BA

Education

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The BA Education at Aberystwyth University is delivered by our School of Education. Education is a rewarding, interdisciplinary subject that will help you to learn about how people of all ages learn and the factors that make their experience a positive or negative one.

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 degree. In the Foundation Year, you will develop a solid academic base to enable you to go on to study the full BA Education course.

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. The BA Education degree has an emphasis on learner support, special educational needs, and classroom practices, with a range of specialist modules in these areas.

If a teaching career and the opportunity to shape future generations appeals to you, you can be assured that this degree is also a pathway to entry onto PGCE Primary teacher training programmes.

Course Overview

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.
  • Research-led teaching informs our syllabus which means that you will benefit from the very latest information and developments in the subject, enabling you to critically engage with the key issues.
  • You will have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the complex body of knowledge associated with Education.
  • We will empower you to critically reflect on and manage your own learning and performance.
  • We will provide you with an opportunity to acquire employability skills and personal attributes and values that are necessary for employment, training, or further education.
  • If a career in teaching is what you want, you will be guaranteed an interview for Primary PGCE at Aberystwyth.
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.

Modules September start - 2022

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
Academic Skills Foundation 1 IC07620 20
Academic Skills Foundation 2 IC07720 20
Foundation - Dialogue GS00120 20
Foundation in Liberal Arts GS00220 20
Information in a Post-Truth World GS01120 20
Learning Experience GS00320 20

Core

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

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
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

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Critically Reflecting and Evaluating Learning and Skills ED30120 20
Major dissertation ED33640 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Children's Rights ED30620 20
Communication ED34720 20
Emotional and Social Development ED34820 20
Mathematical Development in the Early Years ED30320 20
Special Educational Needs ED30420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Careers

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
  • the dissertation module. 

Students wishing to complete a year in industry may do so between the second and third year of studying. Find out more about the University's Year in Employment Scheme.

This degree will allow you 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 or further afield through our study abroad programmes. Check out where you can go as a student in the School of Education.

Course Content

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
  • teaching numeracy and literacy.

 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 research project focusing on an area of interest and leading to a dissertation
  • children’s rights
  • supporting learners with special educational needs.

How will I be taught? 

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

You will also be assessed through exam, course work and presentations.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

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

BTEC National Diploma:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

International Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

European Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

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 undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
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 would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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