BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours Programmes

BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours Programme

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Course Overview

​Our joint honours degree programme within the Cardiff School of Education, offers students the unique opportunity to combine subjects from within​ the Humanities and Education subject areas of:​ 

The Course Content section below will provide you with an introduction to each of the subject pathways and an overview of how these subjects can be combined to graduate wi​th a named degree. There will also be links to further in depth subject information, including the modules you may study.

Course information on this page relates to 2017 entry.​

Course Content

Depending upon the degree you apply for you will study TWO of the following subjects:​​​​​

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing modules are taught by published authors who have hands-on experience of writing for publication. The Creative Writing element of your degree will develop your thinking through textual and practical exploration, and equip you with a wide variety of writing skills and methodologies in relation to different genres (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, non-fiction, etc.). You will be encouraged to consider textual influence and experiment with different styles. At the core of the degree is your development as a writer and the honing of skills that you can use to find jobs in a variety of creative industries such as publishing, journalism and marketing. You'll cultivate your individual voice and writing style through revision and editing, and share your writing and thinking with your fellow students in a supportive and evaluative environment. We encourage and support our students to seek publication and to develop a writing portfolio for prospective employers.

Creative Writing can be combined with the following subjects to graduate with one of the following named degrees:

  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Media (D3K2) 
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing (J42W) 
  • BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing (QW38) ​

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our Creative Writing web page.


Drama

The Drama side of the degree introduces you to a range of theatre genres, playwrights and practitioners using both textual and practical exploration. You will be encouraged to consider the influences from which theatre is made, experiment with performance styles and analyse theatre practice. In addition, you have the opportunity to develop your own skills as a theatre maker, as both performer and director. You will also explore how drama can be applied to a range of community and educational settings, which will complement your work-based placement in year two.

Drama can be combined with the following subjects to graduate with one of the following named degrees:

  • BA (Hons) Drama and Media (8GF3) 
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing (J42W) 
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies & Drama (XW34) 
  • BA (Hons) English & Drama (QW34)  ​

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our Drama web page.


Early Childhood Studies

The focus is on the 0-8 years age range and you will examine key issues such as child development, inclusive practice and observational practice in an early years' setting (which incorporates a work–based placement). Practical workshops link theory and practice together and are an integral part of the course. In particular, you will engage with the outdoor environment as an educational setting for young children.

Early Childhood Studies can be combined with the following subjects to graduate with one of the following named degrees:

  • BA (Hons) Education Studies & Early Childhood Studies (X300)  ​

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our Early Childhood Studies​ web page.

Please note: Early Childhood Studies can also be taken as a single Honours programme. For further information, please visit the Early Childhood Studies Single Honours ​page.


Education Studies

Education Studies is the study of psychological, sociological, historical and political issues that shape education. The focus of this course is on learning throughout life and explores education across the age ranges, from early childhood into adulthood. We critically examine key educational research and policy and how these impact on education. The course blends theory with practice and will extend your knowledge and understanding of education provision in a range of contexts, both at home and abroad.

Education Studies can be combined with the following subjects to graduate with one of the following named degrees:

  • BA (Hons) Education Studies & Drama (XW34) 
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies & Early Childhood Studies (X300) 
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies & English (XQ33) 
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies & Sport & Physical Activity (XB39) 
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies & Welsh (XQ35)
  • BA (Hons) English Language Teaching and Education Studies (56D2) 

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our Education Studies web page.​

We are delighted to deliver Education Studies modules through the medium of Welsh. This is a great opportunity for both first and second language Welsh medium students to continue to develop their written and spoken Welsh in a supportive environment.


English

The study of English engages with your enthusiasm for reading and literature, and introduces you to advanced critical thinking in the form of theoretical practice. This subject pathway combines a thematic and chronological approach to English literature and considers the teaching of English with various age groups. Our emphasis on your own research enables you to develop your interests in the discipline.

English can be combined with the following subjects to graduate with one of the following named degrees:

  • ​BA (Hons) English & Media (QP33)
  • BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing (QW38)
  • BA (Hons) English & Drama (QW34) 
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies & English (XQ33) 
  • BA (Hons) English Language Teaching and English (853R)

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our English web page.


English Language Teaching (ELT)

The first year will cover an introduction to TESOL, English language awareness, as well as lesson planning and delivery. The second year of the programme is based on the Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) course and, once completed, will provide students with the most widely accepted English language teaching qualification in the world.

Students who successfully achieve the CELTA qualification would be eligible to work both in the UK and overseas in work placements. The third year builds on the professional knowledge of the second year and provides students with knowledge of materials development and syllabus design, as well as practical experience of teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). In these modules, students will garner a level of experience that is sought by employers who are looking at filling managerial posts in English language schools throughout the world .

English Language Teaching can be combined with the following subjects to graduate with one of the following named degrees:

  • ​BA (Hons) English Language Teaching and Education Studies (56D2) 
  • BA (Hons) English Language Teaching and English (853R)

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our English Language Teaching web page.


Media

This part of the degree combines theoretical analysis of media, such as film, TV and digital media with practical skills in digital media, media writing and journalism. Particular focus is given to 'specialist journalism', such as film, music, fashion and sport journalism. You will be taught by academic staff who are current industry-based practitioners and active researchers.

