View content
Jump to:

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Education Studies achieved 100% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2018 National Student Survey
  • Excellent preparation if you want to become a teacher, or keep your options open for other careers in Special Educational Needs or care roles
  • Voluntary work in your second year counts towards academic credit
  • Benefit from a caring and dedicated tutor team to support you through your degree

Educators make a lasting impact on people’s lives. By specialising in Special and Inclusive Education you could make a positive impact on some of society’s most vulnerable people, while working to bring about a more inclusive society.

Working in Special Educational Needs can offer some of the most rewarding, inspiring and satisfying careers possible. Our course offers you the first steps on such a pathway.

You study Special Educational Needs through a diverse range of perspectives, including disability studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy, political theory and feminism. The nature of inclusivity is examined in relation to social justice, identity, gender, race and politics. The course is both a rigorous academic degree and excellent preparation for those who wish to take a PGCE and become a teacher, possibly to specialise further in Special Educational Needs.

In Year 1, you engage thoroughly with issues at the heart of special needs, disability and inclusion in education, bringing them into focus through your own experiences.

In Year 2, you learn about theories that illuminate key issues in disability, impairments, exclusion and inclusion in schooling and society. You choose from a broad array of specialist modules such as Thinking about Race, Theories of Discipline, Sexuality in Education, and Social Inclusion and Exclusion.

In Year 3, you draw upon your own experience and knowledge to critically evaluate policy, practice and theory in special and inclusive education. You also write a dissertation or independent study project. Additional optional modules include The Inclusive Educator, The Language of Inclusion, Inclusion and Refugees, or Education and the Arab-Islamic World.

Our graduates become teachers, work with disabled children and adults, specialise in special needs in schooling, and enter caring professions. Many do pastoral work, or seek postgraduate degrees, for example, the MA Philosophy of Education.

Careers

Graduates become teachers, work with disabled children and/or adults, specialise in special needs in schooling, and enter caring professions.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Education Studies and Inclusion course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA)

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

The University library is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 58% coursework
  • 5% written exams
  • 37% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 83% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 17% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 87% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 13% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 104-120

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

1944-88 : The Acts 15

This module provides an in-depth analysis of the 1944 and 1988 Education Acts. It looks at the historical and political backgrounds to the Acts, investigates the ideologies which lay behind the Acts, and looks at the influence of and reaction to them amongst different groups. The ideologies of the Acts are compared and related to the wider social and political context in which they originate. The module reflects on notions of educability, equality, selection and differentiation. It will explore how those notions have been related to differing philosophical and political views and how they have been implemented in relation to different economic models of education including the education market. The implications of changes in early years education are considered in relation to the ideologies underpinning the Acts. The introduction of Special Education Needs into the state provision of education in the 1944 Act is also considered. The module also raises questions about education and social and cultural reproduction. Students are encouraged to reflect upon the two Acts in the light of their own views about education provision and their own experience of education.

 

Political Perspectives on Education 15

This module will ensure that students are well informed on a range of political concepts and perspectives. This is essential if they are, later in the programme, to make reasoned judgements on a variety of contemporary issues related to policy across the range of educational provision, including beyond the UK. The first half of this module introduces key concepts in political positioning. The second half of the module enables students to undertake a theoretical engagement with the question of children as citizens. 

Introducing Early Childhood 15

Exploring a range of issues and themes relevant to early childhood experience, this module interrogates the ‘Early Childhood Studies’ (ECS) discipline in its political, professional and academic dimensions, and how ECS has been culturally constructed as a phenomenon of the Academy and of the Early Education and Care professions. The module considers what our construction(s) might mean, and what might be driving those constructions, at individual and societal levels.  Before we can begin to achieve some clarity about what ‘early childhood’ might be or mean, we need to challenge many of our most taken-for-granted assumptions about such phenomena as ‘development’, ‘quality’, ‘learning’, ‘play’ etc. In successfully ‘deconstructing’ and ‘unlearning’ at least some of these assumptions, an opening-up of a critical space for deepening our understanding of the phenomenon of early childhood for the rest of the degree programme will have been achieved.

Educational Reflections 15

This module enables students to reflect meaningfully on their own educational experiences and provides an opportunity for collaborative work.  Through studying a range of educational theorists, students will be introduced to various approaches to teaching and learning which will a) provide a point of departure and foundation for future study and b) provide a means through which they can reflect on their own educational experiences and those of others.  In addition, students will be encouraged to explore and question what ‘educational experience’ might mean beyond formal, institutional settings.

