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Studying Education

Studying Education

Studying Education at Roehampton: then and now

Our History

When you enrol onto one of the five undergraduate degrees offered by Roehampton’s School of Education, you become part of a unique 179-year educational heritage. Roehampton has delivered teacher training for longer than any other provider in the UK, and is among the most highly rated. Froebel College, which houses today’s Roehampton School of Education, was founded in 1892 by followers of Friedrich Froebel, a widely acknowledged pioneer of modern educational theory.

Our Present

Today at the School of Education we are both informed by our history and sharply focused on the future. Roehampton is proud to be rated top in London for Education by the 2020 Complete University Guide. We prepare our students for enriching careers within the modern education system.  Whether you’re looking to become a classroom teacher, a nursery professional, a sports coach or an academic researcher/policy maker, we have a course that will help you reach your career goals. 

Primary Education

This three year, full-time programme offers you the quickest route to qualification as a primary school teacher.  Your learning will be a combination of academic study and school placements, so by the time you qualify you will embark on your first teaching job full of confidence. 

Going into a school on placement can seem daunting, particularly at the beginning, but rest assured you will be fully supported by staff and teacher mentors in your school – not to mention your fellow students going through the same thing!  Have a listen to Lisa talk about  how to get the most out of the experience here.

Although today most primary teachers are women, it’s an excellent career choice or men too.  Roehampton offers a £1,000-a-year cash bursary to all male BA Primary Education students.  Take a moment to watch two of our male students discussing why they chose it here.

Early Childhood Studies

See what our current and former students say about their BA Early Childhood Studies degree and the career possibilities here.

This course is routed in the Froebelian approach to education; the importance of play in learning and a holistic approach to the child (family, community, environment).  Our students explore a rich variety of early years specialisms including the social world of babies and toddlers, communication and literacy and atypical learners. 

With a constant focus on employability, all our students are offered placements in partner nurseries, with some opting for the Chancellor’s award for Graduate Practitioner Competencies, an additional level six qualification for which their placement is formally assessed. 

BA Education Studies

Our BA Education Studies degree offers a broad-based programme with a variety of optional modules to suite every academic interest within the field of education.  Professional placements are available in a variety of educational environments in the second year, to offer valuable work experience and increase employability. 

Sport Coaching

Our Sport Coaching students combine academic study with practical coaching training to gain a career-oriented degree that will equip them to work in whichever area of the sports sector their interests lie.  They’re well placed to take advantage of Roehampton’s excellent partnership network which offers valuable opportunities for work experience in a sports environment. 

Beyond the course, student life at Roehampton has much to offer keen sports men and women, such as representing the university in the national BUCS leagues and the London Universities Sports Leagues, plus the annual schedule of inter-collegiate sports events.

Sports Management

New for 2020, this exciting undergraduate programme is based in the School of Education but benefits from strong links with the Roehampton Business School. Graduates will leave with an in-depth understanding of the sports industry nationally and internationally, plus a valuable portfolio of business skills and expertise to forge a successful career within it.

Videos about our courses

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Primary Education

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Placement Tips and Advice for Primary Ed Students

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Primary Education in Conversation

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Careers In Early Years

Hear from some of our students

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What was it like standing in front of a class for the first time on placement?

Charlie Kay
Year 1 BA Primary Education

The first time I stood in front of the class it felt as if a thousand pairs of eyes were pinned on me. It was scary, but one of the most influential moments in my life. After that day I settled in and overcame my nerves. As the weeks went on my confidence blossomed and the teacher inside grew. Those thousand pairs of eyes disappeared and revealed the thirty pairs who were depending on me to teach them. The first time is always scary, but being scared is only the beginning of the fun. 

 

Blaisie Mae Grover
Year 1 BA Primary Education

The first time I stood in front of a class I went bright red. Beforehand I thought that once I got into the lesson my nerves would stop and I’d get so immersed in the teaching that I would forget that it was my first-time. However, this was only half true. I did eventually get immersed but that didn’t stop the nerves or the blushing. Once I started to teach though, I had so much fun. Of course, you are going to have moments where you forget what comes next or accidently mix up kids’ names, but every new experience helps you in the future. You will always have your good moments. I remember the enthusiasm of my class when I asked if someone could read out a slide, and the wonder and confusion they had learning about the theories of Stonehenge. Afterwards, I realised amongst all the chaos before and during the lesson that it actually went well. The relief and sense of accomplishment calmed me.  I still get bouts of nervousness now when I stand up in front of the class, but it decreases each time.

Where to do graduates from the School of Education go?

The job market is super-buoyant for graduates of our BA Primary Education, with 97% being in work or further study within six months of leaving Roehampton.  The vast majority of these find a job in a primary school – often one where they’ve already been on placement and got to know the teachers and pupils.  Starting salaries for primary school teachers in inner London (which actually includes leafy Roehampton!) are now over £30,000 and there are excellent prospects for promotion to leadership roles for ambitious graduates.  

Graduates of our other degrees also have high employment rates six months after graduating.  Of those leaving our BA Sport Coaching 95% are in employment or further study, while for our BA Early Childhood Studies and BA Education Practice the figure is 84%.

The Froebel Archive: Roehampton’s Unique Asset

The Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies was established in 1977 at Froebel College and is a collection of books, archives, photographs, objects and multi-media materials, centring on Friedrich Froebel’s extraordinary educational legacy. The Archive liaises closely with the School of Education, supporting teaching and learning within and beyond the University.

Since its formation the Archive has grown considerably, both in its collection of material on Friedrich Froebel, in English and in German, and in its holdings relating to the history of Froebel College. The Froebel Archive supports courses at BA and MA level offered within the University which present a comparative view of early childhood philosophies.

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Student Life

Student Life

Why Roehampton?

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Being a student at a campus university in London gives you the best of both worlds. We are lucky enough to have a 54-acre parkland campus to call home, and are only 30 minutes from central London.

We offer plenty of opportunities for you to get involved through playing sport, music, volunteering, or joining one of over 50 student societies. We also have catering outlets, across campus, and each College has social spaces where you can meet up with your friends and relax.

Our campus is close to Putney, Hammersmith and Wimbledon, which each have wide a range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. With central London so close, you can easily access the wealth of culture, entertainment and dining options the capital has to offer.

Accommodation

Accommodation

We have among the most affordable student accommodation in London and can offer all new students a place in halls. We have a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets. Each room is:

  • Single occupancy
  • Furnished
  • En-suite or semi en-suite
  • Self-catered with shared kitchen facilities

Fees also include utility bills and contents insurance. We have Flat Reps and wardens living in on-campus accommodation to provide support and information when you need it.

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Support services

Support services

Meet our Wellbeing Team

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At Roehampton we are focused on ensuring you succeed, and have a wide range of support services to help you at every step of your journey.

Wellbeing – our team are able to provide personal wellbeing support, professional counselling and mental health support. Each college has a Student Wellbeing Officer and a College Warden, the latter is available after hours for all on campus students.

Medical – we have an on-site NHS medical centre which provides doctor and nurse-led services.

Disability and dyslexia – we encourage students to let us know about specific needs so we can work with you to tailor our support.

Financial – we have a wide range of scholarships, and a student hardship fund for those students in financial difficulty.

Chaplaincy – our diverse community is reflected in our multi-faith chaplaincy and we have a number of spaces for worship.

Study support – all students have an Academic Guidance Tutor, as well as access to library support and online study resources.

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