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BA (Hons) Education Studies and Applied Drama

BA (Hons) Education Studies and Applied Drama

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Ranked 2nd for Graduate Prospects - Complete University Guide 2011 Ranked 2nd for Tutor Feedback & Assessment - Guardian University Guide 2011 Ranked 3rd for Teaching Quality - Guardian University Guide 2011

This is offered as a joint combination where you will study half your degree in Education Studies and half in Applied Drama.

These pages contain everything you need to know about the course, including what you will study, entry requirements, assessment, careers and how to apply. Please click on the links to go directly to the area of interest to you. Alternatively, just scroll down and you'll see everything you need to know about the course.

NB: This course is still open for applications. The UCAS deadline of 15 January allows universities to close entry to their courses if they wish.  We are still in a position to receive applications for this course, so this deadline does not apply.

About The Course

Key Facts

Award: BA (Hons)
Institution code: B38
UCAS code: X1W4
Duration: 3 years full time
Start date: September
Typical offer: 240 UCAS tariff points
For details on fees and funding, click here

Education Studies

In Education Studies, carefully structured work placement forms an integral component of this course and we make sure that you have plenty of time in schools or, if you prefer, other educational settings. Currently you can choose from placements in primary or secondary schools as well as colleges and a wide variety of other educational settings, such as outdoor pursuit centres, centres to re-engage disaffected young people, heritage sites and art galleries. This means that means that you have a superb opportunity to experience work in a range of educational settings and to build up a sound portfolio of professional and transferable skills, all of which will help you to make fully informed choices about your potential career path and have the potential to make you more attractive to an employer.

The Education Studies element of the course aims to provide you with an excellent understanding of education - in its widest sense - and is designed for those who are interested in a career in primary or secondary teaching, for those who are interested in other education-related opportunities, or for those who simply want to keep their options open.

All topics within Education Studies are studied in the immediate context of today's educational systems, both in the UK and beyond, and you will critically debate education policy and practice to get beneath the skin of the ever-changing face of modern education.

Applied Drama

You will study drama at an academic, practical and educational level in a lively and creative atmosphere. You will work collaboratively with a variety of people on interesting projects, developing vital communication and organisational ability which will equip you with the necessary skills to apply your knowledge in a variety of settings, such as schools, youth groups and community venues. This course offers you the satisfaction of passing on your enjoyment and expertise in the subject to others.

At all stages of the course, you will practice what you learn. We establish as close a relationship as possible between theoretical and practical study. You will acquire a sound knowledge of academic theory and a wide variety of leadership skills including the organisation, running and evaluation of workshops. This course offers opportunities to gain practical experience in working collaboratively in groups and later in the course, on planning individual projects.

In addition to our full time staff, we bring in specialist practitioners who will not only provide you with an up-to-date and relevant professional perspective but will also offer you opportunities for professional development. We have excellent facilities and our own Theatre Company, BG Touring Ltd, gives you the opportunity to visit and perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the end of the second year. You will be encouraged to work for the company, learning a range of practical organisational skills and valuable lessons in fundraising and event management. These enterprise skills alongside the problem solving abilities that you will acquire throughout the course, are extremely valuable in the employment market.


What You Will Study

In the first year you will study Drama and Theatre Skills and be introduced to applied drama. Drama and Theatre Skills is designed to make sure that you develop a sound level of academic writing and research skills, practical skills, workshop skills, drama conventions and knowledge of styles and practitioners. The Introduction to Applied Drama module contains a Theatre in Education practical project where you will look at the use of other arts such as dance and music and learn how to use those in community settings.

In your second year, you will study Global Theatre which considers the relationship between theatre and culture, particularly the impact of globalisation on non western societies. Another focus of this year is examining the relationship between drama and society with an emphasis on political theatre.

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to develop your own interests further. At this stage you may have very definite ideas on your career path and your individual project can be developed to further you knowledge in that field or to develop another interest for its own sake. For example, you might chose to direct a short piece of theatre or undertake a small research project on an academic area that interests you.

You will be taught the theory and practice of educational drama and have the opportunity to plan and deliver a drama lesson. In addition to benefiting those who wish to teach, session planning and a broad understanding of how drama can be used as a specific learning tool, is very valuable.

You will also visit an organisation or setting of your choice and plan a community project which you believe, after discussion with the organisation, could benefit the community group. You would then produce a justification for the project, a projected costing and an outline.

During the Education Studies component of the course, you will study a variety of ideas and issues directly relevant and applicable to the process and practice of education today. As well as considering current educational practice many issues are drawn from sociological, psychological, cultural, historical and political perspectives. Drawing upon this you will examine how people learn, consider a variety of factors that affect learning and find out how teachers can 'make a difference'. You will also explore different ideas about how and where education should or could take place (including the principles of Montessori and Steiner schools) and begin to think about what education might look like in the future. The course examines the principles of inclusion and explores issues concerned with different needs and cultural backgrounds. You will find out more about why pupils become disaffected with education and critically examine the effectiveness of strategies to challenge disaffection. The course also explores contemporary ideas about the impact of new media technologies on teaching, teachers and pupils.

