Education is something that happens at all stages of life, not just in childhood. It allows us to develop our thoughts and ideas, progress in our careers and learn more about the world in which we live. Whether your interest lies in working with children with special educational needs, working in a museum as an educator, youth work, leading professional development in a private organisation our Education Studies degree is a vocational programme that will prepare you for a career in these areas, and many more. In addition, the programme is tailored to prepare you for post graduate teachers' education at University or at school, and further study and specialisation in special education needs, education policy, and education practice. Before starting on the BA Education Studies, you will have an additional year to develop the skills and build the foundations needed for academic study. In your first year with us you will gain a broad and balanced knowledge of the principal features of education and an appreciation of the debates within of educational theory, policy and practice. In addition, the first year has a practical focus, which will equip you with the academic and professional knowledge and skills to do well at university and in your chosen career. For your second and third year you can choose to follow one of the three pathways below, or choose modules from each, giving you a diverse knowledge of education: •Working in Education. This route will prepare you for graduate employment in schools and other educational settings; •Diversity and Inclusion in Education. This will prepare you for graduate professional work not only with the diversity of students that attend mainstream schools but also more a specialist unit and/or central, local or private organisation; •Researching Education. This pathway will not only prepare you for further training and academic study but also provides you with the skills to investigate issues and concerns as a professional employed in a variety of organisations (such as, schools, higher education colleges, and charities in the voluntary or public sector). In your second year you will also undertake a professional work placement, to give you valuable experience in the workplace, and an opportunity to put the theory which you have learnt at Roehampton into practice. It will also allow you to develop connections and networks in the profession, which will be beneficial to you when you are looking for full time employment after graduation. In addition, you can also choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities for a semester. This will develop your cross-cultural skills and confidence, and give you the opportunity to learn about education in another culture.