BA

Education

Key Facts

Code X302
  • Typical A-level offer

    CCC

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The BA Education at Aberystwyth University seeks to develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of education in differing contexts and a wide variety of schools, educational settings and post-16 providers. This degree will provide relevant subject knowledge and professional skills, coupled with a range of educational experiences, which will give you the opportunity to experience employment in a range of professional roles related to education. The BA Education degree has an emphasis on learner support, special educational needs, and classroom practices, with a range of specialist modules in these areas. This degree is also a pathway to entry onto PGCE Primary teacher education programmes. 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

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Education (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

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*)

Overview

Why study in the School of Education at Aberystwyth University? 

  • The School of Education has been offering stimulating and innovative study programmes for over 100 years. 
  • The purpose of this degree is: 
  1. To provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of the complex body of knowledge associated with Education 
  2. To enable students to critically engage with the key issues and current research in Education. 
  3. To enable students to critically reflect on and manage their own learning and performance. 
  4. To provide students with an opportunity to acquire the employability skills and personal attributes and values that are necessary for employment, training, or further education. 
  • Your experience is important to us at Aberystwyth. We strive to make an experience that is memorable and cherished, which is why we are top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017).  
  • One of the main reasons why applicants decide to study at a University is for the employability advantages. The School of Education has been delivering career-focused degrees since our establishment, and students who learn on this course will develop the key skills that employers are looking for. The recent DLHE survey (Destination Leavers of Higher Education, 2017), demonstrates that 100% of our 2016 graduates were in work or further study within 6 months of graduating. Our degrees ensure a smooth transition from campus to career.  
  • Be assured that your time at Aberystwyth University will be worthwhile. Our research led teaching informs our syllabus. Our teaching quality has been recognised by the Good University Guide and the School of Education is ranked in the top 5 in the UK for teaching quality. The University also won UK University of the Year for teaching quality (The Good University Guide, the Times & Sunday Times 2018).
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.

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
Key Skills for University * ED13620 20
Policies and Issues in Education * ED10120 20
Child Development * ED10220 20
The Learner and the Learning Environment ED13820 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Inclusive Learning Practices ED14120 20
Numeracy and Literacy for All ED14220 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
Research Methods * ED20320 20
Safeguarding and Professional Practice ED24320 20
Working with Children ED20620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Discourses Language and Education ED22420 20
Education, Diversity and Equality ED20420 20
Literacy in Young Children * ED20220 20
Policies and Perspectives of Learning Difference and Inclusion ED24520 20
Bilingual Education ED20520 20
Making Sense of the Curriculum ED20820 20
Supporting Learners with Complex Needs ED24420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Children's Rights ED30620 20
Communicating Science: the Scientists, the Media and the Public ED33020 20
Critically Reflecting and Evaluating Learning and Skills * ED30120 20
Major dissertation * ED33640 40
Mathematical Development in the Early Years * ED30320 20
Special Educational Needs ED30420 20
Teaching Methodologies ED33920 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Employability is at the core of this degree. During your degree you will have the opportunity to undertake work experience placements in the following modules: The Learner and the Learning Environment, Working with Children and during your dissertation module. 

The University also operates the Year in Industry Scheme. Students wishing to complete a year in industry may do so between the second and third year of studying. More information can be found here.

This degree will allow all graduates to apply for a PGCE in Primary Education. Other graduates from the School of Education have explored careers in:

  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Child welfare
  • Play therapy
  • The Leisure industry
  • Child Law
  • Childhood research 

Students on this course also have the opportunity to study in one of our partnered Universities in Europe under the Erasmus + programme or further afield through our study abroad programmes. Check out what adventures you can start at Aberystwyth University here.

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 your first year you may discover:

  • The theory and principles surrounding the learner and the learning environment;
  • The technology and tools that are used within teaching and learning;
  • Effective classroom practices and teaching skills;
  • Inclusive learning practices;
  • Numeracy and Literacy for All;

 In your second year you may explore:

  • The importance of safeguarding and professional practice;
  • How to support learners with complex needs;
  • The policies and perspectives of learning differences and inclusion.

 In your third year you may undertake:

  • The role of assessment in education;
  • Teaching methods;
  • A dissertation research project focusing on an area of interest;
  • Children’s Rights;
  • Supporting learners with special educational needs.

How will I be taught? 

Students on this course are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

Students are also assessed through exam, course work and presentations.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels CCC

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
MMM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65% 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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