Educators 15

The module combines an introduction to the ideas and theories of various educators concerned with education.  Some of the educators encountered will offer ideas about education directly in relation to schooling whilst others offer insights into education in its broader sense.  The range of educators examined will represent particular interests of course tutors and will introduce students to the breadth of content they will encounter during their studies. Drawing on a diverse range of figures from various fields, including the arts, religion, and philosophy, this module asks students, not only to engage with the insights and teachings of each of the individuals they encounter, but also with the very question of what it means to be an educator and to educate.

Principles in Education 15

This module encourages you to discuss issues in education not just by asserting what you think to be right, but by working with a set of principles which enable you to make a sustained and coherent argument to defend and explain your position. You will be introduced to a series of differing forms of schooling and distinct educational practices in relation to educational contexts, issues and situations. Students are provided with opportunities to engage in independent and group research to examine these practices and issues. The module draws upon Kant’s notion of a universal principle to inform a substantive engagement with educational concepts, contexts and practices.  

Introducing Special and Inclusive Education 15

This module introduces important policy, theory and debate in the fields of special and inclusive education. As it considers perspectives on various impairments, the module draws on insights and ideas from medical literature, and sociology. In this way, substantive questions in special and inclusive education are addressed. We will explore how might educational institutions most effectively respond to students with impairments. This exploration will lead us to investigate differences between impairment and disability and what it might mean to be an inclusive educator.

Literacies in Higher Education 15

‘Reading’ Education Studies requires more of the ‘reader’ than the basic ability to translate symbols on a page into words. The module provides an introduction into interpreting and referencing a range of resources which may include newspapers, films, internet websites, television, radio, fine art, popular art, ephemera, academic journals, novels, non-fiction books and music. In doing so, students will develop a broad range of higher education literacies. It will also prompt an exploration of what it means to be a higher education student in the larger context of society, including the implications and responsibilities which are the core of this new identity.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Education: Social and Political Thought 15

In this module, students will be introduced to a range of thinkers who have argued for education as a tool for social and political reform. The emphasis in this first module will be on the notion of education as enlightenment, both in ancient and modern versions. The goal is to extend our understanding of education beyond the classroom and into the wider world. It will, of necessity, introduce many important social and political issues, and will provide perspectives that can be employed in other optional modules.

Education: Social and Political Thought (2) 15

The thinkers that were encountered in Education: Social and Political Thought (1) set out clear visions for how education might best contribute to the relations between an individual and their society. In doing so, they somewhat took for granted the foundational and universal character of concepts such as truth, reason, freedom and knowledge, and how these could be realised through education. This second module aims to show how more recent theorists exposed these concepts as themselves being open to question, in terms of who controlled them, who had access to them, and how we all relate to them. This module disrupts some of the ‘grand narratives’ constructed by philosophers since the time of Plato and explores the significance of these disruptions for education.

Theorising Special and Inclusive Education 15

This module explores the possibilities that arise from and in theorising inclusive education. Indeed, the module takes, as its starting point, Slee’s contention ‘that the failure to apply theoretical analysis has been detrimental to the project of inclusion’ (Slee, 1998: 126). This module introduces theoretical perspectives as a way of understanding inclusive education practices and policies at a national level and an international level. If the module is successful, then it may validate the truth of Lewin’s (1952: 169) declaration: ‘There is nothing more practical than a good theory’.

Year 2 Optional modules

What is a Child? - 15 Credits
Thinking about 'Race' - 15 Credits
Independent Study - 15 Credits
Theorising Early Childhood - 15 Credits
Impairments, Disability and Inclusion - 15 Credits
Theories of Discipline - 15 Credits
Progressive Education - 15 Credits
Thinking the Holocaust - 15 Credits
Technology and Education - 15 Credits
Globalisation and Comparative Education - 15 Credits
Physical Education - 15 Credits
What was a Teacher? Histories of Teacher Education - 15 Credits
'Pioneers and Separate Spheres' Gender and History of Education 1789-1923 - 15 Credits
Social Inclusion and Exclusion - 15 Credits
Sexuality: Education, Policy and Practice - 15 Credits
The Teacher: Power and Pedagogy - 15 Credits
Education and Work - 15 Credits
Education & Nature: learning in the Anthropocene - 15 Credits
Education Beyond Left and Right - 15 Credits
Culture/ Education - 15 Credits
Education and Christianity - 15 Credits
Philosophies of Education - 15 Credits
Play - 15 Credits

Education for the ‘new age’ – 15 Credits
Volunteering for Education Studies - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Education: Social and Political Thought 15

In this module, students will be introduced to a range of thinkers who have argued for education as a tool for social and political reform. The emphasis in this first module will be on the notion of education as enlightenment, both in ancient and modern versions. The goal is to extend our understanding of education beyond the classroom and into the wider world. It will, of necessity, introduce many important social and political issues, and will provide perspectives that can be employed in other optional modules.

