This degree is a response to the changing and evolving nature of education in the broadest sense of the word. If you share our belief that creativity, culture and education are inextricably linked, this is the programme for you. It is appropriate to those contemplating a career in education professions, as a basis for counselling, education psychology, social services, LEA officers, social work, administration and education management, as well as for teaching.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 320 points, from:GCE A2 and AS level: Tariff points from 3 A-Levels plus 1 AS-Level or Extended Project Qualification, to include at least one social science subject.Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development: Tariff points in Society, Health and Development including at least 20 tariff points from a science or social science subject at AS-level for Additional and Specialist Learning. BTEC National Diploma: DDM in a related subject.International Baccalaureate: 32 points.Irish Highers: 320 points from 5 subjects, including a science or social science subject.Scottish Highers: 320 tariff points in 3 subjects at Advanced Higher level or equivalent.Access: Students will be considered on an individual basis.GCSEs: For all of the above, 5 GCSE passes at Grade C or above are also required, to include English, Mathematics and Science.
Applications are welcomed and a variety of qualifications are acceptable for entry to our courses. Candidates whose language of instruction is not English must have passed IELTS with a score of 6.0 for entry.
Overseas applicantsCourse AimsThe programme aims to:
Enable students to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills of contemporary educational theory, policy and practice
Develop a range of transferable skills (e.g. critical reflection, systematic analysis, communication, collaboration, presentation and writing)
Enable students to develop key skills, of lifelong learning and prepare them for further professional and academic qualifications and/or a range of education-related careers.Course ContentAre you interested in examining the education system and exploring the theories of how people learn throughout their lifespan? If so, we open up the world to give you a greater understanding of education.
The programme will equip you with a depth of understanding about the role of education in a diverse society, both within and beyond the UK. It is a forward-looking programme, designed for changing times and for people who will be making the decisions in the years to come.
If you are considering teaching, you will need to combine your degree with a one-year PGCE: successful completion of the BA Contemporary Education leads directly into Brunel’s highly regarded PGCert Primary programmehttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/cdata/p/PostgraduateCertificatePrimarywithQTS, provided you meet current government requirements.Typical modulesLevel 1Understanding Learning
Human Development: Childhood to Adolescence 1
Education and Society
Study Skills and Methods of Enquiry
Working in Educational SettingsLevel 2Living and Learning in Different Communities: Cultural Perspectives and Comparisons
Human Development: Childhood to Adolescence 2
Individual and Group Learning in Informal Environments
Mentoring and Coaching in Educational Settings
Exploring Educational EnvironmentsLevel 3Growing Up in Twenty First Century Britain
Education in Formal Contexts
Education in Informal Contexts
Research in Educational Contexts
Research ProjectTeaching and LearningTeaching excellence is given a very high priority in the School of Sport and Education. Research active staff who have published widely in their area of expertise will teach all modules of the Contemporary Education programme. We constantly review our teaching methods in response to feedback from students. This enables us to develop innovative learning and teaching methods.LecturesLectures take place in our dedicated lecture centre. They aim to provide students with core 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.SeminarsSeminars 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.TutorialsAll 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 activitiesYou 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 experienceWork-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.AssessmentYour progress will be assessed in a variety of ways. Assessment procedures include individual and group project work, essays, oral presentations, report writing, class-based tests and written examinations at Level 1 and Level 3.CareersBrunel 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 and Business Trainers. Some students will progress to QTS teacher training courses to become primary teachers.Special FeaturesHow will we guide and support you?As a student t 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. Staff members 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.