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Education Studies and Sociology

BA/BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA/BSc (Hons) Education and Sociology
School/s
School of Education, School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: XL33 or S110
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC.

View "typical offers" for more information.

A dynamic course for those interested in all aspects of education.

  • Flexible approach, with a focus on the core disciplines of education studies including philosophy, sociology and history.
  • Gain professional expertise and experience in the education sector with a wide range of placement and volunteering opportunities.
  • Make a positive impact for good – our degree prepares you to be an active and thoughtful citizen.

Bath Spa is a founding member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), and was among the first universities to establish Education Studies as a degree subject in 1999. Since then, the School of Education has been influential in the development of the subject.

Education studies is about how people develop and learn, the nature of knowledge and critical ways of knowing. As a student, you’ll analyse educational processes and their cultural, social, political and historical contexts, and gain perspectives on economic relationships, globalisation, international education, ecological issues and human rights. Education studies also deals with beliefs, values and principles in education and the way that they change over time.

Education studies provides a sound basis of critical analysis, preparing you for a variety of professional career routes in education.

“This experience really helped me consider what I wanted to do – I knew I wanted to help educate children, but I hadn't considered many of the aspects that have been presented to me in the past two years.”

Megan Hinton, Education Studies student

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the core disciplines that contribute to the study of education: history, philosophy, psychology and sociology
  • the diversity of learners and the complexities of the learning process;
  • the development of schooling, teaching and education policy in the UK and internationally;
  • the wider economic, political and socio-cultural contexts of education
  • enquiry methods used in education;
  • career options across the education sector

You’ll gain first hand experience of the education sector through the professional placement module in your second year. This is designed to help formulate your career identity and professional development needs. You’ll further learn how to present your ideas confidently in a variety of ways, know how digital technology is used for various learning and professional purposes and to work both collaboratively and independently.

Course structure

Year one

You’ll be introduced to the basic principles of education: who we educate, why we educate and how we educate.

You’ll gain an understanding of how educational enquiry informs policy and practice, and get an introduction to some of the key disciplines and theoretical perspectives that inform the study of education.

Year two

Using an interdisciplinary approach, you’ll focus on understanding the core issues impacting educational experience and outcomes.

In semester two, you’ll engage in a placement in a professional education setting such as with a local authority service, charitable or youth organisation or school. This will enable you to see firsthand how theory translates into practice, and permit you to try out potential career options.

You’ll have time to reflect on your career identity and your professional development needs. You will work closely with our careers service in understanding the career opportunities available to you across the education sector, both at home and abroad.

Professional Placement Year

The optional Professional Placement Year between level 5 and level 6 is an ideal opportunity to further develop your understanding of the professional education sector. It allows you to ‘try out’ a potential career pathway and to focus on the acquisition of key professional skills. It’s also a good way to grow your professional networks.

Year Three

Your final undergraduate year is an excellent transition into employment or further study. You’ll continue to develop your own interests and apply theoretical perspectives through a wide range of optional modules.

The core modules offer a supported approach to educational enquiry through the taught dissertation. You’ll be able to study an area of interest using principally desk-based approaches. You’ll work together in action learning sets, gaining weekly support from your peers and academic tutors.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be formally assessed through coursework. There are no exams.

Assessments could include essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. We’ll provide you with regular feedback on how well you’re doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

We provide many opportunities for formative assessment and feedback as well as a personal reflection on your progress, learning needs and goal setting.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mix of lectures, seminars, online directed tasks and individual tutorials. Seminars provide opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates. In year one and two your minimum timetabled time will be 12 hours per week.

You’ll be taught by experienced university staff, many of whom are actively engaged in academic research and publication which informs their teaching. You will also benefit from visiting speakers – these include headteachers, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors – and our careers advisors and experts in academic skills based in the Writing and Learning Centre.

