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International Development and Education BA (Hons)

Bath Spa University
Program overview
3 years
Bachelor's degree
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Program description

International Development and Education BA (Hons)

There is no established path into the development sector, and this course helps to bridge the gap between vocational aspirations and academic knowledge.

BA (Hons) International Development and Education is designed to help you develop a critical awareness of the intersectional issues in international development and education. This offers a great opportunity for a number of career choices, and a solid foundation for further experience and study in the sector. There's an opportunity for you to undertake a professional placement year between your second and third year of study, which is particularly relevant if you want to continue your studies.

Broad and regular interaction with the field offers you a wealth of experience to reflect on in your learning.

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Admission requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC or above in Geography, Sociology, History, Global Citizenship, or a related subject.

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Program content

Year one

We'll introduce you to the main development theories and approaches, and their history, and how these relate to the education sector. We'll explore the current donor and sector agendas, and how these reflect the different approaches.

This will provide a good foundation and overview, enabling you to confidently move into your second year. Year one will also include a core module with an overseas placement. We may, for example, travel to Catalonia to look at development issues around minority groups in a European context, relating your field experience to module theory.

Year two

You'll continue to draw on your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the field, applying them to some contemporary dilemmas, including the very topical and timely issue of peace and conflict.

Understandings of different types of education, including youth programmes, adult learning, community capacity building, and activism and advocacy, will help you consider the multiple learning pathways that can meet the nuanced and diverse needs of different contexts.

An overseas visit is also included in this year. We'll be going further afield, for example to Zambia, where we might explore the outcome of private agendas around school management in the copper belt, an area of increasing foreign investment and industrial activity.

Optional placement year

If you're serious about getting more involved in the development sector, a placement year will be invaluable. Learning through hands-on experience, alongside colleagues with years of expertise in the field, will help you understand and consolidate what you've been learning on the course, while introducing you to a network of inspirational people and programmes.

Year three

In your final year, you'll have the opportunity to dive deep into a subject that interests you, by conducting a piece of independent research. Your dissertation will give you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills learned on the course as you seek to consolidate your thoughts and experiences, ready to confidently move into the phase of your learning/ career.

The annual trip in year three will focus on research methodologies. You'll be able to explore educational responses to development issues through participation and observation. For example, you may visit an NGO (non-governmental organisation) in rural Nepal, to gain specific knowledge and experience of community education.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students full time fee for year 1 is £9,250

International students full time fee for year 1 is £13,300

Career opportunities

The experiences and knowledge gained on this course may lead to a variety of career trajectories, including:

Teaching, both in the UK and internationally (a PGCE or equivalent further qualifications will be required to gain Qualified Teacher Status).
Work in the Development sector e.g DfID, UNICEF, VSO (the placement year is highly recommended, and further qualifications, such as a Master's, will likely be needed).
Work within educational Programs in international contexts.
Educational work in charitable organisations.
Work in Development Education, e.g. educating school pupils on development issues.

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Bath Spa University

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Bath Spa University

Newton Park
BA2 9BN Bath
United Kingdom

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