‘The students on this course are a pleasure to work with. Because we work with them for three years, we are able to help them gain in depth knowledge, skills and confidence in their teaching and build really strong professional relationships in a range of educational settings. Their enthusiasm and commitment to primary children never ceases to impress me.’
Tracy Parvin, Programme Director
Through an integrated course of academic and professional partnership practice learning, you will be provided with access to the relevant knowledge, skills and understanding that should enable you to demonstrate a deep understanding of children’s development and the potential to apply this in your own classroom teaching. In addition to this, you will be encouraged to develop a strong knowledge of the primary curriculum and will be inspired to teach in innovative ways that have the prospect of exciting and motivating children.
If you choose the Mathematics Specialist pathway, you will explore the learning of children from the early years and into Key Stage 3. There will be a focus on in-depth learning and mastery of mathematical ideas. A range of approaches, manipulatives and mathematical images will be critically examined.
The BA (Hons) Primary Education course provides you with the opportunity to be actively involved in your own learning and development. You will study academic disciplines specific to teaching and learning and spend time on professional partnership school placements. This combination will support you in learning to become a creative and flexible teacher practitioner. You will also be supported in your transition into teaching and learning in Higher Education, and also for the transition between the levels of study that are experienced as you progress through the degree.
The principles underpinning primary education are introduced and you will be encouraged to develop a personal philosophy and understanding of how a child learns and develops. There is also an area of study dedicated to developing the knowledge, understanding and practical skills that are required to support the teaching and learning of pupils as they develop through the primary age range, recognising the holistic needs of children and how to support these in teaching and learning.
The professional partnership placement is a developmental and progressive experience that evolves over the three years of the course; observation and collaborative teaching is expected before progressing to solo class teaching. This allows scope for reflection and time to develop a range of appropriate teaching styles and strategies.
Professional placements are built into the course, there are also opportunities to engage in school based tasks and projects beyond the professional placements.
We have a wide range of specialist guest speakers from schools and other institutions who come in to talk to our students.
This course can also be studied over four years with an initial foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. It is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to this degree.