The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Education Studies and English

Why choose this course?

This course offers students the opportunity to combine a taught programme of modules in the core curriculum subjects of English literature and language with undergraduate study in the field of Education Studies. It will provide a comprehensive overview of the history and theory of literary production and linguistic meaning through a selection of English modules specifically chosen for their relevance to PGCE courses. In addition, students will be introduced to a range of educational concepts and fields of enquiry exploring the diversity of learners and learning in contemporary society. Together, students will be actively encouraged to investigate the cultural, sociological, psychological, political and linguistic dimensions of teaching and learning in a course that prepare them not just for professional qualifications in teaching but for a range of other professional educare opportunities.

What happens on the course?

The core first year modules lay the foundation for each subject and introduce students to current themes and debates in Education and English. This covers the key theoretical questions underpinning Education Studies as well as theory of the production and reception of literary and linguistic meaning and their combined role in the establishment of cultural value.

In Years 2 and 3 you will study specific modules on a range of canonical and controversial writings taught by academics with published research in their fields of expertise. In your education modules, you will be guided through key educational issues and research methodologies in areas as diverse as: assessment, education policy, home learning and ethics, all in the context of global social justice.

Through the course of the degree students will be encouraged to extend and apply their knowledge in modules which involve them in a range of stimulating activities and processes, leading discussions, presenting and carrying out research, undertaking placements and fieldwork, and using a range of electronic formats. Extensive use is made of technology to enhance learning, through the PebblePad ePortfolio system students use blogs, wikis and forums for collaborative learning.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course offers a unique blend of taught classes on canonical literary figures such Shakespeare, the Romantics and the great Victorian novelists together with modules that debate the continued significance of such literature within a multi-cultural and global context. This emphasis upon critical reflection and appraisal is complimented by modules examining key theoretical questions in comparative education, social justice and personal and professional development. Students will be given the opportunity to put these ideas into practice through supported placements and the realities of day-to-day learning and teaching practices.

Career path

This is an ideal course for students who want to go on to a PGCE qualification. The majority of our graduates have taken this path and become successful teachers, with a responsibility for English in the primary sector or as English specialists in secondary schools.

In addition the practical engagement with personal and professional development provides a good foundation for employment in the public and private sector with graduates going on to work in journalism, publishing and the corporate industry.

The central strand of technology running through the course means that graduates will be digitally literate and have a good understanding of the design and presentation of materials for different audiences.

What skills will you gain?

  • be able to display a subject knowledge encompassing the underlying theories, values and principles of English and Education Studies
  • have an advanced critical self-awareness and intellectual curiosity about literature, language and education in a multi-cultural and international context
  • employ a range of written, oral and digital resources in the research, articulation and presentation of scholarly and academic work
  • have developed a range of transferable skill intrinsic to the practice of English and Education Studies and of value to graduate employment.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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