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Aberystwyth University

Education

UCAS Code: X302

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMM

UCAS Tariff

96
50%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Education studies

Aberystwyth University's BA in Education 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.

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 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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Coleg Cambria Deeside Campus

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Coleg Cambria Yale Campus

Department:

School of Education

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Education studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
94%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C
308

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education and teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£12k

£12k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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