BA History with Education Studies
History with Education Studies is a programme designed to allow students to indulge their passion for History, be it medieval or modern, 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 BA History with Education studies programme provides students with an extensive range of courses and covers all interests and preferences from studies of the Crusades to Modern America, from Henry I and the Wars of the Roses, to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and from the Holocaust to Post-War Britain. In this way the programme provides students with a thorough grounding in the skills, methodologies and practices of the discipline of History. In the first year of study you will be introduced to new areas of study through an examination of various historical case studies and exploration of the historic environment, field trips and research projects, and by investigating how the past is captured, made and communicated through visits to archives or museums or analyses of film, TV and other media.
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.
Typical modules include:
- Historical & Contemporary Issues in Education,
- Learning, Knowledge and Education
- Archives and Museum study
- Culture, Identity and Education.
- Lifelong Learning and Continuing Development
- Practical Placement
- The Holocaust
- The Enlightenment, 1700-1820
- Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the hundred years War
- Modern America, 1776-2009
- History and theory of Genocide
- Modern China: Rise of a Superpower
- The Middle East, 1917-2012
- Medieval Documentary Source materials
- Wars of the Roses
- Europe in the Age of Revolution, Nationalism & Democracy, 1789-1945
- The Bomb: a Nuclear History
- Medieval Monasticism: the Cistercians
Reasons to choose this course include:
- An observation Placement in a School or museum at level 5 with the option to do another at level 6
- Committed staff with a wide range of scholarly and creative publications who are experienced in teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds
- Interview arranged with PGCE course
- Research active, published staff with expertise in a wide range of topics
- Small group and seminar discussion
- Regular trips, conferences, and events
- Excellent facilities for field trips and engagement with locality
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Training in historical research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- The opportunity to develop your own research project
- Excellent support network
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, palaeographic work, 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.
Career and employment opportunities include:
- Heritage, Museum and Archive work
- Social and voluntary work
- Writing & Publishing
- Journalism and IT
- Voluntary work
- Business and Marketing
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
There is an optional two-day residential for our students studying degree combinations which include Medieval Studies and/or History. It is the annual student-led Conference in Gregynog, where students can visit local historical sites of interest and attend themed guest lectures from visiting academics. This residential costs £110.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA History with 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
Tel: 01570 424975