Education Studies and History provides students with a learning experience that is both challenging and highly rewarding. The programme develops your ability to understand and analyse the past, to organise information, to achieve independence of thought and analyse how children and adults learn in educational settings today.
You will have the opportunity to develop employability skills and knowledge through volunteering, events, field trips to historical sites, workshops and work placements with local partners in history and heritage. Students will also engage with research placements, organising talks and social events.
You can benefit from a high level of flexibility in your degree pathway. Module choices do not need to be made until the second year and you may choose whether to major in Education or in History or to keep an even split of subjects.
You will be taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team who have substantial research, writing and teaching experience, in schools, colleges and higher education.
Joint Honours in Education Studies and History can set you on a range of career paths including work within the heritage sector, museum work, law and business, teaching and research, social work or progression to postgraduate study.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
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You will study a wide range of topics that, after the first year, can be tailored to suit your own individual interests. Students will be immersed in examining the range of disciplines associated with their chosen subjects including the psychology, sociology, philosophy and history of education. Students will also explore the social, cultural and political development of the 15th century to the present day while also focusing on British, European and American history.
The learning methods that you will experience during your studies will include lectures, seminar discussions, role play, placements, exhibitions and group projects, in which ideas can be shared and developed.
Students considering the option to be Teachers at Secondary Schools should major in History in order to show relevant specialist subject knowledge.
Students will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both subjects.
The modules introduce a variety of approaches, perspectives and theoretical resources for understanding and explaining aspects of Education Policy, Social Diversity and Inclusion. Modules also explore early modern European history c1500-1700, Nineteenth century European History and Holocaust studies.
Modules undertaken include: Kings and Confessions in Europe, Holocaust Studies and Blood and Iron: Europe, 1815-1914. An Introduction to Education Studies will look at the history of education including how the Reformation and Enlightenment impacted on education systems within Europe as well as introducing students to key academic disciplines that form part of the study of education, such as, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology.
Students have the option of studying a wide range of modules at stage two including:
- Empires Through History
- The First World War
- Research Skills in History
- Debates in Education
- Research Methods in Education
- History of Education, Aims, Values and Ethics in Education
- International and Comparative Education
Students looking to become History Teachers at Secondary School should consider majoring in History to show evidence of specialist subject knowledge, in which case they must take Research Skills in History and three other modules from:
- Power and Protest: British Society in the Long Eighteenth-Century
- Victorian Britain
- Empire Through History
- Crime, Policing and Punishment in England, 1700-1900
- Commerce and Consumption in Modern Europe, 1700-1950
- Comrades and Revolutions! A Global History of Communist Movement
- First World War
Then, students select two designated modules in Education Studies. There are optional study trips to partner Universities in Europe at the end of stage two.
You will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study in areas and aspects of History and Education Studies that you find particularly interesting.
All major or joint students prepare, by supervised research, a dissertation that allows them to investigate an area of personal or career interest. Students who have an even split on their courses can choose to write a dissertation in either of their subjects.
Students majoring in Education Studies complete a dissertation in Education, as well as studying a further two Education modules and two History modules
Students majoring in History must complete a dissertation and take a combination of the following modules:
- Citizenship and Gender in Britain, 1760-1918
- Crime and Popular Culture in the late Nineteenth Century City
- Movements and Regimes: A Century of Fascism
- Witchcraft and Heresy in Early Modern Europe
- Immigration and Ethnicity in American Society
- British Civil Wars
- British Society Under Pressure, 1880-Present Day
- Secret State: British Intelligence, 1558-1994
- The English Country House, c. 1660-1830
- Women and Gender in Early Modern England
- The History of Radical Religious Politics in the Islamic World
They are then required to take two modules in Education Studies from the following options:
- Education Studies Research Report
- Education, Culture and Society
- Issues of Equality in Educational Settings
- The Great Educators
- Emancipatory Approaches to Working with Young People
- Exploring Deviance and Disaffection
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Youth Offending
Modules provide students with opportunities for specialised and intensive study in areas and aspects of Education Studies and History that they are interested in.
There are opportunities for international study visits and exchange as part of the second year for the Education Studies element.
There are a variety of assessment formats including, essays, practical reports, presentations, time-constrained essays, multiple-choice tests, group project work, analysis and reflection.
Facilities and Special Features
There are several features of this joint honours course which can put theory into practice to cement theoretical learning from lecture and seminar settings. Students learn from:
- an enthusiastic team who are engaged in research and who produce publications and who have teaching experience in schools and higher education
- cutting-edge research of national and international importance which will be fed into their learning experience
- opportunities for educational visits
- study trips to Europe
- a flexible learning pathway
- an exciting range of modules
Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers, including social work, teaching, postgraduate study, adult education, marketing, law, business, museums and the heritage sector, public employment and local government.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be around 260-300 UCAS tariff points. It is not a compulsory requirement but students are likely to have a History qualification at GCSE or post-16 level.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,280 per 20 credit module|