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Education and Biology (Primary Teaching Pathway)

BSc (Hons) + PGCE

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BSc (Hons) Education and Biology + PGCE (Primary Teaching Pathway)
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Four years full-time (3+1).
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: XC11
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades BCC- CCC with Grade C in Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science or Social Biology minimum and GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science

View typical offers for more information.

A three year honours degree preparing you to enter one year of teacher training (PGCE Primary).

  • Taught by highly experienced and enthusiastic tutors.
  • Offers a school placement in every year.
  • Leads to our PGCE Ofsted rated Outstanding courses.

The Primary Teaching Pathway is ideal if you intend to qualify as an early years or primary school teacher. It is a three-year undergraduate programme which prepares you for a career in Primary Teaching and offers a guaranteed interview for our Primary PGCE programme. This route into teaching is very flexible – you won’t have to attend your PGCE interview if you change your mind in three years' time.

I believe that completing the Education degree prior to starting the PGCE has provided an invaluable ‘foundation’ to the PGCE course.

Samantha-Jayne Moore, Education (Primary Teaching Pathway) graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

We offer a wide range of modules for you to choose from, you’ll be able to explore education from many theoretical and ideological perspectives.

Course structure

Year one
The core module introduces key concepts and skills that underpin the subject of Education Studies. In addition there are a range of modules that enable you to explore your interests in, for example: early childhood education, childhood narratives, youth and community, adolescence and international ed. The compulsory module offers an introduction to primary schools and a ten day school placement.

Year two
You’ll consider more deeply the current issues in education. You’ll undertake an assessed placement in a primary school researching an aspect of teaching and learning . Your compulsory module provides a deeper understanding of the primary  classroom considering aspects of pedagogy, pupil voice, assessment and classroom organisation. At the same time you can continue to pursue developing interests by selecting from the  range of modules on offer which include learning through drama, international development, special educational needs and environment education amongst many others.

Year three
Your Core module is the Education Dissertation which allows you to explore in depth an area of interest by way of an empirical enquiry. This is an independent study supported by a designated academic supervisor. The compulsory module, Teaching and Professionalism  helps to bridge the gap between undergraduate study and teacher training. A ten day school experience will enable you to reflect on models and understandings of teacher professionalism and focus on areas for personal pre-professional training and development. A full range of additional modules is available to help expand or deepen your study in particular fields of enquiry.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through coursework and are required to pass a school-based placement in year two. Coursework includes essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. There are no examinations.

We’ll provide you with prompt feedback and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mixture of lectures (50 minutes), seminars and individual tutorials. Seminars are usually more informal than lectures – they are opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates. In year one, students will be timetabled for at least 12 hours each week.

All modules are led by experienced and respected university staff. Many staff are active researchers and authors in the field of education studies; from the outset they’ll introduce you to their particular specialisms and research interests, through a range of optional modules. You’ll also benefit from regular visiting speakers – these include headteachers, practitioners, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.

Opportunities

Schools and placements

We have an excellent partnership with schools and early years settings, where you can develop your understanding of teaching.

You’ll attend a placement in each year of the programme of approximately ten days. They usually occur on one day a week during a term, to allow you to continue with other university studies. Our optional modules provide further short placement opportunities to work with children and young people both locally and internationally. We’ll arrange each placement for you. We try to ensure you are located within a reasonable distance from where you live; however, you should normally expect to travel using your own or public transport.

You must be in possession of a Bath Spa DBS disclosure. Details are sent once you have accepted your place with us.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, the Netherlands and America.

We also have links with Zambia, India and Denmark.

Careers

Students on the Primary Teaching Pathway intend to enter the teaching profession. You’ll complete a three-year degree, with the option to continue onto the Primary or Early Years PGCE course, subject to meeting course requirements and completing a successful interview. PGCE entry requirements currently require you to demonstrate your suitability for teaching on a compulsory school placement, to complete the QTS skills tests and pass designated compulsory modules during your three years of undergraduate study.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The Primary Teaching Pathway is based on Newton Park campus. You'll have access to a wide range of excellent facilities, including:

You'll also undertake placements in schools.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £12,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Your personal statement must indicate clearly at least two weeks of recent experience of observing or working in a primary school. You need to write about this experience and discuss what you have learned from it, and also discuss why you are applying for a degree in Education Studies. There are no interviews for the undergraduate programme, however you will be formally interviewed prior to entry onto the PGCE programme in line with entry guidelines for teacher training provision.

Please be aware that you'll be required to complete a DBS through Bath Spa University as part of the admissions process for this course.

Note: The entry requirements for subsequent interview to the PGCE programme may alter (for example, if the NCTL changes entry requirements for PGCE courses). You’ll be advised of any changes during the degree.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level -Grades BCC- CCC preferred in addition to GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) preferred in a related subject in addition to GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 27 points with evidence of an interest in Education accepted in addition to GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Catherine Simon
Email: c.simon@bathspa.ac.uk

A contemporary skills based course producing highly employable professional biologists.