Course modules

This award offers a range of core, required and optional modules that provide you with a firm foundation in the study of education that will enable you to transition into your chosen professional career in the sector or into further or postgraduate study.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Education for Change
  • Changing Education
  • Introduction to International Education
  • Working with Young People in the Community
  • Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Philosophical Enquiry and Education
  • A Case Study of Catalonia: Education, Space and Society
  • Educational History and Heritage

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Issues in Education
  • Professional Practice in Education
  • Education and International Development
  • Literacy Learning in a Multi-media World
  • Supporting Learners with Additional Needs
  • Critical Approaches to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties in Education
  • Environment and Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Youth in Society: Power, Politics and Participation
  • Values, Philosophy and Education: Dialogicality in Action

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Education Dissertation: Part 1
  • Education Dissertation: Part 2
  • Global and International Education
  • Building Bridges: the Team Around the Child / Young Person
  • Learning in Mathematics
  • Creativity and Digital Technologies in Education
  • Education, Policy and the State
  • Childhood, Reading and Children’s Literature
  • Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education
  • Young People, Identities and Subcultures
  • Professional Practice: Supporting the Dyslexic Learning in the Classroom
  • Learning in Science
  • Culture, Creativity and Society: Perspectives in Art Education
  • Identity, Philosophy and Education
  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood
  • Symbolic Representations: Young Children Making Meaning

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world, by taking advantage of our Erasmus+ and Study Abroad programmes.

There are opportunities to undertake extra-curricular study visits abroad. In your first year there is an opportunity to take part in a study visit to Spain; in year two in Zambia; and in your final year, Nepal. Please note that these trips involve additional costs, e.g. for travel and accommodation.

You can also arrange your own international placement. You can find out about the University Study Abroad programme here

Work placements, industry links and internships

100% of our undergraduate students in the School of Education take part in a placement during the course of their degree. In year two there is a compulsory placement for all students of Education Studies in a professional educational setting within the sector or in a school.

Previous students have also worked with charities, youth centres, and third-sector organisations, Local Authorities as well as schools and early years settings and in Higher Education departments.

We’ll also support you in finding volunteering opportunities during your time with us.

You can find out about volunteering, and peer mentoring on our website.

Careers

Education Studies will provide an excellent basis for you to work with learners of all ages in different settings and contexts. You may choose to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including local community , youth clubs, businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations and charities, museums, art galleries and libraries or policymaking.

As well as going on to study for the PGCE our graduates have been recruited by Nottingham 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.

For those wishing to apply for PGCE or equivalent initial teacher training courses we can support you through the process.

If you are considering primary or early years teaching as a career option at this stage and have GCSE passes (Grades 4-9/A*-C) in maths, English and Science you may like to look at our Education Primary and Early Years programme here leading to a guaranteed interview on our Primary PGCE programme.

For those interested in Secondary education and have GCSE passes in maths and English you may be interested in our Education Secondary degrees. These are taken in combination with your chosen subject specialism and again lead to a guaranteed interview on our Secondary PGCE programmes.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught on Newton Park campus.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities including:

Resources

You can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment, from cameras to laptops.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for critical and compassionate students. We value creativity, and the ability to think outside the box is an important trait we look for in candidates.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level – grades CCC accepted
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum score of 26 points with evidence of an interest in Education
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to evidence of an interest in Education.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 – for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Catherine Simon
Email: c.simon@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course
With placement year

Fascinated by social issues? Want to help make the world a better place? Our Sociology degree could be for you.

  • In our fast-changing world, Sociology is exciting, relevant and provides essential skills.
  • Learn to tackle problems creatively and make better decisions, applying your knowledge to specific issues.
  • Choose to specialise in specific areas of the subject, such as education and crime.

Do you want to know more about the world we live in? Do you care, and want to make a difference? If so, you’re well-suited to a Sociology degree at Bath Spa.

Sociology is the study of societies, cultures, and groups. We live in complex societies, with laws and informal rules that govern how we interact. Sociology helps you understand more about yourself, others and how society is organised.

