Education

Degree Schemes

Education is studied in honours degrees with another subject. There are three types of honours degrees, depending upon the proportions which are devoted to the two subjects.

Major Education (two-thirds) is available with the following Minor (one third) subjects:

SubjectScheme Code
Human Geography X3L7
German X3R2
History X3V1
Mathematics X3G1
Spanish X3R4

Join Education (half) is available with the following (half):

SubjectScheme Code
Cymraeg QX53
Drama and Theatre Studies WX43
English Literature QX33
Film and Television Studies WX63
Fine Art WX13
French RX13
History VX13
Human Geography LX73
Irish Language and Literature (Welsh medium course) QXM3
Mathematics GX13
Performance Studies (to be withdrawn for 2014 entry) XW34
Physical Geography FX83
Spanish RX43
Welsh QX53
Welsh History VXF3

Minor Education (one-third) is available with the following Majors (two-thirds):

SubectScheme Code
Environmental Earth Studies F6X3
French R1X3
German R2X3
History V1X3
Human Geography L7X3
Mathematics G1X3
Physics F3X3
Physical Geography F8X3
Spanish R4X3

Admission Requirements

The general entry requirements are 280 UCAS points, as well as specific grades for the other subject where applicable. Applications are welcomed on the basis of: Advanced GNVQ, BTEC National Diploma, Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level), Scottish certificate of Education (Higher Grade), Access and mature age. We have traditionally attracted a number of mature students to our degree schemes, who bring a wealth of experience to share both formally and informally with their fellow students. We also welcome applications which are made on the basis of qualifications of other countries in addition tot hose named above.

Course Structure

The full time duration of this course is 3 years, but there is flexibility to study on a part-time basis. During the course, you will study a combination of core modules, which are obligatory, and non-core modules, which you choose from those on offer. The modules are outlined below, with a brief description of the core modules, which are listed in bold type.

Year 1

Policies and Issues in Education

This module provides an introduction to education policies and issues in England and Wales. It sets current education policy in the context of historical educational developments and change, whilst introducing some major contemporary education issues. This module is also delivered through the medium of Welsh as: Polisiau a Materion mewn Addysg.

Child Development

Students are introduced to the methods of child study, childcare practices and developmental psychology. The module also explores the nature versus nurture debate, and the development of racial and gender attitudes in young children.This module is also delivered through the medium of Welsh as: Datblygiad Plant.

Young Children Learning

You will examine influences on the development of the child in the home, the community and the pre-school group. The module discusses the transition from home or play group to school, and examines the nature of the learning environment and its relevance to the development of skills.This module is also delivered through the medium of Welsh as: Plant Ifanc yn Dysgu.

Year 2

Psychology of Learning and Thinking

This module aims to extend students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the major theories of how we think and learn. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own learning style and relate it to the key concepts in the field. This module is also delivered through the medium of Welsh as: Seicoleg Dysgu a Meddwl.


Optional modules include

  • Literacy in young children (This module is also delivered through the medium of Welsh as: Llythrynnedd mewn Plant Ifanc)
  • Research methods(This module is also delivered through the medium of Welsh as: Dulliau Ymchwil)
  • Cultural diversity in Education
  • Bilingual education
  • Working with Children
  • Making sense of the curriculum

Year 3

Critically Reflecting and Evaluation Learning and Skills

In this module you will be encouraged to reflect upon and evaluate what you yourself are learning and, through that evaluation, to consider general questions of how assessment contributes to the educational process. What does assessment need to find out; and for whose benefit? The module deals with the whole range of assessment, from informal assessment in the classroom to assessment systems at a national scale. (This module is also delivered through the medium of Welsh as: Gwerthuso Ac Adlewyrchu Ar Sgiliau Dysgu Yn Gritigol)


Optional modules include

  • Children and the media
  • Major dissertation (This module can be submitted in Welsh)
  • Mathematical development in the early years
  • Special educational needs
  • Health and education
  • Communicating Science: the Scientists, the Media and the Public
  • Language and Gender