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What makes Education Studies and English Language at Worcester special?

Explore language and education independently and the intersection between them in our Education Studies and English Language BA joint honours degree. You’ll study both the written and spoken forms of English with a specific focus on the social aspect of language, developing skills that will support a learner-orientated approach to education.

The course takes a hands-on approach involving analysis of real data in the form of speeches and texts, as well as placements that allow you to apply classroom knowledge in a supported environment. Students graduate with theoretical and practical skills that can be utilised across a wide range of education and communications roles.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • The course is dynamic and innovative, with highly enthusiastic teaching informed by contemporary research
  • Clear focus on the socio-cultural aspects of language use and an emphasis on the development of research skills with opportunities to present research outcomes through a student conference in the final year
  • Opportunities to gain credit for work experience and / or mentoring in educational settings
  • Very strong links with teacher training courses and providers of employment in other sectors of education
  • Fantastic opportunities to explore education across a wide range of contexts: from primary schools to forest schools, from the UK to Africa
  • Hands-on approach to the study of the social impact of language using real data
  • Integrated Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), enhancing your professional portfolio
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree  
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Joint 10th for Graduate Prospects in the UK

Our English courses are joint 10th for Graduate Prospects in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2024.)

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com 

Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

The modules for this course are currently being reviewed and updated for 2024 entry; for the latest information please contact the course leader.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Intro to TEFL: Language Awareness
  • General Linguistics
  • Intro to TEFL: Teaching Skills
  • The What and Why of Education Studies
  • Education’s Past, Present and Future: Mapping equality, diversity and inclusion

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Sociolinguistic Theory and Practice (designated research method module)
  • TEFL: Access to CELTA
  • Whose Standards? (Re)forming quality for education

Optional

  • Language and Power
  • Work Placement Module
  • Navigating the Research Journey: Ethics, methodology and research design
  • Sustainable Futures: Educating for a shared world
  • The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  • Education @ Work
  • Safeguarding in Education: Learning lessons

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Developing Personal Values and Philosophy in Education

Optional

  • Independent Research Project
  • World Englishes
  • Style and Identity
  • History of English
  • Advanced Language Analysis
  • Listener, Learner, Leader: Becoming education change-makers
  • Dissertation: Your independent study of education
  • Ideology and Education: Sites of struggle and stories of emancipation 
  • Education @ Work 
  • Education and the Sociological Imagination
  • Theatre & Education
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Joint Honours

Discover our full range of joint degrees and read about how your degree will be structured.

Find out more about studying a joint honours course
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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the individual subject course pages for Education Studies BA (Hons) and English Language (joint honours).

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest Education Studies programme specification and English Language programme specification documents.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

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Stuart Gallagher

Stuart’s interests lie in the development of change-makers in children's services through higher education. His work aims to support students and colleagues to integrate personal development with practice change.

Previously, Stuart was a School Lead at an independent Steiner Waldorf school, Education Welfare Officer in two English local authorities, and an informal and non-formal educator.

 

 

Dr Lefteris Kailoglou

Dr Lefteris Kailoglou

Dr Lefteris Kailoglou is the Course Leader for English Language. He has been working at the University of Worcester since 2011, and previously taught at the University of Essex and University of Sussex. Lefteris has also been supervising a number of dissertations on sociolinguistic variation in Worcester as well as topics on language and identity. He has also been involved in the establishment of the Worcester dialect archive which is located within the Institute.The initial findings of the description of the local dialect of Worcestershire (but also Herefordshire) have now started becoming publicly available in conference papers and publications.

Careers

Careers

Employability

The Education Studies degree is an excellent route for progression to PGCE courses at Worcester and other providers. If you achieve a 2:1 or above you will be guaranteed an interview for teacher training (Primary) at Worcester, providing you meet the various national pre-requisites for the course. As well as going on to become successful teachers other students move into areas such as learning support, child mentoring and welfare, and become training officers in the private sector.

Skills acquired through the study of English are particularly highly regarded in all professions where good communication skills are prized such as publishing, journalism, public relations, human resources and web-based communication. English Language provides continuous opportunities to develop employability skills and includes work experience options. There is a range of opportunities to study for a semester abroad in Europe and the USA in the second semester of the second year.

Costs

Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £131 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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