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Key facts Choices | 1

Hull Campus

Education at the Hull Campus | 4

Single Honours

UCAS code

Education

X300 BA/Ed

Core modules BA Education BA Education and Society BA Education, Social Inclusion and Special Needs BA Education and Early Years

Education at the Scarborough Campus | 14 Pathways in Educational Studies BA Early Childhood Studies

Careers and how to apply | 20

Education, Social Inclusion and Special Needs Education and Society

XX31 BA/ESISN XL39 BA/ES

Joint Honours Education and Early Years

X390 BA/EEY

You should consult the main University of Hull prospectus for details on how to apply through UCAS.

Scarborough Campus Single Honours Educational Studies

UCAS code X301 S BA/ESS

Educational Studies with Culture, Media and Society

X3L6 S BA/ESCMS

Educational Studies with English Studies

X3QH S BA/ EdEng

Educational Studies with Health Studies Early Childhood Studies

X3B9 S BA/ESHS X312 S BA/ECS

Other courses not covered in this brochure Admissions Contact at Hull Admissions Office Centre for Educational Studies University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 466216 admissions-ces@hull.ac.uk www.hull.ac.uk/ifl/ces

Details of the following can be found in other brochures and on the University’s website.

Hull Campus • BA Children’s Inter-professional Studies (LX53 BA/CHIPS)

Scarborough Campus • BA English with Educational Studies (Q3X3 S BA/EngEdSt) • BA Primary Teaching (X120 BA/Prim)

Contact at Scarborough Scarborough School of Education University of Hull Scarborough Campus Scarborough, YO11 3AZ 01723 357130 g.p.wilkinson@hull.ac.uk

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Choices Education is the key to our future. People learn in a host of locations, not least the home, the workplace and the community. Education no longer occupies that narrow space of time between the ages of 5 and 16 years, but is a lifelong process involving a growing network of provision. The way knowledge is transmitted has changed, with an explosion in the exchange of information via the internet and a range of technologies. Learning has also become big business, with a bewildering choice of courses and learning materials. In this light, there is a greater need than ever to develop the education professionals of the future, and the University offers a wide range of undergraduate opportunities to meet this need. Some of these courses are provided at the Hull Campus; others are offered at Scarborough. The choice is yours. Be assured, however, that any one of them will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills and broaden your understanding of the avenues open to you as an education graduate. Whichever campus you choose, there are many good reasons to study here. • Hull is a long-established traditional university with all the resources, facilities and services that you would expect of such an institution. • Hull regularly features at the top end of national teaching-quality league tables. • In the recent national Research Assessment Exercise, 60% of the University’s research was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading standard in terms of originality, significance and rigour. • You will study in an exceptionally supportive and friendly environment. • Our students are contented: 2009 was the fifth successive year that the National Student Survey had placed Hull among the top 10 universities in England for overall student satisfaction. • Our students have eminently good prospects: in the area of graduate employability, Hull has maintained a place among England’s most successful higher education institutions in every year since records were first published. • We welcome applications from people of all ages and backgrounds, including mature entrants and those with vocational and non-traditional qualifications.

Education at the Hull Campus We offer four courses: • • • •

BA Education (Single Honours) BA Education and Society (Single Honours) BA Education, Social Inclusion and Special Needs (Single Honours) BA Education and Early Years (Joint Honours)

The particular benefits of these courses, and of studying at the Hull Campus, are explained on page 4. Full outlines of each course are given on pages 6–13.

Education at the Scarborough Campus We offer five Single Honours degree courses: • • • • •

BA Educational Studies BA Educational Studies with Culture, Media and Society BA Educational Studies with English Studies BA Educational Studies with Health Studies BA Early Childhood Studies

The advantages of these courses, and the special attractions of the Scarborough Campus, are covered on page 14. Brief outlines of each course – ‘straight’ Educational Studies and the four specialist pathways – can be found on pages 6–19.