  • Flexible structure of course allowing breadth or specialism.
  • Practical course using contemporary learning methods.
  • High employability of graduates.

This course covers all the core aspects of biology, while allowing you to develop expertise in specialist areas. Biology has a strong practical element and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to study plants and animals in the wild as well as in our laboratories. There is also a strong human biology thread in our degree programme. As well as scheduled practical sessions, day trips and residential field trips provide the opportunity to study topics in greater depth.

“The Bath Spa Biology team gives you the confidence to go on and achieve any aim you set for yourself, and the freedom to explore science in the most incredible environment.”

Liza Stanley, Biology graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

The course covers a broad range of fundamental biology topics such as cell biology and genetics to plant, animal and human biology. In additional to these core topics, you have a wide range of modules to choose from, allowing you to develop a particular theme which interests you.

You’ll develop a broad range of skills; some specific to Biology, while others are useful in many professional environments. The course is ‘real-world’ focussed; you’ll graduate as a professional biologist prepared to solve a range of problems and keep up to date with scientific advances.

Course structure

Year one
The first year focuses on fundamental topics such as cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution, classification, food production and ecosystems. Associated practical classes give you hand-on experience of these concepts. Optional modules allow you to explore themes in more details such as biodiversity, human biology, food production, nutrition and biochemistry.

Year two
The second year covers a range of important human, animal and plant biology. You’ll consider important concepts in biology such as ethics, biosecurity, genetics and technology. Optional themes include ecology, microbiology, human pathophysiology, biodiversity and food product development allowing you to develop your interests at a higher level. You can also select optional modules in business, science publishing and psychology.

There is an optional sandwich year between your second and final year, giving you the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice and experience a relevant job.

Year three
Single honours and major students will carry out a dissertation in the final year. This substantial research project gives you the experience of being responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on a biology topic. In addition you may study topics in medical biology, nature conservation, nutrition, animal behaviour, marine biology, digital imaging and plant biology. Modules in business, psychology and science publishing are also available.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are varied, designed to be appropriate to the particular skills required for each module. Some modules have coursework and examinations, but many are coursework only. The practical nature of our assessment contributes to our high levels of graduate employment.

Types of assessment include scientific papers, posters, oral presentation, interviews, essays, reports, reviews, leaflets and video presentation. There are also plenty of opportunities to choose the biological theme on which you are assessed, allowing you to have deeper understanding of aspects of biology of interest to you.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught using a combination of teaching and learning methods. Interactive lectures provide you with fundamental knowledge which is enhanced by the practical skills you learn in supporting sessions. Around half of your contact time will be in lectures and half in practical or workshop sessions.

Opportunities

Biology with a year in professional practice (UCAS code: S117)

Subject to approval, you can opt to take a year in professional practice ('sandwich year') between your level 5 (year 2) and level 6 (year 3) studies.

This placement will enable you to put theory into practice, build professional networks and meet and work with potential employers. It will also help with work management and give you experience to bring back to your studies in your final year.

Your degree title will include the phrase “with a year in professional practice”, so it is clear to all employers that you have this experience as part of your degree.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Field trips

From Kew Gardens to Haverfordwest, you’ll have opportunities to participate in field trips across the Biology modules. Please note that you’ll have to pay a contribution towards the cost of some of these study visits.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as the NHS, Bristol Zoo, Operation Wallacea, English Nature and local authorities.

Careers

Biology graduates have a range of professions including teaching, medical lab assistant, wildlife trust warden and science technician. Graduates have been employed by companies including NHS, New Zealand Department of Conservation and RSPB.

Competitions and awards

We’ll encourage you to participate in local and national science festivals.

Each year we award five prizes to our students. These are:

  • the Bath Spa University Biology Prize for best performance (one per year of study);
  • the OUP Prize;
  • the CIWEM Prize.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll have access to our:

  • Laboratories
    Located in the Gardens area of the Newton Park campus, we have a number of well­-equipped recently refurbished laboratories dedicated to a variety of practical work. Some are used for specialist microbiological culturing and analysis, others for biochemistry and physiology.
  • Low Hazard Laboratory Space
    We have ‘low ­hazard’ laboratory space where you can carry out activities such as the preparation and assessment of food, exercise or psychological studies.
  • Biology Resources Room
  • Commons building
  • Newton Park library
  • Virtual Learning Environment

Resources

Biology students can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment from binoculars, to telescopes and video cameras.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

UK and EU students part time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We are looking for motivated, committed students who wish to push the boundaries of their academic knowledge and get the best possible preparation for their future career. You’ll want to become a socially engaged global citizen, ready to make a difference.

You’ll need to have a grade C or above in a science subject.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - A level grades  BCC -CCC with Grade C in Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science or Social Biology minimum.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma minimum grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in a science or related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points with evidence of study in Science accepted.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher)  in a science or related subject.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Get ahead

If you'd like to prepare for the course before you arrive there are a number of general biology textbooks that you can read. Contact us for further information on recommended texts.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Ian Todd
Email: i.todd@bathspa.ac.uk

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