Education Studies and Psychology
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.”
Examine the science behind what makes people tick with this Psychology course.
- Effective teaching. 90% student satisfaction with teaching. Comments including ‘Engaging lecturers’ and ‘Enthusiastic teachers who care about the subject’.
- Employability focus. 93% of our graduates go on to work or further study.
- British Psychological Society accredited. Single Hons and Major Hons Psychology are British Psychology Society (BPS) accredited courses.
“The best thing about Bath Spa is that everyone really cares about you as an individual. The lecturers and tutors always go the extra mile to make sure that you get the most out of your degree, and the amount of contact time we had with them was brilliant.” – Madeleine Carter, Psychology graduate, 2014
Why study Psychology?
The scientific study of the human mind and behaviour is inherently fascinating. Our team of lecturers are passionate about the subject of psychology, using a range of teaching methods to engage and inspire you.
We are as much concerned about your student experience with us, as we are about your destination after graduation. You’ll graduate with a range of transferable skills – from data handling, computer skills and effective communication to teamwork, critical thinking and the application of theory to practice.
We aim to prepare you for many kinds of career, within and allied to Psychology, providing you with relevant skills and knowledge within an enabling and empowering learning environment.
The programme begins at a modest pace and ends by opening up conceptual and career possibilities that you may not have previously considered.
We begin by introducing you to the five main psychological perspectives: biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and social, alongside research methods. Additionally, the historical and conceptual underpinnings of Psychology will be explored throughout.
You’ll take a module that introduces you to the main psychological approaches – social, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and biological psychology (PS4001-40 Introduction to Psychology). You’ll also take modules in research methods including survey work and experimentation (PS4002-20 Research methods and Statistics), and Individual Differences (PS4003).
As you progress the main areas, covered in your first year, are studied in greater depth – individual modules are devoted to them. Students on the single honours course have the option to choose a placement module. For those taking Major or Single Hons Psychology there will also be further, more advanced courses in research methods.
In Years 2 and 3, you’ll be able to study the scholarly specialities of individual members of staff, such as health psychology, criminological psychology, and neuropsychology. This means that for each of the modules your tutor will have specific expertise and will be engaged in scholarly activity in that area.
You’ll continue your learning, with the same opportunities to study specialist topics as year 2. For those taking Psychology as a Major or Single Hons course, there will also be a dissertation involving working one-to-one with a member of staff on an original research project in psychology.
Note that module choice may differ depending on route-way. Single honours students may opt to take a placement module in year two.
Assessment varies and includes essays, debates, research reports, group presentations and examinations.
Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and follow-up seminars. In the case of research methods, however, much of the teaching is conducted via practical classes.
You’ll participate actively in seminars, and these are characterised by small-group work. Bookable tutorials enable you to have one-to-one discussions with staff.
The university offers an extra-curricular three- year Global Citizenship Programme which runs alongside the degree for all three years of the undergraduate degree. The programme includes a scholarship to fund international study (for UK and EU students only).
Further study abroad opportunities are available from our International Office and the ERASMUS programme.
Work placements, industry links and internship
We encourage you to undertake placement opportunities, especially in your second year. The opportunity to take a Placements module in second year is available. Students who take advantage of the Global Citizenship programme can use their scholarship to support the option of doing an international placement.
Our students make use of part-funded Santander internship and placement opportunities. Last year over 60 placements / internships across a variety of businesses were generated for students across all courses including psychology. These provided students with experience in areas such as marketing, multimedia and product design, filming and editing, business management, HR, customer services, research and analysis, project management and events.
List of current alumni careers
Some of our graduates have completed, or are currently taking postgraduate education at the Masters and PhD levels. Graduates with single or major honours in Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society) can apply directly for postgraduate training, in order to work towards becoming a professional psychologist.
The majority of psychology graduates, across the country, do not become professional psychologists. Some of our graduates have gone on to train in counselling. Many students choose to undertake PGCEs and a number of these are gaining experience for Educational Psychology courses. Other students go into management, sales and advertising, probation work and human resources. Psychology is an attractive option since students learn both numerative/scientific skills and people-skills.
