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Education Studies and Geography

BA/BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA/BSc (Hons) Education and Geography
School/s
School of Education, School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: XF38 or S104
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 CCC preferred with grade C in Geography, Sociology Economics or Science.

View "typical offers" for more information.

A dynamic course for those interested in all aspects of education.

  • Flexible approach, with a focus on the core disciplines of education studies including philosophy, sociology and history.
  • Gain professional expertise and experience in the education sector with a wide range of placement and volunteering opportunities.
  • Make a positive impact for good – our degree prepares you to be an active and thoughtful citizen.

Bath Spa is a founding member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), and was among the first universities to establish Education Studies as a degree subject in 1999. Since then, the School of Education has been influential in the development of the subject.

Education studies is about how people develop and learn, the nature of knowledge and critical ways of knowing. As a student, you’ll analyse educational processes and their cultural, social, political and historical contexts, and gain perspectives on economic relationships, globalisation, international education, ecological issues and human rights. Education studies also deals with beliefs, values and principles in education and the way that they change over time.

Education studies provides a sound basis of critical analysis, preparing you for a variety of professional career routes in education.

“This experience really helped me consider what I wanted to do – I knew I wanted to help educate children, but I hadn't considered many of the aspects that have been presented to me in the past two years.”

Megan Hinton, Education Studies student

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the core disciplines that contribute to the study of education: history, philosophy, psychology and sociology
  • the diversity of learners and the complexities of the learning process;
  • the development of schooling, teaching and education policy in the UK and internationally;
  • the wider economic, political and socio-cultural contexts of education
  • enquiry methods used in education;
  • career options across the education sector

You’ll gain first hand experience of the education sector through the professional placement module in your second year. This is designed to help formulate your career identity and professional development needs. You’ll further learn how to present your ideas confidently in a variety of ways, know how digital technology is used for various learning and professional purposes and to work both collaboratively and independently.

Course structure

Year one

You’ll be introduced to the basic principles of education: who we educate, why we educate and how we educate.

You’ll gain an understanding of how educational enquiry informs policy and practice, and get an introduction to some of the key disciplines and theoretical perspectives that inform the study of education.

Year two

Using an interdisciplinary approach, you’ll focus on understanding the core issues impacting educational experience and outcomes.

In semester two, you’ll engage in a placement in a professional education setting such as with a local authority service, charitable or youth organisation or school. This will enable you to see firsthand how theory translates into practice, and permit you to try out potential career options.

You’ll have time to reflect on your career identity and your professional development needs. You will work closely with our careers service in understanding the career opportunities available to you across the education sector, both at home and abroad.

Professional Placement Year

The optional Professional Placement Year between level 5 and level 6 is an ideal opportunity to further develop your understanding of the professional education sector. It allows you to ‘try out’ a potential career pathway and to focus on the acquisition of key professional skills. It’s also a good way to grow your professional networks.

Year Three

Your final undergraduate year is an excellent transition into employment or further study. You’ll continue to develop your own interests and apply theoretical perspectives through a wide range of optional modules.

The core modules offer a supported approach to educational enquiry through the taught dissertation. You’ll be able to study an area of interest using principally desk-based approaches. You’ll work together in action learning sets, gaining weekly support from your peers and academic tutors.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be formally assessed through coursework. There are no exams.

Assessments could include essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. We’ll provide you with regular feedback on how well you’re doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

We provide many opportunities for formative assessment and feedback as well as a personal reflection on your progress, learning needs and goal setting.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mix of lectures, seminars, online directed tasks and individual tutorials. Seminars provide opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates. In year one and two your minimum timetabled time will be 12 hours per week.

You’ll be taught by experienced university staff, many of whom are actively engaged in academic research and publication which informs their teaching. You will also benefit from visiting speakers – these include headteachers, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors – and our careers advisors and experts in academic skills based in the Writing and Learning Centre.

