BA

Education / History

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Key Facts

Code VX13
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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This joint honours BA in Education and History will expose you to the broad spectrum of topics in education which include sociological, psychological and education factors and the fascinating sweep of history from ancient times to the present day, whilst equipping you with the knowledge required to communicate your subject. This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest in history. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for Primary or Secondary 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 History and Welsh History: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Historical & Philosophical studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Education with History at Aberystwyth University?

  • Both subjects have been taught at Aberystwyth for a century or more.
  • You can study your favourite subject, History, alongside Education, getting the best of both worlds.
  • Improve your legislative knowledge.
  • Expand your social awareness.
  • Develop new skills crucial for successful employment.
  • Learn with staff who come from a variety of backgrounds which include teaching and lecturing, and from researchers active in their fields.
  • We have a copyright library on campus, the National Library of Wales.
  • Exciting exchange opportunities available.
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.

Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

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
Making History HY20120 20
Psychology Of Learning And Thinking * ED20120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914 HY26920 20
Bilingual Education ED20520 20
Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 WH23420 20
Discourses Language And Education ED22420 20
East And West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1050-c.1250 HY25120 20
Education, Diversity And Equality ED20420 20
European Society And The Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY25820 20
Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power HY29120 20
From The Second Empire To The Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933 HY28420 20
Literacy In Young Children * ED20220 20
Making Sense Of The Curriculum ED20820 20
Media And Society In Twentieth Century Britain HY27520 20
Medieval London: National Capital, International City HY28020 20
Oral History: The Past In The Present HY22520 20
Research Methods * ED20320 20
Researching With Letters And Diaries HY22620 20
Science, Religion And Magic HY28620 20
Seals In Their Context In Medieval England And Wales HY24420 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY29720 20
The Great Divergence: Europe And Asia, C.1300-c.1800 HY26320 20
The Ottoman Empire And Early Modern Travel Writing HY22220 20
The Rise Of Modern Medicine, C.1750-2000 HY27320 20
Women And Gender In Britain, C.1800-1950 HY26820 20
Working With Children ED20620 20

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What career opportunities exist after graduation?

  • Humanitarian Organisations
  • Teaching and Education (including SEN)
  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Child welfare
  • Library work
  • Archivist
  • Heritage manager/ museum conservator/ education officer

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Education and History 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 degree scheme.

In the first year you may discover:

  • Policies and Issues in Education
  • Child development
  • How young children learn
  • Stuart England
  • Russia in the twentieth century
  • Conquest, Union and Identity in Wales

In the second year you may explore:

  • The psychology of learning and thinking
  • War and Society
  • European History
  • And other elective options from the history department

In the third year you may:

  • Critically reflect and evaluate learning and skills
  • Choose from a range of exciting optional modules from the History department which are illustrated on Course Content

How will I be taught? 

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive tutorials and workshops. All lectures are recorded enabling you to revisit at any point during the academic year.

Most modules are assessed through exams and essays, but projects, bibliographic exercises, reflective diaries, posters, and presentations may also be utilised. 

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 in 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 Aberystwyth University and the course to anyone who is interested in working with children, and I can assure you 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 BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% 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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