Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences (Birmingham City University)

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Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences
Established 2008
Type Faculty
Admin. staff 190
Location Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
Campus City North
Affiliations Birmingham City University
Website www.bcu.ac.uk/elss/

The Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences was established in 2008 as part of the re-organisation in Birmingham City University, England. It includes elements of the former faculties of LHDS and Education. The latter provides courses for intending teachers, serving teachers or those interested in education issues covering a range of school phases from infant to continuing education, from full-time undergraduate to postgraduate level and PhD. The faculty has three schools: Education and Teacher Training; School of Law; and School of Social Sciences.[1]

The Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences specialises in the fields of education and teacher training, law and legal studies, criminology, human rights, sociology, psychology, policy and housing studies. The university has links with local and wider communities and has partnerships with schools, children's agencies, the criminal justice, governmental, legal and housing professions.

History[2][edit]

The Faculty of Education was first run in the following colleges:

Anstey College specialised in training female physical education teachers whereas Bordesley College offered teacher training to mature female students.

The City of Birmingham College offered primary and secondary teacher training. The three colleges became part of the original Birmingham Polytechnic in 1975. The Westbourne Road Campus accommodated staff from all three colleges when the Anstey and Bordesley sites were closed for teacher training. In September, 2001, the faculty moved into Attwood Building on the Perry Barr Campus, now called City North Campus.

School of Education and Training[edit]

Within the faculty there are two Schools of Education; the School of Early Years, and Primary Education and the School of Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education and Training. Following the a 2010 OFSTED inspection, the quality of provision in the primary and secondary age phases was rated as Grade 1: Outstanding. [3]

School of Law[edit]

The School of Law was the first to offer undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity for study placements with death penalty appeal advocates in the USA, and a HND programme in Legal Studies in partnership with local further education colleges. The Pioneering the Legal Advice and Representation Unit gives students the opportunity to handle legal cases, such as employment issues, welfare benefit appeals, housing and consumer problems and criminal injuries compensation appeals, under supervision.[4]

School of Social Sciences[edit]

The school offers criminology and sociology programmes, including opportunities to combine these subject areas with criminology, sociology, policing, security studies and psychology. In addition, the school offers two new undergraduate programmes in criminal investigation and psychology and the professionally accredited awards in housing studies support career entry and continuing professional development in the social housing and related sectors. The School of Social Sciences is located in the purpose-built accommodation at the City North campus. It contains one of the five university research centres of excellence led by the Centre for Criminal Justice Policy and Research. The school also contains the new Division of Psychology, which is located on the third floor of Dawson building.[5]

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