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Education / Drama and Theatre Studies

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Key Facts

Code WX43
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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Our Joint Honours in Education and Drama and Theatre Studies is your opportunity to improve your critical faculties through the study of literary and dramatic texts, gain some practical experience of theatre-making and develop a critical and reflective understanding of learning and Education. On successful completion of this degree, students are eligible to apply for Post Graduate teacher training (PGCE) in Primary or Secondary education. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for Primary PGCE at Aberystwyth.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Empowering Critical Minds- top 5 in the UK for teaching quality. ( The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times).

93% of our students agree that staff are good at explaining things for the subject of Education (NSS 2018) 

97.5% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 87% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Education / Drama and Theatre Studies?

  • Opportunity to explore core Education modules and combine the theory and practical elements of Drama and Theatre studies
  • Taught by professionals including theatre-makers and former teachers, as well as by leading researchers in the field
  • Opportunity to improve your ability to work with others
  • Learn in an exceptional environment where facilities are state-of-the-art
  • BBC Wales local studios based in the heart of the Department of Film and Theatre Studies
  • Solid connections with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine, Imitating the Dog and the Magdalena Project
  • One of the largest Arts Centres on campus, the Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • Exciting exchange opportunities within Europe and internationally
Our Staff

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education are either qualified to PhD standard or are experienced practitioners in their field. All teaching staff currently possess, or are working towards, a recognised teaching qualification.

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Child Development * ED10220 20
Policies and Issues in Education * ED10120 20
Theatre in Context 1 TP11020 20
Theatre in Context 2 TP11320 20
Young Children Learning * ED11320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Early Years Provision: Principles and Practice ED10620 20
Key Skills for University * ED13620 20
Play and Learning:Theory and Practice ED13720 20
Site-Specific Performance Project TP11420 20
Studio Theatre Project TP11120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Psychology of Learning and Thinking * ED20120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Acting for Camera TP25920 20
Acting: Process and Performance TP21220 20
Bilingual Education ED20520 20
Devised Performance Project TP21620 20
Directors' Theatre: Staging Modern Drama TP21820 20
Discourses Language and Education ED22420 20
Education, Diversity and Equality ED20420 20
Literacy in Young Children * ED20220 20
Making Sense of the Curriculum ED20820 20
New Media Performance TP23820 20
Research Methods * ED20320 20
Shakespeare in Performance TP23220 20
Theatre Design Project TP22620 20
Theatre Production Project TP24940 40
Theatre and Contemporary Society TP20420 20
Working with Children ED20620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Critically Reflecting and Evaluating Learning and Skills * ED30120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Children's Rights ED30620 20
Communicating Science: the Scientists, the Media and the Public ED33020 20
Contemporary British and Irish Drama TP30820 20
Ensemble Performance Project TP35520 20
Independent Research Project TP36040 40
Major dissertation * ED33640 40
Mathematical Development in the Early Years * ED30320 20
Musical Theatre Dramaturgies TP39020 20
Place, Space and Landscape TP32820 20
Playwriting TP34640 40
Special Educational Needs ED30420 20
Theatre, Gender and Sexuality TP33120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What career prospects exist for an Education with Drama and Theatre studies graduate?

On completion of this degree, you will be a strong candidate for these following sectors:

  • Broadcasting
  • Teaching and Education (including SEN)
  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Performing Arts Education
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Local Government
  • Arts Administration

Employability is embedded across our teaching and throughout your degree you will be equipped with the essential skills that employers are seeking.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Education and Drama and Theatre studies will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• research skills

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

The School of Education place a great emphasis on employbaility. As a department they provide the following:

Academic Employability Coordinator 

From Year One developing your employability is our priority and to ensure we offer the right services we have a dedicated academic employability coordinator who liaises with our link careers adviser to tailor a package of careers education, employer exposure and individual departmental based support. This person liaises with the careers service and external organisations to make links and connections, which are fed through to students on a regular basis. These include opportunities for voluntary work and paid employment both during and after your studies. Departmentally you will have the opportunity to get involved in our annual student employability conference.

Student Mentoring Scheme

Our student mentoring scheme provides opportunities to both receive peer support but to also develop mentoring and coaching skills while supporting fellow students. This scheme is recognised by the University for its high skills value, and those who engage as mentors receive recognition on their graduate transcript. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year programme.

In the first year you may explore:

  • Policies and current issues in Education
  • Child development
  • Learning in young children
  • The study of theatre
  • And take part in studio projects

In the second year topics include:

  • The psychology of learning and thinking
  • Modern European drama
  • The relationship of the theatre with contemporary society

In the third year you may study:

  • How learning and skills are evaluated and assessed
  • Theatre, Gender and Sexuality
  • Politics surrounding theatre and drama
  • Play-writing and your independent research project

How will I be taught?

This degree is delivered through the medium of lectures, seminars, workshops all of which are designed to stimulate your academic interests.

You will be assessed through essays, exams, oral presentations, practical and creative work. 

Student Views

I simply love my course because the topics we discuss are interesting and relevant to the world of childhood. The lecturers are very passionate about the subject which is also reflected in the varied ways of which we are assessed - we even had the opportunity to design our own game! Much more hands-on and realistic when working with children than a dry exam! Overall, my confidence in a variety of topics and my abilities have been strengthened which is always a good thing in any career. I would definitely recommend the course and Aberystwyth University to anyone who is interested in working with children, and I can assure that you are given great support by staff in any kind of academic situation! Caroline Korell

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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