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BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS*

Summary 2015/16

  • Train to enthuse and inspire children aged 5-11 with creative teaching whilst gaining Qualified Teacher Status and an honours degree;
  • Study towards a major subject specialism in English, Mathematics, Modern Languages or Science;
  • Benefit from a programme which comprises significant time in school, training alongside expert teachers and which is fully supported by the University;
  • Initial teacher training at Edge Hill University ranked top in the North West for academic support and in the top two in the North West for student satisfaction, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, and teaching in the National Student Survey 2013.

* Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

This innovative programme, which has been developed by Primary education experts, provides an exciting opportunity to train to teach in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. If you are committed to becoming an outstanding, creative Primary teacher and you want to acquire a deep understanding of children’s learning and the changing Primary curriculum, then this is the programme for you.

You will develop your own interests and choose a major subject specialism from English, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Science in which you will develop your knowledge and teaching skills. There is also the opportunity to select a minor subject specialism from a broad choice of subjects and gain additional placement experiences in a wide range of settings. You will receive individual support throughout your degree to ensure you can achieve your potential and qualify as an outstanding Primary teacher who is able to bring excellent subject knowledge of both a major and minor subject specialism to a first teaching post.

On successful completion of the programme, your final award will reflect your major subject specialism. You will graduate with one of the following award titles:

  • BA (Hons) Primary English Education with QTS
  • BA (Hons) Primary Mathematics Education with QTS
  • BA (Hons) Primary Modern Languages Education with QTS
  • BA (Hons) Primary Science Education with QTS
Location: Edge Hill University
This programme is also available as a 4-year school-based route where the training is delivered almost entirely in a school context by trainers from across the Edge Hill University partnership. Read more at www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/courses/primary-education-with-qts-school-based-route.
UCAS: 0P59
Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
3 years: Full Time
Start Date: September 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

320 UCAS Tariff points, to include A Level grades BB or equivalent, plus GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent). To find out how you can achieve this Tariff score, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

Candidates are expected to have school experience and the personal attributes, values and motivation that relate to the role of a teacher.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education's standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

How do I apply?

For the full-time programme, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.ac.uk.

To study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University. Download the application form (pdf) and notes for guidance (pdf).

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply to find out more about the application process.


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What will I study?

A number of strands run throughout the programme and ensure you will:

  • Learn how to study effectively at university and take charge of your own development. Focusing on how children develop and learn, you will build up the planning, teaching and assessment skills that you need to be an outstanding classroom teacher;
  • Develop your own knowledge of all the National Curriculum subjects and study how children learn them. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of computing across the curriculum, the programme will immerse you in providing stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences for children;
  • Study a major subject specialism and choose a minor specialism from the following subjects: Art; Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS); Geography; History; Music; Physical Education; Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE); Religious Education; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN/D); Supporting Learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Within your specialisms you will have the opportunity to undertake action research projects in school and enhance your knowledge and understanding of how subjects are taught and led in school;
  • Spend a significant amount of time in school, in a variety of Key Stage 1 and 2 classes, across the length of the programme. You will observe outstanding teachers in action and learn from high quality training, progressing from teaching small groups with a partner to teaching a full class on your own as you become more confident in the classroom.

How will I study?

Your school mentor and university tutors will ensure that you learn from experts within the school and university settings.

Your university experience will include lectures, seminar groups and workshops, together with independent study supported by online and distance learning materials. In workshops you will engage in and reflect on classroom-type activities.

In schools, you will undertake a range of differentiated training experiences which will be closely linked to your individual targets. You will also develop your role as a classroom teacher, assuming greater responsibility for the class as you move through the programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught in University and on professional practice in schools by a range of highly qualified and experienced teachers and tutors who are dedicated to excellence in Primary education and who will model high quality practice to enable you to develop your own teaching style.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment strategies will include portfolios of school-based work, written assignments, oral presentations, and observations of your teaching in schools. You will be given clear assessment criteria and constructive feedback.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a Newly Qualified Teacher. You will have an ability to teach in Key Stage 1 and 2 in Primary schools, a strong knowledge of Primary education and outstanding classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the current national standards.

You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the Primary curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. In addition you will have comprehensive knowledge of a specialist subject, preparing you to take a leadership role in school. Skills in monitoring and managing your own development, and an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make your own informed choices and aid your career progression.

Before the end of your degree you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your first teaching post.

Further study at Edge Hill University

As a teacher you will be keen to build your skills as your career progresses. Edge Hill University is one of the largest providers of Professional Development for teachers in the country. You could gain further qualifications through your work in schools and settings, or through further in-depth study.

During your Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme we will carefully prepare you for your Induction Year by helping you to identify your continuing training needs. Edge Hill's Professional Development Team will continue to support you through your Induction Year and be available to you throughout your teaching career.