At the end of the academic year, we award prizes to recognise achievements in academic success and reward effort and excellence. Prizes specific to Psychology are:
- The British Psychological Society Graduate Award
- Oxford University Press Prize for best dissertation
Facilities and resources
Newton Park Campus
Newton Park Library#
Teaching resources include EBSCO (online access to over 400 psychology-related journals), SPSS (statistical computer software for analysing quantitative data) and NVivo for qualitative data analysis. We also have a biopsychology lab where we make use of ‘biopac’ equipment (computerised biological measures such as EEG) for practicals and project work as well as other shared and dedicated laboratory spaces for research.
Teaching resources include EBSCO (online access to over 400 psychology-related journals) and SPSS (statistical computer software for analysing quantitative data). We also have a biopsychology lab where we make use of ‘biopac’ equipment (computerised biological measures such as EEG) for practicals and project work.
Staff Profile: Dr. Alison Lee Neuropsychologist
Dr Alison Lee who conducts research into the neuropsychological bases of Parkinson’s disease has collaborative research links with the University of Boston and is regularly asked to present her work at conferences. Dr. Lee is also course director for the Applied MSc in Neuropsychology that we run at Bath Spa.
Teaching quality excellence
Overall student satisfaction with teaching for courses in this subject area (2013): 95%
All full time applications are through UCAS
Typical offers are assessed individually, but in the range A-level grades BBB - BCC; BTEC DDM – DMM.
In addition to grades it is important to have a positive reference from a senior person in education on your UCAS form. Should your referee suggest that you are likely to gain the above grades and that you have a clear interest in psychology and are highly motivated, then an offer is likely to be made.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:
- A Level - BCC preferred. If studying Psychology, course requires grade B or higher. If Psychology is not an option, then we require a B in another A level subject.
- BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) preferred in a related subject.
- International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 27 points required.
- 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).
GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or higher or equivalent is recommended in addition to the above qualifications.
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.
For further information about the programme or other enquiries, please email us at email@example.com.
We have been collecting information about where our graduates work for a number of years. Many of our ex-students are currently collecting the relevant experience needed for placement on the BPS professional psychology masters and doctorates. Many of our graduates wish to work in mental health and to achieve this successfully it is recommended by the British Psychological Society (BPS) that graduates obtain as much relevant experience as possible. As a consequence of this we have had students volunteering (during their degree as well as after it) for organisations as varied as ‘Childline’, ‘The Samaritans’ and ‘Talk to Frank’ – the drugs helpline before applying for Clinical Psychology Doctorate programmes. We have several working in hospitals in jobs from orderly to assistant psychologist in preparation for their application. For other professional degrees, this is the same situation. We have prison ‘befrienders’, and prison tutors who have graduated in psychology, who ultimately wish to study towards coming Chartered Forensic Psychologists.
The majority of graduates in psychology across the country will not become professional psychologists. Some of our graduates have gone on to train in counselling (including some that have trained at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, as well as more local providers). Many students choose to undertake PGCEs and a number of these are gaining experience for Educational Psychology courses. Other students go into management, sales and advertising, probation work and human resources. Psychology is an attractive option since students learn both numerative/scientific skills and ‘people-skills’.
Students graduating with Single Hons or major Hons in Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society) can apply directly for postgraduate training in order to work towards becoming a professional psychologist.
Those taking a combined/minor award will need to take a further year’s ‘top-up’ conversion course should they wish to apply for postgraduate training in psychology.
Employers such as Wiltshire Youth Offending Team, Care Worldwide, MBA Associates Ltd., HM Prisons and the NHS have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Mentor for Youth Offenders, Social Worker, Healthcare Worker and Midwifery Research Assistant.
What students say...
Christelle Van Antwerpen, graduated 2014 from the BSc Psychology
"The course structure is very good at Bath Spa University, especially the option for neuropsychology in year three which is not offered everywhere. I particularly enjoyed the smaller groups at Bath Spa."
"The lecturers are exceptional and go above and beyond."
Christelle is now completing an MSc in Neuropsychology while working in conjunction with Dr Jade Thai at CRIC on projects involving MS/CFS patients and examining working memory pathways.
"I was impressed by the variety of assessments that the psychology team have in place. There are some very innovative assignments that provide an opportunity for students with different skills to do well."
"Employability issues are firmly embedded into the curriculum"