digital portfolio of your experiences and achievements, demonstrating the professional standards met, skills developed and research undertaken, to communicate and celebrate the depth of your understanding to employers, postgraduate course leaders and other relevant professionals.

Undertake an in-depth independent inquiry into an area of interest relevant to your proposed career direction and develop research knowledge and judgement in a real-world setting.

Option modules may include:
Autism: The Needs of Children & Families

Children, Crime & Social Justice

Disability & Special Educational Needs

Working with Vulnerable Families

The Role of the Outdoor Environment within Childhood

Black / White Mixed-Race Lives: Identity, Childhood & Schooling

Including Complex Needs in Education

Dr Doug Martin
Course Director

Following a successful career as a practitioner, service manager and strategic leader in the care and education sectors, Dr Doug Martin became a policy writer and moved into higher education. Through his research, he investigates the complex issues impacting on vulnerable children, young people and families. He is a school governor and has been director, chair and advisor to a variety of voluntary sector organisations. He is also a member of the Leeds School Forum, taking an active role in helping to shape schooling in the city.

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BA (Hons) Education Studies

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Free nationally recognised Child Protection 1 and Child Sexual Exploitation 1 training courses
  • Use of our School Practice Collection
  • Access in year 3 to external speakers offering master classes
  • Off site visits to art galleries, etc

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement travel costs
    (Total of five days a week for nine weeks over the duration of your course. Amount dependent on location of your choice)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Overseas volunteering opportunities and study abroad option
    (Costs will vary depending on location, accommodation and travel options)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Free nationally recognised Child Protection 1 and Child Sexual Exploitation 1 training courses
  • Use of our School Practice Collection
  • Access in year 3 to external speakers offering master classes
  • Off site visits to art galleries, etc

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement travel costs
    (Total of five days a week for nine weeks over the duration of your course. Amount dependent on location of your choice)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Overseas volunteering opportunities and study abroad option
    (Costs will vary depending on location, accommodation and travel options)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • 24 hour Library and computer labs
    24 hour Library and computer labs

    Our Library and computer labs are open 24 hours a day, providing you with space to work and access to specialist books and journals, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • School Practice Collection
    School Practice Collection

    Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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