BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

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Overview

UCAS Code:0P59
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, September 2017
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Initial teacher training at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for organisation & management in the National Student Survey 2015;
  • Train in University and across our extensive and diverse partnerships which includes strong links with potential employers;
  • Receive excellent support from personal tutors, year leaders and school-based mentors.

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

On our Primary Education degree you will develop as a professional with all the qualities needed for a rewarding and challenging role nurturing young mind. You will develop your own individual teaching personality and personal principles, along with the essential building blocks for a career in primary teaching. You will study in a dynamic teaching and learning environment where University and school-based staff work side by side to ensure that you have the best possible teacher training experience.

On successful completion of the programme, your final award will reflect your 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

Student Profiles

  • Elliot Costas-Walker

    BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
    For me, the best thing about the course is being able to study with people who are as passionate about education as you are.
  • Rochelle Harris

    BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
    At the moment I'm spending a lot of time in schools, trying to gain as much experience as I can.
  • Alexandra Pagonis

    BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
    The feeling you get when you observe a child achieving their goals and showing enthusiasm to succeed is the best feeling of all and is something I am looking forward to experiencing regularly over the coming years.
  • William Norris

    BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
    Throughout the course you undertake numerous school-based placements which are fantastic and enable you to develop as a person as well as a practitioner.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

On this programme you will develop your own knowledge of all the National Curriculum subjects and study how children learn them. You will also explore a range of teaching methods so that you can provide stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences for children.

You will have the opportunity to study a subject specialism within primary education and through this develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject, as well as your skills as a teacher of this subject.

Aspects of teaching and learning beyond the National Curriculum will also be studied to strengthen your portfolio and prepare you for leading aspects of provision within primary schools. For example, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE); Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN/D), English as an Additional Language (EAL) and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

You will spend a significant amount of time undertaking professional practices in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 settings and qualify as a primary teacher who is able to bring strong subject knowledge to a first teaching post.

How will I study?

Your learning experience will include lectures, seminar groups and independent study supported by online and distance learning materials. Your programme will also comprise significant time in a range of schools being trained by expert teachers with the support of the University. During your Professional Practice you will progress from teaching small groups, usually with a partner to teaching a full class on your own as you become more confident in the classroom. There may be opportunities to gain additional placement experiences in a wide range of settings, including nurseries, museums and art galleries.

Lectures and seminars will be underpinned with current research and will provide the opportunity to explore aspects of teaching and learning with the support of expert practitioners. Your personal tutor and your trained school mentors will support you, train you and help you to monitor and plan your own progress.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment strategies will include portfolios of school-based work, written assignments, oral presentations, and feedback on your professional practice. You will be given clear assessment criteria and constructive feedback.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this 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.

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.

Modules

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Year 1

PED1012 Partnership Led Curriculum - Foundation Subjects (20 credits)

Partnership Led Curriculum – Foundation Subjects 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)

Minor Specialism 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.

PED1015 Academic and Professional Development 1 (20 credits)

Academic and Professional Development 1 introduces you to the programme’s approach to your academic, personal and professional development. 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.

PED1016 Academic and Professional Development 2 (20 credits)

Academic and Professional Development 2 introduces you to further aspects of academic, personal and professional development. The module will also enable you to begin to build the professional skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values required by the Teachers’ Standards.

PED1017 Curriculum, Teaching and Learning - English and Computing (20 credits)

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning – English and Computing introduces you to the English and Computing elements of the primary curriculum and will outline the evidence-based subject knowledge that underpins effective teaching, learning and assessment in these subjects. The module will cover the separate strands of the English curriculum, i.e. reading, writing and spoken language, as well as the shift in the primary Computing curriculum from ICT skills to computer science.

PED1018 Curriculum, Teaching and Learning - Mathematics and Science (20 credits)

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning – Mathematics and Science introduces you to the Mathematics and Science elements of the primary curriculum and will outline the evidence-based subject knowledge that underpins effective teaching, learning and assessment in these subjects. You will begin to consider how children might be effectively supported by their teacher to learn the skills, knowledge and understanding required for successful progress in Mathematics and Science.

PED1111 Primary Professional Practice - Phase 1A (20 credits)

Primary Professional Practice – Phase 1A 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

PED2016 Partnership Led Curriculum - Inspiring Learning Experiences in Foundation Subjects (20 credits)

Partnership Led Curriculum – Inspiring Learning Experiences in Foundation Subjects 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.

PED2019 Academic and Professional Development 3 (20 credits)

Academic and Professional Development 3 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 also assess the factors involved in considering the needs of every child as an individual learner, and evaluate the role of all involved in supporting pupils’ progress.

PED2020 Academic and Professional Development 4 (20 credits)

Academic and Professional Development 4 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 skills. You will also critically evaluate the needs of the individual child, particularly in relation to special educational needs and disability, as well as English as an additional language (EAL), and consider approaches which are designed to ensure the inclusion of all learners.

PED2021 Curriculum, Teaching and Learning - English and Computing (20 credits)

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning – English and Computing is designed to further enhance your knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum with a particular focus on advancing your subject knowledge in English and Computing.

PED2022 Curriculum, Teaching and Learning - Mathematics and Science (20 credits)

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning – Mathematics and Science is designed to further enhance your knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum with a particular focus on advancing your subject knowledge in Mathematics and Science.

PED2222 Primary Professional Practice - Phase 1B (40 credits)

Primary Professional Practice – Phase 1B 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)

English Specialist Subject 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)

Mathematics Specialist Subject 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)

Science Specialist Subject 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)

Modern Languages Specialist Subject 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)

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning 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)

Developing the Reflective Practitioner 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)

Minor Specialism 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)

Primary Professional Practice – Phase 2 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)

English Specialist Subject 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)

Mathematics Specialist Subject 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)

Science Specialist Subject 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)

Modern Languages Specialist Subject 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.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 2016/17 Entry – 320 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required but which should include A Level grades BB or equivalent, plus GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • 2017/18 Entry – 120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required but which should include A Level grades BB or equivalent, plus GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

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

An interview will form part of the selection process.

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) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the 320 UCAS Tariff points required for 2016/17 entry include:

  • A Levels – ABB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be graded Distinction and 15 credits graded Merit.

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the 120 UCAS Tariff points required for 2017/18 entry are as follows:

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be graded Distinction and 15 credits graded Merit.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to gain the study skills and subject knowledge to guarantee the offer of a place on an Edge Hill University degree (subject to meeting any additional requirements stipulated in your Fastrack offer letter). For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Career Prospects

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. Your programme will prepare you to teach in Key Stage 1 and 2 in Primary schools and support you in developing strong subject knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of primary education.

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.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

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 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.

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

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge 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, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

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.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

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

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

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International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

4th February 2016 - Change to Entry Requirements

Entry criteria reduced from 320 points on the current UCAS Tariff for 2016/17 entry to 120 points on the new UCAS Tariff for 2017/18 entry. This is equivalent to the requirements changing from ABB to BBB for A Level grades and remaining at DDM for BTEC Extended Diploma awards (or a combination of BTEC QCF qualifications). The reduction is effective from 2017/18 entry.