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About the Course
Inspire a Generation!
Contemporary Education at Brunel University London is an exciting programme that will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to support the next generation of children and young people.
The course combines the study of Education with Professional Practice and is designed to offer a pathway into a range of education professions and post-graduate professional study.
If you are thinking about a career in teaching or in an education-related field – perhaps counseling, educational psychology, social services, local authority work, social work, administration and education management – a degree in education will give you a strong foundation from which to build.
- The BA Contemporary Education programme aims to provide you with a broad and balanced view of educational theory, policy and practice within a range of educational contexts.
- The course recognises the important blend of theory and practice, therefore it offers an integral placement module at each level that is intended to compliment your theoretical and critical study.
- Each level presents numerous opportunities to develop a range of transferable skills, such as critical reflection, systematic analysis, communication, collaboration, presentation and writing.
- The programme is aimed at applicants from diverse backgrounds. It offers a pathway into employment in a range of educational-related fields either on graduation or via further professional study such as Schools Direct, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Post Graduate Diploma Youth and Community (PGDipYCW).
Admissions and Course Enquiries
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Admissions Tutor: Nic Crowe
The BA consists of compulsory modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
The course is structured around three broad learning strands that run through each level:
- Education, Culture and Society
- Educational Theory and Development
- Professional Skills and Practice
- Understanding Learning: A module that will introduce you to some of the main theoretical approaches that have helped us to understand the different ways in which children and young people learn.
- Human Development: Childhood to Adolescence: A psychology based module that considers personal, social and emotional development, and the ways in which language, knowledge and thinking develop.
- Education and Society: This is a sociological module that looks at the structure and provision of education in England and Wales and their historical development.
- Multi-disciplinary Perspectives 1: A module that considers the range of professionals working in educational settings and introduces some of the key skills required in differing education interventions.
- Study Skills and Methods of Enquiry: A module designed to 'skill you up' to cope with your studies at university.
- Placement: A chance to put some of the ideas you have studied into practice.
- Living and Learning in Different Communities: Cultural Perspectives and Comparisons: The implications of culture, class, ethnicity and gender in education.
- Working Creatively with Children and Adolescents – Emerging Themes: A chance to develop your skills in an emerging education practice.
- Human Development: Childhood to Adolescence 2: This module continues the study of human development introduced at Level 1 with a focus on health and wellbeing.
- Individual and Group Learning in Informal Environments: This module concentrates on the key informal education approaches and considers different arenas in which this type of learning might take place – for example, museums or city farms.
- Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives 2: This module studies the differing ways in which we might develop effective communication and engagement with children, young people and families.
- Research Methods: An important module that will introduce you to the key research skills that you will need for your dissertation in Year 3.
- Placement: A chance to further develop your skills set and experience in another education setting.
- Growing Up in Twenty First Century Britain: Key debates and controversies in childhood and adolescent studies.
- Education in Formal Contexts: In this module we look at contemporary influences on education in primary and secondary schools.
- Education in Informal Contexts: A deeper consideration of informal learning approaches, for example through fairy tales, play or television.
- Research Project: A chance to research a topic that interests you.
- Placement: Final chance to build up your experience or to try something different.
The Contemporary Education course offers:
- Classes taught by an experienced, friendly and highly qualified team of academics and education practitioners.
- Small class sizes allowing us to tailor the programme to your career aspirations whether that is teaching, youth work or any other child or youth support role.
- Our schools network is diverse and well-established, which means you will gain highly valued teaching experience in vibrant multicultural schools.
- Three integrated work placements which give you the opportunity to explore all your options in education and related fields.
- A supportive and close knit community to nurture your talent.
- A successful track record of employment and further study.
How will we guide and support you?
- As a student at Brunel, you will be guided and supported from the admissions stage onwards.
- On entry to the School, you will be given a personal tutor who is available to give advice about any matter within their capacity. They will also point you in the right direction should you need more specialist help, for example, medical attention, counselling, dyslexia support.
- The tutor-tutee relationship will last for the period of your degree course. Hence, on completion of your degree there will be a member of staff ideally placed to write an academic and character reference for you.
Who will deliver the course?
Education staff members have a high reputation for scholarship and are well known nationally and internationally for their research.
They regularly attend and present papers at national and international conferences, write leading articles and textbooks in their field, are examiners for other universities and act as consultants for a range of education-related organisations.
The programme uses a variety of teaching and learning techniques appropriate to each strand: lecture/seminars, tutorials, student presentations, practical sessions, and for the placement modules - in-placement mentor and tutor support.
Lectures take place in our dedicated lecture centre. They aim to provide students with compulsory material and concepts and a framework for independent study. Students will be expected to complete directed reading tasks prior to, and to takes notes during, lectures in order to maximise learning opportunities.
Seminars will form an integral part of the teaching process; they will be used to promote discussion and group work. They will involve interactive learning experiences and help to develop your knowledge and understanding of subject matter, encourage an appreciation of alternative perspectives and viewpoints and develop effective communication skills.
All members of academic staff are available to discuss academic matters. Tutorials will involve one-to-one or small group interactions, focussing on individual concerns and development as well as support for projects, work-based experience and other learning and teaching issues.
Independent learning and research project activities
You will be involved in personal development of your study skills, research-related skills and critical thinking. All students will engage in directed reading, reflective exercises and preparation for work-based experience, planning and assessments.
Work-based experience is designed to provide you with opportunities to apply and enhance your learning and research skills in professional settings. You will undertake a range of directed tasks and research activities at each level of study.
Modes of assessment vary between each module, but include: critical assignments, reflective reports, portfolios, student presentations and posters (group and individual) and placement portfolios.
Most modules incorporate both a written and presentation element. At the end of your course, you are expected to undertake a piece of individual research as part of your final dissertation.
Brunel University London has always placed great emphasis on developing graduates who can innovate, and who can add value to society through their industry.
Brunel students become the kind of graduates who employers want to recruit, and as a result they currently enjoy the 13th highest starting salaries in the UK. This success is down to several factors:
- Combining academic study with work experience.
- Creative and forward-looking subjects.
- An award-winning careers service.
- Working while they study.
- The entrepreneurial spirit.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey
These statistics relate to graduates from a number of different pathways – Sports Sciences, Sports Sciences (Coaching), Sport Sciences (Human Performance), Sport Sciences (Management of Sport Development) and Sport Sciences (Physical Education and Youth Sport).
Sport Sciences graduates tend to fall broadly into two groups – those who ultimately wish to progress into sport and fitness professions and those who use their degree as a route into another non-related career. With around 60% of graduate positions open to graduates from all disciplines Sport Sciences graduates have a range of employment options open to them.
In 2013/14, six months after graduating:
Brunel Contemporary Education graduates will enjoy careers in fields such as:
- education administration
- after-school programme co-ordinators
- early years education
- informal education
- education welfare
- continuing professional development coordinators
- business trainers and primary teachers.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £6,750 part-time
International students: £14,100 full-time
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Requirements 2016/7
- GCE A-level BBC (all subjects considered).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-Level at grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-Levels grade BC.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at level 3 with Merits in all units.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
For non-EU qualification equivalencies, please check the relevant country entry criteria.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.