BA History with Education

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

In choosing to study this History with Education degree you'll immerse yourself in a broad range of historical periods, and gain an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. This course is student-focused and you will be able to build on your existing knowledge of history whilst pursuing what fundamentally interests you. You will also cover a broad spectrum of childhood development activities that include the sociological, psychological and educational facets that influence the development of children. You'll be taught by enthusiastic staff and cover a range of practical, theoretical, and professional disciplines that employers in this area demand. Your skills and abilities will be enhanced with regular exposure to team-work, communications, interpersonal, and time and work management opportunities.

Overview

This BA in History with Education will enable you to study a range of different historical periods, with the added benefit of learning vocational skills and the latest theories for teaching. This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest in History.

History has been taught at Aberystwyth since the foundation of the University in 1872, making it the oldest History department in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain. The interests of our lecturers span the period from the Middle Ages to the modern world, so we can provide you with a broad range of political, social, economic and cultural history modules from all periods. All our lecturers are active researchers who publish their work, and you will benefit from being taught the latest historical theories and techniques. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2014) 95% of research submitted by the university was rated as being internationally recognised.

91% of our 2014 History graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, a 10 percentage point increase on the previous year (DLHE 2014). The number of those entering professional level work or graduate level education also increased by 15 percentage points over the year, compared with a 2.5 percentage point increase nationally.

These increases reflect our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction results show a significant improvement in the overall satisfaction of our students with their course; a rise of 9 percentage points to an overall satisfaction rate of 90% (3 percentage points above UK average).

93% of our 2014 Education graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating - 3 percentage points higher than the previous year (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

In addition to a fine University library, as a History student at Aberystwyth you will enjoy full membership of the National Library of Wales. One of only five copyright libraries in the United Kingdom, with over six million books, maps, prints and manuscripts, it is situated within a five-minute walk of the Department. You will find this especially valuable when studying your special subject and writing your dissertation in your third year. Through our close association with the National Library we are also able to offer you exciting work placement opportunities there.

You will find a very friendly and welcoming community in the Department, and the lively History Society organizes a programme of guest lectures, visits to places of interest and social events throughout the year. The Department has established links with a number of universities overseas, so we can also provide you with the opportunity to spend a period of time abroad immersing yourself in a different and exciting historical culture.

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning, has recently relocated to new buildings on the main campus at the University. 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 joint honours degree in History and Education 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 the skills and knowledge needed to apply for teacher training at primary or secondary level. You will also possess a high level of subject expertise in history.

You will gain an understanding of education and the contexts in which it takes place, by drawing on a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical perspectives and academic disciplines. You will study the foundation disciplines of education and their contribution to our understanding of educational policy and the process and practice of education. The BA aims to engage with fundamental questions concerning the aims and values of education and its relationship to society. By studying this course you will be able to pursue postgraduate study in education, or if you wish to go into teaching, it prepares you for going straight on to a PGCE course.

For jobs outside the classroom, your abilities in fluent communication, data-handling and the formation of compelling arguments will prove to be huge assets in any graduate workplace.

Our Staff

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

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning 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.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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.

Year 1 Options Part One - All students MUST take the Department's Part One core module (through medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Cyflwyno Hanes HA12120

Introduction To History HY12120

Year 1 Options EDUCATION CORE MODULES (40 CREDITS). You must take both ED (English) or the AD (Cymraeg) modules.

Semester 1

Polisiau A Materion Mewn Addysg AD10120

Policies And Issues In Education ED10120

Semester 2

Datblygiad Plant AD19220

Child Development ED10220

Year 1 Options Part One students must take a further 60 credits which must be taken in the History & Welsh History department:

Semester 1

Concwest, Uno A Hunaniaeth Yng Nghymru 1250-1800 HC11120

Cymru A'r Byd: Cysylltiadau A Dylanwadau 1860 - 2000 HC11520

Stuart England: War, Political Crisis And Social Change 1629-1714 HY11920

Russia Since 1900 HY12020

Nationalism, Totalitarianism And Democratization: Czechoslov HY12220

Soldiers, Saints & Serfs: England, 1042-1154 HY14320

Conquest, Union And Identity In Wales 1250-1800 WH11120

Semester 2

Y Dirwasgiad Mawr: Hanes Cymharol America A Phrydain HA10620

Argyfwng, Gwrthryfel A Ffydd Yn Ewrop C.1000-1540 HA10820

Oes Y Fictoriaid HA13820

Age Of Magna Carta-england And Its Neighbours C1180-c1280 HY12520

Three Queens And Their Subjects HY12720

Britain And The First World War HY13220

Modernity And The Making Of Asia HY15220

From Revolution To World War: Wales 1789-1914 WH11620

Year 1 Options EDUCATION OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You can take up to 20 credits from the following modules

Semester 1

Sgiliau Allweddol I Brifysgol AD13620

Early Years Provision: Principles And Practice ED10620

Key Skills For University ED13620

Semester 2

Plant Ifainc Yn Dysgu AD11320

Young Children Learning ED11320

Play And Learning:theory And Practice ED13720

Year 2 Options CORE MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must take either the ED or the AD module

Semester 1

Seicoleg Dysgu A Meddwl AD20120

Psychology Of Learning And Thinking ED20120

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE the History and Welsh History Year2 CORE module in semester one (in either English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Llunio Hanes HA30120

