What will I learn?

Foundation year

The foundation year of this programme provides students with non-standard entry qualifications a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree level study in the School of Education. On successful completion of the foundation year, students will progress to BA Education, Culture and Childhood.

The foundation year to this degree is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success. You will study within the Department for Lifelong Learning, where we have nearly forty years’ experience working with adult learners, helping them to unlock their potential to succeed at degree-level study.

Course description

In the first year, you'll take modules in child psychology and the sociology of education. You'll also study histories of education, explore the curriculum and look at how childhood has been portrayed in different societies and at different times.

In your second year, a work placement module gives you the chance to apply what you've learned. You choose where you want to go. We can help you find the right place if you're stuck. You'll spend up to 180 hours in the workplace and we ask you to keep a journal of your experience.

If you go on a work placement, you might first need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The School of Education will organise and pay for this. We'll ask you to register with our online DBS service provider and present your required ID documentation. Once approved, your DBS will be posted to your home address.

Throughout the second and third years, you choose from a list of subjects including psychological theory and childhood experience, children and digital cultures, globalising education, philosophy and education, what is learning? and education policy.

Research is an important part of the course. There's a small-scale research project in the second year and an extended dissertation in the third year. We'll also train you in research methods.

Which department am I in?

Lifelong Learning

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£18,500.00 (US$ 24,057) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 September 2020

Venue

Main Site

Western Bank,

Sheffield,

S10 2TN, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have: US High School Diploma and Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS; Our undergraduate entry requirements for students from the USA are as follows: A High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0+; PLUS three Subject tests – these can be a combination of Advanced Placement Tests (APs) and/or SAT Subject Tests in relevant subjects. APs in relevant subjects with grades 4/5; SAT Subject Tests in relevant subject with a test score of 600/650*; *We can also consider excellent grades in Honors or College-level classes or ACT or SAT scores in lieu of AP or SAT subject tests on a case-by-case basis; Other Qualifications - Holders of an Undergraduate Associate Degree at a two year Community College in the USA will be considered for direct admission to the first year of undergraduate programmes; International Baccalaureate - International Baccalaureate diploma holders will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes. Applicants wishing to transfer from a regular undergraduate four year bachelors degree program in the USA will be considered for the first or second year of undergraduate degree programmes. Applicants will be required to have a high overall current GPA and high grades in relevant individual subject areas. Undergraduate applicants are required to achieve a minimum of IELTS 6 or equivalent.

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Russell Group member, Sheffield, is a world top 100 university (QS 2020) and among the top 50 most international universities in the world (THE 2019).

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