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UDESENLI - BA Education Studies and English Literature

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Arts Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Professions
Subject Area Education
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The BA (Hons) Education Studies and English Literature can be taken as a full-time three-year course or part-time. The degree offers students an opportunity to ally a critical understanding of education as an academic discipline and set of practices with a knowledge and understanding of literature and the world (that includes education). Both subjects are examined through a rich interdisciplinary lens that offers students access both to particular historical, sociological, cultural and philosophical ways of seeing subject matter, as well as the added value that comes from the resultant holistic perspective on the world. The exercise of critical skills and the educated creative imagination lie at the heart of the programme and we are confident that graduates of the degree will be effectively prepared to embark on careers and/or further study as confident, competent and informed intellectuals and professionals. Many students will be enabled to enter careers as teachers of English across all sectors on the back of their studies.

The course is delivered by taught sessions at the university which comprise lectures (including guest speakers where appropriate), seminars and workshops, student’s presentations and individual supervisions. Taught sessions are complemented by field visits to schools, museums, libraries, galleries and other places of educational and literary production order to maximise interaction with loci of employability within the capital. Taught sessions are equally supported by full use of online resources, in particular moderated discussion and online assessment opportunities via weblearn, where course and module documentation, lecture summaries, licensed and scanned secondary reading material and selected links and prompts will also be accessible. In addition, each year offers three enhancement weeks where a variety of activities including guest events, readings and literature linked visits to London events and locations will supplement more conventional classroom learning.

Connectivity within the university is essential to the degree. The course requires strong and consistent use of the Library and Learning Centre, which has a subject-specific librarian offering workshops and one-to-one assistance with printed and online academic material. The Learning Centre, adjacent to Tower Building, offers private study space as well as academic material. Other study and conversation spaces are available at the Tower Building (location lectures, seminars and tutors’ offices), and students are expected to collaborate with each other regarding seminar topics, group or joint presentations, preparation of peer feedback, and networking (supported by subject staff) across undergraduate study years and disciplines. The course also builds on existing links with The Women’s Library, encouraging students to source and apply valuable primary and secondary resources available there for their critical and literary studies and creative practice.

Course aims

The BA (Hons) Education Studies and English Literature can be taken as a full-time three-year course or part-time. The degree offers students an opportunity to ally a critical understanding of education as an academic discipline and set of practices with a knowledge and understanding of literature and the world (that includes education). Both subjects are examined through a rich interdisciplinary lens that offers students access both to particular historical, sociological, cultural and philosophical ways of seeing subject matter, as well as the added value that comes from the resultant holistic perspective on the world. The exercise of critical skills and the educated creative imagination lie at the heart of the programme and we are confident that graduates of the degree will be effectively prepared to embark on careers and/or further study as confident, competent and informed intellectuals and professionals. Many students will be enabled to enter careers as teachers of English across all sectors on the back of their studies.

The course is delivered by taught sessions at the university which comprise lectures (including guest speakers where appropriate), seminars and workshops, student’s presentations and individual supervisions. Taught sessions are complemented by field visits to schools, museums, libraries, galleries and other places of educational and literary production order to maximise interaction with loci of employability within the capital. Taught sessions are equally supported by full use of online resources, in particular moderated discussion and online assessment opportunities via weblearn, where course and module documentation, lecture summaries, licensed and scanned secondary reading material and selected links and prompts will also be accessible. In addition, each year offers three enhancement weeks where a variety of activities including guest events, readings and literature linked visits to London events and locations will supplement more conventional classroom learning.

Connectivity within the university is essential to the degree. The course requires strong and consistent use of the Library and Learning Centre, which has a subject-specific librarian offering workshops and one-to-one assistance with printed and online academic material. The Learning Centre, adjacent to Tower Building, offers private study space as well as academic material. Other study and conversation spaces are available at the Tower Building (location lectures, seminars and tutors’ offices), and students are expected to collaborate with each other regarding seminar topics, group or joint presentations, preparation of peer feedback, and networking (supported by subject staff) across undergraduate study years and disciplines. The course also builds on existing links with The Women’s Library, encouraging students to source and apply valuable primary and secondary resources available there for their critical and literary studies and creative practice.