Education: Social and Political Thought (2) 15

The thinkers that were encountered in Education: Social and Political Thought (1) set out clear visions for how education might best contribute to the relations between an individual and their society. In doing so, they somewhat took for granted the foundational and universal character of concepts such as truth, reason, freedom and knowledge, and how these could be realised through education. This second module aims to show how more recent theorists exposed these concepts as themselves being open to question, in terms of who controlled them, who had access to them, and how we all relate to them. This module disrupts some of the ‘grand narratives’ constructed by philosophers since the time of Plato and explores the significance of these disruptions for education.

Theorising Special and Inclusive Education 15

This module explores the possibilities that arise from and in theorising inclusive education. Indeed, the module takes, as its starting point, Slee’s contention ‘that the failure to apply theoretical analysis has been detrimental to the project of inclusion’ (Slee, 1998: 126). This module introduces theoretical perspectives as a way of understanding inclusive education practices and policies at a national level and an international level. If the module is successful, then it may validate the truth of Lewin’s (1952: 169) declaration: ‘There is nothing more practical than a good theory’.

Year 2 Optional modules

What is a Child? - 15 Credits
Thinking about 'Race' - 15 Credits
Independent Study - 15 Credits
Theorising Early Childhood - 15 Credits
Impairments, Disability and Inclusion - 15 Credits
Theories of Discipline - 15 Credits
Progressive Education - 15 Credits
Thinking the Holocaust - 15 Credits
Technology and Education - 15 Credits
Globalisation and Comparative Education - 15 Credits
Physical Education - 15 Credits
What was a Teacher? Histories of Teacher Education - 15 Credits
'Pioneers and Separate Spheres' Gender and History of Education 1789-1923 - 15 Credits
Social Inclusion and Exclusion - 15 Credits
Sexuality: Education, Policy and Practice - 15 Credits
The Teacher: Power and Pedagogy - 15 Credits
Education and Work - 15 Credits
Education & Nature: learning in the Anthropocene - 15 Credits
Education Beyond Left and Right - 15 Credits
Culture/ Education - 15 Credits
Education and Christianity - 15 Credits
Philosophies of Education - 15 Credits
Play - 15 Credits

Education for the ‘new age’ – 15 Credits
Volunteering for Education Studies - 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

The dissertation will be a piece of independent research undertaken by the student resulting in an 8,000 – 10,000 word project. 

Exclusion in and from Schooling 15

In On Liberty, J.S.Mill wrote: What more or better can be said of any condition of human affairs, than that it brings human beings themselves nearer to the best thing they can be?’ (Mill,1859/1975:79). This module asks: Does educational practice and policy, currently deemed inclusive, contribute to human flourishing?  By way of answering this question we will engage with understandings of human rights, educational spaces and cultures that inform approaches to special and inclusive education, before turning our critical attention to exclusionary pressures within and upon the educational system. Where level five modules about issues in special and inclusive education called upon us to reflect on the insights of others, this module asks us to engage with theory, practice and possible to develop critical perspectives on special and inclusive practice and policy.

Year 3 Optional Modules

Current Issues in Education - 15 Credits
Independent Study - 15 Credits
Loss of Childhood - 15 Credits
Early Years Education A - 15 Credits
Early Years Education B - 15 Credits
Critiquing Higher Education A - 15 Credits
Critiquing Higher Education B - 15 Credits
Constructing the Other: Race, Ethnicity and Religion - 15 Credits
Educating the Teenage Consumer - 15 Credits
The Inclusive Educator: Values, Virtues and Practice - 15 Credits
Philosophy of the Teacher – 15 Credits
Discipline and the Soul - 15 Credits
Holocaust Education - 15 Credits
Marxisms and Schooling - 15 Credits
Life, Death and Education A - 15 Credits
Life, Death and Education B - 15 Credits
Utopia and Education A - 15 Credits
Utopia and Education B - 15 Credits
Education and the Arab-Islamic World A - 15 Credits
Education and the Arab-Islamic World B - 15 Credits
Film as Education A - 15 Credits
Film as Education B - 15 Credits
Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education (RECE) - 15 Credits
Contemporary Theory and Practice in Early Childhood - 15 Credits
Childhood in a Changing World - 15 Credits
Philosophy, Education and the Learning Person - 15 Credits
Deconstructing Philosophies of Education - 15 Credits
Education, Ecologies & Ethics - 15 Credits
Critiquing Inclusive Educational Practice - 15 Credits
Critiquing the Museum Experience - 15 Credits
The Language of Inclusion in Education A - 15 Credits
The Language of Inclusion in Education B - 15 Credits
Education, Inclusion and Refugees A - 15 Credits
Education, Inclusion and Refugees B - 15 Credits
Evaluating Educational Research - 15 Credits
Liberal Education - 15 Credits
Philosophy, Education and Ethics – 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation 30

