BA

History with Education

Key Facts

Code V1X3
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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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.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of History (NSS 2016)
Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Education (NSS 2016)

Department of History and Welsh: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of History and Welsh History who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

95% of undergraduates from the Department of Education who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

This BA in History with Education will enable you to study a range of different historical periods, with the added benefit of learning about  the latest theories about learning and 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.

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.

You will be allocated a personal tutor in each department, offering subject-specific support as well as help with what may be different departmental routines and methods. Personal tutors can also provide information if you need to access any of the University's support services.

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.

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.

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.

Psychology Of Learning And Thinking
Making History
Early Modernity In Europe
The Challenge To Christendom
War & Society In History
Cultural Diversity In Education
Discourses Language And Education
Literacy In Young Children
Working With Children
Bilingual Education
Making Sense Of The Curriculum
Research Methods
Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions
Germans And Nazism Since 1933: Reading Public Opinion Surveys, Diaries And Memoirs
History As Myth-making: The 'myth Of The Blitz'
History In Cartoons: Studying Georgian Satirical Prints
Image Wars In Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda
Investigating Georgian And Victorian Landscapes
Journalism And The Writing Of History
Medieval Chronicles: Historical Writing In The British Isles 540-1300
Seals In Their Context In Medieval England And Wales
An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914
East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290
Germany Since 1945
Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain
Science, Religion And Magic
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825
Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714
Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850
Culture, Society And The Victorians
Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power
From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700
The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’
The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991
Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850
War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century

Modules delivered partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Seicoleg Dysgu A Meddwl
Llunio Hanes
Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc
Llythrennedd Mewn Plant Ifanc
Dulliau Ymchwil
Gwrando Ar Hanes: Y Mudiad Hawliau Sifil Yn America
Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr
Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914
Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964

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 knowledge of education will help you establish a career as a community education officer, education administrator, lecturer, special educational needs worker or youth worker.You will also be able to able to apply for a teacher training course (PGCE) at Secondary or Primary level. 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

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 and The Making of Modern America 1850-2000. Education modules cover topics such as bilingual education; children's rights and play.

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. Your personal tutors, lecturers and module tutors will also help you with queries about your learning You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30-32 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

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