“Sociology helps me piece things together and see the world how it really is. The campus at Bath Spa is beautiful! It’s a really peaceful place to think and the lecturers are passionate about what they teach.”

Kirsty Taylor, Sociology student

What you'll learn

Overview

You’re taught about society, social groups and social organisation. You’ll learn about social problems and social policies.

Learn how to make sense of social change and conflict, and gain a good understanding of social differences, inequalities and social divisions.

Apply your knowledge and skills to specific problems and issues to help you become a good decision-maker.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll be introduced to Sociology, and the techniques and philosophies of the social sciences. You'll focus on identities – beginning with thinking about your own identity, and building your knowledge and understanding so that you're more familiar with social divisions, structures, and the influence of culture. You’ll also learn how to visualise the most important components of society.

Year two
The second year builds on the first and teaches you about the history of and key ideas within Sociology. You can also specialise in more specific areas of the subject, such as education and crime. You’ll undertake practical training in research skills. This will enable you to complete your final year project, and prepare you for the kind of employment that you’ll typically undertake as a Sociology graduate.

Year three
You’ll concentrate on an aspect of Sociology that most interests you in your final dissertation, undertaken with the support of a member of staff as a supervisor. You can also focus on more detailed subjects, such as globalisation, environment, ethnicity and gender.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments vary and may include essays, reports, book and article reviews, seen and unseen examinations, portfolios, projects, learning journals, individual and group work, videos and screencasts, and research projects.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars individual and group tutorials, and through our extensive online learning support environment.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Questioning Society
  • Visualising the 21st Century World
  • Power / Resistance
  • Global Development
  • The World in Ten Objects

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Sociological Debates
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Migration: Identity, Belonging, Citizenship and Security
  • The Life Course: Ageing and Generation
  • Crime, Law and Society
  • Sociology of Education
  • Future Cities
  • Climate and Society
  • Health: Mind, Body, Society
  • Social Problems, Social Divisions, Social Justice
  • Media, Sociality and Everyday Life
  • Work placement
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Research Design
  • Research Study
  • Dissertation
  • Gender in Society: Critical Perspectives
  • Exploring Violence
  • Culture, Risk and Environmental Justice
  • Community Engagement
  • Work, Identities and Organisations
  • Sociological fieldwork
  • Ethnicity and Society
  • Punishment and Penology in Global Context

Opportunities

Study abroad

We have opportunities for you to study abroad through our Erasmus and Sociology links. We also offer you other overseas learning opportunities including an optional international field trip to India in your second year.

Field trips

We run optional visits to places such as criminal justice institutions and religious places of worship. You can take a dedicated field trip module.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We provide support in obtaining placements and making links with professionals, and we invite our Sociology graduates back to meet with you. Optional modules have links with professionals and visiting speakers built into the teaching and learning. This means you’ll learn about the real-world application of what you're learning and be able to make more informed decisions about your future career.

Careers

A Sociology degree is useful for any career that involves working with people, either in the private, public or third sectors, typically:

  • Management or administration in the public or private sector
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Media or journalism
  • Social work
  • Youth and community work
  • Health education or nursing
  • Law
  • Policing
  • Offender management and interventions
  • Work in the voluntary sector and fundraising
  • Social research and analytics.

Employers such as the National Osteoporosis Society, the Ministry of Defence, Wiltshire Council and Truro College have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Assistant Education Officer, Student Services Assistant and Relocation Advisor.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Resources

All modules can be found on our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva, providing unlimited online access to learning materials such as handbooks, lecture slides, assessment information, discussion boards and other resources.

Our library gives you access to books, academic journals and DVDs and an extensive range of electronic services. It also provides a place for individual study and collaborative work.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for applicants who are concerned about social issues and social problems – maybe you’ve been part of a project group and taken a lead or tried to make a difference. You'll have a sense of social justice and fairness, and you'll be able to see things from different points of view.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level – grades CCC preferred in a related subject
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum score of 26 points required
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

  • IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Get ahead

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Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course
With placement year

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