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.
This course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of sport , physical education, learning and teaching and education. You will get the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills along with an understanding of the necessary underpinning theories. This course has a high level of real 'hands-on' experience and you will learn how to use your skills to inspire others to be more active and to excel at sport and exercise. You will be encouraged to hone your coaching, leadership and teaching skills through practical exercises, field trips, laboratory work and placement opportunities.
In Sport, we think you should experience intellectual excitement and enjoyment, knowledge and practical skills relevant to your chosen career and as much freedom as possible to explore your personal interests. If you have a passion and commitment for sport then this is the course for you. Come and join us to research and interrogate recent and topical developments and conflicting values and ideas about sport and physical education.
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 English, Philosophy, Sociology, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sports Science, History, Theology, Media Studies or Cultural Studies. If you have a subject that isn't in this list, please contact us for further information. Ideally, in addition, you will need to have an A1/AS level or above in either PE/Sport or equivalent qualification, however, we will consider a keen interest in this area on your application in lieu of a 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, BTEC National qualifications, OCR Nationals, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Sport course.
"Because I was certain that I wanted to become a teacher, BG is the place to be. This course offers many placement opportunities in a variety of educational settings and this is by far the best part of the course. The support is exceptional and the lecturers are always on hand to help with any problems." Adam, third year Education Studies and Sport student
"I particularly like the placement aspect of my course both in education and sport. It allows me to gain experience of life in both primary and secondary schools and also in other teaching environments. The sport lecturers do everything they can to support you when you don't understand something - they are really inspirational people." Jake, second year Education Studies and Sport student
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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.
We use a variety of imaginative approaches to assessment that enable you to utilise your strengths. Over the course of your studies you could expect your assessment to include presentations, multimedia reports, displays, portfolios, individual research projects, essays, exams and work in the Human Performance Laboratory.
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).
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.
In Sport we prepare you for a broad range of sport-related jobs in such areas as sports development, adventure education, physical activity and health, sports coaching, fitness and recreation industry, school sport coordination, armed forces, youth work and postgraduate research.
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.