Copyright Mark Edwards/Hard Rain Project. Teach the Future is a student-run campaign to repurpose the UK education system around the climate emergency, ecological crisis and climate justice. www.teachthefuture.uk

Just one degree programme?

Yes.  Just one.  Perfectly formed, hugely flexible, and very exciting Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree.  Tutors at the forefront of their fields. Linked with the most cutting edge industry partners.  In context, in nature.

It’ll be hard.  You’ll be challenged. But as Alex Beard, in Natural Born Leaders, said, “if it feels easy then we’re avoiding real thought.”  You’ll gain the skills, knowledge framework and ethics to re-engineer society to build a more sustainable way of living.

Is it a real degree?

Of course, we’ll have a university partner. Industry partners eager to offer placements to BMC students include River Simple, National Trust, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Office of Wales’s Future Generations Commissioner, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Good Energy.

What’s different?

A lot. We’ve gone back to the drawing board.  The BMC degree is the result of 2 years of work with neuroscientists, ecologists, students, employers, teachers and leading educators from around the world.   What we learned isn’t all new, but the way we’ve put it together is.  Science shows:

  • We learn with our whole body
  • We learn best outside, on real world problems
  • 20 is the optimum class size for collaboration
  • Short, immersive ‘blocks’ of classes are exponentially more engaging
  • The arts are key to confidence, creativity and communication
  • Time in nature is linked to physical and emotional well being and ecological responsibility

So, rather than the traditional and established 3 terms of university, huge lectures and subject based degrees, the BMC degree will be different:

  • Block teaching – 3.5 weeks of intense, immersive learning (see David Helfand’s guest blog for more information)
  • 20 per class
  • Truly interdisciplinary.  You won’t just learn different subjects, you’ll learn how to integrate information using all your senses.
  • A final year project focusing on solving a real world problem
  • It’s all about making a difference.  Through collaboration with each other, tutors, industry partners and the local community.

Where will it get me?

You’ll graduate with a respected degree, work experience and impact.   You’ll already have changed the world a little, and that’s a big deal.

The BMC Degree gives you the best of both worlds:

If you’re entering employment, BMC will have sharpened critical skills such as communication, critical thinking, creativity, team work and initiative. 89% of employers say they don’t mind what degree you studied, it’s the skills that matter, and that are often lacking.

And if you’re planning on further studies, most postgraduate programmes want people who know how to learn, not necessarily specialist subject knowledge.

In today’s world, murky with as much misinformation as information, the most important skill is finding it, making sense of it and using it for good.

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