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A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country's leading providers of education, training and research for the children's workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education's facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,150 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2015/16.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2015/16 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2015.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren't linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships are available to eligible UK and EU students which you may qualify to receive. These scholarships reward outstanding grades and support students from lower income families with the cost of higher education.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Not got the entry requirements?

If you would like pre-entry advice and guidance about your qualifications, please email study@edgehill.ac.uk or call 01695 657000.

If you do not have the relevant GCSEs required for this programme, Edge Hill University offers equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual's professional and employment experience (also referred to as 'experiential learning').

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact Course Enquiries by emailing study@edgehill.ac.uk or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many national careers fairs and UCAS events.


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Modules

Year 1

PED1010 Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (40 credits) introduces you to the programme's approach to your personal and professional development and to aspects of the primary curriculum, with a particular focus on introducing subject knowledge for English, Mathematics, Science and Technologies for Teaching and Learning (TTL). You will be immersed in key theories related to children's development and begin to develop your knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching within a Primary context.

PED1011 Developing Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (40 credits) introduces you to further aspects of professional development while continuing to enhance aspects of your personal development. You will continue to develop your knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum with a particular focus on adding to your subject knowledge for English, Mathematics, Science and Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL).

PED1012 Partnership Led Curriculum - Foundation Subjects (20 credits) develops subject specific knowledge whilst reflecting on a broad range of pedagogical possibilities. Sessions will involve a blend between subjects, for example History and Art or Religious Education and Music. This will involve a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and school-led experiences. A creative and experiential approach to learning will be applied and may include a modelled field trip, a trainee conference or an alternative initiative. The aim is to enhance your understanding of the value of a rich curriculum that supports children's entitlement to social, physical, moral, spiritual, cultural, and aesthetic development.

PED1013 Minor Specialism (20 credits) seeks to develop your knowledge and understanding of a specific subject of personal interest. You will be able to choose from Art; Early Years Foundation Stage; English as an Additional Language; Geography; History; Music; Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education; Physical Education; Religious Education; and Special Education Needs and Disabilities.

PED1111 Primary Professional Practice -Phase 1A (20 credits) is the first of three assessed professional practice modules and will be undertaken in a Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 classroom. You will develop your approach to all aspects of the role of the teacher, initially with small groups and, as the module develops, with whole classes. An individual development plan will be devised and you will undertake a range of training experiences linked to the requirements of the placement and your own particular needs.

Year 2

PED2010 Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (40 credits) enhances your personal and professional development, revisiting aspects of pedagogy to consolidate and extend your knowledge, understanding and skills while continuing to develop your personal and academic study skills. You will continue to develop your knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum with a particular focus on developing subject knowledge for English, Mathematics, Science, and Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL).

PED2011 Developing Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (40 credits) continues to enhance your personal and professional development, revisiting further aspects of pedagogy to consolidate and extend your knowledge, understanding and skills while continuing to develop your personal and academic study skils. You will continue to develop your knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum with a particular focus on developing subject knowledge for English, Mathematics, Science, and Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL).

PED2016 Partnership Led Curriculum - Inspiring Learning Experiences in Foundation Subject (20 credits) identifies specific subject knowledge whilst reflecting on a broad range of pedagogical foundations. The module incorporates a broad and rich blend of all the foundation subjects taught in partnership with schools. Sessions will involve linking subjects, such as History and Art or Religious Education and Music. This will involve a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and school-led experiences. A creative and experiential approach to learning will be applied and may include a modelled field trip, a trainee conference or an alternative initiative.

PED2222 Primary Professional Practice - Phase 1B (40 credits) is the second of three assessed professional practice modules and will be undertaken in a Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 classroom. You will enhance your approaches to all aspects of the role of the teacher, initially with small groups and, as the module develops, with whole classes. Your individual development plan will be reviewed and revised as appropriate and you will undertake a range of training experiences linked to the requirements of the placement and your own particular needs.

You will study one of the following modules based on your choice of major subject specialism.

PED2012 English Specialist Subject (20 credits) considers the guiding principles of English teaching in primary schools. It will develop your knowledge of the nature of language and literacy through reflection on personal experience and consideration of the rich and diverse language backgrounds of pupils you will teach. You will reflect upon what it means to be literate in the 21st century and explore appropriate approaches to teaching which are consistent with the views identified. The module will equip you with the appropriate subject knowledge to inform planning and raise your awareness of the research underpinning different pedagogic approaches and models of practice to inspire passion and enthusiasm for the subject.