Making History HY30120

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SURVEY module in Dept. History & Welsh History in Semester One:

Semester 1

Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc HA31820

The Challenge To Christendom HY31020

Early Modernity In Europe HY31120

War & Society In History HY31620

Year 2 Options OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must also choose another 20 credits from the following list:

Semester 1

Llythrennedd Mewn Plant Ifanc AD20220

Literacy In Young Children ED20220

Cultural Diversity In Education ED20420

Working With Children ED20600

Discourses Language And Education ED22420

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil AD20320

Research Methods ED20320

Bilingual Education ED20520

Working With Children ED20620

Making Sense Of The Curriculum ED20820

Year 2 Options Year Two students should choose one 20-credit SKILLS module in Dept. History & Welsh History in semester two:

Semester 2

Gwrando Ar Hanes: Y Mudiad Hawliau Sifil Yn America HA34720

Investigating Georgian And Victorian Landscapes HY32720

History As Myth-making: The 'myth Of The Blitz' HY33420

Germans And Nazism Since 1933: Reading Public Opinion Surveys, Diaries And Memoirs HY33520

Image Wars In Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY33720

Journalism And The Writing Of History HY33920

Medieval Chronicles: Historical Writing In The British Isles 540-1300 HY34020

History In Cartoons: Studying Georgian Satirical Prints HY34320

Seals In Their Context In Medieval England And Wales HY34420

Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions HY34620

Year 2 Options Year Two students should choose one 20-credit OPTION module in Dept. History & Welsh History in either semester one or semester two:

Semester 1

Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr HC32220

Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914 HC34320

East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290 HY35120

Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain HY37620

Science, Religion And Magic HY38620

Germany Since 1945 HY39620

The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720

Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964 IE20420

An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914 WH34320

Semester 2

Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850 HC33420

The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’ HY35720

From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700 HY36120

War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century HY36720

Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power HY39120

Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320

The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991 HY39520

Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 WH33420

Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714 WH36220

Final Year Options CORE MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must take either the ED or the AD module

Semester 1

Gwerthuso Ac Adlewyrchu Ar Sgiliau Dysgu Yn Gritigol AD30120

Critically Reflecting And Evaluating Learning And Skills ED30120

Final Year Options OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You can choose 20 credits from this list:

Semester 1

Datblygiad Mathemategol Yn Y Blynyddoedd Cynnar AD30320

Mathematical Development In The Early Years ED30320

Health And Education ED30500

Semester 2

Special Educational Needs ED30420

Health And Education ED30520

Children's Rights ED30620

Communicating Science: The Scientists, The Media And The Public ED33020

Final Year Options Final Year students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SURVEY module in Dept. History & Welsh History in Semester One:

Semester 1

Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc HA31820

The Challenge To Christendom HY31020

Early Modernity In Europe HY31120

War & Society In History HY31620

Final Year Options Final Year students should choose 60 credits worth of OPTIONAL modules in the Department of History and Welsh History in either semester one or semester two:

Semester 1

Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr HC32220

Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914 HC34320

East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290 HY35120

Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain HY37620

Science, Religion And Magic HY38620

Germany Since 1945 HY39620

The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720

Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964 IE20420

An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914 WH34320

Semester 2

Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850 HC33420

The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’ HY35720

From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700 HY36120

War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century HY36720

Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power HY39120

Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320

The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991 HY39520

Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 WH33420

Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714 WH36220

Employability

Your BA in History with Education opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training.

While many History graduates take up careers directly linked to their subject such as working in the fields of archives, heritage or museum management, others find employment in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment, including librarianship, records management, journalism, media, advertising, the legal profession, local government, business and finance, a range of jobs which incorporate research, professional writing, the police force, the military, public relations and personnel management. The research and analytical skills you will develop during your degree also provide a sound basis for postgraduate study and for a career in academia.

Your teaching knowledge will help you establish a career as a community education officer, early years teacher, education administrator, teacher, lecturer, special educational needs teacher or youth worker. Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) show that 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 BA in History with Education 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

• self-motivation and self-reliance 

• evaluating and organising information 

• 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.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures and seminars designed to inspire you in the best practices for teaching and learning, and stimulate your academic interest in history. 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. It has a major/minor degree course structure, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time examining history and the way it has shaped our world today, and one-third of your time on the processes and tactics for teaching and learning.

You will be assessed through essays, exams, practical exercises, oral presentations and extended final project. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks.

You will be able to tailor your programme of study to suit your interests by selecting History and Education option modules from a broad range including Power, Protest and Society in Modern Wales 1850-1997; Britain and the First World War; The Making of Modern America 1850-2000, Bilingual Education; Children's Rights; and Play in Practice.

The aims of the History syllabus are to communicate the variety and excitement of current approaches to the academic study of History, and to teach such key skills as information retrieval, interpretation and self-expression. The Department is committed to teaching through individual tutorials and small-group seminars alongside traditional lectures, and to delivering innovative and high quality teaching that will allow you to realise your potential, and to meet your learning expectations.

Some preparatory reading in advance of your seminars will enable you to fully engage in the more detailed discussions and sharing of ideas that take place, and the small numbers of students in each seminar group means that you will receive a lot of attention from the lecturers. The one-to-one tutorial gives you the opportunity to receive individual attention and useful feedback from your lecturer on the coursework that you have submitted. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present an argument clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation skills.

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 history and education. You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

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