Education Studies and Media Communications
Key features of the courses are:
- Education Studies at Bath Spa University is rated highly by students, with 91% satisfaction with teaching in the 2010-11 National Student Survey
- All our awards are very flexible and can be tailored to your personal interests and ambitions
- You will be able to choose from more than 45 modules which explore a wide range of subjects and issues
- All modules are taught by experienced and respected staff
- You will be able to take a placement in a school or other educational setting in each year of your programme
- You will have the opportunity to study overseas in each year of your programme
- You will be able to apply (in year three) to stay with us to take a PGCE primary or secondary : OfSTED has rated our teacher education courses as 'outstanding' in 2011
Education Studies will give you an in-depth understanding of the world of formal and informal education in the UK and around the world. Education depends on an essentially optimistic view: that through learning we can change the world for the better.
Why study Education Studies?
There are a number of options available for studying Education at Bath Spa University.
Single honours awards in Education Studies are ideal for students who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the world of education and education around the world. Four single honours awards are available:
- Education Studies
- Early Years Education
- International Education
- Youth and Community Studies
It is also possible to combine Education with another subject in our modular programme to achieve a joint honours degree.
- Education Studies: Combined Awards
See the Course Structure tab for more information.
Please be aware that the above degrees do not lead to a reserved place on a PGCE Primary course, although you may apply for a place on our PGCE in year three.
If you choose to study for the Combined Award, please be aware that there is a separate Student Handbook.
Education is a large subject at Bath Spa University so we are able to offer you various study options:
1. Education Studies (Single Honours award) (UCAS Code: X300)
Education Studies will give you an in-depth understanding of formal and informal education.
2. International Education (Single Honours award) (UCAS Code: X392)
These routes allow you to concentrate your study on either Education or International Education, but in your first year you will be able to take two modules from a selection of other modules related to your subject. This gives you a broader outlook on Education and its many related topics.
These routes are for those of you who are interested in the study of education but not yet certain about the professional route you are interested in developing beyond your degree.
If, however, you know at this stage that you would like to study a second subject alongside Education for all three years of your course (perhaps because your goal is to become a secondary teacher of that subject) you should look at Option 5 below – Education as part of a Combined Award.
You can also choose from two courses that are more directly linked to possible employment options;
3. Early Years Education (a specialised award) (UCAS Code: X312)
4. Youth and Community Studies (a specialised award) (UCAS Code: L590)
These awards offer you opportunities to both follow your academic programme and engage directly with professional practice in the relevant field which may give you an additional vocational qualification. You have a wide range of modules to choose from, but your module choices will be directly related to the specialism you have chosen (either Early Years or Youth and Community work) in order to prepare you for careers in these professions. There will be some core modules which you must follow on both these Specialised Awards which will be linked to possible professional occupations in either Early Years or Youth and Community. There will be opportunities to undertake some professional practice in your area of interest and your third year dissertation will be linked to your degree focus. As part of the Early Years Education specialised award, you will have the opportunity to gain a professional accreditation certificate in Childcare, Development and Learning.
5. Education as part of a Combined Award (with a second subject)
This option allows you to choose two subjects for all of your degree by taking two subjects throughout your three years and you can choose from a wide range of modules in both subjects. It is a suitable route for students who may wish to progress to a career as a teacher in a secondary school (for this you would need to apply to start a Secondary PGCE once you have completed your degree).
Whichever route you decide on there’s a wide range of relevant modules for you to choose from, along with some compulsory modules.
In Year 1, core modules introduce key concepts and skills that underpin the subject as well as modules in, for example: learning through life, early years education, adolescence, primary schools and education in Europe.
In Years 2 and 3 you will consider more deeply the current issues in education and how they relate to your particular course. You will think critically about teaching, diversity, inclusion, social and educational policy and explore global and international perspectives in education. There are opportunities to carry out original research and pursue your own interests in these areas.
There are also modules which give you the chance to work in schools and other educational contexts including early years settings and youth and community contexts where you can develop your understanding of the nature of children and young people’s development and teaching and learning.
