BA

Education with History

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Key Facts

Code X3V1
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study this Education with History degree you'll cover a broad spectrum of childhood development activities that include the sociological, psychological and educational facets that influence the development of children alongside the essential History syllabus. You'll be taught by enthusiastic staff and cover a range of practical, theoretical and professional disciplines that employers in this discipline demand. Your skills and abilities will be enhanced with regular exposure to team-work, communications, interpersonal, and time and work management opportunities.

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)

Department of History and Welsh: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

95.4% of UK/EU undergraduates from the Department of History and Welsh History who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017)

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

Overview

If you wish to gain the understanding required to apply for primary teacher training, and deepen your historical knowledge, then this is the course for you. The BA in Education with History degree will expose you to the fascinating sweep of history from ancient times to the present day and the latest theory and best practice guidelines for the modern classroom.

This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest in history.

The course has a major/minor structure, meaning you will spend two-thirds of your time tackling topics such as child development and the psychology of learning and may also study bilingual education, children's rights and Special Educational Needs. You will spend one-third of your time on core History modules, also choosing from a variety of modules covering Welsh, British and World history.

This course is delivered by the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, which recently relocated to new premises on the main campus at the University, in conjunction with the Department of History and Welsh History. You will benefit from the latest learning and teaching environments, the expertise of our experienced staff members, and the partnerships the School of Education maintains with communities, schools and authorities across Wales and the UK.

This major/minor BA in Education with History will be of great use to you in a range of graduate jobs, particularly in schools and colleges. Not only will you be thoroughly equipped with a high level of subject expertise, but you will also be a fluent communicator, a rigorous researcher, and a strong debater able to form compelling arguments. These will all prove to be huge assets in any graduate workplace.

 You will be allocated a personal tutor while you are at Aberystwyth. Personal tutors are there to help with all aspects of your progress through University. They can also provide you with information about the University's central services should you need further support.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. Having submitted 77% of eligible staff it also found that 95% of the universities research was on an internationally recognised standard. 

 
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.

Employability

Career Prospects

Your BA in Education with History will prepare you for teaching and a broad range of employment or training options. Your knowledge of education may help you to establish a career as a community education officer, education administrator, lecturer, special educational needs teacher or youth worker. Your historical expertise will help you in a career as an academic librarian, archivist, heritage manager, or museum conservator. The degree will also enable you to apply for Primary or Early Years PGCE courses.

Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) show that over 82% of History graduates and over 88% of Education graduates find either paid employment or continue with further study upon graduation.

Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of subject-specific skills and other generic professional skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Education with 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

Year in Employment scheme (YES)

The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales

GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Personal Development Plan

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Teaching & Learning

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops designed stimulate your academic interest in the study of British, Welsh and World history and of psychological, sociological and political aspects of education . By joining these two disciplines, this course will help you deepen your historical knowledge and equip you with skills vital for work in the field of education.

As you study, you will be both challenged and inspired by our staff members, who have created a vibrant culture of creativity and intellectual curiosity perfect for the study of these two subjects.  You will be assessed through essays, exams, practical exercises and oral presentations and may present a final dissertation (subject to module choices). You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks.

As you study, you will develop a range of skills which will benefit you in further study or any graduate workplace. You will learn to: develop a reflective learning style to promote self-improvement; employ multiple critical techniques when approaching complex texts; develop a rigorous approach to vital areas such as child protection; and articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subject.

Your personal tutor, lecturers and module tutors will help with any queries related to your learning.

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

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM

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 ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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