Course modules

This award offers a range of core, required and optional modules that provide you with a firm foundation in the study of education that will enable you to transition into your chosen professional career in the sector or into further or postgraduate study.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Education for Change
  • Changing Education
  • Introduction to International Education
  • Working with Young People in the Community
  • Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Philosophical Enquiry and Education
  • A Case Study of Catalonia: Education, Space and Society
  • Educational History and Heritage

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Issues in Education
  • Professional Practice in Education
  • Education and International Development
  • Literacy Learning in a Multi-media World
  • Supporting Learners with Additional Needs
  • Critical Approaches to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties in Education
  • Environment and Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Youth in Society: Power, Politics and Participation
  • Values, Philosophy and Education: Dialogicality in Action

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Education Dissertation: Part 1
  • Education Dissertation: Part 2
  • Global and International Education
  • Building Bridges: the Team Around the Child / Young Person
  • Learning in Mathematics
  • Creativity and Digital Technologies in Education
  • Education, Policy and the State
  • Childhood, Reading and Children’s Literature
  • Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education
  • Young People, Identities and Subcultures
  • Professional Practice: Supporting the Dyslexic Learning in the Classroom
  • Learning in Science
  • Culture, Creativity and Society: Perspectives in Art Education
  • Identity, Philosophy and Education
  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood
  • Symbolic Representations: Young Children Making Meaning

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world, by taking advantage of our Erasmus+ and Study Abroad programmes.

There are opportunities to undertake extra-curricular study visits abroad. In your first year there is an opportunity to take part in a study visit to Spain; in year two in Zambia; and in your final year, Nepal. Please note that these trips involve additional costs, e.g. for travel and accommodation.

You can also arrange your own international placement. You can find out about the University Study Abroad programme here

Work placements, industry links and internships

100% of our undergraduate students in the School of Education take part in a placement during the course of their degree. In year two there is a compulsory placement for all students of Education Studies in a professional educational setting within the sector or in a school.

Previous students have also worked with charities, youth centres, and third-sector organisations, Local Authorities as well as schools and early years settings and in Higher Education departments.

We’ll also support you in finding volunteering opportunities during your time with us.

You can find out about volunteering, and peer mentoring on our website.

Careers

Education Studies will provide an excellent basis for you to work with learners of all ages in different settings and contexts. You may choose to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including local community , youth clubs, businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations and charities, museums, art galleries and libraries or policymaking.

As well as going on to study for the PGCE our graduates have been recruited by Nottingham 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.

For those wishing to apply for PGCE or equivalent initial teacher training courses we can support you through the process.

If you are considering primary or early years teaching as a career option at this stage and have GCSE passes (Grades 4-9/A*-C) in maths, English and Science you may like to look at our Education Primary and Early Years programme here leading to a guaranteed interview on our Primary PGCE programme.

For those interested in Secondary education and have GCSE passes in maths and English you may be interested in our Education Secondary degrees. These are taken in combination with your chosen subject specialism and again lead to a guaranteed interview on our Secondary PGCE programmes.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught on Newton Park campus.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities including:

Resources

You can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment, from cameras to laptops.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional 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. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for critical and compassionate students. We value creativity, and the ability to think outside the box is an important trait we look for in candidates.

Typical offers

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

  • A-level – grades CCC accepted
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum score of 26 points with evidence of an interest in Education
  • 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 evidence of an interest in Education.

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

Three year course
With placement year

Tackle pressing local and global issues with a Bath Spa University Geography degree.

  • Accredited by the Royal Geographical Society, our Geography course prepares you to address the needs of the world beyond university.
  • Learn from a skilled team of lecturers with a wide range of expertise – from geomorphology to sustainability – and networks across the globe.
  • Experience how Geography plays a part in different cultures and environments through residential field trips both at home and abroad.

Geography is about places and people. This link between environmental processes and social behaviours means that the study of Geography is essential in understanding today’s pressing global and local issues – from climate change to sustainable development.

During your Bath Spa Geography degree, you’ll study specialisms such as poverty and development, sustainability, cultural identities and representation, river and coastal processes, and geotechnologies. You’ll mix fieldwork and data collection techniques with a further understanding of communities and environments.

You’ll develop your knowledge of a wide range of geographical concepts and theories, all while gaining skills that employers look for: communication, research, data management and analysis, problem solving and IT skills – specifically in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing. You'll also produce a video-clip and a personal website in your second year.

Find out more about Geography at Bath Spa on TwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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. As your curiosity, abilities and career plans evolve, you can choose to specialise in the aspects of Geography – whether physical or human – that interest you.

