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Education (Secondary Teaching Pathway)

BA (Hons) + PGCE

Undergraduate degree - studied as part of a combined award

    Key facts

    Award
    BA (Hons); PGCE
    School
    Institute for Education
    Campus or location
    Newton Park
    Course length
    Four years full-time (3+1).

    UCAS codes

    Using our list of 'possible combinations', choose which combination you'd like to apply for. You'll find UCAS codes specific to that combination on the course's page.

    Entry requirements

    We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades BCC- CCC in addition to 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 Secondary).

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

    The Secondary Teaching Pathway is ideal if you intend to qualify as a Secondary school teacher (11-16 with post 16 enhancement). This route into teaching is very flexible – you won’t have to take your interview for a place on the PGCE if you change your mind in three years time.

    Education (Secondary Teaching Pathway) has to be studied as part of a combined course. You'll study Education (Secondary Teaching Pathway) alongside your specialist subject.

    “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. The compulsory module offers an introduction to Secondary 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 Secondary school researching an aspect of teaching and learning . Your compulsory module provides a deeper understanding of  primary  and  Secondary classrooms considering aspects of pedagogy, pupil voice, assessment and classroom organisation.

    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.

    In each of the  three years you’ll also take the Core module and a further 20 credit module in your specialist subject.

    How will I be assessed?

    In Education Studies you’ll be assessed through coursework. You are also required to pass the 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, where you can develop your understanding of Secondary level 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. 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 Secondary Teaching Pathway intend to enter the teaching profession. You’ll complete a three-year degree, with the option to continue onto the Secondary PGCE course , subject to meeting course requirements. 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 Secondary 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.

    Please be aware that you will be required to complete a DSB 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

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