Media can be combined with the following subjects to graduate with one of the following named degrees:​

  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Media (D3K2) 
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Media (8GF3) 
  • BA (Hons) English and Media (QP33​)​

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our Media web page.


Sport & Physical Activity

This subject explores current issues associated with Physical Education, Youth Sport, Sport Coaching and Sport Pedagogy.  It offers both a theoretical and practical focus throughout. As part of the Sport Principles and Techniques module, you will be able to choose specific sports to specialise in from a wide range of National Curriculum - based sports. 

Sport & Physical Activity can be combined with the following subject to graduate with one of the following named degree:

  • BA (Hons) Education Studies & Sport & Physical Activity (XB39) ​

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our Sport & Physical Activity​ web page.


Welsh/Cymraeg

The study of Welsh investigates Welsh identity through the exploration of language, literature, culture and society. You will examine modern Welsh identity in a national and international context. You will have the opportunity to attend a Welsh work-based placement in the second year to enable you to develop your practical use of Welsh in the workplace.

Mae'r astudiaeth o'r Gymraeg yn ymchwilio i hunaniaeth Gymreig drw y astudio iaith, llenyddiaeth, diwylliant a chymdeithas. Byddwch yn archwilio hunaniaeth Gymreig gyfoes mewn cyd-destun cenedlaethol a rhyngwladol. Bydd cyfle i chi fynd ar brofiad gwaith mewn cyd-destun Cymraeg yn yr ail flwyddyn er mwyn hybu eich sgiliau ymarferol yn y gweithle Cymraeg.

Welsh/Cymraeg can be combined with the following subject to graduate with one of the following named degree:

  • ​BA (Hons) Education Studies & Welsh (XQ35)

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our Welsh web page.​

Learning & Teaching

We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. Wherever possible, the emphasis is placed upon small group work and individual learning needs. You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout each year​.

Assessment

We're committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree. This means assessment, wherever possible, is linked to enhancing not only your subject knowledge but also skills vital in developing your employment opportunities. Examples of assessment include research portfolios, creative portfolios, critical and reflective practice, reviews and presentations​.​

Employability & Careers

Please refer to the individual subject pages for information on employability, careers and progression to further study, such as taught postgraduate and teacher training qualifications.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Applicants to ALL pathways should have one of the following:

  • ​104 points from at least 2 A levels to include A level grade C. Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be considered as a third subject​

  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma grade Merit Merit Merit​
  • CACHE Diploma with a grade C
  • 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x B1 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is C2)
  • 104 points from the Scottish Advanced Highers to include Advanced Higher grade D
  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements​​.​

If you are a mature applicant and have alternative qualifications or experience that you would like us to consider, please contact a member of staff.

Subject Specific Requirements:

Early Childhood Studies, Education Studies:

Entry to these pathways is also subject to a satisfactory DBS check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.​

Please note that there are statutory requirements for GCSEs in English, Maths and Science for those wishing to progress to PGCE Primary. 

English Language Teaching:

There is an opportunity to undertake the CELTA qualification as part of the second year of the English Language Teaching pathway.  The selection process for the full CELTA qualification in the second year is set by Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications, the awarding body of the CELTA qualification.  The entry requirements for the CELTA course stipulate that:

Candidates must:

  • have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels (The recommended candidate language level is C2 or high C1 - Grade A or B on the Common European Framework of Reference to Languages (CEFR).
  • have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of practice teaching.

The ability to meet these requirements will be assessed during the first year of the English Language teaching pathway.

For applicants who are not able to evidence this at A level, they would need to provide evidence of an equivalent and IELTS score of 6.5 in all skills.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is on the basis of a com​pleted UCAS application, as well as an interview from 2016 entry onwards.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

UCAS Codes:

This programme offers the following named degrees and subject combinations. The relevant UCAS code, shown below, should be used on your application:

D3K2: BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Media

8GF3:  BA (Hons) Drama and Media

J42W:  BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing

XW34: BA (Hons) Education Studies & Drama

X300:   BA (Hons) Education Studies & Early Childhood Studies

XQ33:  BA (Hons) Education Studies & English

XB39:   BA (Hons) Education Studies & Sport & Physical Activity

XQ35:  BA (Hons) Education Studies & Welsh

QP33:  BA (Hons) English & Media

QW38: BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing

QW34: BA (Hons) English & Drama 

56D2:  BA (Hons) English Language Teaching and Education Studies 

853R:   BA (Hons) English Language Teaching and English

Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available whilst at university, please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees. For information on any potential additional course costs, please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts.

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.​

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact​: ​

Education Studies, Early Childhood Studies:
Dr Jane Dorrian
Email: jdorrian@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6576 

Welsh:
Dr Gina Morgan
Email: gmorgan@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​Tel: 029 2041 7251

Sport and Physical Activity:
Dena Digweed​
Email: ddigweed@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6508

Creative Writing, Media, Drama, English and English Language Teaching
Paul Brooks​
​Email: ​pbrooks@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Tel: 029 2041 5976

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms