Education Studies and Film and Screen Studies

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Key features of the courses are: 

  • Education Studies at Bath Spa University is rated highly by students, with 91% satisfaction with teaching in the 2010-11 National Student Survey
  • All our awards are very flexible and can be tailored to your personal interests and ambitions
  • You will be able to choose from more than 45 modules which explore a wide range of subjects and issues
  • All modules are taught by experienced and respected staff 
  • You will be able to take a placement in a school or other educational setting in each year of your programme
  • You will have the opportunity to study overseas in each year of your programme
  • You will be able to apply (in year three) to stay with us to take a PGCE primary or secondary : OfSTED has rated our teacher education courses as 'outstanding' in 2011

Education Studies will give you an in-depth understanding of the world of formal and informal education in the UK and around the world. Education depends on an essentially optimistic view: that through learning we can change the world for the better.

Why study Education Studies?

There are a number of options available for studying Education at Bath Spa University.

Single honours awards in Education Studies are ideal for students who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the world of education and education around the world. Four single honours awards are available:

  • Education Studies
  • Early Years Education
  • International Education
  • Youth and Community Studies

It is also possible to combine Education with another subject in our modular programme to achieve a joint honours degree.

  • Education Studies: Combined Awards

See the Course Structure tab for more information.

Please be aware that the above degrees do not lead to a reserved place on a PGCE Primary course, although you may apply for a place on our PGCE in year three.

If you choose to study for the Combined Award, please be aware that there is a separate Student Handbook.

Course structure

Education is a large subject at Bath Spa University so we are able to offer you various study options:

1. Education Studies (Single Honours award) (UCAS Code: X300)

Education Studies will give you an in-depth understanding of formal and informal education.

2. International Education (Single Honours award) (UCAS Code: X392)

These routes allow you to concentrate your study on either Education or International Education, but in your first year you will be able to take two modules from a selection of other modules related to your subject. This gives you a broader outlook on Education and its many related topics.

These routes are for those of you who are interested in the study of education but not yet certain about the professional route you are interested in developing beyond your degree.

If, however, you know at this stage that you would like to study a second subject alongside Education for all three years of your course (perhaps because your goal is to become a secondary teacher of that subject) you should look at Option 5 below – Education as part of a Combined Award.

You can also choose from two courses that are more directly linked to possible employment options;

3. Early Years Education (a specialised award) (UCAS Code: X312)

4. Youth and Community Studies (a specialised award) (UCAS Code: L590)

These awards offer you opportunities to both follow your academic programme and engage directly with professional practice in the relevant field which may give you an additional vocational qualification. You have a wide range of modules to choose from, but your module choices will be directly related to the specialism you have chosen (either Early Years or Youth and Community work) in order to prepare you for careers in these professions. There will be some core modules which you must follow on both these Specialised Awards which will be linked to possible professional occupations in either Early Years or Youth and Community. There will be opportunities to undertake some professional practice in your area of interest and your third year dissertation will be linked to your degree focus. As part of the Early Years Education specialised award, you will have the opportunity to gain a professional accreditation certificate in Childcare, Development and Learning.

5. Education as part of a Combined Award (with a second subject)

This option allows you to choose two subjects for all of your degree by taking two subjects throughout your three years and you can choose from a wide range of modules in both subjects. It is a suitable route for students who may wish to progress to a career as a teacher in a secondary school (for this you would need to apply to start a Secondary PGCE once you have completed your degree).

Whichever route you decide on there’s a wide range of relevant modules for you to choose from, along with some compulsory modules.

In Year 1, core modules introduce key concepts and skills that underpin the subject as well as modules in, for example: learning through life, early years education, adolescence, primary schools and education in Europe.

In Years 2 and 3 you will consider more deeply the current issues in education and how they relate to your particular course. You will think critically about teaching, diversity, inclusion, social and educational policy and explore global and international perspectives in education. There are opportunities to carry out original research and pursue your own interests in these areas.

There are also modules which give you the chance to work in schools and other educational contexts including early years settings and youth and community contexts where you can develop your understanding of the nature of children and young people’s development and teaching and learning.

Modules

Sample modules Include:

  • Education for Change
  • How Young Children Learn
  • Young People's Sub-cultures
  • International Perspectives on Education

Please note that if you know at this stage that you want to be a primary teacher you should apply to our specialised course which offers you a route to a teaching qualification. This is known as our ‘3+1’ course because it is four years in length in total – three years for the undergraduate degree element and one year for the postgraduate PGCE element.