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In the 2009 National Student Survey, 91% of students taking an education-related degree at the University of Hull reported that our lecturers were good at explaining things, while 90% praised our sta’s enthusiasm for the subject.


Learning verve As well as indispensable core modules, our degrees offer optional subjects like curriculum structure, inclusion and special needs, children’s welfare, popular culture and human development – so you can build your course around the subjects that interest and inspire you.


Education at the Hull Campus Our degree courses help you to understand the theories, values, policies and practice which underpin ‘education for all’. Whichever you choose, you will gain skills highly relevant to your future career and the needs of employers. All courses engage you in the rigorous and systematic examination of aspects of educational theory. Throughout your studies you will draw on a wide range of sources, theories, disciplines and subjects to develop your ability to question not only the aims and values of educational systems and processes but also the problematic nature of educational enquiry. You will further develop your ability to construct and sustain well-reasoned arguments and present these in a lucid, clear and concise manner. In this way you will graduate with increased intellectual confidence and personal independence. We want all our graduates to be able to confidently display ethical reasoning and action underpinned by a commitment to social justice and empathy. Ultimately, we hope you will graduate with a burning desire to continue your learning and development through further study, professional training and/or the world of work. Although you will not gain Qualified Teacher Status on any of these courses, all of them recognise that you may wish to enter teaching or a similar profession on graduation. Throughout your degree you will develop skills, expertise and knowledge that will enable you to apply, with confidence, for Initial Teacher Training or a range of other professional education routes. What are the benefits of studying education at Hull? Superb teaching and expert staff • All of the courses are run by a dedicated, experienced, research-active staff with a broad range of interests. • The quality of our teaching has been consistently rated very highly by students and external examiners. • Theory and practice are interlinked throughout the degrees, within module structures. A supportive, friendly environment • We support your start on the degree, and each subsequent year, with a comprehensive induction programme. • You will be allocated a Personal Development Planning (PDP) Tutor. The PDP programme is an integral part of the course which supports you throughout your degree and into postgraduate employment or study. • There is an excellent supply of inexpensive accommodation on and near the campus. Flexible courses with a definite end product • Our degree courses have a core of education modules plus the opportunity to choose a subject specialism, optional modules and different pathways. • We provide opportunities to develop valuable transferable skills throughout the course and in particular through an in-depth individual research project. • All pathways, while not training routes for teachers or related professionals, offer an excellent basis for a career in teaching, social work, youth and community work, early years, educational administration or community development, as well as other areas of the public sector.

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Core modules

Whichever degree course you choose to study at the Hull Campus, you will take the following core modules in each year.

Year 1 An Introduction to Education You will be introduced to some of the disciplines that make up the study of education. You will consider a selection of educational issues from philosophical, sociological, political, historical and psychological perspectives. You will be supported to develop a personal stance in relation to these issues within each disciplinary frame. The approach advocates a holistic understanding of the nature of educational issues and the need to consider answers from a variety of viewpoints. Individual Development throughout the Lifespan You will consider a range of theories concerning human development and learning from birth to death. Both ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ development will be considered at key points in the life-journey. The theories considered will be drawn from a range of disciplines, but, given the nature of much developmental theory, the main thrust will be psychological.

Year 2 Politics and Policy in Education You will be introduced to the development of educational policy in England from the end of World War II to the present day. This period will be considered through the lens of specific issues such as professionalism, workforce change, curriculum structures, standards and inspection, and school organisation. The effects of social and political forces on educational and related policy will also be considered. The module will enable you to understand the changes that have taken place in the last 70 years and how these changes have brought about the education system now in place in England. Research Methods You will be introduced to educational research approaches such as case studies, ethnography, action research, surveys and questionnaires, and interviews. You will learn how to ensure that your research is reliable and valid and conducted in an ethical way. You will be given support to plan and prepare a research project in readiness for your dissertation in Year 3.