The best Geography university courses are characterised by meaningful partnerships between students and staff. We’re a small, accessible team and we take the time to get to know you. Research – at the cutting edge of diverse topics such as global challenges, migration, identities and citizenship – underpins our teaching.

Our rural campus is in itself a natural laboratory that gives you the opportunity to use your growing skills, alongside state of the art equipment (GIS, satellite data and Geotechnologies), to investigate the world on your doorstep.

You’ll graduate with a range of skills that are highly valued by employers, from scientific techniques and computer skills to people skills such as communication, teamwork, independent research, data collection, fieldwork and critical thinking.

Course structure

Year one
In your first year, you’ll acquire foundational geographical knowledge, understanding and skills. You also get a taste of a variety of geographies, and benefit from plenty of fieldwork opportunities to local sites such as the Mendips, Somerset Levels and Bristol.

Topics of study include:

  • Contemporary geographical issues
  • Unfamiliar physical environments, different societies and cultures
  • Development and sustainability
  • How to use the technologies, methods, techniques and equipment that geographers need.

Year two
Start to specialise in your geographical interests. Greater emphasis is placed on research methods; you’ll learn a wide range of useful geographical techniques, both in the classroom and in fieldwork settings.

You apply your growing mastery of your subject to real-world problems and issues. The history of Geography forms a core part of the course, and we also give you the chance to engage with the Royal Geographical Society and other professional bodies as we help you begin to 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
  • Field trip to India.

Year three
Continue to specialise. 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.

There’s a huge variety of topics to choose from for your dissertation, and throughout it, you’ll benefit from one-to-one tuition and expert guidance.

Optional topics include:

  • Climatology
  • Coastal management
  • Development and disasters
  • Identities and inequalities
  • Globalisation
  • Environmental justice
  • Advanced Geographical Fieldwork (trips to the Lake District or Barcelona)
  • Community engagement.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll experience a variety of different assessment methods throughout your Geography degree. These include essays, project reports, presentations, posters, video clips, fieldcraft assessments, reflective items and time-constrained tests and examinations. These will give you a rich and diverse skill set, designed to be of real benefit in pursuit of your career goals.

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 also learn social scientific techniques e.g. surveys and landscape interpretation.

Lectures, workshops and seminar-based teaching within small groups enables discussion about specific topics.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Environment, People and Place
  • Geographical Skills
  • Applied Geographies
  • Global Development
  • Visualizing the 21st Century World
  • A case study of Catalonia: Education, Space and Society
  • Sustainability in Life and Work
  • The World in Ten Objects

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Contested Geographies: Histories and Debates
  • Geographical Research Methods
  • Future Cities
  • Hazards, Vulnerability and Resilience
  • River and Coastal Systems
  • Climate and Society
  • Geographical Fieldwork
  • Geotechnologies for Society and Environment
  • Migration: Identity, Belonging, Citizenship and Security
  • Social Problems, Social Divisions, Social Justice
  • Crime, Law and Society
  • Environmental Management
  • Representing the American West
  • Work Placement
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Geography Dissertation Part 1
  • Geography Dissertation Part 2
  • Advanced Geographical Fieldwork
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Climatology
  • Coastal and River Management
  • Environmental Change
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Culture, Risk and Environmental Justice
  • Community Engagement
  • Work, Identities and Organisations

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, the Netherlands and the USA.

Field trips

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 two and three.

You’ll visit places and landscapes such as Mendip, the Somerset Levels, the Royal Geographical Society in London, and the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. Residential trips currently go to South Wales (year one), Northern India (year two) and Barcelona and the Lake District (final year specialist options). Please note that you’ll have to make a financial contribution towards all of these residential study visits.

Work placements, industry links and internships

There are opportunities to undertake work placements in your second year – this is an excellent way to gain experience in the workplace. Students have worked with local organisations such as Send a Cow, African Initiatives, Local Planning authorities, environmental organisations and the National Trust.

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 at our Newton Park campus, with access to a range of facilities including:

Resources

We have the latest technologies and learning resources. You’ll have access to IT laboratories with geographical software such as ArcGIS. 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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional 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. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for interested and motivated students who understand the importance of Geography on contemporary issues.

Typical offers

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

  • A-level – grades 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
Course leader: Heather Winlow
Email: h.winlow@bathspa.ac.uk 

Three year course
With placement year

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