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Education and Sociology BA (Hons)

Are you looking to develop your understanding and knowledge of educational theories, policies and practice, and apply these to past and present educational issues? This degree looks at the influences on the development of the education system, the curriculum, and learners with disabilities. In addition to studying the core social theories and research methodologies, you will explore and debate a range of sociological themes. You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of these two disciplines and will develop a range of skills and practical experience which will enable you to pursue either educational or sociological study at a higher level, so that you can then develop your career in either in an educational field. 

The BA (Hons) Education and Sociology degree is a popular course which combines two complementary disciplines with principles of social justice at the core. The Sociology aspect of the course provides you with a foundation in social theory and research methodologies with which to explore a range of themes including class, childhood, disability, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, sexuality, within topics such as disease & illness, social movements, human rights, 'suspect' populations and insecure spaces, resistance and rebellion, and contemporary British society.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: five to six years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    LX33

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course with 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma including 112 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Introduction to Education Studies
  • Education for Everyone?
  • Observing Education in Action
  • Sociological Thinking in the Modern World
  • Doing Social Research

Plus a choice of one from the following:

  • Youth, identity and difference
  • Social Construction of Childhood
  • Crime and Society

Year 2

Choose 3 Education modules and 1 Sociology module from:

Education modules

  • Preparing for Academic Writing and Research in Education
  • Models of Teaching and Learning
  • Sociology and Education
  • Experiential Learning in Educational Settings (a placement module)
  • Representations of Education in Literature and Film
  • Diversity and Inclusive Practice with Children and Adults
  • Student Initiated Module (20 credits)
  • Student Initiated Module (10 credits)

Or a module from an agreed subject or the Free Choice Elective catalogue

Sociology modules

  • Contemporary Thinkers
  • Innovative Research
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Social Movements

Year 3

All third/fourth year students will undertake a Dissertation in either Education or Sociology
A choice of Education modules from the following:

  • The Education of Vulnerable Young People
  • Reflective Practice in Educational Settings
  • Education in Developing Countries
  • Policy and Practice in Educational Settings
  • Learning, Curriculum and Assessment
  • Contemporary Social Theories

Plus a choice of two from the following;

  • Research Issues in Social Science
  • Sociology of Disease & Illness
  • 'Suspect' Populations and 'Insecure' spaces
  • The Sociology of Childhood
  • The Sociology of Gender
  • Religion, Resistance and Rebellion

Late Applications

 

Gain international work experience in your second or third year of study through modules of our established Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, accredited from the ILM.

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Learning Environment

Course facilities include well equipped classrooms and extensive Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment) resources for independent study.

Assessment strategies are varied. Modules are assessed by coursework, with no exams, including student presentations, reflective diaries, project work, poster, and reflective essays, critical reviews, reading journals and essays.

Opportunities

You will get the opportunity to undertake a placement in an educational setting at each stage of the degree. There are also opportunities to progress with your studies and undertake post graduate study and research in this area.

Graduates follow careers in areas such as: primary/ secondary school or further education teaching following a PGCE or other postgraduate teacher training; teaching support roles; Working with children and families; youth work; police work; community work; equality and diversity specialist; researcher; and local government.

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.