PED2013 Mathematics Specialist Subject (20 credits) enables you to develop a strong understanding of children's development and learning which will underpin successful teaching and curriculum development in schools. The module will develop your ability to share your knowledge with colleagues, which you will need to do as a potential curriculum leader. You will also acquire appropriate subject knowledge to inform planning and an awareness of the research underpinning different pedagogic approaches and models of practice to inspire passion and enthusiasm for the subject.

PED2014 Science Specialist Subject (20 credits) considers the guiding principles of science education in primary schools. You will gain knowledge of children's development and learning in the sciences and develop the ability to share your knowledge with colleagues, something which you will need to do as a potential curriculum leader. The module will equip you with the appropriate subject knowledge to inform planning and ensure you have an awareness of the research underpinning different pedagogic approaches and models of practice to inspire passion and enthusiasm for the subject.

PED2015 Modern Languages Specialist Subject (20 credits) considers the guiding principles of modern languages teaching and learning in primary schools. You will gain knowledge of children’s development and learning in primary modern languages and develop the ability to share your knowledge with colleagues, something which you will need to do as a potential curriculum leader. The module will equip you with the appropriate subject knowledge to inform planning and ensure you have an awareness of the research underpinning different pedagogic approaches and models of practice to inspire passion and enthusiasm for the subject.

Year 3

PED3010 Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (40 credits) enhances your personal and professional development, revisiting aspects of pedagogy to consolidate and extend your knowledge, understanding and skills while continuing to develop your personal and academic study skills. You will continue to refine your knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum with a particular focus on developing subject knowledge for English, Mathematics, Science, and Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL).

PED3011 Developing the Reflective Practitioner (40 credits) enables you to understand the reflective practice cycle (Pollard, 2010) and to engage with this to allow you to develop as a reflective practitioner. The module will develop your critical analysis skills through facilitating opportunities for you to examine relevant academic texts associated with reflective practice. You will develop your understanding of the importance of analysing critical incidents with a view to informing practice, building on your reflective writing skills so that you can compose a critique of your own professional development, identifying actions for development and evaluating progress.

PED3016 Minor Specialism (10 credits) develops and reflect upon subject specific knowledge and the application of this knowledge in a professional context for your minor subject specialism. This may involve a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and out-of-the-classroom and/or school-led experiences, such as visiting activity centres, museums, galleries and a range of educational setting including nurseries and specialist provision.

PED3333 Primary Professional Practice- Phase 2 (40 credits) is the third of three assessed professional practice modules and will be undertaken in a Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 classroom. You will develop your approaches to all aspects of the role of the teacher and will lead the teaching and learning within the class for 80% of the planned timetable. You will undertake a range of training experiences linked to the requirements of the placement and your own particular needs. Your individual development plan will be reviewed and refined as appropriate and used as the basis for establishing a Career Entry and Development Profile.

You will study one of the following modules based on your choice of major subject specialism.

PED3012 English Specialist Subject (30 credits) completes your study of the English specialism. The module will enable you to develop a strong understanding of relevant curriculum development issues from a whole school perspective. It will include participation in two school-led curriculum development projects involving the enhancement of relevant subject knowledge and the planning, implementation, evaluation and communication of outcomes. The first of these projects will be a joint exercise with other trainees, teachers and lecturers, while the second will be implemented individually in a school setting (or cluster). The module is designed to enhance your potential as a future subject leader.

PED3013 Mathematics Specialist Subject (30 credits) completes your study of the Mathematics specialism. The module will enable you to develop a strong understanding of relevant curriculum development issues and to relate these to the design and findings of your own practitioner research project. It will include participation in two school-led curriculum development projects involving enhancement of relevant subject knowledge and the planning, implementation, evaluation and communication of outcomes. The first of these projects will be a joint exercise with other trainees, teachers and lecturers, while the second will be implemented individually in a school setting (or cluster). The module is designed to enhance your potential as a future subject leader.

PED3014 Science Specialist Subject (30 credits) completes your study of the Science specialism. The module will enable you to develop a strong understanding of relevant curriculum development issues from a whole school perspective. It will include participation in two school-led curriculum development projects involving the enhancement of relevant subject knowledge and the planning, implementation, evaluation and communication of outcomes. The first of these projects will be a joint exercise with other trainees, teachers and lecturers, while the second will be implemented individually in a school setting (or cluster). The module is designed to enhance your potential as a future subject leader.

PED3015 Modern Languages Specialist Subject (30 credits) completes your study of the Modern Languages specialism. The module will enable you to develop a strong understanding of relevant curriculum development issues from a whole school perspective. It will include participation in two school-led curriculum development projects involving the enhancement of relevant subject knowledge and the planning, implementation, evaluation and communication of outcomes. The first of these projects will be a joint exercise with other trainees, teachers and lecturers, while the second will be implemented individually in a school setting (or cluster). The module is designed to enhance your potential as a future subject leader.


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