Applied Education Studies BA (Hons)

About the course

An ideal course if you already work or volunteer in a primary, nursery or special school (e.g. as a nursery nurse, teaching assistant, instructor, sports coach or classroom volunteer) and want a career in teaching.

Designed so you can work while studying with evening part-time study available at four locations (Luton, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Peterborough) and a day option at the Putteridge Bury site in Luton, all of which are delivered mainly during the school year.

This course helps you link academic theory with your experience and successful completion will qualify you to apply for Qualifying to Teach courses at Primary and Early Years level.

This part-time course can be completed while in a work based setting and is the only course locally offering this means of degree study for working students. It is delivered either by evening sessions at all sites or a day session at Putteridge Bury.

You can gain an Honours degree in four years, although your study can be spread over a longer period.

Apply direct

To apply for this course please contact admission@beds.ac.uk

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start Dates - Oct
  • Duration - 4 Years
  • Attendance - Part-time evening

Why choose this course?

This course offers you a strong foundation and in depth understanding of educational provision for children aged between 3 and 11 years, and children in special education working at levels commensurate with this age band. You are given significant opportunities for you to develop both your academic and professional interests. Many students who successfully complete this degree course go on to further their career within the education sector, including embarking on Initial Teacher Training courses within the primary sector or early years teacher training.

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What will I learn?

Units

  • English: Knowledge And Understanding (EDS009-1) Compulsory
  • Investigating The Curriculum (EDS010-1) Compulsory
  • Personalised Learning (EDS013-1) Compulsory
  • Skills For Education Studies (EDS012-1) Compulsory
  • English: Theory And Practice (EDS009-2) Compulsory
  • Mathematics Education (EDS010-2) Compulsory
  • Reflecting On Practice (EDS011-2) Compulsory
  • The Learning Environment (EDS012-2) Compulsory
  • Mathematical Problem Solving And Reasoning (EDS011-3) Compulsory
  • Professional Practice (EDS008-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methods (EDS010-3) Compulsory
  • Research Project In Applied Education Studies (EDS012-3) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

The purpose of assessment is to provide formative feedback to you, to monitor your performance and to measure your attainment. In addition, it aims to enable you to demonstrate that you have fulfilled the objectives of each unit as well as the profession as a whole. The assessment strategies are designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate the range of knowledge, understanding and skills required by intending teachers and those who wish to work within education. Assessment opportunities include the following:

  • Written reports and essays
  • Student presentations
  • In-class tests
  • Poster presentations
  • Preparation of lesson sequences and teaching materials
  • Reflective portfolio
  • Literature reviews
  • Research proposal
  • Research project

The combination of these approaches is to enable students to demonstrate the full range of your competences across a range of academic standards.

Development of oral presentational skills

The key importance of the development of oral presentational skills to intending teachers is recognised by the course team and every opportunity is taken to encourage you to enhance your skills in this area.

A number of units include formal assessment of oral presentational skills and the feedback given to you is intended to be formative in order to aid development. All such presentations are recorded and are made available to students so that they may self-assess their own performance. Many units involve small-scale group and individual oral feedback opportunities and requirements

Entry requirements

 

  • A level 3 qualification such as NVQ Level 3, Cache Diploma or equivalent in child/education related subjects
  • A reference in support of your application from the Head teacher or setting manager. Please include their contact details on your application form
  • Applicants who do not have a level 3 qualification will be considered based on their experience in schools/educational settings and may be invited to participate in an informal discussion to assess suitability for the course

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course is designed to develop your understanding of a wide range of educational theories and how these apply in practice. As you will already be situated in an educational work based setting, the course is designed for you to develop your understanding of how the theories explored apply within your own context. As such, employability is a key feature of this course and you will be given clear opportunities to make links between academic work and professional practice.

Guidance will be given during the course on routes into teaching and the application process for that. The Careers and Recruitment service can also provide support in helping you to explore a range of careers within your chosen field.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

 

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

    Facilities

    Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

    Sports Hall

    The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

    The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

    Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

    The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

    The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

    Specialist labs

    Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

    Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

    Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

    This includes:

    • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
    • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
    • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
    • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

    Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

    Theatre and dance studio facilities

    • 280 seat theatre
    • 80 studio theatre
    • Four fully-sprung dance studios
    • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
    • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
    • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
    • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
    • State of the art HD projectors
    • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
    • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
    • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
    • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

    Gateway Building

    Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

     

    Campus Centre

    Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

    Accommodation at Bedford

    For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

    Subjects studied at Bedford campus

    • Primary Education
    • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
    • Education Studies
    • Physical Education and Sport Studies
    • Sport and Exercise Sciences
    • Tourism and Leisure
    • Accounting and Business Management
    • Performing Arts and Dance
    • Social Work

    Bedford town location

    The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

    Directions to Bedford campus

    Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

    How to Apply

    Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

    EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

    International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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