Education and International Development

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Key Facts

Code 23K6
  • Typical A-level offer


  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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Education is the key with which developed and developing countries can open up their potential within the world today. This BA (Hons) degree puts your career in the forefront with the seven-week work placement, enabling you to develop employability skills while setting your academic learning in a real-life context. If you are interested in the areas of charitable, policy making and non-governmental organisations, then this is the degree for you.  Scroll down for more information.  Please note that this degree scheme is currently available for 2017 study. 

School of Education: 98% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Education graduates nationally. (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views


Why study Education and International Development at Aberystwyth? 

  • Taught by a department that has delivered innovative degrees in Education for over a hundred years
  • Supported and taught by inspirational staff who are experts in the education sector
  • A degree that enhances your career opportunities with a seven-week placement

Have the opportunity to contribute significantly towards:

  • Humanitarian and aid programmes
  • Public engagement with social issues
  • Sustainable development
  • Global rights for all
  • Improvements in public well-being
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.



What career prospects are there for me?

Our degree programmes offer promising employment opportunities. Our graduates from the School of Education have followed these pathways:

  • Humanitarian Organisations
  • Teaching and Education (including SEN)
  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Child welfare
  • Play therapy
  • The Leisure industry
  • Child Law
  • Childhood research

How will this degree help me in the future?

Our degree in Education and International Development will allow you to develop key skills that are highly sought after 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

Careers Service

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. 

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 you 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 explore:

  • Core modules designed to give you a firm foundation in the broad subject of Education and International Development, introducing you to individual and community development, international development and global education
  • Optional modules during your first year which may include working with others, gender, development, and educational policy

In the second year, core and optional modules may include:

  • A seven-week placement with an organisation relating to education, aid or development.
  • Distance learning techniques enabling you to continue your academic work whilst on placement
  • Exploring and critically assessing the theories of community and education
  • Analysing the effects of migration and mobility on education

A final year including:

  • Global perspectives on rights and health in the developing world
  • Factors affecting education and development
  • Community issues
  • The role of individuals and government
  • The application of rights and legislation
  • The impact of poverty

How will I be taught?

Our degree is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive tutorials and workshops. All lectures are recorded so that you can listen to it again as many times as you please.

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

Student Views

Students who have studied in the School of Education say:

The lecturers are very passionate about the subject, which is also reflected in the varied ways in which we are assessed. Overall, my confidence in a variety of topics and my abilities have been strengthened which is always a good thing in any career. I can assure you that you are given great support by staff in any kind of academic situation! Caroline Korell

The highlight for me would have to be having the chance to carry out work placements in varied settings, gaining hands-on experience, which is essential for my future career plans. I love my degree! Chloe Tinsley-Hall

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact

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