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Entry Requirements

You will normally need a maximum of four advanced level qualifications equivalent to a total of 240 UCAS tariff points, 80 of which must be in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts. We will accept one A/S Level as part of the 240 points, in a subject not included as an A2 subject. Please see the UCAS Tariff for further details.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of qualifications such GCE/VCE A-Levels, BTEC National qualifications and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (Grade 5 is required at Higher Level in the specialist subject). If you are currently studying an Access to Higher Education course we ask for the following:

 You achieve at least 45 credits at level 3 overall
 With at least 18 credits in one of the relevant subjects listed above
 Please contact Admissions if you are not sure on the suitability of your Access course

In addition, all students will need to pay 44 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.

If you are unsure if your qualifications are suitable, please contact our Admissions team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email admissions@bishopg.ac.uk and we will be happy to talk to you about your individual circumstances. We also encourage applications from mature students and recognise that your experience or qualifications are likely to be different. Again, please contact Admissions if you require any further information.

BG is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.


What Our Students Say

"The experience you get is incredible and opportunities like Edinburgh fringe festival do not come around often! I took part in the Grimm Tales and the Samba Band at Edinburgh Fringe 2010 and it was one of my most enjoyable times at BG so far."

"The campus is always nicely kept and is just the right size, I love that you can get anywhere in 5 minutes! I am impressed by the residence facilities in the Halls, the food system and the bar is always fun and lively."
Jodie Jones, third year, Education Studies and Drama

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Just as our teaching methods are lively and challenging including seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, placements and research projects, you will also be assessed imaginatively. As experienced practitioners ourselves, we are very aware of differences in peoples' learning styles and of the types of skills potential employers are looking for. We use a versatile range of assessments which reflect both the equal emphasis we place on theory and practice and the importance we give to the future employment skills of our graduates. Assessment methods include analytical reports where you will evaluate what you have observed, read or done, student-led seminars where you will present a paper on perhaps a practitioner or a company that you have researched, essays and dissertations and exhibitions of work. On a practical level, assessments include analysed performance, performance in community settings, group presentations of information and performance, student-led workshops involving other groups of students or community groups and a large scale individual community placements where you will negotiate with a community group to create a performance, presentation or an event. Our aim is to produce confident, versatile and skilled practitioners who demonstrate professional judgment, good organisational skills and effective problem solving techniques.

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and accordingly use a wide range of assessment strategies. You can expect to be guided and supported carefully in your first year, gradually becoming more independent as the course progresses.


Careers & Further Study

Education Studies is an excellent choice of course if you are thinking about a career in primary or secondary teaching, or would like to pursue other education-related, health or voluntary careers. This course does not limit you to any one career option and will allow you to develop and be able to apply a range of transferable intellectual, research, practical and professional skills applicable to a wide range of career choices. This is ideal if you want to study your subject within a strong vocational context, if you are considering studying additional qualifications or pursuing a career in educational research, or if you simply want to understand your own academic and professional development as lifelong learners and the lifelong learning of others.

Undergraduate courses in Education at BG are rated extremely highly for graduate prospects, ranked third in England for the second year in a row according to both by the Times Good University Guide 2011 and the Complete University Guide 2011.

Drama at BG is rated extremely highly for graduate prospects, ranked third in the UK by the Times Good University Guide 2011 and second in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2011.

Graduates move on to work in areas such as, community work and projects, government schemes for young people, arts management, Theatre in Education companies and other theatre companies.

A number of our students have started their own arts based businesses and many go into education by completing our PGCE courses here at BG (see our Postgraduate Courses for more information). A number of graduates continue to study, taking MA qualifications in applied drama or in acting or training as drama therapists and counsellors.

In addition to academic knowledge, research skills and practical skills students gain experience of working in a variety of settings in challenging circumstances. As a result of this, you will develop excellent communication skills which are transferable to most situations. In addition, you will undertake a great deal of problem-based learning both in sessions and in community settings. Working in community settings as performers and practitioners demands versatility and the ability to plan and adapt for a wide variety of circumstances.

Careers in education are also an option and some graduates extend their academic studied further by taking MAs. Students make careers in special needs or youth work and some go into arts administration, community project work or theatre in education companies.


How to Apply

All applications to this course are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) using 'Apply', an online application system which can be found at www.ucas.com. This will guide you through the steps you will need to take and register your application. You will find a full set of instructions on the UCAS website which will make filling out your application as easy as possible.

If you require any further information or advice please click here or you can contact the UCAS Customer Service Unit on +44 (0) 871 468 0468.


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* Drama at BG is ranked 2nd in the UK for graduate prospects according to the Complete University Guide 2011, and 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects according to the Times Good University Guide 2011. Graduate prospects data is measured by monitoring the percentage of graduates undertaking further study or in graduate employment 6 months after graduation.

* Education at BG is ranked 3rd in England for graduate prospects for the second year running according to the Complete University Guide 2011, and 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects according to the Times Good University Guide 2011. Graduate prospects data is measured by monitoring the percentage of graduates undertaking further study or in graduate employment 6 months after graduation. Education at BG is ranked 4th in England for student satisfaction according to the Guardian University Guide 2011. Education at BG is ranked 3rd in England for teaching quality according to the Guardian University Guide 2011. Education at BG is ranked 2nd in England for tutor feedback and assessment for the second year running according to the Guardian University Guide 2011.

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