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Education Secondary and Geography

BA (Hons) + PGCE

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Education Secondary and Art; PGCE
School/s
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Four years full-time (3+1).
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: 39G0
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 with a grade C in Geography or a related subject, and GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

View 'typical offers' for more information.

Combine your specialist subject with a secondary education degree, which leads to a secondary PGCE.

  • Gain the classroom experience employers are looking for through placements in schools each year.
  • Join our long-standing and highly respected School of Education, and benefit from strong partnerships with schools.
  • On successful completion of the undergraduate degree, you'll qualify for a guaranteed interview for our Secondary PGCE.

This secondary education degree is designed to enable you to gain real teaching experience before you embark on your PGCE. You'll study Education - in the broader contexts of professional practice, policy, teaching and learning - alongside the subject you're most passionate about.

In teaching, subject expertise and enthusiasm isn't enough to give you the edge. This award gives you the practical experience of working in schools with young people that employers are looking for. 

The course offers a guaranteed interview for our Secondary PGCE, and is flexible; we'll support you in achieving your aspirations as a professional educator - however they develop during the programme. You'll benefit from our tutors' wealth of research and practice-informed expertise when you join this community of learning and practice.

“I believe that completing the Education degree prior to starting the PGCE has provided an invaluable ‘foundation’ to the PGCE course.”

Samantha-Jayne Moore, graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll explore education from many theoretical and ideological perspectives in your core modules. This in-depth knowledge of the education industry, combined with your specialist subject knowledge, gives you that all-important edge when you embark on your professional education career.

Course structure

Year one
The first year introduces key concepts and skills that underpin the subject of Education Studies. In addition, the placement module provides you with a sound introduction to secondary schools via a school placement.

Year two
You’ll consider more deeply the current issues in education, such as pedagogy, pupil voice, special needs, assessment and classroom organisation. You’ll undertake a second school placement, this time with a focus on developing your professionalism.

Year three
This year, the Teaching and Professionalism module prepares you for the PGCE. For your dissertation, you'll explore an issue of your choice and use your creativity and the skills you've gained so far to develop a classroom resource to address it. You'll also have opportunities to engage with PGCE staff and students; this eases your transition to initial teacher training.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework includes essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. 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?

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. You’ll also benefit from regular visiting speakers – these include headteachers, PGCE staff, practitioners, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.

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

  • Education for Change
  • Introduction to Secondary Schools
  • Changing Schooling

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Issues in Education
  • Professional Practice in Secondary Schools
  • Understanding Classrooms

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Education Secondary Independent Project Part 1
  • Teaching and Professionalism in the Secondary School
  • Education Secondary Independent Project Part 2

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 eight to 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.

Careers

This course is designed to inform a range of education careers - from classroom teaching, to advisory roles that inform policy and practice both nationally and internationally.

Successful completion of the degree leads to a guaranteed interview for our Oftsted 'Outsanding' rated Secondary PGCE course.

Our students often enter the teaching profession in local schools and a range of other settings, and benefit from continued participation in the community of research and practice here at Bath Spa.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Your Secondary Education modules are based at Newton Park campus. You'll also undertake placements in schools in each year of your studies.

You'll benefit from access to a wide range of excellent facilities, including:

You'll have access to the PGCE team, particularly in your final year as you transition to intitial teacher training, and you'll also benefit from talks by guest speakers and incoming experts. Access to our research centre, TED-W, will give you the opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest in teaching research and excellence.

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 £13,700
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

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Your personal statement must indicate clearly at least ten days of recent experience of observing or working in a primary school. You need to write about this experience and reflect on what you've learned from it, and also discuss why you're applying for this secondary education degree.

Note: The entry requirements for subsequent interview to the PGCE programme may alter (for example, if the DFE 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 CCC preferred in addition to GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject, in addition to GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum score of 26 points with evidence of an interest in Education accepted, in addition to GCSE Grade C/4 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/4 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?

Find the Education Secondary combination you're interested in. Click the "apply now" button in the centre of the 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

"Education Secondary" is a name revision to the programme currently running as "Education (Secondary Teaching Pathway)".

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.

"...The extensive use of ArcGIS on the course greatly increased my employability, as all the major companies use this software - I use it daily in my job. My links to the Environment Agency were picked up in interviews as being of great benefit and provided a talking point."

Jennifer Drew, BSc (Hons) Geography
Geography Alumna, Jennifer Drew

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.

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.

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.

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
  • Global Development
  • Conservation Biology
  • Questioning Society
  • Visualizing the 21st Century World
  • Sustainability in Life and Work

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Contested Geographies: Histories and Debates
  • Geographical Research Methods
  • Geomorphology and Environmental Hazards
  • Climate and Society
  • Geographical Fieldwork
  • Geotechnologies for Society and Environment
  • Spatial Development Planning: A Global Perspective
  • Migration: Identity, Belonging, Citizenship and Security
  • Social Problems, Social Divisions, Social Justice
  • Crime, Law and Society
  • Environmental Management
  • Work Placement
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Geography Dissertation
  • Advanced Geographical Fieldwork
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Coastal and River Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Culture, Risk and Environmental Justice
  • Community Engagement

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 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.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

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.

"One of the most important elements of the course was the development of transferable skills that I now use on a daily basis and I think employers look for when reviewing candidates."

Matt Davies, BSc (Hons) Geography

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

UK and EU students part time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
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
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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 £13,700
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 

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