BA (Hons) Primary Teaching Studies with QTS

Overview

Are you a teaching assistant currently working in a primary school, or working in an equivalent educational setting? If you’ve recently completed a relevant Foundation Degree and are looking to pursue a career in primary teaching, then this course could be a perfect next step for you. The course is a stimulating and challenging degree at the honours level, developing the qualities required in 21st-century teachers.

Key Facts
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: X123
Academic School: School of Teacher Development
Duration: 15 months
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will normally have satisfactorily completed the University’s FdA in Professional Studies (Education) 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.

An academic reference will be required before an 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 via the completion of a Head Teacher Pro-Forma. At least two year’s experience is desirable.

Skills Tests

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 an offer. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.

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.

Further Information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

About The Course

A combination of practice-based learning, campus-based sessions and private study will allow you to continue in work whilst studying, and use of the Virtual Learning Environment will enable you to access course materials and undertake tasks in your own time. You’ll examine current theory, with each module containing teaching, assessment and independent work, all of which are directly relevant to the primary classroom. School placements will ensure the knowledge and skills you acquire are also strongly anchored in practice.

This is a stimulating and challenging vocational degree course that also leads to a professional qualification. To make the most of it you’ll need to be highly motivated and well-organised, and equally confident in learning with others as learning independently. In return, you’ll benefit from the opportunity to equip yourself with the academic and professional qualities required in 21st-century teachers.

Delivery

This course is aimed at teaching assistants working in primary schools. It allows you to combine your work in a school with study towards an honours degree. There is weekly attendance with sessions running from 1-8 pm on Thursdays.

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.

Assessment

There is 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.

Careers & 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.

Academic Staff
Rebecca Geeson
Programme leader

Becky Geeson lectures in the School of Teacher Development and leads our two successful primary undergradua

Maxine Purvis
Academic Staff

Placement Leader (undergraduate)

Maxine leads the undergraduate school placement mo

Support

Studying at BGU is a student centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

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 sort 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.

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.