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Education Studies and of English Literature, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Education Studies and English Literature;

  • devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Education Studies and of English Literature;

  • describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Education Studies and English Literature, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;

  • manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Education Studies and English Literature);

  • apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;

  • critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem;

  • communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;

  • exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;

  • undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Education Studies and English Literature:

All English Literature modules (IP)

And

• Making Sense of Education (Level 4) (I)
• Becoming an Educationist: reading, writing and enquiry (Level 4) (IP)
• Qualitative Educational Research in Theory and Practice (level 5) (IP)
• Knowledge, Ideologies and Curricula (level 5) (P)
• Education Studies Dissertation (level 6) (IPA)
• Social Pedagogies and the Public Intellectual (level 6) (PA)
• Childhood, Youth and Education (level 6) (PA)

- Devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Education Studies and English Literature:

All English Literature modules (IPA)

And

• Becoming an Educationist: reading, writing and enquiry (Level 4) (IP)
• Qualitative Educational Research in Theory and Practice (level 5) (IP)
• Education Studies Dissertation (level 6) (IPA)
• Social Pedagogies and the Public Intellectual (level 6) (PA)
• Childhood, Youth and Education (level 6) (PA)

• Experiments in Radical Education (level 6) (I)
• Inclusion and Meeting Special Educational Needs (level 6) (IPA)
• Sport, Education and Society (level 6) (IA)
• Philosophy, Enlightenment and Education (level 6) (IA)

- Describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Education Studies and English Literature, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge:

• Project (level 6) (PA)
• Literary London (level 6) (PA)
• The Literature of Childhood (level 6) (PA)
• Becoming an Educationist: reading, writing and enquiry (Level 4) (IP)
• Qualitative Educational Research in Theory and Practice (level 5) (IP)
• Knowledge, Ideologies and Curricula (level 5) (P)
• Education Studies Dissertation (level 6) (IPA)
• Social Pedagogies and the Public Intellectual (level 6) (PA)
• Childhood, Youth and Education (level 6)

- Manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Education Studies and English Literature :

• Theory and Practice of Prose (level 4) (IP)

• Project (level 6) (PA)
• The Literature of Childhood (PA)

• Becoming an Educationist: reading, writing and enquiry (Level 4) (IP)
• Qualitative Educational Research in Theory and Practice (level 5) (IP)
• Education Studies Dissertation (level 6) (IPA)

- Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects:

• All English Literature modules (IPA)
And

• Becoming an Educationist: reading, writing and enquiry (Level 4) (IP)
• Qualitative Educational Research in Theory and Practice (level 5) (P)
• Education Studies Dissertation (level 6) (IPA)

- Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem:

• Theory and Practice of Prose (level 4) (I)
• Project (level 6) (PA)
• Literary London (level 6) (PA)

• Making Sense of Education (Level 4) (I)
• Becoming an Educationist: reading, writing and enquiry (Level 4) (IP)
• Qualitative Educational Research in Theory and Practice (level 5) (P)
• Education Studies Dissertation (level 6) (IPA)


- Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences:

• All English Literature modules (IPA)

And

• Becoming an Educationist: reading, writing and enquiry (Level 4) (IP)
• Knowledge, Ideologies and Curricula (level 5) (P)
• Education Studies Dissertation (level 6) (PA)

- Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts:

• Project (level 6) (PA)
• Literary London (level 6) (IPA)

And

• Working With Children and Young People (level 5) (P)
• Education Studies Dissertation (level 6) (PA)

- Undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature:

