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Education BA

Course code

X300, X301

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £9,250

International £15,400

Entry requirements

CCC (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

27 (IB)

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Overview

The Education BA at Brunel offers you the opportunity to combine the study of education with professional practice to give you a pathway into a range of education professions and postgraduate professional study including teacher training.

Whether you are looking to explore education related fields – such as counselling, educational psychology, social services, local authority work, social work, administration and education management – or you already know you want to teach, Brunel’s Education BA will give you a strong foundation from which to build.

The course will equip you with a broad and balanced view of educational theory, policy and practice within a range of educational contexts. You will also have numerous opportunities to develop a range of transferable skills such as critical reflection, systematic analysis, communication, collaboration, presentation and writing.

When it comes to professional practice, the Education BA includes three integrated work placements to give you the opportunity to explore different educational settings. To help you manage your time, you can do your placement experience weekly or in a block over the holidays.

If it’s teaching experience you’re seeking, Brunel’s network of partner schools is diverse and well-established which means you can gain highly valued teaching experience in vibrant multi-cultural schools where you will be fully supported by a work placement mentor as well as a Brunel tutor.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The Brunel Education BA aims to equip you with a broad and balanced view of educational theory, policy and practice within a range of educational contexts.

In each year of the course you will study a set of compulsory modules and undertake an integral placement to help you put what you learn into practice in a variety of educational settings.

The course is structured around three broad learning strands that run through each year:

  • Education, culture and society
  • Educational theory and development
  • Professional skills and practice

Please see programme specification for the specific modules that are available.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

Our Education BA offers you 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).

As an Education BA graduate career options include education administration, after-school programme co-ordination, early years education, and informal education, education welfare, continuing professional development co-ordination, business training, and primary school teaching. 

Brunel education graduates are top UK earners. On average, Brunel Education alumni earn £35,400 five years after graduating compared to a £24,700 average for Education graduates across the university sector (Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)).

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level CCC (all subjects considered).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in a related subject. Other subjects may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject, with an A-Level at grade C. 
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels at grade CC is preferred however 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas can be assessed on an individual basis.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 27 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. (Access to Counselling, Education, Early Years, Criminology and Sociology, Health and Human Science, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Humanities, Social Sciences, Informal Education, Media and Cultural Studies, Psychology , Primary Teacher Education, Social Work, Teaching, Youth and Community are preferred; however other subjects may be considered on a case-by-case basis).                    

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally 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.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,400 full-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Brunel has one of the longest established education departments in the country and is a leading research centre for work in supportive education that receives high ratings from the UK’s leading benchmarkers such as Ofsted.

You will be taught by a team of enthusiastic and supportive academic staff, many of which are active researchers on a variety of education topics.

Your learning will take place in groups of different sizes and compositions to provide a variety of experiences as you get to know and interact with a group of likeminded students as you develop on the course.

You will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning techniques that include: lectures, seminars (to promote discussions and group work), tutorials, student presentations, practical sessions, and for the placement modules, workplace mentors and tutor support.

Work-based experience is designed to provide you with opportunities to apply and enhance your learning and research skills in professional settings where you will do range of directed tasks and research activities at each level of study.

A great deal of your learning will take place in your own independent learning and research where you will develop a range of study skills, research-related skills and critical thinking during directed reading, reflective exercises and preparation for assessments and work-based experiences.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Assessments vary between modules and typically 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 will complete a dissertation in an education topic of your choice under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.