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?
The Education for STEM 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 STEM 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. Please note this course starts in September 2020.
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.
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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child Workforce and Child Barring List and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)
BCC - CDD to include a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject but 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 in a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level
Passing an Access to HE Diploma in a Science / Technology / Mathematics subject and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy, English Language and Science at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration maybe given to individual circumstances.
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.
Full-time fees are per year. 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.
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 £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|DBS Updating Service *||£13||
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
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. academies, Teach First and international schools. What's more, international opportunities could arise after the international placement.