Bath Spa University’s BA and BSc programmes in Education Studies are examples of what Furlong (2013: 75) describes as ‘mainly academic’ degree courses ‘that have flourished in recent years’. They have evolved from earlier, often BEd degrees, which were sometimes seen by their host universities as ‘tips for teachers’ (Ward 2012), but combined a degree with qualified teacher status (QTS). Universities began to consider a deeper theoretical element was necessary in return for continuing accreditation at degree level, and hence the evolution of these newer recent degrees. An advantage of such courses to the staff teaching them is that they are able to sidestep the ‘intensive government prescription and scrutiny’ that courses preparing teachers are subject to
(ibid.: 75). Numbers have proved buoyant, as Furlong also says, and Bath Spa has been able to recruit strongly in recent years, including by surpassing the previous cap for 2016/17. Many students undertaking such a degree, albeit still a minority, no longer see teaching as their career goal. As the Bath Spa handbook says, the degree will:
provide an excellent preparation for you to work with learners of all ages within the education sector. The commercial and industrial worlds are also very interested in people with knowledge about education and training. You will have the knowledge and skills to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations, charities, museums, art galleries and libraries.