Sample modules Include:
- Education for Change
- How Young Children Learn
- Young People's Sub-cultures
- International Perspectives on Education
Please note that if you know at this stage that you want to be a primary teacher you should apply to our specialised course which offers you a route to a teaching qualification. This is known as our ‘3+1’ course because it is four years in length in total – three years for the undergraduate degree element and one year for the postgraduate PGCE element.
You will be assessed through course work submitted during modules. Course work includes essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. We will provide you with prompt feedback on how well you are doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding. There are no examinations in Education Studies.
Bath Spa is a leading university in the field of Education Studies, and you’ll be taught by a very experienced and well qualified team of more than 50 tutors with different backgrounds as qualified teachers, academics, authors and researchers. At Bath Spa we believe in helping you understand the difficulties experienced by many children and young people for whom access to good formal and informal education is sometimes difficult. You’ll gain the knowledge, critical understanding and skills needed to explore the nature and functions of education in a rapidly changing world, and prepare for a range of professional employment.
As well as offering you an exciting undergraduate programme we also have full-time and part-time higher degrees which build on your undergraduate course and support you in professional development that will equip you to compete more effectively within the labour market. We have a flexible Education Studies Masters programme which allows you to develop further the focus of your undergraduate degree and includes modules such as Social and Education Policy, Education and Globalisation, Early Childhood Education, Work Based Professional Practice and Youth in the Community. From the moment you begin your undergraduate programme we will encourage you to think of yourself as maximising your opportunities by thinking of postgraduate options that will support your particular employment interests.
Whatever route you decide is right for you, we offer you the opportunity to become a committed, caring and creative professional- able to “make a difference”.
Teaching is through a mix 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 your minimum timetabled time will be 12 hrs per week. All modules are led by experienced and respected university staff. Many staff are active researchers and authors in the field of education studies - in years two and three they will introduce you to their particular specialisms and research interests through a range of optional modules. We also have regular visiting speakers - these include headteachers, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.
Placements occur in each year of the programme. In year two there is a compulsory placement in an educational setting or school. Optional modules provide further placement opportunities for you to work with young people both locally and internationally. The School of Education Partnership Office will 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.
Teaching quality excellence
22/24 in a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) assessment.
All full time applications are through UCAS.
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260–300 UCAS Tariff points.
Education Studies will provide the basis for you to work with learners – young people and older people – in different organisations: children’s centres, youth organisations and community organisations. You may choose to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including community organisations, youth clubs, businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations, museums, art galleries and libraries.
You will also be able to apply for PGCE courses in teacher training – but if you know at this stage that you want to be a primary teacher you should consider our specialised ‘3+1’ course.
If you think you would like to work in early years’ settings or youth and community organisations you should apply for the specialised awards in these areas. This will ensure you undertake placements relevant to your course and have specialised modules that you must follow to ensure the right experiences and knowledge to help you work in these fields.
As well as going on to study for the PGCE our graduates have been recruited by Notts Trent International College, Explore Learning, the NHS and many schools and Local Authorities working in Educational roles such as tutors, trainers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants.
What students say...
Student Profile: Kia Prescott, International Education
“The course has made me question all of my opinions I held before. Studying International Education has given me a better knowledge of geography, countries, cultures, global issues, politics and world history, all of which has given me a wider base and has helped in all my modules. This year there is a study trip to Zambia for students on the international module, and it will be the perfect opportunity to gain first-hand experience of education abroad.
Although the majority on the course want to be teachers it is understood that there are some who don’t, and this is catered for. I have a great interest in other countries and cultures, and I have not completely decided if I want to teach abroad yet – but Bath Spa are enabling me to keep my options open.”
The media is all-pervasive. It affects, influences, reflects and analyses ever aspect of our lives.
Media Communications explores and asks fundamental questions about media, its organisation, representations, audiences and impacts and influences.
Why study Media Communications?
In the 21st century our knowledge of major political, social and cultural happenings in the UK and across the world is usually shaped first by the media. This course explores and critically examines media as diverse as film, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, advertising, the net, mobile phones, tablets and video games.