• Project (level 6) (PA)
• Literary London (level 6) (PA)
• Becoming an Educationist: reading, writing and enquiry (Level 4) (I)
• Knowledge, Ideologies and Curricula (level 5) (I)
• Education Studies Dissertation (level 6) (P)
• Social Pedagogies and the Public Intellectual (level 6) (P)
• Childhood, Youth and Education (level 6) (P)
• Inclusion and Meeting Special Educational Needs (level 6) (I)
• Sport, Education and Society (level 6) (I)

Assessment strategy

Students’ learning of skills and subject matter is assessed by formative and summative strategies. Formative assessment includes: contribution to seminar and workshop, short exercises written in class or during independent learning hours and posted onto the weblearn discussion forum, presentations, essay plans and quizzes: all will receive oral and sometimes written feedback during and between class sessions. Summative assessments include academic essays, set presentations, group work, reviews, and portfolios of critical work. Written feedback on summative assessment is provided and tutorial time made available. Where possible, written feedback on assessments will be made available via weblearn, and tutors will also respond to queries by email and other social media as appropriate.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

N/A

Course specific regulations

N/A

Modules required for interim awards

Level 4:

  • Theory and Practice of Prose
  • Romantics to Victorians
  • Making Sense of Education
  • Becoming an Educationist: reading, writing and enquiry

Level 5:

  • Victorians to Moderns
  • Qualitative Educational Research in Theory and Practice
  • Knowledge, Ideologies and Curricula

Level 6:

Either:

  • Project (Eng Lit)

Or:

  • Education Studies Dissertation

  • Literary London (30 credit);

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

Students completing the programme will need to undertake further, postgraduate study to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Career opportunities

This course combination means that after graduating you’ll be eligible to pursue Qualified Teaching Status as a secondary English specialist.

This degree also opens to door to a number of careers in publishing, arts, education and other administration, communications work and business, school teaching, community-based leadership and development involving children and young people.

This course is also excellent preparation for further research or study.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels or minimum (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

These requirements may be varied in individual cases.

We welcome applications from mature students who wish to develop career options related to education, teaching or community-based action and we can offer accreditation for prior experience/education.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes X300 (Academic Studies in Education): 100%
Route code ESENLI

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SJ4001 Romantics to Victorians Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
SJ4006 Introduction to Prose Literature Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
SS4030 Becoming an Educationist: Reading, Writing and ... Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SS4033 Making Sense of Education Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM WED AM

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SJ4001 Romantics to Victorians Core 30        
SJ4006 Introduction to Prose Literature Core 30        
SS4030 Becoming an Educationist: Reading, Writing and ... Core 30        
SS4033 Making Sense of Education Core 30        

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SJ5003 Victorians to Moderns Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SS5030 Knowledge, Ideologies and Curricula Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
SS5073 Peer Mentoring in Practice Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
SS5081 Education: Experiential Learning Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
SJ5001 History of Critical Thinking Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SJ5051 Perspectives on Shakespeare Option 15        
SJ5052 Poetry and Performance Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
SJ5054 The Short Story Option 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
SJ5059 The Literature of Childhood Option 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
SS5031 Qualitative Educational Research in Theory and ... Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SS5034 Education Policy in Historical and Social Contexts Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SS5071 Children's Literature in Multicultural Classrooms Option 15        
SS5082 Personal Wellbeing and Educational Outcomes Option 15        
SS5K70 Becoming a Teacher Option 15 NORTH SPR TUE AM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SJ6P03 Project (Creative Writing and English Literature) Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR    
SS6P32 Education Studies Dissertation Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
SJ6003 Moderns to Contemporaries Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SJ6004 Why Literature Matters Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
SJ6056 Literary London Option 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
SS6031 Social Pedagogies and the Public Intellectual Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SS6032 Rethinking Childhood and Children's Lives in Ed... Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SS6033 Inclusion and Special Educational Needs Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SS6072 Philosophy, Enlightenment and Education Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
SS6073 Sport, Education and Society Option 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
SS6074 Race, Empire and Education Option 15        
SS6075 Science Education and Public Understanding Option 15        
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT