Our Primary Education with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) degree will give you the skills to engage, motivate and inspire young learners. 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.
From your second year, you have the opportunity to specialise in a National Curriculum area, or choose from a school theme, for example Special Educational Needs or Early Years. Alongside Professional Placement Learning in schools, you will study three strands that run parallel throughout each year of the degree programme. Initial Professional Development is based around the four themes of Holistic Learning and Development; Inclusion and Diversity; The Child in Society; and Leadership and Management. Subject Knowledge, Curriculum and Teaching includes training on how to plan, teach and assess all subjects in the Primary National Curriculum. The Hope Teacher is based around the development of the values and professional knowledge skills and understanding required to become a Hope teacher, with a clear sense of moral purpose and a holistic view of the learner.
There may be opportunities for you to travel to North America or Europe as part of our Student Teacher Exchange Programme and short two-week placements organised by the Faculty of Education. At Hope, we aspire to enable teachers who are creative, proactive and reflective practitioners. As an ambitious Hope Teacher you will have moral purpose and an enthusiastic, innovative and flexible approach to collaborative teaching and learning.
There will be an opportunity to hear about all the courses we have on offer in the School of Teacher Education at our forthcoming Belfast Teacher Training Event, further details available here
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, and seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
As well as classroom-based study, you also spend time on placement in our partner schools. Your placements are organised first as groups, progressing onto paired placements and then acting as an individual in the classroom. 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 member of staff, while at University you will also have a professional placement tutor who will be on hand to support you.
On top of teaching hours you are also 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, and will work with The Reader Organisation.
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 Mathematics, English, Science and Computing.
You will have a placement in one of our partner schools. You have approximately 10 school familiarisation days, a block placement of 6 weeks and 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 global citizenship 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 Mathematics, English, Science and Computing.
You can select from seven areas for your Enhanced Specialism Area. Your choices are; English, Science, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Special Educational Needs/Disability 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 6 week block placement and one week placement induction, 1 week Special Educational Needs setting placement, and a 1 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 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||120-112. 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|
|Access to HE||120 - 112 Tariff Points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications|
|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). You must also have undertaken recent school experience in a primary school. 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. Applicants must also undertake the government literacy and numeracy skills tests. It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course. The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, but do not replace the GCSE Grade C (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system) equivalence entry requirement.|
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 after their degree an MEd/MA in Professional Practice offers the opportunity to continue studying during the NQT year and beyond. 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.
As a ‘Hope Teacher’ you will be trained to make judgements in the face of conflicting priorities, rather than simply following a set of rules or theories. The aim of the programme is to support trainee teachers to empower them to make good choices, to solve problems skilfully and to learn powerfully, in the multiple and ever-changing contexts in which they will be teaching throughout their career.
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 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.
Unfortunately the Study Abroad option is not available for this degree.
The tuition fees for 2018/19 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 webpages 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 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.