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Astrophysics and Education

Keele University
4 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Keele
English
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Program description

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Astrophysics and Education.

In Astrophysics, you will learn to formulate and tackle problems – from below the level of the atomic nucleus to astronomical scales. Astrophysics is active wherever the laws of physics are being tested to the limit – and beyond. Keele will help you to use astronomical observations, mathematical models and computer simulation to develop theories explaining some of the most complex phenomena. You’ll develop your mathematics and computing skills, and apply them to solving a range of problems in the laboratory and beyond (you’ll have access to Keele’s own on-site observatory). We operate an open-door policy, which enables you to have excellent and flexible access to staff to seek advice or feedback on their work. This course is enriched by our research interests and international collaborative research programmes. This combined course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Alongside this you will be studying Education, which, at Keele is distinctive because of its strong focus on contemporary
issues in education and policy making. Studying education means considering
its relationship to the economy, its historical evolution, its impact on people’s
life chances and identities, how education is organised, and how learners learn. Keele goes even further by placing education in a very contemporary
and even future focused context, exploring the ways in which the world
of education is changing and looking at education from philosophical,
historical, psychological, cultural and sociological perspectives. This
course examines changing ideas about childhood, learning, schooling
and education, and factors such as poverty, social policies and digital
technologies which impact on these.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. An Astrophysics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers, which need not be directly related to astrophysics. You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public services, including teaching, health and finance. Many employers recognise that the versatility and flexibility of astrophysics means that graduates possess a wide range of very valuable skills, from independent and critical thinking to the solving of sophisticated problems. Combining this degree with education further opens your career options after study at Keele. Our undergraduate Education programme is not a teacher-training
course per se, but a study of education itself. However, the course
does open up a range of opportunities in settings from pre-school to
adult learning, as well as in a variety of other contexts. On graduating
you might work in the social services, in health, or in local or central
government. The course also sets you up well for further professional
study to qualify in areas such as teaching, social work or the legal
profession.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Keele University

The University received its Royal Charter in 1962 with a commitment to meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world. Today we still uphold that commitment in every aspect of life at Keele University. We work...


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