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 Admissions 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.