BA English, Philosophy, Education Studies
English, Philosophy, Education Studies is a combined programme designed to allow students to indulge their passion for two Humanities subjects, English and Philosophy, with various aspects of Education and Teaching, to provide those interested in teaching as a career with invaluable insights and understanding of the profession.
The programme is composed of three parts: English, Philosophy and Education studies. Two modules in each of these three subjects are taken at every level of study.
English is a dynamic and diverse subject in TSD. Students may choose from a range of focused areas including Anglo Saxon Heroic literature to Victorian narrative poetry; the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary bestsellers, from the realist novels of the 19th century to contemporary poetry, postmodern novels and the latest developments on the World Wide Web. This programme combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English with a responsiveness to new directions in critical and cultural theory.
Philosophy is not about memorising facts and figures, it's about asking the big questions in life: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Its about developing the skills to think clearly, to argue in a structured and methodical way, to present a position forcefully and concisely, and to recognise and accommodate a variety of counter-arguments. Once developed, these 'transferable skills' will become invaluable whether you decide to use them in further study or on your chosen career path.
The Education Studies component of this major/minor degree comprises two modules of study per year over the three years of your degree. Modules within the Education Studies part of the degree will cover a range of themes including, for example, the historical development of education, learning cultures and approaches to learning, the philosophy of learning and education, and the legal frameworks within which education operates today.
In your first year of study, you will undertake modules that will enable you to explore key educational debates regarding the relations between learning, knowledge, and education in contemporary society; this will provide an overview of the associated aims and values which have underpinned education.
During the second year of study you will undertake a 20-credits module entitled ‘Learning in an Inclusive Environment’. As part of this module, you will have the opportunity for gaining valuable work experience through a work placement. This placement may be in a classroom, museum or other contexts which respond to education in its broadest sense. The work will provide you with an insight into the application of concepts and ideas that surround education. Further it offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience that will support your future career aspirations. In your second year you will also study a module that explores educational identities in relation to knowledge, power, culture and social relations.
Finally, in your third year of study you will have the opportunity to either take a 40-credits dissertation that combines elements of your Education Studies with your chosen Humanities subject, or take a 20-credit Independent Project plus a 20-credit Practical Placement. The latter module might involve an observation in a local school, college, organisation or learning/teaching contexts within the community.
There is clear emphasis on enhancing your employability through ensuring that the modules enable you to develop a range of transferable skills for the workplace. Indeed, you will have the opportunity to develop such skills via, for example, a compulsory work placement, seminar presentations and a practice-based, work related dissertation.
There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.
Typical modules include:
- Learning knowledge and education
- Historical and contemporary issues in education
- Learning in an inclusive environment
- Culture, Identity and Education
- Lifelong learning and continuing development
- Teaching Observation
- The Renaissance
- Contemporary Writing
- Romantic Poetry and Prose
- Ways of Reading
- Historicising Texts
- Political Philosophy
- Environmental Philosophy
- Philosophy of Language
- Continental Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind
- Applied Ethics
Reasons to choose this course:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Work placement
- Strongly vocational course
- Invaluable pathway to PGCE
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Local and international field trips, as well as study abroad opportunities
- Innovative teaching methods
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales and galleries
Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, exhibitions and displays, article reviews, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to help you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.
Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Heritage sector and heritage management
- Teaching and education
- Tourism and tourism management
- Volunteer work
- Tour guides
- Online publishing
- Museum and archive
- Local government
- Business and commerce
- Local government
- Media and Publishing
- Business and Commerce
- Library and Information Services
- Further Study
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
For any students considering studying BA English, Philosophy, Education Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.
For more information about the Humanities and Education programmes, please contact:
Programme Director BA Humanities and Education