The BA (Hons) Education and Sociology offers students with the opportunity to study Education and Sociology in equal proportions to Honours degree level (60 credits from each subject at each level). Students will combine the study of key issues facing contemporary societies, including globalization, the changing nature of work and the family, gender roles and multiculturalism, with the study of educational practices, processes and applications in a range of contexts and settings. In the second year of study, students will complete a 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 equip you with academic knowledge of education as well as enable you to develop intellectual versatility and organisational flexibility.
In the Psychology pathway, you will be introduced to key theoretical perspectives for studying the psychology of development.
Policy and Philsophy
In this 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 Sociology Programme
The Sociology programme will provide you with a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to Sociology as a theoretically informed and evidence-based discipline. The programme has a strong theoretical core at each level which critically examines the major sociological traditions and perspectives as tools for understanding modern societies. This is paralleled by training in the analysis of empirical sociological research, the design of research programmes and the methods for collecting, interpreting and presenting sociological data.
You will be able to apply your core theoretical and empirical training to the critical and comparative analysis of major substantive sociological topics. These include the dynamics of multicultural societies, patterns of social divisions and how they relate to a global context. You will approach these issues by pursuing the distinctively sociological questions of the relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and wider social processes; the dynamics of stability and change and the distribution of power.
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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 compulsory modules to develop your sociological and educational knowledge. All modules are 20 credits.
The compulsory modules are:
Research Skills and Literacy: Philosophy and Method in the Social Sciences (Sociology)
Social Worlds and the Sociological Imagination
Introduction to Psychology and Development
Perspectives on Childhood and Education
Optional modules include:
Equality and Diversity
Contemporary Issues in Education
Special Education Needs – An Introduction
Schooling: a social and cultural history
In the second year you will extend your subject knowledge through a number of compulsory modules:
Data Analysis and Research Design
Modern Sociological Theory
Researching Childhood and Education (Education)
You will then choose from a variety of optional modules.
In the second year of study, students will 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 Sociology. There are three compulsory modules and a variety of optional modules to choose from.
Contemporary Social Theory (Sociology)
There is a wide variety of optional Modules.
Fees and funding
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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.
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: ABB
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: 34 points. 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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