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Education and Geography (Primary Teaching Pathway)

BSc (Hons) + PGCE

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BSc (Hons) Education and Geography + 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: XF18
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 Geography, Sociology Economics or Science 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

Expand your understanding of the relationship between people and places.

  • Friendly, supportive team of lecturers, who are excellent teachers and active researchers.
  • Specialisms include river and coastal processes, poverty and development, environmental hazards, sustainability and climate change, culture and identities, geotechnologies and more.
  • Field trips currently include residential trips to Barcelona, the Lake District and Northern India.

Geography is about places and people. It is about understanding why 'here' differs from 'there', how people's lives vary in these different places, and how our own lives are dependent on people and places, near and far.

An ability to link environmental processes and social and spatial behaviours is a defining feature of geographical practice. As a result, Geography is clearly important in understanding today’s pressing global and local issues from climate change to sustainable development.

Studying Geography at Bath Spa University, you’ll learn geographical concepts, theories and knowledge, while gaining skills that can improve your career prospects. Geography graduates are valued by employers for this unique combination.

Our students consistently rate the course very highly, with over 90% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey every year for the past three years

National Student Survey

What you'll learn

Overview

We take an integrated approach to Geography; you’ll gain an understanding of both the human and physical aspects of the subject. However, a key feature of our course is that you can specialise more in the physical or human side as your interests, abilities and career plans evolve.

You’ll graduate with a range of skills that are highly valued by employers. These include scientific techniques and computer skills, as well as people skills like communication, team-work and critical thinking.

Course structure

Year one
The first year of this course introduces you to the exciting world of Geography at university. You’ll acquire foundational geographical knowledge, understanding and skills.  You’ll get a taste of a variety of geographies, and there are plenty of opportunities to do fieldwork, visiting local places such as the Mendip, Somerset Levels and Bristol.

Topics you’ll study include:

  • examining contemporary geographical issues;
  • learning about unfamiliar physical environments and different societies and cultures;
  • exploring key issues such as development and sustainability;
  • how to use the technologies, methods, techniques and equipment that geographers need to use.

Year two
This year you start to specialise in your geographical interests. Greater emphasis is placed on research methods; you’ll learn a wide range of useful geographical methods and techniques, both in the classroom and in fieldwork settings where you’ll apply your growing mastery of your subject to real-world problems and issues. We also give you the chance to engage with the Royal Geographical Society and other professional bodies as we begin to help you map out potential career paths.

Optional topics include:

  • climate change
  • geomorphology
  • river management
  • environmental hazards
  • exciting new geotechnologies
  • urban geographies of global cities
  • work placement or volunteering overseas
  • field trip to India

Year three
This year you’ll further specialise your geographical interests. You’ll develop your skills as an independent scholar by undertaking primary research that will enable you to demonstrate the theoretical and practical aspects of your geographical interests. Alternatively, you can undertake an extended work placement with a relevant research report. There’s a huge variety in choice in what you do for a dissertation and throughout the study you’ll benefit from one-to-one tuition and expert guidance.

The rest of the third year is made up of more specialised topics, including:

  • climatology
  • coastal management
  • development and disasters
  • identities and inequalities in society
  • Globalisation
  • environmental justice
  • field trip to Lake District or Barcelona
  • community placement

How will I be assessed?

You’ll experience a variety of different assessment methods throughout your degree. These include essays, project reports, presentations, posters, video clips, fieldcraft assessments, reflective items, time-constrained tests and examinations. These will give you a rich and diverse skills learning experience, be of real benefit in the search for a good career, and be useful in your professional activities.

How will I be taught?

Good teaching is important to us; our graduates highly rate the quality of teaching on the course. In our friendly department you’ll benefit from small classes, specialist expertise, and up-to-date technologies, including ArcGIS, GPS survey instruments, campus river gauging and digital ‘met’ stations.

Our rural site is a superb natural laboratory where you’ll learn a range of scientific techniques including field sampling and the use of laboratory instruments for sediment and water analysis. You’ll experience lectures and workshop or seminar-based teaching, with small groups to enable discussion about specific topics.

Opportunities

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 Australia, Finland and the USA.

Field trips

“Field trip opportunities have been brilliant and a really valuable experience”
–Geography graduate, 2015

We’re committed to giving you a relevant, interesting and useful degree; fieldwork is integral to this. There are various field days during modules, as well as residential fieldwork options in the UK and overseas in Years 2 and 3.

You’ll visit places and landscapes such as Avebury, Mendip, the Somerset Levels, the Welsh National History Museum, the Royal Geographical Society in London, and the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. Residential trips currently go to Spain, the Lake District and Northern India. Please note that you’ll have to make a financial contribution towards some of these residential study visits.

Work placements, industry links and internships

There are opportunities to undertake work placements in your second and third year – this is an excellent way to gain experience in the workplace.

Guest speakers from industry contribute to the learning experience throughout the course. This engagement with potential employers will help you make those all-important career decisions when you graduate.

Competitions and awards

There are prizes awarded each year in recognition of excellence in the core modules. This culminates with the Geography Project of the Year Award, for the best dissertation.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught on Newton Park campus, with access to a range of facilities including:

Resources

We have all the latest technologies and learning resources. You’ll have access to IT laboratories with geographical software such as ArcGIS and Idrisi. In addition we have a comprehensive stock of field and laboratory equipment.

Other resources available include Leica Smart Rovers and Laser Scanner, handheld Global Positioning System devices, survey seismograph, Russian and standard sediment corers, teaching microscopes, stream flow meters, particle size analysis kits, digital Schmidt hammers, digital weather station, campus stream gauging station, digital dictaphones, digital video cameras, tablets and laptops.

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’re looking for interested and motivated students who understand the importance of a geographical perspective on the issues facing society today.

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 with Grade C in Geography, Sociology Economics or Science
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points required.
  • 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).

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

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