BA Religious Studies, Archaeology, Education Studies


  • BA Religious Studies, Archaeology, Education Studies

Archaeology, Religious Studies, Education Studies is a combined programme designed to allow students to indulge their passion for two Humanities subjects, Religious Studies and Archaeology, with various aspects of Education and Teaching, to provide those interested in teaching as a career with invaluable insights and understanding of the profession.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: VVL9
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Location:
Lampeter
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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The programme is composed of three parts Religious Studies, Archaeology and Education studies. Two modules in each of these three subjects are taken at every level of study.

With Religious Studies students will explore religion in their cultural, social, and historical contexts. You will examine the roles that religions play in the pressing issues of our era. The programme takes students beyond superficial media coverage of contemporary events into deeper issues of history, identity, and the implications of religious commitment for issues of world concern. The course covers an extensive array of contemporary, thematic and historical topics and a wide range of religious traditions. This gives students a real insight into the human condition and the multiplicity of religious beliefs and practices in the world.

Archaeology is the study of the human past through an examination of physical remains such as stone tools, pottery and bones, through to buildings, structures, monuments and landscapes. It attempts to reveal how both contemporary societies and past societies are organised, how humanity interacts with the environments and landscapes, and how ideas about the world are visible in the objects people have created. To be able to understand the past in any depth engagement with theoretical and ethical issues is needed. This means we explore issues such as heritage, representation, land use, technology, environmental change, death, beliefs and the evolution of the human body, mind and ideas.

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. 

  • 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
  • Chinese Religion and Culture
  • Imagining the Other: Theories of Religion
  • Jesus through Faith and Culture
  • Exploring Ritual
  • Sex and Violence: Religion in the Modern World
  • Satan and his World of Darkness
  • Excavation and Fieldwork
  • Post-Excavation and Analysis
  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Human Evolution
  • Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
  • Bronze Age Societies
  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Work placement
  • Strongly vocational course
  • Invaluable way in to PGCE
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Local and international fieldtrips, as well as study abroad opportunities
  • Innovative teaching methods
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, 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 1500 words up to 3500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1000 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 assist 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 archaeology
  • Administration
  • 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:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

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 fieldtrip connected to a module for second and third year students to visit religious sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700. 

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Religious Studies, Archaeology, 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.