One of the main things that attracted me to the course was the alternative learning experience in year two. I went to Ghana and had a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Matt

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Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

X320

Location(s):

Canterbury
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Our foundation year enables you to enter our BA Primary Education course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements.

Christ Church University was founded as a teaching college over 50 years ago. By joining this course you will be studying one of our flagship degree courses through which we’ll support you in achieving qualified teacher status.

Our BA in Primary Education is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to become a generalist classroom teacher. You’ll learn about every aspect of teaching including child development and behaviour, the curriculum, planning and assessment and much more.

School placements will ensure that by the time you have achieved newly qualified teacher status, you’ll be ready for an exciting career in an extremely rewarding profession.

Why Study Primary Education with Foundation Year?

Our BA (Hons) Primary Education will enable you to become a primary classroom teacher, supporting you in reaching the National Standards to be a Qualified Teacher (QTS). 

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.

You will also need to be assessed as fit to teach, including an occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) check during the Foundation Year.

Further information on these requirements are available from admissions.

More information about entry requirements.

32
UCAS Points

All about the course

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 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. 

Through academic studies and placement experiences, you will gain knowledge, skills and understanding of children's learning. You will be able to show a deep understanding of children’s development which you can apply to the classroom. 

This programme will encourage you to develop a strong knowledge of the primary curriculum. You will learn to teach in innovative ways that will motivate and inspire children. 

You will be introduced to the principles which underpin primary education. Through focusing on the holistic needs of children and how they learn and develop, you will gain your own philosophy of teaching. 

Over your three years of study, you will participate in placements which allow you to gain confidence in the classroom. Each placement will build your skills in observation and collaboration as you work towards solo class teaching. This allows scope for reflection and time to develop a range of appropriate teaching styles and strategies. 

Work experience

Professional placements are built into the course, there are also opportunities to engage in school based tasks and projects beyond the professional placements. 

 

We provide an almost unparalleled range of learning opportunities for you in schools and in other educational settings, including optional opportunities to engage in overseas study visits. Our students are highly sought after by local head teachers, because of the depth of knowledge, creativity and professionalism that they bring to teaching. 

Other information

We have a wide range of specialist guest speakers from schools and other institutions who come in to talk to our students. In the past these have included well-known children's authors and illustrators.

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. 

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.

Work experience

Professional placements are built into the course, there are also opportunities to engage in school based tasks and projects beyond the professional placements.

Other information

We have a wide range of specialist guest speakers from schools and other institutions who come in to talk to our students.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, school placements, and self study. All of these are supported through Blackboard, the University's virtual learning environment.

Normally a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours of which 50-60 hours of this is completed through university contact days or directed tasks.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

Normally a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours of which 140-160 hours per 20 credit module consists of study that is completed in your own time.

The course is normally completed in three years. You will complete 120 credits during each academic year which equates to approximately 1,200 hours of taught and independent learning. 

Many of the tutors are senior lecturers and have studied at Masters and Doctoral level, and a majority are also experienced classroom practitioners.

Because we work with you for the entire course length, we are able to help you gain in-depth knowledge, skills and confidence in your teaching and build really strong professional relationships in a range of educational settings.

Tracy ParvinProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will be assessed through assignments and your teaching in school. The assessments for taught modules will include a wide range of tasks including written essays and assignments, oral presentations, action research tasks and portfolios of evidence of your learning.

The assignments will all be designed to help you investigate in detail particular aspects of teaching strategies, educational theory or research which will have relevance to your teaching, and to reflect on how theory has informed or can inform your practice.

Your professional learning in school or other education settings will be underpinned and informed by an assessed record of development which will demonstrate your ability to evaluate and analyse your own practice in the contexts of both the schools and other settings in which you are working, and of national policies and curricular requirements.

Your future career

Recent graduates have gone on to work in schools in the UK and abroad. A number of our students continue to develop their academic progress through postgraduate study such as an MA in Education. 

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

X320

Location(s):

Canterbury
Apply via UCAS
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