South Devon College

BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society

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Course details

  • Course overview
  • Core modules
    • SOUD3054 Perception, Thought and Consciousness

      This module will provide opportunities for students to develop their understanding of both biological, psychoanalytic and cognitive theories of consciousness. Students will explore perceptual development, focussing on the development of the senses, object perception and social perception. Students will understand the physiological and cognitive basis to learning and development.

    • SOUD3055 Global Education

      Global Education is based upon the interconnectedness of everything. It asks the student to explore contemporary global issues - development, environment, children¿s rights, social justice, peace and conflict - within the framework of the world as a system. Discussion around the concept of education will be developed and how knowledge of other cultures informs educational development.

    • SOUD3056 Research in Education

      Students will critically examine a variety of approaches and methods of data collection and consider the ethical issues involved in carrying out investigations in naturalistic settings. This module provides students with the opportunity to design an investigation in their chosen aspect of education, carry out a sustained and rigorous piece of work, and analyse and discuss their findings through a written study.

    • SOUD3057 Educational Psychology

      This modules will allow students¿ to synthesise their knowledge and understanding of education and psychology, and apply it to the learning environment. They will explore the professional role of the Educational Psychologist and of psychological investigation in a range of current topics and issues. Students will question whether psychological understanding could be used to enhance learning and wellbeing.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD3058 The Psychology of Social Interaction

      Half of this module will focus on the factors which cause social interaction and group identity to breakdown. The other half of the module will focus the ways that social interaction and group identity can be improved. Emphasis will be placed on critical discussion of the various applications of social psychology.

    • SOUD3059 Sociology of Education

      This module is designed to introduce the key ideas and theories of sociology, and to encourage the development of a sociological perspective on contemporary society, with particular reference to the topic of education. The module aims to cultivate a critical knowledge of major sociological themes and perspectives and an awareness of social factors and social policy, relevant to the study of education and society.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Our partnership with South Devon College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College