BSc (Hons) Education for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Are you enthusiastic about STEM and want to share your enthusiasm with others? Have you always wanted to make a real and positive impact on the education of young people and adults? Are you somebody who wants to make a difference to the world by educating others on how STEM impacts on our lives?

This degree will prepare you to become a competent, thoughtful, reflective and innovative practitioner, and will develop the subject-specific knowledge and skills to allow progression to PGCE routes of study for those wishing to train to be a STEM teacher.

The course has a placement opportunity in each of the three years of study so that you can relate what you have been taught to a real-world situation. The placements will be undertaken in a number of different environments including the community, school, industry and an international placement in the final year.

This course is subject to validation.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
X3G1 Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C

Across the course, you will explore STEM themes to interconnect the separate elements so that they have relevance and meaning, all underpinned with learning theory and strategies to educate others. 

You will study the science, mathematics and technology that relates to the world you live and work in. You will learn how to take a complex subject and be able to assimilate and transfer this knowledge so that it can be communicated to a wide range of audiences.  For example, 'genetics' that it can be understood, accessed and related to by a 4-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 40- year-old. By making STEM relevant and give it context, this will generate interest and a desire to learn more and to passion this knowledge to others. 

Each year of study explore themes of study and the modules and assessments have been designed to interconnect the STEM strands.

Year One

  • Practical Science - 20 credits 
  • Skills for Technology - 20 credits
  • Numeracy for Life - 20 credits
  • How we learn - 20 credits
  • Professional Development 1 – Skills for Success - 20 credits
  • STEM in the community - 20 credits

Year Two

  • Developing Science - 20 credits
  • Innovation and Enterprise using Technology - 20 credits
  • Mathematical Modelling - 20 credits
  • STEM Futures 20 - 20 credits
  • Professional Development 2 – The STEM Professional - 20 credits
  • STEM in the workplace - 20 credits

Year Three

  • Applied Science - 20 credits
  • Applied Technology - 20 credits
  • Applied Mathematics - 20 credits
  • Professional Development 3 – Next Steps - 20 credits
  • Applied Professional Project 40 - 20 credits


This course is delivered through a combination of university-based study and placements.

A typical week will include sessions on campus. You will also have scheduled blocks for placement and professional reflection days which will be identified across the academic year.

Personal and professional development are key foci of the course and you will have the opportunity to engage with a range of partners, external speakers, employers 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 STEM sector.

A typical timetable for week would be made up of formal lectures, practical workshop sessions, tutorials, simulation session and seminars. Notional contact hours are 12 – 15 hours a week. You will also be required to undertake independent study out side of this scheduled timetable. Please note that during weeks of placement, you will need to be available the whole week. Placement dates are available on request.


Assessment includes written coursework tasks, seminar presentations, projects and examinations that embrace and encourage the use of technology and social media.


The course has a placement opportunity in each of the three years of study so that you can relate what you have been taught to a real-world situation.  The placements will be undertaken in a number of different environments including the community, school, industry and an international placement in the final year of the course.


On campus, you will learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have a new science laboratory and a number of specialist classrooms and computer suites, which will provide you with authentic learning opportunities.

During the course, you will also have access to excellent design and technology facilities at a local secondary school. These learning spaces are designed to look like a real-world environment, allowing you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to gain professional accreditation e.g. STEM Ambassador and D&T Health and Safety training.

The course also makes use of range of technology within its teaching and you will have access to the Hydra Minerva simulation suite where you will experience real situations.


Entry criteria detail typical offers, but USW considers all applications on an individual basis, which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. 

Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. A Science / Technology / Mathematics qualification profile at level 3 or demonstrable experience of working in the STEM sector where comparable knowledge and skills could be evidenced are required as subject specific qualifications for entry to the course.

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.

An interview is required for this course.


Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma in a in a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject 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)


Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points) with must include  Science / Technology / Mathematics subjects


Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD  in a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level in a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).


Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).


Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

Five GCSE passes to include Mathematics, English Language and Science at grade C or above. See equivalence guidelines.

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.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

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.

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.20
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
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.
Travel to placements and any additional costs levied by placements *
Costs are variable
International placement settings
Costs are variable
Professional Accreditation costs (DATA Health and Safety accreditation) * £24
Cost is approximate
Laboratory coat / apron and scientific calculator * £40
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. 

International students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

The School of Education, Early Years and Social Work take great pride in the outstanding success it has demonstrated with progression into employment with an average trend of 97% engaged in employment post-course. This course has been designed to reflect and address the market shortages across STEM. The established delivery team has a proven record of developing the highest standards of graduates.

Graduate prospects have traditionally been high with many of the students being offered employment following their placement. The course prepares students to consider diversifying their subject base underpinned by pedagogy to enhance their employability

Graduates will have the opportunity to explore STEM within an educational context across different environments. The School prides itself on the employability of its graduates and their long-term resilience of both staying within the sector as well as being promoted to roles of responsibility in a short time frame after graduation. Post course, there are a number of potential progression routes that would be available and have been considered during the course design to ensure their availability and viability: Employment across the STEM sector e.g. Regional STEM programme coordinator for education charity; STEM graduate Teaching Assistant; STEM coordinator; Education officer; Public affairs and campaign manager (STEM promotion); Bid coordinator (corporate responsibility); Education policy advisor; Education and training coordinator.

Employment opportunities within the wider field of education, e.g. community education, charities; teaching in institutions where QTS is not required, e.g. GTP, academies, Teach First and international schools. What's more, international opportunities could arise after the international placement.