Education (with integrated foundation year)

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Key Facts

Code X30F
  • UCAS Tariff

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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BA Education with integrated Foundation Year, 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.

The integrated foundation year - designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background - is the perfect option to access this highly-sort scheme. In the Foundation Year, you will be brought up to speed on the fundamentals of Education, providing a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree.

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. There is also 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)

98% of our Education students agreed that staff were good at explaining things (NSS 2019)

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


Following the foundation year, the syllabus of this course is identical to its sister course [Education, X302].

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: 

  • To provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of the complex body of knowledge associated with Education;
  • To enable students to critically engage with the key issues and current research in Education;
  • To enable students to critically reflect on and manage their own learning and performance. 
  • To provide students with an opportunity to acquire employability skills and personal attributes and values that are necessary for employment, training, or further education. 

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.


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.


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


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


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


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
Making Sense Of The Curriculum * ED20820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Critically Reflecting And Evaluating Learning And Skills * ED30120 20
Major Dissertation * ED33640 40


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Mathematical Development In The Early Years * ED30320 20
Teaching Methodologies ED33920 20
Children's Rights * ED30620 20
Communicating Science: The Scientists, The Media And The Public ED33020 20
Special Educational Needs ED30420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


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 Employment Scheme. Students wishing to complete a year in industry may do so between the third and fourth year of study.

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 with Study Abroad.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn? 

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four-year degree scheme.

In the first foundation year, you will be introduced to core components of Education.

In your second 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 third 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 final 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 exams, course work and presentations.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Available to candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

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

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

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. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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