Do you want to work within the field of education and make a positive impact on young people? The BA (Hons) Education and Innovative Learning aims to develop knowledge, skills and ultimately a passion for education in a range of contexts and prepare you for the world of work so that you can respond to current and future demands of education with a creative and adaptive approach.
It will provide you with innovative and forward-thinking pedagogical experiences and assessments that will develop key employability skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration which will enable you to become productive and effective member of the global workforce.
There are opportunities to undertake placements in a range of international settings such as Prague, Dubai, Budapest, Maastricht and Qatar which provide additional experiences and opportunities.
For those wishing to undertake a PGCE in order to obtain a teaching qualification, this course would provide the perfect platform for further study.
This course is subject to validation.
The course will focus on the use and development of digital skills as a way to create, to communicate, to work collaboratively and to develop leadership skills. Research is also a key component of the course and its design reflects the intention to provide as many opportunities as possible to develop and enhance the research skills of the students so that they become research-informed. The aim is to work in collaboration to develop individual research skills and thus enable access to higher degree opportunities as well as providing opportunities for career progression into leadership and management.
Underpinning the course, modules will introduce the necessary values, knowledge, attitudes and skills where the student will have the opportunity to develop, observe, practice and reflect in a range of environments allowing them to explore the interconnectedness of the theory so that they can translate it to practice in the wider context. The course is made up of five components in each year with the skills and knowledge building upon the previous year’s content.
This course is delivered through a combination of university-based and placement-based study and school placements.
The school-based element involves a placement in the first year with the option of returning to a school setting in the final year.
A typical week will include sessions on campus (lectures, workshops, seminars, for example) as well as sessions within an educational environment where you will work alongside your peers and staff.
Professional learning and development are key foci of the course and you will have the opportunity to engage with a range of experts within the field of education, external speakers and guest lecturers.
Developing your research skills is also a key aspect of the course and you will have the opportunity to develop your research skills through action enquiry projects so that it has impact within the educational environment.
Assessment includes written coursework tasks, seminar presentations, projects and simulated learning using cutting-edge technology which is assessed by USW staff and partners. Practical placement experience will be assessed each year in relation to the Professional Practice modules.
The course will provide a combination of university-based tuition and experiential opportunities across a number of placements and environments to provide a holistic and broad programme of study.
A distinctive and attractive element of this course will be the opportunity to undertake a final placement, at Level 6 in an international setting. The School of Education, Early Years and Social Work has strong links with Maastricht, Prague, Budapest and Qatar for placement opportunities.
In addition, USW’s established partnership with HAMK in Finland, with its campuses centred around southern Finland, along with its international partnerships in China and European countries such as Spain and Portugal will establish a wider portfolio for placement opportunities.
Students may choose to undertake an optional four-week international placement in their final year of study that will provide an educational experience and cultural awareness that will assist in the acquisition of new skills and knowledge to be discovered in the immersion of an international placement experience.
You will learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have specialist classrooms which simulate educational settings, a new science laboratory and a number of computer suites which will provide you with authentic learning opportunities. These learning spaces are designed to look like a school environment, allowing you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.
The course also makes use of range of technology which will enhance teaching and increase employability prospects.
What's more there are opportunities to gain additional awards including Apple Teacher; Google Teacher; Safeguarding; Outdoor Learning; First Aid; TEFL/TEAL; Food and Hygiene; Prevent; Play to learn; Physical Literacy; ELSA; Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Student Assistance Programme (SAP).
An enhanced DBS check and registration with the updating service is also required for this course – details will be sent to applicants at the appropriate time.
BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
Five GCSE passes to include Mathematics, English Language and Science at grade C or above.
Fitness to Practise
The University has a responsibility to ensure that students studying on professional courses are fit to qualify in their respective professions, regardless of performing well in assessments. A student’s fitness to practise may be assessed for a number of reasons, for example a drug/alcohol related problem, criminal conduct or disciplinary offences, mental ill health or any condition or disorder which would adversely affect the student’s performance. If it is believed that a student has breached professional standards or conduct, a Cause for Concern form should be completed and forwarded to the appropriate course leader, who will discuss the issue with the Head of School.
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured, please contact us.
Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is now available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course in 2018-19. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office administration fee and the online administration fee
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Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
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Costs are variable
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Costs are variable
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Cost is approximate
UK and EU students
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please register and apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Upon graduation, you will be able to consider some of the following, possible employment options - education officer; learning and teaching support assistants; education policy advisor; education and training co-ordinator; employment opportunities within the wider field of education, e.g. hospitals, charities, community education; opportunities which could arise as a result of the international placements; graduate apprenticeship opportunities; central government departments;
community and voluntary organisations; police and probation services; social services; universities; corporate careers (including customer services, public relations and human resources and educational programme designer.