Course assessment

You will be assessed through course work submitted during modules. Course work includes essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. We will provide you with prompt feedback on how well you are doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding. There are no examinations in Education Studies.

Bath Spa is a leading university in the field of Education Studies, and you’ll be taught by a very experienced and well qualified team of more than 50 tutors with different backgrounds as qualified teachers, academics, authors and researchers. At Bath Spa we believe in helping you understand the difficulties experienced by many children and young people for whom access to good formal and informal education is sometimes difficult. You’ll gain the knowledge, critical understanding and skills needed to explore the nature and functions of education in a rapidly changing world, and prepare for a range of professional employment.

As well as offering you an exciting undergraduate programme we also have full-time and part-time higher degrees which build on your undergraduate course and support you in professional development that will equip you to compete more effectively within the labour market. We have a flexible Education Studies Masters programme which allows you to develop further the focus of your undergraduate degree and includes modules such as Social and Education Policy, Education and Globalisation, Early Childhood Education, Work Based Professional Practice and Youth in the Community. From the moment you begin your undergraduate programme we will encourage you to think of yourself as maximising your opportunities by thinking of postgraduate options that will support your particular employment interests.

Whatever route you decide is right for you, we offer you the opportunity to become a committed, caring and creative professional- able to “make a difference”.

Teaching methods

Teaching

Teaching is through a mix of lectures (50 minutes), seminars and individual tutorials. Seminars are usually more informal than lectures - they are opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates.  In year one your minimum timetabled time will be 12 hrs per week.  All modules are led by experienced and respected university staff.  Many staff are active researchers and authors in the field of education studies - in years two and three they will introduce you to their particular specialisms and research interests through a range of optional modules.  We also have regular visiting speakers - these include headteachers, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.

Placements

Placements occur in each year of the programme. In year two there is a compulsory placement in an educational setting or school. Optional modules provide further placement opportunities for you to work with young people both locally and internationally. The School of Education Partnership Office will arrange each placement for you. We try to ensure you are located within a reasonable distance from where you live; however, you should normally expect to travel using your own or public transport. 

Teaching quality excellence

22/24 in a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) assessment.

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS.

Course enquiries

Please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

260–300 UCAS Tariff points.

Career opportunities

Education Studies will provide the basis for you to work with learners – young people and older people – in different organisations: children’s centres, youth organisations and community organisations. You may choose to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including community organisations, youth clubs, businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations, museums, art galleries and libraries.

You will also be able to apply for PGCE courses in teacher training – but if you know at this stage that you want to be a primary teacher you should consider our specialised ‘3+1’ course.

If you think you would like to work in early years’ settings or youth and community organisations you should apply for the specialised awards in these areas. This will ensure you undertake placements relevant to your course and have specialised modules that you must follow to ensure the right experiences and knowledge to help you work in these fields.

As well as going on to study for the PGCE our graduates have been recruited by Notts Trent International College, Explore Learning,  the NHS and many schools and Local Authorities working in Educational roles such as tutors, trainers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants.

What students say...

Student Profile: Kia Prescott, International Education

“The course has made me question all of my opinions I held before. Studying International Education has given me a better knowledge of geography, countries, cultures, global issues, politics and world history, all of which has given me a wider base and has helped in all my modules. This year there is a study trip to Zambia for students on the international module, and it will be the perfect opportunity to gain first-hand experience of education abroad.

Although the majority on the course want to be teachers it is understood that there are some who don’t, and this is catered for. I have a great interest in other countries and cultures, and I have not completely decided if I want to teach abroad yet – but Bath Spa are enabling me to keep my options open.”

 

 

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This course offers an exciting route into the study and appreciation of film and screen and their industries together with the opportunity for some practical and creative work in filmmaking.

Why study Film and Screen Studies?

We want to enable you to develop a critical understanding of film and screen theory and criticism and to appreciate the relationship between film, media and culture. But we also want to provide you with the conceptual tools for understanding how society and culture is mediated by cinematic, televisual and electronic images. In choosing this course you will be starting on a journey of critical understanding of the institutions of film and screen production, distribution and exhibition. As part of this we will develop your understanding of reception and consumption practices in film and screen.

Course structure

In the first year there are two cores modules. The first is Introduction to Film in which you will investigate film as a specific academic discipline and how meaning is conveyed through film form and content. As part of your work you will analyse how films are constructed and be introduced to ways of writing effectively about film. The second core module is Understanding Hollywood, which offers an advanced investigation of key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of cinema, and explores film as a commercial, cultural and aesthetic institution.

