The Education Studies programme is both a rigorous academic degree and an excellent preparation for those who wish to take a PGCE. It not only examines educational practice in the context of classroom practice and current policy but also in its historical, sociological, cultural, political and philosophical contexts. Consequently, the programme offers a means of engaging with educational theory from ancient Greece to the present. These perspectives are examined in such ways as to enable you to think deeply not only about developments in educational theory, but also about the changes in ideas concerned with family life; appropriate ways about caring for others; expectations of educational provision; and ideas about who we are and how we should relate to others in the world. This programme is fundamentally based in texts and theory – there is no required practical component. However, you may wish to select an optional Volunteering module in your second year of full-time study which allows you to accredit academic reflection on a self-arranged placement. You interrogate the educational process as a whole and seek answers to questions about the purpose, value, misuse and difficulties of education and learning.