What is education? Why do people learn differently at different ages, and what makes them lifelong learners? What affects how education is provided, and how is your learning affected by the country you live in? If you’re interested in studying education itself, this is the course for you. Education is hugely important to all of us. It affects our experiences, ambitions, qualifications and prospects. But it’s designed and delivered differently in different places – both nationally and internationally. Our course explores how and why educational differences occur, and opens up a range of fascinating careers to you. This course will help you to develop as an independent, critical problem-solver. You’ll explore academic theory relating to education, and pedagogy – that is, how people are taught. You’ll look at the underlying values, principles and philosophies of educational processes and systems, and examine the complex interplay of factors which shape education provision. Many of us continue to learn throughout our lives, so our course looks at educational differences at various life stages rather than concentrating on a single phase, such as childhood. It also considers how people develop identities as learners based on their education, society and the online environment they have access to; digital technology’s ever-increasing role in education; and what can be learned about education and citizenship in this age of social networking. Our friendly, helpful tutors will offer support and guidance throughout, and help you to think about – and plan for – your future career.