This programme offers a breadth of learning experiences in order to provide you with the multi-professional development essential to pursue a career in a range of educational settings. You will study where, how and why people learn and, in your second year, undertake a placement opportunity in a non-school setting to provide you with a practical grounding for your studies. The third year enables you to research a topic of your choice and explore education systems in different countries. You will attend College for two days per week which will enable you to carry out voluntary work and/or independent study. It is possible to spend one semester in Year Two studying in another European country from this course. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21. Periodic Review is a monitoring and review activity undertaken by all universities/colleges delivering HE programmes. Any changes to the existing programmes as a result of this process will be fully communicated to all applicants as soon as possible after conclusion of the reviews.
In the first year the aim is to help you to develop an understanding of education in its widest context. The first module, Introduction to Academic Studies, will enable you to develop the study skills required and to plan for your own development including managing your learning activities, reading and note-making skills along with the theoretical and practical aspects of studying. You will also study modules such as 'The Developing Child', 'Theories of Learning', 'Introduction to Teaching', 'Meeting Needs of Diverse Communities' and 'Education for Health and Physical Activity'. The second year enables you to better understand the range of educational contexts and to prepare for placement. The first module, Introduction to Professional Contexts, is part of the ongoing Personal Development Planning Programme to support your holistic development as a learner and also develop your awareness of job seeking and career management strategies. Other modules include "Principles of Research', 'History of Educational Policy', 'Education beyond the Classroom', 'Inclusive Education' and 'Environmental Education'. The third year Preparation for Professional Employment module explores career opportunities and you will prepare practically for gaining employment. You will also study modules such as 'International Perspectives in Education' and 'Philosophy, Politics and Social Justice in Education' that enable you to compare education systems globally, examine the reasons for educational change and explore how educational organisations can promote healthy lifestyles. 'Visions for Education' is a summative module which involves research, group work and presentation. You will also select a subject for your Dissertation.
We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods, that model best practice in terms of teaching and learning. You will participate in active group sessions and presentations, lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be encouraged to be an independent learner and use the College's Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and the intranet to access a variety of resources. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, discussions, role play, presentations by external speakers, visits to a range of educational organisations and other methods appropriate to the issue being considered. Each module is subject to an assessment which is appropriate to the material and covers a wide range of tasks. You will be required to participate in individual and group presentations as well as academic and reflective writing. In the second year of your course there is an exciting placement element. The range currently includes working in special educational needs, early years, theatre in education, education departments in museums and environmental education.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Enhanced DBS certificate required for the Child and Adult Workforce.
Successful candidates will be required to complete an online health questionnaire.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8750||Year 1|