Year 3 Dissertation This module requires you to independently design and undertake a piece of educational research with guidance from a personal supervisor. You will be expected to show initiative and responsibility throughout the research process. The emphasis will be on supporting you to demonstrate your capacity for critical reflection and your ability to make links between research theory and practice. In Semester 1 there will be some taught sessions. These will teach you the skills of project management from an ethical perspective. In addition, you will be able to select from a variety of optional sessions covering issues such as questionnaire design, using new technologies for data capture and analysis (e.g. SPSS), data coding and analysis.

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BA Education

This Single Honours course offers you an exciting opportunity to study the issues and experiences at the heart of ‘education for all’. The degree emphasises four broad themes. First, it encourages you to identify personal perspectives by developing your ability to engage in personal enquiry, reflection and debate. Second, it enhances your ability to engage in highquality education-based research. Third, you will consider lifelong learning and development and how they relate to teaching and learning processes. Finally, the degree allows you to examine the role played by culture, policy and politics in forming the educational opportunities of today. The knowledge and skills that you will gain will be useful in a variety of careers. While not a training route for teachers or related professionals, the course recognises that you may wish to pursue a professional accreditation route of one kind or another after graduation. In particular, it provides an excellent basis for a career in teaching, educational administration, youth and community work, community development or social work, as well as other areas of the public sector. By combining core modules with a range of options, you will be able to design your own educational experience throughout the degree. This flexibility will allow you to hone your knowledge and skills in specific areas while gaining a broad understanding of education, teaching and learning. In addition to the core modules outlined on page 5, you can choose optional modules. Students who undertake the required modules on this course may opt to graduate with the award of BA Education and Society.

Year 1 Semester 1 Introduction to Education Constructions of Childhood

Semester 2 Individual Development throughout the Lifespan Teachers, Teacher Identity and Professionalism

Across both semesters Choose two from • Inclusive Education • Studying and Learning in Higher Education • a module from the Free Elective Scheme

Year 2 Semester 1 Politics and Policy in Education Choose one from • International Perspectives of Early Years • Increasing Participation for All

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Semester 2 Research Methods Democracy and Education

Across both semesters Choose two from • Learning Processes: Individual and Institutional Issues • Education; Education; Education: The Historical Background to Current Problems in Schools • a module from the Free Elective Scheme

Year 3 (Route 1) Semester 1 Choose two from • Policy and Practice in Early Years Education and Care • Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings • Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Semester 2 Choose two from • Communication in the Early Years • Education and Citizenship • Informal and Non-formal Education and Learning

Across both semesters Dissertation (double module)

Year 3 (Route 2) Semester 1 Choose two from • Policy and Practice in Early Years Education and Care • Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings • Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Semester 2 Choose one from • Communication in the Early Years • Education and Citizenship • Informal and Non-formal Education and Learning

Across both semesters Dissertation (double module) Choose one from • Education in an Era of Globalisation • a module from the Free Elective Scheme

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BA Education and Society

This Single Honours course offers you an exciting opportunity to study the interrelationship between education and society, developing your knowledge of how culture, society and politics both influence and are influenced by education in its broadest sense. It emphasises three main themes. First, it encourages you to identify and reflect on personal, social and cultural value systems by developing your ability to engage in enquiry and debate. Second, it enhances your ability to engage in high-quality research into the interrelationship between education and society. Finally, it allows you to examine the role played by culture, society, policy and politics in forming the educational opportunities of today. You will be encouraged to question not only the aims and values of educational practices and processes but also the philosophies, beliefs and attitudes that inform them from a global perspective. The knowledge and skills that you will gain will be useful in a variety of careers. While not a training route for teachers or related professionals, the course recognises that you may wish to pursue a professional accreditation route of one kind or another after graduation. In particular, the degree provides an excellent basis for a career in teaching, educational administration, youth and community work, community development or social work, as well as other areas of the public sector. By combining core modules with a range of optional modules, you will be able to design your own educational experience throughout your degree. This flexibility will enable you to hone your knowledge and skills in specific areas while gaining a broad understanding of education and society. Should you wish, you may opt to graduate with the award of BA Education.

