Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Degree Programme Specification 2018/2019

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. This information is created when new programmes are established and is only updated periodically as programmes are formally reviewed. It is therefore only accurate on the date of last revision.
Awarding institution: The University of Edinburgh
Teaching institution: The University of Edinburgh
Programme accredited by:

CLD Standards Council for Scotland:

http://cldstandardscouncil.org.uk/

Final award: BA Honours
Programme title: BA Honours Community Education
UCAS code: X320
Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s): Youth and Community Work
Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:

Programme Director: Stuart Moir

Date of production/revision:

27th June 2017

External summary

The Scottish tradition of Community Education, also often referred to as Community Learning and Development, draws together Adult Education, Community Work and Youth Work under a single professional rubric, and the degree programme includes theoretical and practical elements in education and the social sciences. Community educators (or Community Learning and Development Practitioners practice in a wide variety of contexts in both the public and voluntary sectors.

A developed base of theoretical understandings supports the practices of community education and the programme particularly seeks to develop students' understandings of the complex and dynamic relationship between theory, policy and practice. The programme includes significant practice components. There are block placements during the academic session in the 2nd and 3rd years of the programme and a concurrent placement during the 4th year.

Educational aims of programme

  • to develop students' knowledge of the contested and contextual nature and purpose of community education practice in a range of settings;
  • to enable students to engage effectively with individuals, groups and communities and to develop appropriate learning and educational opportunities;
  • to equip students with theoretical understandings of community education practice, and of the ways in which these ideas may inform their professional action;
  • to equip students with social scientific understandings that will enable them to analyse the social context of their work and the influences and constraints on practice;
  • to enable students to locate their work as educators in the context of community, policy and society;
  • to enable students to become professionals capable of co-operating with colleagues within and across professional boundaries.

Programme outcomes: Knowledge and understanding

  • understanding of the nature and purpose of community education practice in a range of settings;
  • a broad base of social scientific understanding including sociological, psychological, social policy and political science perspectives on educational purposes and practices;
  • theoretical foundations of educational practice in relevant settings including concepts of experiential learning, groupwork and formal methods.

Programme outcomes: Graduate attributes - Skills and abilities in research and enquiry

  • critical thinking and the analysis of social and policy issues;
  • the assessment of evidence and competing explanations of social phenomena;
  • development of arguments that are grounded in appropriate evidence;
  • appreciation of the dynamic relationship between theory and professional practice.

Programme outcomes: Graduate attributes - Skills and abilities in personal and intellectual autonomy

This is a professional preparation programme and students are supported to develop an autonomous professional identity. Practice and theoretical teaching provides the basis for development of independent judgement, ethical awareness and decision making in professional contexts.

Programme outcomes: Graduate attributes - Skills and abilities in communication

  • presentation and speaking using a variety of techniques for different audiences
  • teaching and instructional techniques
  • group work, leadership and facilitation

Programme outcomes: Graduate attributes - Skills and abilities in personal effectiveness

  • leadership;
  • teamwork;
  • collaboration
  • oral and visual presentation skills
  • interpersonal skills
  • self management.

Programme outcomes: Technical/practical skills

  • to engage effectively with individuals, groups and communities and to develop appropriate learning and educational opportunities;
  • to adopt a critical approach to their own professional performance
  • to analyse and understand the possibilities and constrains for practice within the agency or organisation in which they are operating;
  • to evaluate professional interventions and modify practice in the light of evaluation findings.

Programme structure and features

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

EDUA08062 Introduction to Community Education SCQF Level 8 20 Credits

EDUA08071 Working With Individuals and Groups SCQF Level 8 20 Credits

EDUA08070 Developing professional identity in community education SCQF Level 8 20 Credits

EDUA08063 Community Education: Theory, Policy and Politics SCQF Level 8 20 Credits

2x20 Credits from the following:

EDUA08100        Educational Studies 1b: Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum for Excellence

EDUA08105        Educational Studies 1a: Introduction to Education and Educational Research

SCIL08004          Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society

SCIL08005          Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination: Private Troubles, Public Problems

SCPL08004        Social Policy and Society

SCPL08005        Politics of the Welfare State

PLIT08012          Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction to Non- Specialists

(All SCQF Level 8 20 Credits)

 

Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

EDUA08064 Concepts and Controversies in Community Education SCQF Level 8 40 Credits

EDUA08065 An Introduction to Research in Community Settings SCQF Level 8 20 Credits

Free choice of a 20 credit ‘outside’ course

EDUA08066 Community Education Professional Practice 1 (Taught programme; Placement practice during exam period)) SCQF Level 8 40 Credits

Year 3

Semester 1

Semester 2

EDUA10117 Politics, Policy & Professional Identity in Community Education SCQF Level 10 20 Credits

EDUA10123 Community Education Professional Practice 2 (Placement) SCQF Level 10 40 Credits

EDUA10118 Community Education Methods and Approaches: Developing Dialogue SCQF Level 10 20 Credits

EDUA10119 Managing Professional Life SCQF Level 10 20 Credits

Elective course. One of:

EDUA10120 Adult Education

EDUA10121 Community Work

EDUA10122 Youth Work

(All SCQF Level 10 20 Credits)

Please note it is likely that only 2 of the 3 options courses listed here can be offered in any one year. Students will normally be asked to indicate their preference, however students may not get their chosen course. Preference in the allocation of places will be given to 4th year students.

EDUA10123 Community Education Professional Practice 2 (Taught programme)

Year 4 *

Semester 1

Semester 2

Elective course SCQF Level 10 20 Credits

EDUA10124 Community Education Honours Seminar in Social and Educational Theory SCQF Level 10 20 Credits

EDUA10125 CE Professional Practice 3: Placement (Concurrent 2½ days per week over 2 Semesters) SCQF Level 10 40 Credits

EDUA10126 Community Education Honours Dissertation SCQF Level 10 40 Credits

Teaching and learning methods and strategies

Teaching and Learning strategies employed at the University of Edinburgh consist of a variety of different methods appropriate to the programme aims. The graduate attributes listed above are met through a teaching and learning framework which is appropriate to the level and content of each course.

Teaching and Learning Activities

  • Lectures
  • Field Work
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Problem based learning activities
  • Peer group learning
  • Projects
  • Professional Practice Placements
  • One to one meetings with personal tutors/directors of studies/supervisors

Teaching and learning workload

You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.

At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.

The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.

The typical workload for a student on this programme for each year of study
Start yearTime in scheduled teaching (%)Time in independant study (%)Time on placement (%)
Year 4126028
Year 119810
Year 2156421
Year 3116128

Assessment methods and strategies

Courses are assessed by a diverse range of methods and assessment often takes the form of formative work which provides the student with on-going feedback as well as summative assessment which is submitted for credit. 

Assessment methods used in the programme are

  • Oral Presentations
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Group projects
  • Practical assesssments (placement)

Assessment method balance

You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.

The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.

The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme for each year of study
Start yearAssessment by written exams (%)Assessment by practical exams (%)Assessment by coursework (%)
Year 400100
Year 100100
Year 205050
Year 301387

Career opportunities

Community Education graduates are eligible for employment in a wide range of settings in the UK and overseas. Local authorities in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK recruit these graduates to work in various roles in their Community Learning, Youth Services and other departments. Voluntary sector organisations employ community educators in a wide variety of specialist and generic roles, as do national and international NGOs in international aid, education and development.

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