The BA (Hons) Education and History will enable you to combine the study of the human past in one or both of the modern and medieval periods with the study of educational practices, processes and applications in a range of contexts and settings. The combination of core and optional modules will allow you to develop key skills within the subject disciplines of Education and History. In the second year of study, students will complete an assessed placement module, which includes a two week vocational placement.
The Education Programme
In our Joint Honours Education Programme you will have the opportunity to study educational practices, processes and applications in a range of contexts and settings organised in four pathways which will enable you to develop practical skills and experiences.
In this pathway, you will be introduced to key theoretical perspectives for studying the psychology of development.
Policy and Philosophy
in the policy and philosophy pathway, you will explore different ideas about social justice and examine the ways in which education can sometimes promote aspiration, social mobility and fairness and also entrench divisions and inequalities in societies around the world.
History and Sociology
Structural relationships between education, social change and human development are examined in the History and Sociology pathway. The experiences of children and young people in contemporary and historical settings are explored and critical questions posed around the emergence of modern personalities and the taming of emotions.
In the Applied strand, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding to real world settings. Contemporary debates around education are reviewed and you can choose to develop your interest in a range of settings with special educational needs being a distinctive strength.
The History Programme
The History programme will enhance your knowledge and understanding of historical events and processes, as well as to develop your analytical and critical capacities to a high order. Though the programme concentrates on medieval and modern Europe including Britain and Ireland (c.400-c.2000), considerable attention is also paid to global history, particularly that of Asia, Africa and North America. By studying history as a joint degree you will have the opportunity to study the full range of periods and areas on offer by the Department of History.
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You may also be interested in our other two undergraduate programmes:
In your first year of study you will take a number of core modules to develop you as a learner and to provide a foundation for later modules. All modules are 20 credits.
The compulsory modules are:
You will also need to take:
You will also need to take one of the following Education modules: Equality and Diversity (Education); Contemporary Issues in Education (Education); Special Education Needs – An Introduction (Education) or Schooling: a social and cultural history (Education)
In the second year you will extend your subject knowledge of History through choosing from a range of modules in the Autumn and Spring options lists and develop you knowledge of Educational issues through a choice of Education Modules
You will also complete an assessed placement module, which includes a two week vocational placement.
In your final year you will further develop your knowledge and skills in Education and History. There are three compulsory modules and a variety of optional modules to choose from.
History Special Subject Sources (A)
History Special Subject Sources (B)
Autumn Advanced Option – History
Spring Advanced Option – History
Children as Citizens
Gender and Education
Fees and funding
Standard fees apply
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The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme offers financial support for undergraduates to undertake work experience or a research placement in the summer vacation. The scheme is open to all first-, second- and penultimate-year undergraduate students. It is also open to final-year undergraduate students who are in the process of applying for, or who have already applied for, a place on a postgraduate programme at the University of Birmingham.
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Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB (Grade A in History A Level required)
Required subjects and grades: A in History
General Studies: Not accepted
Maths and English at GCSE grade C. Please note, a GCSE Science at grade C is preferred but not essential. (For students wishing to pursue a career in Primary or Early Years teaching, it is essential to hold a GCSE Science at grade C).
Typical offer grades are for guidance only, and will depend on the subjects you are combining. Please read the entries for both subjects. Where there is a disparity between the typical offer for Subject A and the typical offer for Subject B, the higher offer should be taken as the usual offer for the combination of the two.
A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required from accepted candidates before registration for the programme
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 35 points (6 points in HL History required). Standard English Language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
How to apply
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