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BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS is a challenging teaching degree which will develop your knowledge and skills in the broad range of curriculum studies qualifying you to teach at primary level. Teaching placements in schools are an essential part of the course, accounting for a total of 70 credits and enabling you to gain valuable hands-on experience to prepare you for your first teaching job. When you graduate you will be a fully qualified primary school teacher.
This Primary Education course is taught via lectures, seminars, group work, computer-based learning, and independent learning.
In-school training is an important part of this course. During your time on placement, you will benefit from practical learning and be supported by school-based trainers, University tutors and your peers.
Your progress will be assessed with written assignments, posters, presentations and computer-based assessments, (including podcasts and vodcasts). Throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.
Gain knowledge in core and non-core subjects in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum. Study pedagogical approaches and learn what constitutes effective planning for children’s learning. Develop suitable learning opportunities and lessons using focused learning aims and objectives. Gain relevant experience in preparation for other year 1 modules.
Be introduced to the role of a professional teacher, including key legislation, educational policies, and expectations. Take part in sessions relating to behaviour management, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, English as an Additional Language, inclusion and diversity, and safeguarding, within the Early Years and Primary contexts. Consider current curriculum models and gain the opportunity to plan for teaching and learning.
Develop your skills in academic writing and research within education, as well as prepare yourself for thinking and writing critically throughout your degree. Explore topic areas such as planning for teaching and learning, developing curriculum models, theories of child development, and the learning environment as you practise your academic skills.
Gain experience in a variety of educational settings, including Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and SEND. Consider how subject knowledge, pedagogy and theory explored within study sessions is applied within a classroom context. Plan and deliver lessons and activities with the support of a professional within a school setting and reflect on your development.
Study a variety of planning models and consider related pedagogic strategies and approaches. Gain a range of offsite experiences and reflect upon issues surrounding child-centred, integrated learning experiences and opportunities, whilst continuing to develop your abilities to research subject content. Reflect upon similarities and differences between core and non-core subjects in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Build on your learning from previous modules, focusing on inclusion and SEND, including the effects of socio-economic deprivation. Develop your planning and assessment skills with an emphasis on how to challenge all children. Critically reflect upon professional development and the professional responsibilities of a teacher. Draw upon your experiences in schools to consolidate your understanding of how theory is translated into practice.
Consolidate your understanding of theories related to child development, educational theories, ideologies, and philosophies, alongside current and relevant research in the field. Explore and reflect upon how these are applied to practice in the classroom. Deepen your knowledge of the planning process and how teaching and learning are inextricably linked. Examine the development of the individual child and collaborative practices which support this. Apply your research to design, reflect upon and evaluate effective teaching sequences in supporting progress for all children.
Undertake experience in a school partnership setting in the age phase in which you have chosen to specialise (either 3-7 or 7-11 years). Gain an understanding of the requirements for Qualified Teacher Status, as well as teaching experience in an educational setting. Apply subject knowledge and pedagogical and theoretical knowledge gained in study sessions, within a school setting. Design sequences of lesson and activity plans with the support of a professional within the school setting. Complete focused tasks and reflect upon these in terms of your own progress.
Further develop your knowledge in the foundation subjects whilst gaining a deeper understanding of your selected curriculum enhancement area and subject pedagogy. Reflect on experiences in practice and this research in the development of your own personal pedagogy for teaching and learning in your enrichment area. Demonstrate knowledge of recent literature in the field, Government policy and Ofsted reports on young children’s learning related to the EYFS Curriculum or National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 subjects.
Build on your subject knowledge from previous modules within the EYFS and Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum. Use this knowledge to inform planning, teaching, learning and assessment across the subjects. Develop your knowledge through audits in each subject area to identify your individual learning needs in order to meet Professional Standards for QTS. Focus on pedagogical approaches and gain knowledge of what constitutes effective planning for children’s learning.
Build on your subject knowledge from previous modules within Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum. Use this knowledge to inform planning, teaching, learning and assessment across the subjects. Develop your knowledge through audits in each subject area to identify your individual learning needs in order to meet Professional Standards for QTS. Focus on pedagogical approaches and gain knowledge of what constitutes effective planning for children’s learning.
Investigate the place of the individual in educational settings, considering issues such as gender, cultural influence, the ‘student’ classes, schools and colleges, and communities, and how they relate to the individual. Explore issues of what is taught, why, and how, from pre-statutory age schooling, through Early Years, Primary and Secondary, to tertiary and beyond.
Gain an understanding of contemporary issues within a specific area, emphasising on building on the grounding provided by previous modules. Reflect on your practical experience of teaching and extend your knowledge of educational issues within institutions and beyond.
Immerse yourself in teaching institutions to develop professional knowledge about teaching and learning, to make judgements about the routines, skills and strategies that support effective teaching. Gain a variety of experience in a work-based learning environment to meet Professional Standards identified in Government legislation, consistently and over a sustained period of time.
Investigate the content of subject areas taught within the curriculum. Consider the development of a variety of approaches to teach a particular subject or topic area. Formulate skillful questioning to reveal levels of pupil understanding. Examine ways of motivating pupils, including the provision of a challenging curriculum designed to foster problem solving abilities. Explore the setting of homework that is challenging, encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their own academic progress.
Our typical offer is:
|High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade - SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement||GPA 3.0 or above and: Sat score of 1250/1600 from SATs AP (Grades 3+ in at least 3 subjects) ACT (score of 30+)|
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
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You must have a grade C or above in Mathematics, Science, and English Language, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept GCSE equivalencies from equivalencytesting.com.
In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:
Your numeracy and literacy competency will be assessed continuously throughout the course following the DfE’s removal of the Professional Skills Test.
If English is not your first language, you will also need International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no other element lower than 6.0.
You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.
All successful applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews start early November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October.
The annual fee for this course is:
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area), and Swiss nationals who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme are classed as international, however, for 23/24 admission you will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces, then the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme may be able to help cover your funding for this course. For more information, see our Funding for Armed Forces personnel page.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained primary school in England and Wales. Most graduates from this course go on to teach in primary schools.
Good teachers are always in high demand. The minimum starting salary for a teacher is £25,714, and experienced teachers can earn up to £64,461 outside London, and £72,480 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £47,735 and £117,197.
The teachers’ pension scheme is also one of the most generous public sector pension schemes in the UK, one of the few guaranteed by the Government.
Teaching placements are an essential part of the Primary Education degree. You will spend time in schools during each year of this three-year course, gaining a true understanding of what being a primary school teacher involves, and using your new skills and knowledge. When you’re ready to start searching for a teaching job, you will already have valuable first-hand teaching experience, as well as a wide network of professional contacts who can help you find the right career opportunities.
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