Why study this course

With over 150 years of experience in teacher education, and our long-standing national reputation within the field, you will develop an understanding of how practice and theory are linked by working in small teaching groups with a range of expert leaders

Our excellent pastoral support can enable you to feel at ease, relaxed and supported both academically and personally

Our strong school partnerships will empower you to gain valuable hands-on experience during school placements; we ensure you have more days in school than are currently required by the DfE

Our degree and placements work together to ensure you receive the best preparation for teaching in order to achieve QTS at the end of the programme

Course summary

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.

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Key facts


Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS code

X120

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full-time

Start date

September

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code

B38

Course details

About this course

Have you been taught by someone who has truly inspired you? Are you ready to pass your knowledge and enthusiasm on to children to help shape their futures? This course will provide you with an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, leading to Qualified Teacher Status.

Our course team will work with you to enhance and develop your understanding of learning and teaching. You’ll spend a significant amount of time in school throughout the course, and will be encouraged and supported as you learn to develop effective ways to teach the whole primary curriculum. 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.

Initially, you will work with small groups of children, progressing on to working with a whole class with the support of a mentor. This then leads to longer personalised school placements in your second and third years where you will take full responsibility for whole classes of children.

Our course is based around the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework to ensure you are well prepared to teach during each of the placements and to prepare you for your future career in the classroom. You will study modules that develop your understanding of pedagogy and educational theory, curriculum subject knowledge, assessment, behaviour management, inclusion, professional behaviours, wellbeing and educational research.

In year one you will begin to reflect on the nature of learning and teaching including 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.

In your second and third years, you will specialise in one age phase – 3-7 or 5-11. 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 research, curriculum knowledge and SEN and Inclusion. You will also widen your school experience, perhaps by visiting multicultural and special schools, as well as undertaking a more extensive solo placement focusing on your chosen age range.

Your third year will help you to prepare you for life as an Early Career Teacher (ECT formerly known as NQT). As well as extending your learning from Year 1 and Year 2, in Year 3, you will carry out a research project 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 transitional placement to further develop your school-based knowledge and skills.

On completion of your degree, with your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status, you’ll be fully equipped with the skills and knowledge to work as a primary school teacher.

What you will study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules:

This module will introduce you to the core subjects of the curriculum, focusing on both subject and pedagogical knowledge. On successful completion of this module you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with teaching and learning in the core subjects, and evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to developing concepts in the core subjects.

You will be expected to develop subject knowledge alongside practical skills and positive attitudes, with regard to foundation subjects and Religious Education. You will develop a knowledge of planning and assessment, together with an understanding of how to apply a range of different teaching approaches.

This module focuses on issues of child development and the theories and research, both long-established and recent, which inform them. You will be supported in your ability to search for, read, understand and use academic literature in your written work.

A short school experience focussed on observation early in the year runs alongside university based sessions which will enable you to explore the importance of key aspects of teaching and learning in a professional setting with the support of other trainees. The Introductory Placement later in the year introduces you to planning and teaching and is normally a paired, 5 week school placement, with the addition of a preparation week also at the school.

This module is designed to introduce you to theories of learning and to support you in learning to reflect with developing criticality, to support your own academic writing in other modules. This will enable you to develop new, and enhance existing skills; providing opportunities to grow as a writer and researcher and allowing you to consider relevant seminal and current education practice.

In this module, you will develop your understanding of the role of a teacher and the professional attributes this requires. There will also be an introduction to professional skills (such as planning and assessment) and you will begin to consider how to adapt teaching to meet the needs of all learners, in particular those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

In Year 1, you will engage in a school experience that will allow you to begin your journey of learning from experts in school, and also an Introductory school placement, usually of at least 6 weeks which will enable you to begin to put your knowledge and understanding about teaching into practice.

This module will further develop your subject and pedagogical knowledge in the core subjects. You will be expected to take responsibility for identifying and developing your needs, with a particular focus taken on different approaches to planning in the core.

During the study of this module you will build on your knowledge of foundation subjects and religious education, and consider global aspects of learning. You will explore a range of approaches to teaching and learning, considering different cultural contexts.

This module will introduce you to the processes of conducting your own research, including ethics and a range of methods commonly used in education. It will see you working together in groups with other students, supported by a tutor.

You will build on your academic writing skills and will investigate a range of differing perspectives on learning. You will also have the opportunity to explore a variety of approaches to teaching, examining the effectiveness of each of these, as well as exploring relevant issues - for example, the use of social media as a teaching tool - and their impact in the classroom.

This module focuses on inclusive teaching and learning, in particular meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). You will enhance your knowledge of specific SEND, learning how to adapt your practice to promote the inclusion of all pupils (including considering the inclusion of pupils with English as an Additional Language and those with other identified needs).

This module comprises a solo school placement, usually of at least 7 weeks, in your chosen age phase, allowing you to develop your knowledge, understanding and application in that age phase.

In the second year of the course, there will be a short placement to broaden your experience and also your Developing school placement, usually of at least 7 weeks, in your chosen age phase, allowing you to apply and develop your knowledge and understanding in your chosen age phase.

This module will allow you to develop your leadership skills so that you will be prepared to take on leadership skills when you start working in schools. It will also cover writing a school policy, monitoring, assessment, target setting and using statistics, and current issues in your subject.

This module continues to develop your understanding of teaching and learning in the core subjects but expands to consider national and international perspectives, contemporary and alternative approaches. You will be expected to draw on what you have learned to articulate and justify your own beliefs about teaching and learning in the core.

This module builds on previous experience with research and will see you conducting individual research projects in education. You will design your own study, formulating questions, choosing appropriate methods for the methodology, collecting and analysing data, and taking responsibility for ethical practice.

Explore aspects of critical thinking relating to current issues in education, such as obesity amongst younger children, as well as looking forward to future career directions. You will consider your wider role in the school environment and your transition from student to teacher, examining how this can be undertaken effectively.

The final school placement module comprises a solo school placement, usually of at least 8 weeks, in your chosen age phase, allowing you to develop your knowledge, understanding and application in that age phase.

In Year 3 you will engage in an Extending school placement, usually of at least 8 weeks in your chosen age phase, and then a shorter final school experience to ensure you are fully prepared to meet the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the course and move into your time as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).

Entry requirements

You will normally need 112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications that meet this requirement, such as A/AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc. We will accept one AS Level as part of the 112 points, in a subject not included as an A2 subject. We also accept an extensive list of combinations of the qualifications above.

However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff.

You will also need GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 (previously C) or above (or equivalent). Please see our list of accepted equivalents.

Further information

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

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).

How you will be taught

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study. There will be up to 20% of online synchronous learning during the course.

Placements are a key part of degree study within many courses at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Assessment

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies in our courses. These include presentations, essays, assessed tutorials, and a research report. All of these individual assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.

Careers & Further study

The teaching profession has a well-structured career pathway which moves progressively from initial teacher training through to Early Career Teacher (ECT) 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 Master's programme.

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