Year 1 Semester 1 Introduction to Education Constructions of Childhood

Semester 2 Individual Development throughout the Lifespan Teachers, Teacher Identity and Professionalism

Across both semesters Choose two from • Inclusive Education • Studying and Learning in Higher Education • a module from the Free Elective Scheme

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Year 2 Semester 1 Politics and Policy in Education International Perspectives of Early Years

Semester 2 Research Methods Democracy and Education

Across both semesters Choose two from • Learning Processes: Individual and Institutional Issues • Education; Education; Education: The Historical Background to Current Problems in Schools • a module from the Free Elective Scheme

Year 3 (Route 1) Semester 1 Policy and Practice in Early Years Education and Care Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Semester 2 Education and Citizenship Informal and Non-formal Education and Learning

Across both semesters Dissertation (double module)

Year 3 (Route 2) Semester 1 Policy and Practice in Early Years Education and Care Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Semester 2 Choose one from • Education and Citizenship • Informal and Non-formal Education and Learning

Across both semesters Dissertation (double module) Choose one from • Education in an Era of Globalisation • a module from the Free Elective Scheme

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BA Education, Social Inclusion and Special Needs

This Single Honours degree offers you an exciting opportunity to study the ways in which various groups that have traditionally been excluded from education and society can be included. The focus is on issues such as race, social class, gender, and those individuals and groups defined as having special educational needs. The degree invites you to challenge your own views and possible prejudices about certain groups within society and to explore how barriers to participation can be removed within various settings. The knowledge and skills that you will gain will be useful in a variety of careers. While not a training route for teachers or related professionals, the degree provides an excellent basis for a career in teaching, educational support, special educational needs, educational welfare, youth and community support, and other related jobs. The course is based on modules offered within two departments: the Centre for Educational Studies and the Department of Social Sciences. In the first two years you will study set modules. The final year gives you the flexibility to choose from a range of modules from both departments. By combining core modules with a range of options, you will be able to design your own educational experience throughout the degree. This flexibility will enable you to hone your knowledge and skills in specific areas while gaining a broad understanding of education, teaching and learning.

Year 1 Semester 1 Introduction to Education ‘Special Needs’: Deconstructing the Label

Semester 2 Individual Development throughout the Lifespan Inequalities, Social Divisions and Social Change

Across both semesters Inclusive Education Gender and Society

Year 2 Semester 1 Politics and Policy in Education Increasing Participation for All

Semester 2 Research Methods Race and Social Justice

Across both semesters Children Defined as Having Special Needs Citizenship and Social Inclusion

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Year 3 (Route 1) Semester 1 Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings Choose one from • Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Development • Poverty, Gender and Development

Semester 2 Choose two from • Informal and Non-formal Education and Learning • Education and Citizenship • Globalisation, Citizenship and Human Rights

Across both semesters Dissertation (double module)

Year 3 (Route 2) Semester 1 Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings Choose one from • Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Development • Poverty, Gender and Development

Semester 2 Choose one from • Informal and Non-formal Education and Learning • Education and Citizenship • Globalisation, Citizenship and Human Rights

Across both semesters Dissertation (double module) Choose one from • Education in an Era of Globalisation • The Problem of Youth

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BA Education and Early Years

This Joint Honours course offers you an exciting opportunity to study the fascinating provision of education and care for young children and the significant impact that this has on their educational achievement and life chances. It imparts knowledge and awareness of child development and pedagogical approaches to working with young children and their families. You will be encouraged to question not only the aims and values of education and early years practices and processes but also the philosophies, beliefs and attitudes that inform them from a global perspective. While not a training route for teachers, Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) or related professional roles, the course recognises that you may wish to pursue a professional accreditation route of one kind or another after graduation. The knowledge and skills that you will gain will be useful in a variety of careers. In particular, the degree provides an excellent basis for a career in teaching, early years leadership, family and community work, community development or social work, as well as other areas of the public sector. By combining core modules with a range of options, you will be able to design your own educational experience throughout the degree. This flexibility will enable you to hone your knowledge and skills in specific areas while gaining a broad understanding of education, teaching and learning.