In the first year our modules will equip you with the essential critical toolkit for understanding and analysing the media and conducting media research. There is one core module, Media Today. This will involve you in examining issues such as media technologies, media influence, media ownership and regulatory issues, globalisation, media representation and media effects, together with some practical media-making work involving social networking tools.
The core module will also introduce you to some of the key methods in media research through a series of case studies including war journalism, TV audiences, news reporting, soap operas and news interviews. In addition to the core module students in the first year can take modules on television, popular media culture, digital skills and media history.
In Years 2 and 3 you’ll explore issues of media power and the everyday, examining for example the influence of media messages and the ways media are embedded in the daily lives of audiences. Other modules look at the UK magazine industry, popular music cultures and media cultures of stardom and celebrity. In the third year you will undertake the study of media audiences, together with elective modules in gender and film, media technology, computer and video games and the central role that they play in our leisure time, community media, and the reporting of panics, disasters and terrorism.
At various points in the course, students have the opportunity to engage in media production projects and to undertake work-volunteering and work placement opportunities.
- Media Today*;
- Introduction to Television;
- Popular Media Culture;
- Before the Net: Media, History and Culture;
- Media Project;
- Digital Natives.
- Media Power and Audiences*;
- Commissioning and Work in the Media;
- Music Cultures, Media and Markets;
- Journalism and Citizenship;
- Television, Representation and Gender;
- Stardom and Celebrity;
- Print Media Culture
- Media Studies 2.0 Old and New Media;
- Work Placement
- Creative Enterprise Project;
- Media Fandom;
- Machinima: Virtual Filmmaking
- Popular Music Journalism;
- Feminist Film Criticism;
- Journalism: Practice and Profession;
- Media, Risk and Panic;
- Community Media.
* Compulsory modules.
By coursework assessment only, including:
- Media journal
- Applied media study
- Group presentations
- Individual presentations
- Essays and the dissertation.
There are no examinations.
Media Communications at Bath Spa examines and explores media as diverse as film, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, advertising, the internet, mobile phones, iPods, tablets, and video games. We provides students with an exciting and interdisciplinary approach to the study of media in contemporary societies. We study media in relation to their social, political, economic and cultural contexts and in relation to social relations and processes of change.
Lectures set out broad themes and issues from a range of existing media scholarship, while seminars stimulate discussion by encouraging student debate. Individual tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss your work with tutors on a one-to-one basis.
Teaching often incorporates group analysis of material from different aspects of the media such as: the media treatment of the environment, the spread of the Internet, the impact of the new technologies on news production and the role of Reality Television as a form of democratisation in contemporary society.
Teaching quality excellence
External Examiner 2012:
The modules represent a healthy variety of issues related to the study of communications, culture and the media and the material taught is stimulating.
All full time applications are through UCAS
For all enquiries about the course, please contact Dr Terence Rodgers, Department of Film and Media Production:
Telephone: (01225) 875659
280–320 UCAS Tariff points.
The main focus of interest for Media Communications graduates is the creative and cultural industries, which is one of the largest sectors of employment in the UK. These industries include advertising, journalism, publishing, film and film-related employments, television, radio and the heritage sector. There are also employment opportunities in local and central government and the voluntary sector.
Since 2011, employers such as
Link Publishing, BUPA, Ministry of Justice and Leicester College have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Marketing Assistant and Account Executive.
What students say...
Amy Tuckwell, Media Communications, graduated 2010:
"My time as a Media student at Bath Spa University was really the best three years of my life. Not only is it a beautiful campus, it is bursting with some of the most talented lecturers in their field. I moulded by goals and career plans at Bath Spa with the guidance and encouragement of the Media Department and I am indebted to them for that. I'm now a Production Manager Assistant at the BBC just two years after graduating and I'm proud to say that I honed my craft at Bath Spa."
Student statement in the National Student Survey 2012:
“The lecturing was absolutely fantastic. Having a team who were passionate about each of their sectors within the media industry really helped when studying.”