This course is a purpose built, work-based progression route from a Foundation Degree in a Primary Education related subject and is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in primary teaching.
This course is aimed at teaching assistants working in primary schools. It allows you to combine your work in school with study towards an honours degree. There is weekly attendance with sessions running from 1-8 pm on Thursdays.
This course is stimulating yet challenging, practical yet thought-provoking developing the qualities required in 21st century teachers.
Award: BA (Hons)
Duration: 15 months full-time
Start Date: September
Typical Offer: A relevant Foundation Degree as well as working in an appropriate setting. GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or above (or equivalent).
Institution Code: B38
UCAS Code: X123
What You Will Study
There are likely to be four modules counting towards your Honours degree and a total of three placement periods, two of which may be in the school in which you are employed. Each module will contain direct teaching, assessment and independent work all of which is directly relevant to the Primary classroom.
You will examine the National Curriculum and other initiatives with a view to practical applications in the classroom. Specialist tutors from across the University College are encouraged to contribute to distinct subject sessions and you are fully briefed on your professional role. This course ensures that theory is firmly anchored in practice .This is particularly relevant to the small scale research project you will be asked to complete.
School placements are an integral part of the course and you will be assessed against the national Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) standards. The final teaching placement will usually occur during the autumn term of the second year.
There are a range of assessments built into this course including an individual presentation, assignments small-scale research, reports and work-based portfolios. Teaching placements are also assessed against the current national standards for qualified teacher status. All assessments are marked by a range of tutors and you will receive detailed feedback.
You will normally have satisfactorily completed the University’s FdA in Applied Studies (Learning Support) (or previously called FdA Educational Studies for Teaching Assistants or FdA in Learning Practitioners) and possess GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent). If you have a Foundation degree obtained at another institution we will closely consider the content to confirm whether it is a suitable match.
You must be able to evidence successful completion of your GCSE qualifications by July 31st 2016 for September 2016 entry. We are unable to consider applications with a pending GCSE qualification if the final result cannot be evidenced by July 31st. Please click here for our accepted English equivalents, Mathematics equivalents and Science equivalent qualifications.
An academic reference will be required before interview. Please ensure that your HEI is able to provide this either on your UCAS form or before attendance at an interview.
Applicants are expected to be currently employed or volunteering in a primary school setting and have written support from the setting. At least two year’s experience is desirable.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the CRB) Checks and Health
In addition you will be required to obtain a satisfactory Declaration of Health Form, or if required, a medical examination. All students will need to pay £44 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.
All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Applicants to ITT courses which start after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course and this will be a condition of your offer if it applies to you.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and are taken online at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK. If successful at the interview stage, this will form part of your conditions of offer – please click here for further information.
If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
Accreditation for Prior Learning
If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.
Careers and Further Study
Former graduates of the progression route with QTS have become successful teachers in a range of primary settings. Many have become subject co-ordinators after as little as one year of teaching.
Fees and Funding
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
How to Apply
Progression Route course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code below. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice.
The Progression Routes we offer and their UCAS codes are as follows:
BA (Hons) Applied Studies – Early Childhood (L520)
BA (Hons) Applied Studies – Children & Youth Work (L591)
BA (Hons) Applied Studies in Education (X300)
BA (Hons) Primary Teaching Studies with QTS (Qualified Teaching Status) (X123)
For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.
It is likely that modules based around the following themes will be studied on the course from Sept 2014:
- The Classroom Professional
- Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy
- Teaching Placements
- The Researching Teacher
If you would like more information about this course or any of the modules listed above, please contact Rebecca Geeson, Academic Co-ordinator, by emailing email@example.com or calling +44 (0) 1522 583734.
Information for PTS applicants’ schools.
Is important that head teachers and governing bodies of PTS trainees’ ‘home schools’ are aware of the commitment required by the school. Below are some questions that head teachers frequently ask:
Will my TA need to be out of school every week?
Yes, on Thursday afternoons from 1-8pm, students will need to be in BGU for taught sessions. We really appreciate it if they can be here promptly for a 1pm start.
Will my TA be able to continue their TA work during the year?
Yes – in part. During the majority of the year, TA/trainees attend BGU on Thursdays from 1-8pm and continue their TA role (either paid or voluntary) in their ‘home’ school for a minimum of 2 days per week. However, during placement times, the trainee will not be able to carry out their role as a TA as they will need to be a trainee teacher for these weeks. Placement periods are all day, Mon-Fri even if the trainee only works part time as a TA.
How long and when are placements?
We are not able to confirm exact timings for the placements yet as timetables will not be confirmed until the summer. However, usually, a short introductory placement of 2 weeks (often in the ‘home’ school, stepping up from what they have been doing to prepare for longer placements as the teacher) occurs early on in the course, followed by a 1 week enrichment placement in the spring (usually observing rather than teaching, preferably in another school, certainly in another year group to broaden experience). Two longer (around 7 or 8 weeks including preliminary visits) placements follow, the first of which occurs before the end of the academic year in a different school, and the second is often in the ‘home’ school in the autumn term of the subsequent academic year. However, the pattern of the placements may change. We will confirm the placement schedule closer to the start of the course as soon as we are able.
Will I have to pay my TA while they are on placement?
This is entirely at the discretion of the school. We understand that you may need to pay for cover during your TA’s absences during placement times. It helps the TA/trainee if you can have this discussion with them before they apply for the course.
What can the school do to support the TA/trainee?
We encourage schools to support their TA/trainee by allocating a mentor throughout the year, through regular mentor meetings and through encouraging them to challenge themselves and engage in as many opportunities to develop their practice as possible. BGU will support mentors in school. Mentors from the ‘home’ school will not need to support the trainee when they are in other schools.
Can we change the placement dates?
While we will be as flexible as possible to meet the varying needs of this group of trainees who will be balancing their roles as TAs alongside studying for the final part of their BA (Hons) degree, and taking into account the many pressures facing each school, there are some aspects of the programme we are unable to change due to ITT Criteria Compliance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-criteria. In this document you can see that trainees must teach in at least two different schools (so cannot do both longer placements in their ‘home’ school), and must train within specified age phases – for this course those are 5-7 and 7-9 OR 7-9 and 9-11. For this course, trainees cannot do the longer placements in EYFS, but they can do their earlier, shorter placements, and their ongoing, 2 days per week work in EYFS.
Do schools or BGU find the other placements?
Our Partnership Services Office are responsible for organising the placement of students. If you have links with a school nearby that might be able to offer a placement for your student, please contact us so that we can negotiate the arrangements. Trainees should not phone schools themselves in an attempt to arrange placements.
Who should I contact for more information?
Please contact Admissions who will be able to direct your questions to the most relevant member of the academic team or Placement Services Office.