Education Aberystwyth University


Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

The BA Education 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. 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. 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.

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 the employability skills and personal attributes and values that are necessary for employment, training, or further education.

Your experience is important to us at Aberystwyth. We strive to make an experience that is memorable and cherished, which is why we are top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). One of the main reasons why applicants decide to study at a University is for the employability advantages. The School of Education has been delivering career-focused degrees since our establishment, and students who learn on this course will develop the key skills that employers are looking for. The recent DLHE survey (Destination Leavers of Higher Education, 2017), demonstrates that 100% of our 2016 graduates were in work or further study within 6 months of graduating. Our degrees ensure a smooth transition from campus to career. Be assured that your time at Aberystwyth University will be worthwhile. 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).

This degree is taught over three years. In your first year you will explore areas such as the theory and principles surrounding the learner and the learning environment; the technology and tolls that are used within teaching and learning; effective classroom practices and teaching skills. In your second year your options may include the importance of safeguarding and professional practice; how to support learners with complex needs; the policies and perspectives of learning differences in inclusion. Your final year will be made up of the following: the role of assessment in education; teaching methods; children's rights and the final year dissertation project.

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 Industry Scheme. Students wishing to complete a year in industry may do so between the second and third year of studying.
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

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