Year 1 Semester 1 Introduction to Education Constructions of Childhood

Semester 2 Individual Development throughout the Lifespan Early Years Curriculum

Across both semesters Early Child Development Studying and Learning In Higher Education

Year 2 Semester 1 Politics and Policy in Education International Perspectives of Early Years

Semester 2 Research Methods Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children

Across both semesters Choose two from • Learning Processes: Individual and Institutional Issues • Education; Education; Education: The Historical Background to Current Problems in Schools • a module from the Free Elective Scheme

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Year 3 (Route 1) Semester 1 Policy and Practice in Early Years Education and Care Choose one from • Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings • Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Semester 2 Communication in the Early Years Choose one from • Education and Citizenship • Informal and Non-formal Education and Learning

Across both semesters Dissertation (double module)

Year 3 (Route 2) Semester 1 Policy and Practice in Early Years Education and Care

Choose one from • Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings • Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Semester 2 Communication in the Early Years

Across both semesters Dissertation (double module) Choose one from • Education in an Era of Globalisation • a module from the Free Elective Scheme

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Education at the Scarborough Campus Our attractive and secure site is just a few hundred metres from the sea. We offer a range of modern facilities on campus, including state-of-the-art ICT suites and laboratories. The environment is friendly and informal and there are a variety of amenities, including a sports centre, shops, bars and restaurants, close to the campus. Scarborough, as a popular coastal town, offers a good range of pubs, clubs and eateries, and there are a wealth of entertainment options on and off the campus. Most of our first-years are offered an en-suite room in the modern Cayley Hall, which is on campus. In addition, there are plenty of cheap, good-quality flats and houses for rent in the South Cliff area, only a 15-minute walk from the campus. The education courses are run by a dedicated, experienced staff with interests including education policy, children’s literature, environmental education and elearning. Combining early childhood studies and educational studies with English studies, health studies, and culture, media and society, our courses give you a clear pathway to careers including work in education settings, management, community work, media and (with further training) teaching. They are designed to give you as much choice as possible, including opportunities for a work placement and a research project. They have a strong professional focus, which we develop through visits to educational environments and work experience. Your capacity for teamwork, use of initiative and sense of responsibility is enhanced through group and individual project work, and we encourage you to develop transferable skills. We provide a very supportive learning environment. There is some traditional lecturing but, depending on your choice of course, modules can involve workshops, group discussion and tutorials, seminars, presentations, field work, laboratory work, individual study, e-learning, visits and work placements. Some subjects are taught in designated spaces such as laboratories and computer suites with excellent resources. You may be tutored individually at some points in the course when, for example, on the work placement or carrying out your individual research projects. Staff are easily accessible and able to give you help when you need it. Our Keith Donaldson Library is undergoing a substantial expansion, creating a modern social learning environment with private study areas and rooms for group study. The library will also be the focal point for student support services. You will also have access to the resources of the Brynmor Jones Library, on the Hull Campus.

Educational Studies course overview In Year 1 you are introduced to how people develop and learn throughout life and to effective methods of managing learning, including your own. You also study the way in which learning is affected by social and cultural contexts and two modules within your subject specialism. In Year 2 you have the chance to learn about the influence of social policies and initiatives on learning and how we can ensure that all are included in the learning process throughout their lives. You study the various psychological theories which attempt to explain how we learn, plus two modules from your subject specialism. Year 3 continues with a thorough grounding in research methods, leading to an extended independent research project of your choice. You can also study educational practices in informal settings outside the classroom, and have the opportunity to take up a work placement which gives you experience of working practices and supports you in gaining employment at the end of the course. In addition, you have the final subject specialism module.

