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BA (Hons) English in Education

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
York
September 2022

York
September 2023

York
September 2024

Program description

BA (Hons) English in Education

This course explores education, specifically in relation to language and literature.

You'll learn about key educational issues, including how and why English is taught. You'll explore current debates about and cutting-edge methods for teaching English language and literature in classrooms, theatres, clinics and prisons.

You'll also study representations of education in literature and analyse their impact on perceptions of education. You'll consider how fictional depictions of education can shape social awareness, policy and practice.

Alongside rigorous academic study, you'll gain valuable skills and experience with a range of opportunities for placements and volunteering. Your studies will inform and guide you, giving you practice applying educational theory to real-world situations.

This course will not qualify you as a teacher. However, it is good preparation for a range of postgraduate initial teacher training courses.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: BBB We prefer applicants to have A level English
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 21 credits at Distinction and 24 credits at Merit or higher
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDM
  • Cambridge Pre-U: M2, M2, M2
  • European Baccalaureate: 75%
  • International Baccalaureate: 31 points

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • Duolingo: 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

In Year 1 you'll study core modules which introduce key concepts, theories and skills. You'll learn how to approach education from an academic perspective, and consider how your personal experiences inform your views. You'll also undertake a dedicated year-long module introducing you to language and literature in education.

In the Autumn term you will work in a group to develop a response to a real-life educational challenge through our innovative STEP 1 project. You will be presented with a challenge from a community partner and you will work as a team to research the issue and put forward solutions. This will prepare you for group work, research and presentation throughout your programme, and develop your employability skills through communication, problem solving, creativity and employer engagement.

Core modules

You'll study four core modules:

  • Language and Literature in Education
  • Perspectives on Education
  • What is Education?
  • Researching English in Education

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll study two core modules, developing your skills of research and critical analysis, as well as your understanding of the history of education. You'll also choose two option modules focusing on language and literature.

Core modules

You'll study two core modules

  • Education, Policy & Society
  • Educational Research Methods

Option modules

Choose two of the following modules:

  • Learning Through Language
  • Teaching & Learning Literature
  • From Eliza Doolittle to Harry Potter: Narratives of Youth
  • Creative Writing for Children, Creative Writing with Children

Year 3

The main focus of your final year will be your Dissertation - an extended essay based on your own research. You'll also take one core module which highlights some of our latest research, and choose three option modules from a wide range of topics. Alternative options give you chance to follow your own interests on a placement study or an independent investigation into an educational topic of your choice.

Core module

  • New Directions in Educational Research

Option modules

You'll choose three of the following modules. Some combinations of modules are not permitted. You can contact our admissions tutor for more information.

  • Assessment in Education
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Drama & Education
  • Education & Citizenship
  • Education & International Development
  • Genetics & Education
  • Intelligence
  • Landmarks in British Poetry
  • Language & Psychology
  • Learning Gender
  • Perspectives on Literacy in Education
  • Philosophy, Education & Children
  • Positive Psychology in Education
  • Science Education & Society
  • Supporting Pupils' Psychological Development in School
  • Reading Development and Disorders
  • Writing for Diverse Audiences

Tuition fees

  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £18,350 per year

Qualification

Transferable skills

  • Communication
  • Analysis of data and ideas
  • Computer literacy
  • Networking
  • Time management
  • Project management

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in a huge range of industries related to education, including teaching, publishing, museums and libraries, the not-for-profit sector and the civil service

A significant proportion go on to teacher training at prestigious institutions at primary and secondary levels. A number take alternative routes into education, for example Teach First.

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Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...


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University of York

Heslington
YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom

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