The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Humanities or Media BA (Hons) degree courses, which include English, English Language, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies — many of which can be taken singly as specialist degrees or together as ‘joint’ degree routes. The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Humanities and Media.
Education Studies aims to provide invaluable insights into learning, teaching and education systems. It introduces students to a variety of educational concepts and fields of enquiry. Students will actively engage in investigating the cultural, religious, psychological, political and linguistic dimensions of teaching and learning. The diversity of learning, classrooms and schools in contemporary society will be examined, alongside the impact of globalisation and international issues and perspectives.
This innovative course provides the essential skills and knowledge of Education Studies and Religious issues. A key progression route, is to a PGCE programme. Central to the course is an opportunity for you to develop your full potential, developing the skills for successful study and future employment.
This educational theme is applied in the study of religions in the local community, where you explore the issues that concern religious leaders and their communities. Learning will be at the heart of this.
The core first year modules lay the foundation for the subjects and introduce students to current themes and debates. This covers the key theoretical questions underpinning Education Studies as well as the theory and methods for the study of religion. This is accompanied by an opportunity to develop a chronological and conceptual overview of the major religious traditions.
In Years 2 and 3 you study specific religious traditions and explore a range of social and philosophical issues. In the final year the project allows you to investigate an issue in education in depth, while fieldwork allows an investigation of an aspect of a current religious issue.
Through the course, students are 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.
The Religious Studies course is innovative in the extensive engagement with the local religious environment in Wolverhampton. Many religious communities are within walking distance of the campus and allow for sessions to link the classroom and community.
The course is ideal preparation for students who intend to go into Secondary RE teaching. Staff have recent and relevant experience of teaching in secondary schools and have been involved in local and national developments in Religious Education.
Extensive use is made of a range of up to date technologies to enhance learning experiences. The Wolverhampton designed Pebble Pad ePortfolio system is central to learning and provides a tool for personal development planning. In addition staff are involved in research on the use of technology in learning, for example using iPods to enhance field visits to places of worship.
This is an ideal course for students who want to go on to a PGCE course. The majority of our graduates have taken this path and become successful teachers, with a responsibility for RE in the primary sector or as RE specialists in secondary schools.
In addition the practical engagement with local religious communities provides a good foundation for employment in the public sector. Religion is an important aspect of many people’s lives, understanding religion is highly relevant to the caring professions, social services, community work, the police, nursing and a wide range of business activities.
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.
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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
|Full time||£6,165||- *|
|Part time #||£2,925|
|Part time #||£2,835|
Degrees which include foundation year will be charged at the lower foundation rate for the first year. Subsequent years will be charged at the University Standard Degree rate.
* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.
# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study