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‘The English course allows you to read a great range of books and plays, and the modules are varied so you are never bored. The lecturers are so helpful and approachable, and will usually get back to you the same day if you email them – very useful if there is an essay due in and you have final questions. The education course is equally interesting, and the lecturers are also very friendly. The whole campus is great: the location and the size of it are really positive assets for the University.’ Laura McCheyne Educational Studies with Educational Studies

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Pathways in Educational Studies

Educational Studies (generic route) This generic pathway differs from the others in that there is no additional special subject. Instead of studying five modules which together constitute a specialist ‘with’ subject, students following this course are offered a range of modules from which they can choose whatever interests them. The optional modules currently offered cover topics such as the commercialisation of education, multiple intelligences, constructions of childhood and children’s literature. The pathway is designed for students who are committed to education in the broadest sense, but with a menu of options which provides opportunities to explore challenging and attractive areas of interest in greater depth than is possible in the core modules of the course.

Culture, Media and Society This exciting, contemporary new degree, unique to the University of Hull, offers you the opportunity to combine Educational Studies with multidisciplinary study of contemporary issues in culture, media and society. The course will have particular appeal if you have a background or interest in social sciences and humanities – particularly cultural studies, film and media studies, sociology, politics or philosophy. Prior qualifications in any of these areas are advantageous but not essential.

Year 1 The concept of popular culture is introduced and contrasted with high cultural forms. Both are examined for what they reveal about class, race and gender dynamics in society. Study may include examination of popular literature, music, television, movies, children’s popular culture, journalism, advertising, fashion, food and sport. Semester 2 gives you the opportunity to explore debates about the nature of the information society and examine the social impact of advanced communication systems – paying particular attention to how this has affected work, education, politics and leisure. There is scope for students to follow their own interests in these areas.

Year 2 A study of post-war Britain assesses the huge political, social and cultural changes that occurred in the second half of the 20th century. It explores issues surrounding the decline of Britain’s imperial power, Britain’s changing attitudes to sexuality, race, animal rights and environmentalism, and the impact of modern media on British culture. Semester 2 focuses on the use of imagery, and the consumption of visual products is examined in relation to social and cultural perspectives. Content includes examinations of photography, the moving image, advertising, symbolism and tourism.

Year 3 The term ‘globalisation’ is now commonplace, and Year 3 students examine the concept and what it means for life in modern societies. Discussion extends awareness of the role of the modern media, communications and transport in facilitating globalisation and explores how manifestations of globalisation can be seen culturally, politically, economically and environmentally. A critical consideration of global cultures focuses on fashion, food, art, sport and entertainment, and questions concerning the rise of a global cultural identity and its effect on traditional national, ethnic and religious identities will be considered.

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English Studies This subject offers modules on ‘literary’ aspects of English, with a strong focus on language studies, literary theory and cultural studies. The literature modules examine forms of literature including classic realism, modernism and postmodernism. Social aspects of language are examined through the relationships between language and society, language and gender, and language and power.

Year 1 You will begin by studying the way in which language functions both in society and in its literature. Later in the year you will take a module which develops your understanding of literary and cultural theory in the 19th century.

Year 2 You will begin the year with the study of Renaissance drama through a selection of plays by Shakespeare and Marlowe. The second module involves looking at the role of texts such as Beowulf and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as responses to cultural change.

Year 3 You will have the opportunity to study writing during the so-called Age of Reason in the 18th century and the way in which the ‘Establishment’ is challenged in literature of this time. Modules on popular culture, film and the moving image, and 20thcentury literature are offered through the free elective system.

