Our Primary Education with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) degree will give you the skills to engage, motivate and inspire children. The three-year degree will equip you with the depth of knowledge, skills and understanding required to become an outstanding and ambitious Primary Teacher. You will be given a range of opportunities to gain significant experience teaching in a wide range of our partner schools. As an ambitious Hope Teacher you will have moral purpose and an enthusiastic, innovative and flexible approach.
Academic and Professional Development
This module focusses on the development of your values and the professional skills required to become a Hope Teacher with a clear sense of moral purpose and a holistic view of all learners. You will explore how you can provide learning experiences so that all children can succeed regardless of social context. You will also learn how to study effectively and focus on how children develop and learn in the primary classroom.
You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding in all aspects of the primary National Curriculum. This includes the core subjects; English, Maths and Science but also all foundation subjects including; history, geography, religious education, modern foreign languages, music, and computing. All of your curriculum teaching is led by experts who will integrate the latest research and evidence into your sessions. This module will also prepare you for subject assessments and how to create a stimulating and engaging curriculum for children.
Enhanced Specialist Area
From your second year, you have the opportunity to specialise in several National Curriculum areas, or choose from a school theme, for example Special Educational Needs, Maths, English, Physical Education, Science, Humanities or Early Years. This will develop your knowledge and understanding as well as your teaching skills and prepare you for leading this aspect of provision within a primary school.
Each year you will complete a professional placement in a range of schools settings and age phases. You will also have the opportunity to complete enhanced placements in an early years setting and a special school.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, and seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students.
As well as classroom-based study, you also spend time on placement in our partner schools. Your placements are organised in relation to your training needs and often with a school partner. This system allows you to work closely with colleagues to support each other with planning and teaching. In school, you will have the support of a dedicated school-based mentor, while at University you will also have a professional placement tutor who will be on hand to support you.
In addition to teaching hours you will be expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Throughout your three years of study you will have a number of assessments, including formal written exams, essays, portfolios, poster presentations, a professional viva, and case studies.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
You are introduced to policy and practice in education, as well as factors that affect learning processes, including learners’ social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic background. You also explore contemporary perspectives on Special Educational Needs.
This theme allows you the opportunity to study the key theories of child development and predominant theories of learning in the twenty-first century. You will look at the key debates in the psychology of education such as language acquisition, and you also study the legal responsibilities for safeguarding pupils.
This topic introduces you to key aspects of the National Curriculum subjects and the requirements of the Primary Curriculum, from the Foundation Stage through to the beginning of Key Stage 3. You also study primary teaching of foundation subjects such as Modern Foreign Languages, Art, History, Geography, Music and Computing.
You will have a six week placement in one of our partner schools. You have approximately 10 school familiarisation days getting to know your class and teacher. In addition, you will experience an early years setting placement of one week.
Your second year develops your knowledge base by studying factors that affect learning processes, including learners’ social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic background. You will also look at socio-political and cultural contexts in which learning and teaching occurs, as well as wider perspectives on education, global learning and teaching pupils with English as an additional language.
You will look at effective learning environments and the evolution of formal and informal learning. You study the theories of effective classroom and behaviour management and differentiation strategies to support these theories. You also explore the role of planning and assessment and methods of assessing pupil progress.
This theme teaches you how to identify and plan to address children’s misconceptions. You will also learn how to plan for progression, and short and medium term planning. You explore subject-specific strategies for organisation and management, as well as resources to support effective educational models of teaching and learning. You also study primary teaching of foundation subjects such as Art, History Geography, Religious Education and Computing.
You can select from seven areas for your Enhanced Specialism Area. Your choices are; English, Science, Mathematics, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Special Educational Needs or Early Years. In this strand, you will study learning theories and their application in practice, tracking and monitoring progression, and assessment strategies relevant to the specialism area.
You will have a placement in one of our partner schools. You have a six week block placement and one week placement induction, one week Special Educational Needs setting placement, and a one week behaviour management placement.
Your final year teaches you the philosophies of education and the different notions/purposes of education. You will explore critical perspectives on the role of educators, and education within and outside of the school context.
During this theme, you look at the theoretical underpinning and associated national policy and guidelines of education. You critically reflect on key theories, associated research and teaching strategies, as well as the nature and evolving purposes of teaching and learning in the twenty-first century. You will learn about the theoretical foundations of teaching and learning initiatives and professional ethics. You also discover how to use data to inform planning, and current issues pertinent to initial and continuing professional development.
You gain an advanced understanding of how children develop their knowledge. You also study in-depth topics such as assessment, inclusion and PSHE. You will learn how to develop creativity in the primary curriculum, and how to take a creative and constructively critical approach to innovation. You explore innovative practice, including the use of digital strategies and ICT in the classroom, and you look at strategies for developing children’s creative thinking.
Sticking with the specialism area you chose in your second year, you look at contemporary leadership and management aspects of the area in the primary setting, and the nature of educational enquiry.
You will have a 10 week block placement in one of our partner schools.
|UCAS Tariff Points||120 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications.|
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|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only|
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|Subject Requirements||In addition, you will require a GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English, Mathematics and Science (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system). Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.|
You will complete assessed professional placements in each year of study. This enables you to gain a broad experience teaching across the Primary age range. Following successful completion of the programme, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Students become teachers in a variety of school settings, ranging from those within our local partnerships to international schools abroad.
For those interested in further study there is the option to transfer to a MEd QTS course in year 2 offering the opportunity to continue studying for an additional year and obtain an MEd QTS.
All of our graduates are enrolled upon a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Professional Development Programme that includes a series of free NQT Professional Development Days, and will support you through the first two years of teaching.
A major part of this Primary Education QTS degree is placements in our partner schools. Each year you will have at least one block of teaching placement. Each placement enables you to gain a broad experience teaching across the Primary age range.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
Short term placements are offered in years two and three of the course for students to experience teaching in Europe with links to our international partners in France, Germany, Holland or Norway.
The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
On top of tuition fees, you will also need approximately £200 for travelling to your placements. You also need approximately £200 for the purchasing of core textbooks. There is also a cost for the optional short placement abroad, costs vary depending on location and will be fully discussed with you beforehand.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £11,400 (provisional) per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.