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

The BMC degree is designed to foster confidence, creativity, critical thinking, emotional intelligence and the ability to communicate and collaborate in order to imagine – and deliver- far-reaching changes to current systems.  The foundation of the BMC degree is learning how to learn in relation to the natural world and human society in order to become an agent of change.

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

Is it a real degree?

Yes, the BMC degree will be delivered in partnership with an established university partner.  Modules will be taught in collaboration with a range of organisations. 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?

The BMC degree is the result of 2 years of work with neuroscientists, ecologists, students, employers, teachers and leading educators from around the world.

  • BMC will be dedicated to excellence in teaching. No resources will be diverted to institutional research.
  • BMC will have no academic departments.
  • The BMC degree will be taught in context, in nature, in settings throughout the Brecon Beacons National Park.
  • The BMC degree will be taught in immersive, intensive, single topic blocks of 3.5 weeks each. (see David Helfand’s guest blog for more information)
  • Class sizes are capped at 20.

What will I study?

The first year of BMC’s interdisciplinary degree is composed of six mandatory core modules in four areas:

  • Earth Systems (climate, ecology and environmental science)
  • Human Systems (‘Doughnut Economics’, systems thinking and circular economy principles)
  • Learning to learn (Neuro- and behavioural science)
  • Arts-based sensory training (perception, cognition and communication for change)

In the face of advancing artificial intelligence, mis-information and an uncertain climate, it is our uniquely human skills that will make the difference.

Science shows that the practice of the arts is hugely empowering and fosters creativity, critical thinking and the confidence to break moulds. Our sensory training is designed to:

  • Enable students to understand how they learn, through all their senses, to find their own methods of learning. And to learn best how to communicate with, and move, others.
  • Empower students to see their potential as a future changemaker.  Understanding how humans process, integrate and communicate information is critical for large scale social transformation and individual behaviour change as well as learning.
  • Give students the confidence to trust their own perception of the world which is vital for discoveries, judgement and leadership.

In the second year, students will pursue a range of electives specialising in a concentration of their choice. A final year project unique to BMC will focus on implementing the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, supervised in consultation with a panel of global research experts and the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner.

Where will it get me?

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

The BMC Degree gives the best of both worlds:

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

For those 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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