The three-year Primary Education course at BGU is designed to allow you to study a vocational honours degree in Primary Education leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It provides an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching. If you believe that you can inspire children to learn and are passionate about the role that primary education plays in shaping a child’s future, then this is the course for you.
The course team will work with you to enhance and develop your understanding of learning and teaching. You will spend time in school throughout the course and will be encouraged and supported as you learn to develop effective and motivating ways to teach the whole curriculum to primary aged children. You will explore the theory and practice of primary education and develop a personal philosophy that will underpin all that you seek to achieve with the children you teach.
About Primary Education with QTS at BGU
You will study six modules in year one which will help you to begin to reflect on the nature of learning and teaching. They will introduce you to the requirements of the national curriculum, classroom management (behaviour, assessment, planning, SEN and Inclusion), the core subjects of the primary curriculum (English, Mathematics, Science), along with the foundation subjects. You will also spend time working with children both at the university and in school. Initially, you will work with small groups of children with your peers, culminating in a paired/solo placement, where you will work with a whole class.
In your second and third years you will specialise in two consecutive age ranges chosen from 3-5, 5-7, 7-9 and 9-11 years. The modules in year two build on and extend understandings developed in the first year of the course, with a particular emphasis on issues relating to child development, research, subject specialism, the global classroom together with SEN and Inclusion. You will also widen your school experience, visiting multicultural and special schools, as well as undertaking more extensive solo placements focusing on your chosen age ranges.
Your third year will help you to prepare for your NQT year and beyond. There are four modules in the final year. These include one subject specialism thinking about the preparation for the role of curriculum leader in the primary school, one thinking about the wider professional roles and responsibilities of being a teacher and also supporting you with job applications and interview technique. There is a research module where you are able to develop a small piece of research in an area of interest to you. Your final school placement provides the opportunity to take on responsibility for a whole class. At the end of the course you will undertake a three week transitional placement to further develop your school based knowledge and skills.
There is a variety of assessment methods which are spread out throughout the academic year. These include a peer-led seminar, essay, a group discussion, portfolio and research report. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.
What Our Students Say
“For a long time I have wanted to be a primary school teacher but felt that it was out of my reach. The staff have been very understanding and supportive, mainly due to the fact that my granddaughter was born recently and my daughter (who also studies at BG) lives with me. It is a privilege to be here at BG.”
Emma, first year Primary Education student
“I have always wanted to become a primary school teacher and I felt that this course was the best route for me to take. I like the fact that BG is such a well recognised University College in the education world and I am part of a group of people that are all so passionate about education and teaching. It is the best decision I ever made.”
Sarah, second year Primary Education student
“Some universities are multi-site and all facilities are spread out around a city but I love that BG is all in one place. The facilities are well organised and welcoming for you to either get involved in or use. I love that the BG campus is small enough to know most people but big enough for you to have your own space and have time to yourself. I love the peace garden where you can relax and have time to reflect but also the Students’ Union is there for the partying, support and socialising.”
Charli, third year Primary Education student
“I always wanted to be a Primary Teacher. BG is the best in the country for Primary Education, love the small campus and I am able to live at home.”
Laura, second year Primary Education student
Careers and Further Study
The teaching profession has a well structured career pathway which moves progressively from initial teacher training through to newly qualified (NQT) status to qualified teacher. Your career can progress in a variety of ways, including leadership and management roles. BGU can help with your continued professional development through the Masters programme.
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
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. 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.
- Becoming a Teacher
- The Core Curriculum
- Child Development
- Cross Curricular Approaches
- The Wider Curriculum
- The Global Classroom
- Introduction To Specialist Subject
- Group Research
- Placement 2
- The Developing Professional
- Developing Professional and Subject Knowledge
- Alternative Placement
- Individual Research
- Placement 3
- Alternative Placement
Joe, third year Primary Education Student
“I decided to study Primary Education at BG because it was so accessible and I had heard only positive things about the course. What I like most about the course over the years has been the way the lectures are presented to us; we don’t always sit around for hours being talked to. There are very hands on and interactive activities to participate in. I also really like how we are given so many contact hours with children, so we can really appreciate what it is like to be a teacher.”
“BG has everything that is required in order to teach. If you need something for placement, or for an assignment, BG is guaranteed to have it. Whether it be arty materials to take into school, or books for assignments, BG has lots of great things to offer to help students through the course. The library also has superb ICT facilities, catering for all students.”
“As soon as I had my open day at BG, I never wanted to go anywhere else. The sense of community and openness was a big plus in why I decided to come here. You feel like you belong; you’re not just a nameless face. You get to know most people really quickly and easily because of the size of the uni, which means the experience is just that much better. Another great thing about being a BG student is that there is never a lack of anything to do. There are so many societies to cater for everyone, from sporting societies, to more personalised hobbies. BG is always organising something for the students to do. You can’t walk anywhere on campus without being able to say hello to someone.”