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Health Studies What is health? What defines us as healthy or not? What role does rehabilitation have in health practice? Should we focus more on the prevention of ill health rather than treatment? What role does our mind play in keeping us healthy? How are the health needs of children different from those of adults? If you think that these questions sound interesting, are considering a career working with people and would enjoy learning more in an interactive and supportive environment, then Educational Studies with Health Studies is for you. The course develops knowledge, understanding and transferable skills around theories of health, health care and wellbeing. Health is looked at in terms of its determinants and sociocultural relationships. Understanding is developed around current theories of health care approaches – both broadly and in specific areas such as health prevention, health psychology and children’s health.

Year 1 You explore the term ‘health’ and what determines health in its broadest sense, and you consider issues related to understanding health concepts, holistic wellbeing, quality of life and the complexities of disability. Early in your first year you build an understanding around the nature of and relationships surrounding health and disability. Learning approaches are interactive, utilising your own experiences and perceptions of health. In your second module you investigate the concept of care and rehabilitation. You have the opportunity to look at the underpinning principles, values and ethics of health and social care as applied in today’s society.

Year 2 Your first module in Year 2 imparts an understanding of the relationship between health, illness and psychology. You study the links between health and psychology to comprehend how people may behave when they are faced with ill health or disability. Psychological principles useful in maintaining health are also explored, and you get a fascinating insight into the importance of psychosocial wellbeing in modern health care. Semester 2 focuses on children and families, studying how children develop from birth to adolescence. Children’s health is considered, along with some of the more common health challenges facing children today. Recent initiatives in child health and wellbeing are evaluated, and we look at potential future influences on the health and wellbeing of children throughout their development and education.

Year 3 You have the opportunity to look into the importance of health promotion and issues in public health. Year 3 explores the recent shift in health care policy towards ‘wellness’ rather than ‘illness’ and the rationale behind it. Time is spent investigating areas of health improvement and common health promotion strategies.

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Early Childhood Studies

The Early Childhood Studies degree enables you to pursue interests in early childhood and further extend your skills, knowledge and understanding to support the learning and development of children aged zero to 7 years. This course aims to give you high-level, transferable skills in early childhood education through the use of practical and often field-based settings. With the support of dedicated and experienced staff, you will be encouraged to make choices and take increasing responsibility for your own learning through participation in group and individual project work. Information and communications technology permeates the course, developing your understanding and skills in ICT in the context of education. On successful completion of the BA Early Childhood Studies, you may wish to pursue your studies further and obtain Early Years Professional Status through the University’s EYPS programme, or Qualified Teacher Status through our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme.

Year 1 You will establish a theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of child development, health and diversity from zero to 7 years – exploring the ideas underpinning the study of childhood, young children and their development from a national perspective, with an emphasis on the contribution of play to learning and development. You will also have the opportunity to develop appropriate learning and study skills that will enable you to fully utilise the varied resources available within the University and to establish a solid skill basis for university-level learning and professional development.

Year 2 You will take a more in-depth look at the specific skills and teaching of young children – considering the curriculum for young children in different areas of learning and development and examining childhood provision from a wider perspective, including internationally. There is an emphasis throughout on the inclusion of children with special needs and methods for observing and assessing learning.

Year 3 You will apply your specialist knowledge of early childhood and young children in local early childhood settings to critically evaluate current Government-supported initiatives and policies within early childhood education. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the particular theories and strategies necessary for success as a leader or manager in an early childhood setting. Alongside this, in the Educational Research Methods and Independent Research Project modules, you will conduct your own investigative education-based study with an early childhood focus. You also have the opportunity to choose an area of interest for further study as a free elective.

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Careers and how to apply Employment Depending on your choice of specialism and free electives, these courses lead to a range of education-related careers in the media, management and administration and, if followed by a PGCE, teaching. They could also prepare you for a career in education welfare if followed by a teaching or social work qualification. You may be attracted to education management in local authorities and childcare organisations or perhaps to corporate training, where you might be involved in staff development in industry or further and higher education. Other opportunities include project management in educational contexts or setting up your own business – you might, for example, want to run a day nursery or become a producer of learning materials. You may be more interested in community education, where you might be an education officer for industry, heritage sites, environmental organisations, theatres or museums or involved in widening-participation or rehabilitation programmes. Our degrees could also help you into a career in research or digital learning through the developing medium of information and communications technology.

