In Education Studies, carefully structured work placement form an integral component of the course. 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.
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.
This course will not only develop your mathematical and practical skills and your understanding of teaching, learning and education, it will also allow you to share your enthusiasm to help inspire others. With the support of dedicated and professional staff, you will study numerous aspects of both pure and applied mathematics and, in doing so, gain a good overall appreciation for the subject. There are also opportunities to work with the latest teaching technologies and apply your knowledge and skills in appropriate work placements.
Mathematics is vital in modern society, underpinning our understanding of the sciences, engineering, technology, finance and many other aspects of our everyday lives. The Government recognise this and mathematics continues to be a 'priority subject'. Good mathematicians are in short supply - and as a consequence of this course you can really make a difference!
The course is ideal for you if you intend to enter the teaching profession. We give much consideration to teaching methodologies and place a heavy emphasis on helping students to understand underlying principles. Our overriding aim is to promote an appreciation of mathematics.
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 either Philosophy, Sociology, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sports Science, English, History, Theology, Media Studies or Cultural Studies. If you have a subject that isn't in this list, please contact us for further information. In addition, you will need to have an A2 level or above in Mathematics or Mathematics (Pure) or equivalent qualification. 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, the Access to HE course 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 email@example.com 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.
This course combination is new to our portfolio, so these quotes are from students who have been studying our current joint Education Studies and Mathematics course.
"I decided to study this course at BG as I have always enjoyed maths and wanted to help encourage students to enjoy the subject. I would recommend maths at BG as it's an exceptional course and a great University College to be at." Emma, second year Education Studies and Mathematics student
"This course seemed like an ideal course to get me where I want to be - it's a good course with clear possible outcomes. The teaching staff at BG are very good and the student atmosphere is very friendly." Adam, second year Education Studies and Mathematics student
See what our students say about Education Studies:
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Assessment comes in a variety of forms depending on the nature of the module. This also enables students to express themselves in particular areas of strength. Theoretical aspects are usually assessed by assignment or examination, while the more practical modules are assessed by portfolio or presentation. Taught sessions mainly involve interactive-style seminars and workshops, where informal assessment opportunities enable the individual to gauge their own progress and access help if required. You will work with other students in completing work set in class and in preparing for work-based practical tasks.
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.
Many students go onto careers in teaching or educational support. Students with single honours, major or joint awards are well placed to apply for teacher training in secondary education while minor awards enrich applications for primary teaching and other learning support roles. Students often seek a route into teaching through the PGCE qualifications here at BG (see our Postgraduate Courses for more information). However, you could choose another career pathway such Business and Finance, Science and Engineering, Research and Educational Management.
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.
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.
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* 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.