BA

Education / History

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Key Facts

VX13
  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 96

  • Course Length

    3 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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Our joint honours BA in Education and History will introduce you to a broad spectrum of topics in education which include sociology, psychology and pedagogy, as well as a range of exciting themes in history, from the medieval to the modern period. You will learn key skills including analysis and interpretation and as well as learning to communicate your ideas and knowledge effectively. This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest in history. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for Primary or Secondary PGCE at Aberystwyth.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall satisfaction with Learning Resources for the subject of Education; 85% for the sector (NSS 2020).

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

97.5% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

90% overall student satisfaction for the Department of History and Welsh History (NSS 2020).

99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Historical & Philosophical studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Education with History at Aberystwyth University?

  • Both history and education have been taught at Aberystwyth for a century or more.
  • You can study your favourite subject, History, while preparing for your future career.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn with staff from both professional and academic backgrounds, allowing you to develop both your academic and professional knowledge and skills.
  • By studying education, you will have the opportunity to improve your employability by developing transferable skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, think critically and problem solve.
  • Teaching in the Department of History and Welsh History is innovative, research-based and designed to develop your transferable skills in areas such as analysis, interpretation and communication. This prepares you for a wide range of careers.
  • You will have full use of the National Library of Wales - one of the five copyright libraries of the UK and Wales's leading archive repository.
  • As part of your degree, you will have the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university, to undertake work placements and to plan for your future career.
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.

Staff in the Department of History and Welsh History are active researchers and experts in their field of History. Most are qualified to PhD level and hold PGCHE. To find out more about our staff visit, please visit our departmental staff page.

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
Making History * HY20120 20
Psychology of Learning and Thinking * ED20120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
American History skills module HY25020 20
Crime and Daily Life in Early Modern England and Wales HY22320 20
Exploring Nineteenth-Century Exhibitions HY24620 20
Heritage Skills HY23320 20
History as myth-Making: the 'Myth of the Blitz' HY23420 20
Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY23720 20
Writing about war in high medieval Scandinavia c.1050-1264 HY22920 20
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY26920 20
Asian Migration in the Modern World HY27220 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY28520 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 * WH23420 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY29320 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY25820 20
Famine in Medieval England HY25520 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY29220 20
From the Second Empire to the Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933 HY28420 20
Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300 HY20420 20
Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain HY27520 20
Modern American History HY28320 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY28620 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY29720 20
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century HY22020 20
The European Reformation HY26520 20
The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800 HY26320 20
The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945 HY29420 20
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000 HY27320 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY20920 20
Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417 WH20120 20
Wales under the Tudors WH23520 20
Discourses Language and Education ED22420 20
Education, Diversity and Equality ED20420 20
Literacy in Young Children ED20220 20
Making Sense of the Curriculum ED20820 20
Policies and Perspectives of Learning Difference and Inclusion ED24520 20
Research Methods ED20320 20
Safeguarding and Professional Practice ED24320 20
Working with Children ED20620 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Critically Reflecting and Evaluating Learning and Skills * ED30120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY36920 20
Asian Migration in the Modern World HY37220 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY38520 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 * WH33420 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY39320 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY35820 20
Famine in Medieval England HY35520 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY39220 20
From the Second Empire to the Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933 HY38420 20
Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300 HY30420 20
Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain HY37520 20
Modern American History HY38820 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY38620 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720 20
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century HY30120 20
The European Reformation HY36520 20
The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800 HY36320 20
The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945 HY39420 20
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000 HY37320 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY30920 20
Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417 WH30120 20
Wales under the Tudors WH33520 20
Children's Rights ED30620 20
Communication ED34720 20
Emotional and Social Development ED34820 20
Major dissertation ED33640 40
Mathematical Development in the Early Years ED30320 20
Special Educational Needs ED30420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

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
  • archiving
  • heritage management / museum conservation / working as an 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.

The School of Education places a great emphasis on employability.

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. You will also 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.

International opportunities

Aberystwyth University offers you the opportunity of a lifetime to study, volunteer or work in another country, for an academic year, a single semester or a few weeks during your holidays. Explore other cultures, challenge yourself and gather experiences which will help with your career. Time spent exploring a new culture can sharpen your interpersonal skills, improve your language ability, and broaden your international mindset. Find out where you can go.

Alumni mentoring and graduate talks 

The eMentoring Scheme will enable you to make contact with past

graduates in a range of careers within a safe and supportive environment, offering you the chance to find out how they progressed into their current roles and what insights they can offer you as you think about your next steps.

What work experience opportunities exist while 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.

Learning & Teaching

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.

You will also choose other options from the history department.

In the third year you will:

  • critically reflect and evaluate learning and skills
  • choose from a range of exciting optional modules from the History department which are listed under 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

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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