Applications We are looking for people of all ages and backgrounds who are united by an enthusiasm for education in its widest sense. We welcome people not just with A levels but also with equivalent vocational qualifications. We encourage applications from mature students with non-traditional backgrounds and take account of relevant occupational or voluntary experience. Whatever your background, we are particularly concerned about your personal qualities and motivation to succeed. Entrance requirements depend on the degree course but we normally ask for at least 240 UCAS points from two A levels or their equivalent at Level 3 including BTEC NC, AVCE, AGNVQ, Cache Diploma and Access Diploma. Any offers made are conditional on the results of an enhanced CRB check (to be paid for by applicants) being confirmed as acceptable by the University in writing. • Education: A qualification in sociology, psychology, philosophy or politics would be useful but is not essential. • Education and Society: A qualification in sociology, philosophy, or politics would be useful but is not essential. • Education, Social Inclusion and Special Needs: A qualification in sociology, philosophy or politics would be useful but is not essential. • Education and Early Years: A qualification in a related subject would be useful but is not essential. • Educational Studies: A qualification in a humanities or social science subject would be useful but is not essential. • Educational Studies with Culture, Media and Society: A qualification in a humanities subject would be useful but is not essential. • Educational Studies with English Studies: A qualification in English literature or language would be an advantage. • Educational Studies with Health Studies: A qualification in health and social care would be useful but is not essential. • Early Childhood Studies: A qualification in sociology, philosophy, or politics would be useful but is not essential.

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Free Elective Scheme Studying for a degree at the University of Hull is a unique experience. We aim to provide you with an education that offers both depth and breadth of knowledge. To meet these ends the University has developed an optional Free Elective Scheme. This scheme enables the majority of undergraduate students to take one module a year from outside their main course of study.

Admissions policy Admissions information provided in this pamphlet is intended as a general guide and cannot cover all possibilities. Entry requirements are generally stated in terms of A

So, how does it work?

level grades and/or UCAS points,

Each year you take 120 credits’ worth of modules.

but we encourage applications from people with a wide range of

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other qualifications and/or experience. Some further details of the various entry routes are included in our general prospectus. Please contact the Admissions Service (see below) with any

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specific queries about admissions.

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Disclaimer

Here you take modules from your main course of study.

Here you have the option to take a free elective or another module from your main course of study.

This publication is intended principally as a guide for prospective students. The matters covered by it – academic and

What sort of subjects can I take? You can take almost any free elective module from outside your main course of study, usually at your home campus. You can even take a module from another faculty.

At Hull If you are interested in education management you may want to choose from the Business School programme, or if you want to develop your ICT capabilities you may choose modules from Computer Science. If you want to strengthen the sociology or psychology component of your degree you could choose modules from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on the Hull Campus.

At Scarborough If you are interested in education management you may want to choose from the Business School programme, or if you want to strengthen the science or English component of your degree you could choose modules from the Scarborough Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences or the Scarborough School of Arts and New Media. You can, of course, enhance the educational aspect of your degree by taking free elective modules from the Scarborough School of Education, such as Children’s Literature or Commercialisation of Education.

What are the main reasons for participating? • The scheme gives you the opportunity to study a subject without having to commit yourself to taking further modules in that subject area. • By taking a free elective you are able to follow up your interests as part of your degree. • With a broader education you may acquire extra skills that will help you when you enter the employment market.

otherwise – are subject to change from time to time, both before and after students are admitted, and the information contained in it does not form part of any contract. While every reasonable precaution was taken in the production of this brochure, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies.

Address For general enquiries, please write to Admissions Service University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX T 01482 466100 F 01482 442290 E admissions@hull.ac.uk


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