Introductory Course Information
Award: BA (Hons) Education and Learning
UCAS Code: University of Roehampton
UCAS Code: XX20
Location of study: Carshalton College
Course duration: One year full time
Academic year: 2019 September start
Days of the week: Students will be expected to attend college for one evening a week (Wednesdays) 4:30 - 9:30pm plus extra sessions for personal tutorials and dissertation supervision.
Full time study: This course is full time study over one year. Students are required to attend the college for 30 weeks throughout the academic year of study.
Students are expected to spend a significant amount of time each week in self-led individual learning (approximately 20 hours per week)
Work placements: Work based learning is embedded in the programme. All students are employed in either a paid or voluntary capacity within the education sector, and are participating in a meaningful placement of not less than 16 hours per week.
Timetables: Timetables are available at the beginning of the academic year.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, which may include a written task to further demonstrate their suitability for the course.
Entry requirements are designed to increase access to Higher Education and consequently, the programme will recognise and encourage diverse entry routes and Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience
Applicants who have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, may be able to enter at level 6. Evidence of AP(E)L (original certificate and academic transcript) will need to be presented to and accepted by the University of Roehampton.
It is a requirement of the programme that all participants will be working in an education setting or participate in a meaningful placement of not less than sixteen hours per week. A significant proportion of the programme is work-based with students completing modules at work with the support of college staff. This model of full-time learning at work and academic study allows students to remain in employment while completing their qualification. This programme is delivered according to current University of Roehampton regulations for undergraduate degrees.
Students will study the following Level 6 compulsory modules: -
- Comparative Education Studies (20 credits) This module provides an introduction to comparative and international education studies. Students will consider the reasons why educational systems across the world differ, offering an understanding of the theoretical questions into the nature and functioning of educational systems and the complex relationships between society, culture, and education with a view to gaining a more critical and wider perspective on their own working context.
- Working with the Wider School Community (20 credits) This module focuses on the importance of developing a critical understanding of the education sector and the role of the educator within this, upholding public trust in the sector and maintaining high standards of ethics and professionalism.
- Equality and Diversity in Education (20 credits) This module is designed to develop a secure understanding of issues surrounding the work undertaken to promote and develop equality in education within schools. Assumptions and unconscious ideologies, prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination will be explored and challenged.
- Dissertation (60 credits) This module focuses on the importance of the ability to plan a research project having due regard to ethical principles, time management, systematic analysis of data, sustained argument and a synthesised conclusion and recommendations. The module aims for students to plan and conduct ethical research within the student’s workplace or within the general field of education, with supervision: this may be practical or theoretical.
Teaching and Learning
The modules are taught through a combination of lectures, e-learning and seminars. All students are expected to prepare for these sessions by completing set tasks of recommended reading and/or research.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions students are expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including access to the University of Roehampton library.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding of the subject informally before completing the formal assessments that count towards the final mark. The Formal Assessment methods include an essay, a professional review, a staff development tool with rationale and a Dissertation report. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark;
The assessments are spread across the year to make the workload manageable.
Overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity. The information below gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Summary of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This is for the KIS information- this section will be completed in September when further training on the underlying calculations will be available. Please do not complete this now, a spreadsheet will be circulated nearer the time with the required format. A detailed version will still be required for all programme specifications. The detailed version includes tutorial time/timetabled and compulsory trips etc.
Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:
- study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- academic writing (including how to reference)
- research skills (in conjunction with the library)
- critical thinking and understanding arguments
- assessment skills (including time management).
Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Link
Students will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with a wide variety of experience in education.
Course Costs and Financial Support
Fees: For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
- UK/EU students: £6,150
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- annual printing allowance
- University of Roehampton Library access
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.
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