The dissertation will be a piece of independent research undertaken by the student resulting in an 8,000 – 10,000 word project. 

Exclusion in and from Schooling 15

In On Liberty, J.S.Mill wrote: What more or better can be said of any condition of human affairs, than that it brings human beings themselves nearer to the best thing they can be?’ (Mill,1859/1975:79). This module asks: Does educational practice and policy, currently deemed inclusive, contribute to human flourishing?  By way of answering this question we will engage with understandings of human rights, educational spaces and cultures that inform approaches to special and inclusive education, before turning our critical attention to exclusionary pressures within and upon the educational system. Where level five modules about issues in special and inclusive education called upon us to reflect on the insights of others, this module asks us to engage with theory, practice and possible to develop critical perspectives on special and inclusive practice and policy.

Year 3 Optional Modules

Current Issues in Education - 15 Credits
Independent Study - 15 Credits
Loss of Childhood - 15 Credits
Early Years Education A - 15 Credits
Early Years Education B - 15 Credits
Critiquing Higher Education A - 15 Credits
Critiquing Higher Education B - 15 Credits
Constructing the Other: Race, Ethnicity and Religion - 15 Credits
Educating the Teenage Consumer - 15 Credits
The Inclusive Educator: Values, Virtues and Practice - 15 Credits
Philosophy of the Teacher – 15 Credits
Discipline and the Soul - 15 Credits
Holocaust Education - 15 Credits
Marxisms and Schooling - 15 Credits
Life, Death and Education A - 15 Credits
Life, Death and Education B - 15 Credits
Utopia and Education A - 15 Credits
Utopia and Education B - 15 Credits
Education and the Arab-Islamic World A - 15 Credits
Education and the Arab-Islamic World B - 15 Credits
Film as Education A - 15 Credits
Film as Education B - 15 Credits
Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education (RECE) - 15 Credits
Contemporary Theory and Practice in Early Childhood - 15 Credits
Childhood in a Changing World - 15 Credits
Philosophy, Education and the Learning Person - 15 Credits
Deconstructing Philosophies of Education - 15 Credits
Education, Ecologies & Ethics - 15 Credits
Critiquing Inclusive Educational Practice - 15 Credits
Critiquing the Museum Experience - 15 Credits
The Language of Inclusion in Education A - 15 Credits
The Language of Inclusion in Education B - 15 Credits
Education, Inclusion and Refugees A - 15 Credits
Education, Inclusion and Refugees B - 15 Credits
Evaluating Educational Research - 15 Credits
Liberal Education - 15 Credits
Philosophy, Education and Ethics – 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Assignments

In the student’s first year of study, students may be required to complete a poster assignment in one of the core modules. Indicative cost is £8.

In the second year, an optional module on Play requires the student to construct a play resource. Indicative cost is £5.

Books

In student’s second year of study, students are recommended to purchase four set books which are available second-hand. Indicative cost is £20.

Trip

Some optional modules in the second and third year may include non-mandatory external visits to locations in Hampshire or London. The cost of travel and expenses will need to be covered by the student and depending on location. Indicative cost is £5-£40.

Volunteering Placement

Volunteering in the second year may incur travel costs that need to be covered by the student and depends on the location of departure and destination. Students may choose their own placement setting (in a school or other institution with charitable status) in agreement with the Volunteering Module Leader and Volunteering Placement Co‐ordinator.

Mandatory

Disclosure and Barring Service

A Discloure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check is required when applicants accept their offer for a place on the course. Applicants will need to cover the cost of this. Indicative cost is £44.

Printing and Binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
9G77
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester