BA

Education with Human Geography

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Key Facts

Code X3L7
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in Geography

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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If you are interested in developing your knowledge of developments in the Education sector and enriching your interest in Human Geography, then this Major Education/Minor Geography course will enable you to do both. Aberystwyth University offers you the unique opportunity to study Education with Human Geography in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe, set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland. Education will allow you to explore a board spectrum of childhood development activities that include sociological, psychological and educational factors that influence the development of children. On successful completion of this degree, students are eligible to apply for PGCE training for Primary teaching. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for PGCE at Aberystwyth.

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

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*)

Best in Wales and one of the top 20 in the UK for the subject area of Geography and Environment Science (The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times). 

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Education with Human Geography at Aberystwyth University?

  • Explore key areas of Human Geography and compliment your degree with the range of module options from the Education department
  • Discover your potential with your fully stocked laboratories with an array of analytical instruments e.g. mass spectrometers, core scanners etc
  • Take part in field trips within the UK and outside
  • Travel awards available to students (up to £400)
  • Improve your legislative knowledge
  • Learn with staff who come from a variety of backgrounds which include teaching and lecturing, and from researchers active in their fields
  • Develop new skills crucial for successful employment
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 Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.

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

What career opportunities exist after graduation?

Employability is embedded across our teaching. Our graduates have been successful in fields which include:

  • Humanitarian Organisations
  • Teaching and Education (including SEN)
  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Community Education Officer
  • Environmental consultants
  • Civil Service
  • Surveyors
  • Planners

Will I have the opportunity to part in a study exchange or work placement programme?

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. 

Bursaries are also available to support shorter student placements during the holiday period. Each year we host a competition which invites students to share their work experiences via a report and oral presentation, with the winners receiving a prize and feedback from members of the business community who sit on a judging panel.

International Opportunities 

Alongside employment experience, independent travel is also acknowledged as a key ingredient in student development. To support this, we offer bursaries to support undergraduate travel. Recent destinations have included Uganda, Madagascar, Peru, Mount Etna and the United States.

DGES has also established Erasmus Exchange Programmes with the University of Bergen, the University of Oulu, Finland, and the University Centre in Svalbard, giving students the unique experience of studying in one of the world’s most extreme environments. We also have strong links with a number of universities in North America, where students can complete their second year of study. In recent years, our Exchange Co-ordinator has overseen placements at Purdue University (Indiana), the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, the University of Montana and the University of Ottawa in Canada.

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

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

This is an illustration of what you may study during the three year programme.

In your first year you may explore:

  •  Policies and current issues in Education
  • Child development
  • Learning in young children
  • Place, Culture and Society
  • Climate change
  • Global Environment issues
  • The Atmosphere and the Water Cycle

In your second year you will discover:

  • The psychology of learning and thinking
  • The Welsh environment
  • Sustainability and Resilience

In your third year you will study:

  • How learning and skills are evaluated and assessed
  • Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience
  • Regional Geographies
  • Landscapes of British Modernity

How will I be taught?

Our courses are taught through lectures, seminars and laboratory or computer practical, small group tutorials, field courses and individual supervision of project work.

How will I be assessed?

We assess our students through a different range of methods. Some modules are assessed in part through traditional exams, but some have elements of coursework. We also have some modules that may require the student to produce practical reports, oral presentations, the design of web pages, production of short films, or contribution to online discussion forums. Some modules, notably the tutorials and field courses, are assessed entirely through coursework, and in Education students design a learning game.

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 BBC with B in Geography

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Geography at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall with 70% in specified subject

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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