In Years 2 and 3 you can design your programme from a range of exciting modules including film theory, Hollywood cinema, video games, film and national identity, stardom and celebrity, Asian cinema, European cinema, film genres such as westerns and horror, young people and the new media, planning a film and making a film, and documentary filmmaking. You can also take part in organising LineUP, the annual Student Film Festival at Bath Spa University.

Film and Screen Studies aims to produce graduates who have an informed, critical and creative approach to both understanding film and screen in contemporary society and to their own forms of critical, reflective and communicative practice. You will develop intellectual, analytical, research and creative skills that will help you to prepare for employment and have the opportunity to engage in practical filmmaking projects if you wish.

Modules

In the first year you are introduced to the methods and methodologies of film as an object of critical investigation, with special emphasis upon the relationship between film and contemporary popular culture. In Years 2 and 3 you will take one core module and select from a range of module options. There are also some opportunities to engage in film planning and production.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Film*;
  • Single Camera Production
  • Introduction to Television;
  • Framing Film: From Silent Screen to World Cinema;
  • Media/Screen Project
  • Digital Practice.

Year 2

  • Film Theory and Practice: Understanding Hollywood*;
  • Short Film Production
  • Film and British National Identity;
  • Television, Representation and Gender;
  • Stardom and Celebrity;
  • Popular Cinema and Culture;
  • Film and Philosophy;
  • Film Noir: The Dark side of the Screen;
  • Key Movements in World Cinema
  • Film Cultures Project;
  • Asian Film National Cinemas and Global Impacts;
  • Work Placement

Year 3

  • Dissertation;
  • Film Audiences and Cultures of Spectatorship;
  • Wired Up: Computer and Videogames;
  • European Cinema;
  • Power, Pleasure and Feminist Film Criticism;
  • Rock n Reel: Popular Music on Screen;
  • Cartoon Time: Thinking Through Animation;
  • Psychos, Killers and Voyeurs: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock;
  • Media Technologies and Change;
  • Short Form Documentary Filmmaking;
  • LineUp: Student Film Festival;
  • Indian Cinema: From Arthouse to Bollywood;
  • Creative Enterprises Project.

* Compulsory modules.

Course assessment

Assessment includes essays, research reports, journals and group presentations and examinations.

Film and Screen Studies at Bath Spa University comprises an exciting opportunity for you to study film and screen alongside aspects of the new media, together with some optional practical work in film planning and production.

Dr Rebecca Feasey, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Communication:

“Film and Screen Studies is a wonderfully diverse programme that gives students the flexibility and choice to look at a wide range of cinematic genres, from a number of fascinating theories, perspectives and historical periods.

I am passionate about teaching at Bath Spa because the students are always curious, motivated and interested to learn. Furthermore, because of the small scale of the campus, it is possible to foster genuinely supportive relationships with students.”

Teaching methods

Our modules have well-defined teaching structures consisting of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, which give you wide opportunities to learn progressively, stretch your capabilities, test your ideas and methods and interact positively with staff and other students in the Department.

As you would expect, Film and Screen Studies modules also use parts of the new media in their teaching practice. Students are encouraged to make use of the University's virtual learning environment, 'Minerva' and of the worldwide web in seminars and workshops.

Teaching quality excellence

In the National Student Survey of 2011:

93% of students said that staff were good at explaining things

92% of students said that staff have made the subject interesting

99% of students said that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS

Course enquiries

Please contact our Admissions team (see above)

Entry requirements

280–320 UCAS Tariff points.

Career opportunities

Employers welcome the high level of subject-based, generic and personal skills which are embedded in our programmes. The main focus of interest for our Film and Screen Studies graduates is the creative and cultural industries in the UK. These industries include advertising, journalism, publishing, film and film-related employments, television, radio and the heritage sector. However, there are also employment opportunities in local and central government and the voluntary sector.

Since 2011, employers such as BBC Bristol, Argonon and The Sheffield International Documentary Festival have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Unit Assistant, Festival Assistant and Film Location Manager.

What students say...

Claire Reynolds, Film and Screen, graduate 2012:

"The course turned my interest into a passion, with the subject covering extensive and wide-ranging areas of film and television. The tutors support you throughout, bringing their own specialist knowledge in various subjects to the course to make it interesting and engaging."

Student statement in the National Student Survey 2012:

“The academic support from tutors has been very good and the enthusiasm of tutors is really great. The willingness and friendliness of the staff are such a benefit.”

Here is what more our students think:

"All aspects of the course have been interesting and useful."

"The lectures are very informative."

"Awesome lecturers."