BA

Education / History

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Key Facts

Code VX13
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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This joint honours BA in Education and History will expose you to the broad spectrum of topics in education which include sociological, psychological and education factors and the fascinating sweep of history from ancient times to the present day, whilst equipping you with the knowledge required to communicate your subject. This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest in history and it will enable you to apply for Post Graduate teacher training (PGCE) in Primary or Secondary education. 

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 History: 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

Why study Education with History at Aberystwyth University?

  • Both subjects have been taught at Aberystwyth for a century or more.
  • You can study your favourite subject, History, alongside Education, getting the best of both worlds.
  • Improve your legislative knowledge.
  • Expand your social awareness.
  • Develop new skills crucial for successful employment.
  • Learn with staff who come from a variety of backgrounds which include teaching and lecturing, and from researchers active in their fields.
  • We have a copyright library on campus, the National Library of Wales.
  • Exciting exchange opportunities available.
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

What career opportunities exist after graduation?

  • Humanitarian Organisations
  • Teaching and Education (including SEN)
  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Child welfare
  • Library work
  • Archivist
  • Heritage manager/ museum conservator/ education officer

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Education and 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

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

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. 

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

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 the first year you may discover:

  • Policies and Issues in Education
  • Child development
  • How young children learn
  • Stuart England
  • Russia in the twentieth century
  • Conquest, Union and Identity in Wales

In the second year you may explore:

  • The psychology of learning and thinking
  • War and Society
  • European History
  • And other elective options from the history department

In the third year you may:

  • Critically reflect and evaluate learning and skills
  • Choose from a range of exciting optional modules from the History department which are illustrated on Course Content

How will I be taught? 

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive tutorials and workshops. All lectures are recorded enabling you to revisit at any point during the academic year.

Most modules are assessed through exams and essays, but projects, bibliographic exercises, reflective diaries, posters, and presentations may also be utilised. 

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 BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% 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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