Primary Education (Early Years and Key Stage 1) BA(Hons) with QTS 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

If you're passionate about training to become a primary school teacher for Foundation and Key Stage 1 pupils (age range three to seven years), then this course could be for you.

During the first two years you'll have the opportunity to study a number of compulsory modules covering the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, National Curriculum subjects, professional development, and behaviour management. A significant amount of your learning takes place whilst on placement within our partnership schools; in fact you'll undertake a placement every year. You'll have the opportunity to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience, and benefit from mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education 2016 for the sixth year running.You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Here's what Sam has to say about studying Primary Education (Early Years and Key Stage 1) BA(Hons) with QTS at the University of Huddersfield.


UCAS code:
X12C

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time

Contact:

Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

The course content is designed to address the full breadth of the Teachers' Standards. The course combines university-based and school-based training to provide trainees with a coherent programme of study. You'll have the opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and Computing), the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and the full breadth of the National Curriculum. You'll have the opportunity to study the research theories in relation to child development and educational practice, develop a personal educational philosophy, and gain a deeper understanding of current professional issues in primary schools.

Year 1

Core modules:

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module encourages the development of the academic study and communication skills necessary for successful study at degree level. Assessment typically includes preparing an essay considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.


Teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage

This module seeks to introduce you to the themes, principles and practices of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Particular focus is placed on the key features of effective learning environments and effective education in the birth to five age range. The module is delivered jointly by University tutors and early years practitioners drawn from the partnership and training sessions, and will take place in both the University and in early years settings. Assessment typically involves the compilation of a portfolio of professional development and learning.


Initial Professional Development and School-Based Training 1

A series of training sessions will help prepare you for your first block teaching placement in either the Early Years Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1. The sessions will focus on supporting you to gain the essential skills and knowledge needed for teaching. Assessment is typically via the submission of a teaching file to include lesson planning, evaluations of your own teaching, assessments for learners, feedback from trainers/mentors, a record of professional development activities and an impact study to show learner progress.


Teaching the Primary Core Curriculum (1)

This module will help prepare you to teach English, mathematics and science across the early years and Key Stage 1. The module will be taught jointly by subject specialist tutors and school-based trainers. Training sessions will take place both in schools and in the University. Assessment is typically via the submission of a portfolio to include lesson planning, evaluations of your own teaching, assessments for learners, feedback from trainers/mentors, a record of professional development activities and an impact study to show learner progress.

Year 2

Core modules:

Safeguarding Children and Young People

This module will help raise your awareness of current legislation, policies and procedures which exist to promote children and young people’s rights and to keep them safe from harm. It emphasises the knowledge, skills and qualities required to work with children, young people, their families and carers and other professionals in safeguarding contexts; and critically explores broader concepts of child abuse. Assessment typically involves the completion of an oral assessment and a timed test.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This module seeks to introduce you to the barriers to learning experienced by learners with special educational needs and disabilities and strategies to overcome these. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake an enrichment placement in an alternative setting to enable you to apply theory into practice. This module is typically taught by University tutors and teachers from partnership schools and training sessions will take place both in the University and in alternative settings across the partnership. These may include special schools, pupil referral units, resource-based provision in mainstream schools, hospital schools and behaviour bases. Assessment is typically via the submission of a portfolio of evidence to support your placement, including information about the provision, a daily reflective log and a record of professional development. All aspects to reference theories of disability, inclusion and special educational needs.


Assessment for Learning and School-Based Training (2)

This module focuses on Assessment for Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Following a series of training sessions you’ll be required to complete a short placement with a focus on Assessment for Learning. The aim is to prepare you for your second block placement in either the Early Years Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1. Assessment is typically via the submission of a teaching file and portfolio of evidence to include lesson planning, evaluations of your own teaching, assessment for learners, feedback from trainers/mentors, a record of professional development activities and an impact study to show learner progress.


Advanced Primary Core Curriculum Studies

This module builds on learning undertaken in Teaching the Primary Core Curriculum. The aim is to provide you with the opportunity to consolidate and extend your subject knowledge in mathematics, science and English through a series of training sessions which will take place both in the University and in partnership schools. Assessment is typically via a range of practical and written tasks.


Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Subjects 2

This module explores the full breadth of the National Curriculum. You’ll have the opportunity to study subjects including Art, Music, Design and Technology, History, Geography, personal, social and citizenship education, Modern Languages, PE, RE and Computing. Training takes place both in university and in schools and trainees have the opportunity to undertake a wider curriculum placement in which they’ll teach a series of lessons.

Year 3

Core modules:

Major Study

This module allows you to pursue your particular interests and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, understanding and strengths that you have developed during your degree studies. You’ll be supported to select a relevant topic and develop a proposal. This module is your opportunity to bring together everything you have learned in a study of your choosing and you'll typically be assessed via a dissertation.


Subject Specialism in the Primary School

The module will introduce you to a subject specialism in the primary school, led by University tutors and subject leaders drawn from across the partnership. It seeks to introduce you to the principles behind effective subject leadership and some of the associated challenges. You can specialise in a range of subjects. Assessment is typically via the development of a study focusing on a whole school improvement priority and may include the preparation of teaching materials, impact study and a record of professional development.


Initial Professional Development and School-Based Training (3)

A programme of sessions seeking to prepare you for your final block placement in which you’ll be required to take responsibility for planning and teaching for the majority of the timetable. Assessment is typically via the development of a 'working wall' and the submission of a portfolio to include planning, evaluations, feedback, a record of professional development and an impact study to show learner progress.


Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years

This module will develop your understanding of the concept of inclusive learning and explore its implications for teaching and learning in the early years and primary sector. Assessment typically involves the development of a report.

Please note:

•  A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Placements

A key element of your studies and learning takes place whilst you're on placement. In Years 1 and 2, on average, trainees undertake a compulsory block teaching placement of between 6-8 weeks duration and also undertake shorter enrichment placements (also compulsory) of between 1-4 weeks per placement. The aim of these shorter placements is to focus on topics including special educational needs, behaviour management, English and mathematics. In the final Year, trainees undertake a compulsory block placement of between 12 – 13 weeks duration. In recent years students have undertaken placements in special schools, pupil referral units and in settings for children with communication needs.

Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.

Career opportunities

95% of our Primary Education graduates went on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

This course prepares you for your first teaching role within the Early Years (nursery and reception) and Key Stage 1 (ages 3-7).*

Upon successful completion of the course we recommend Qualified Teacher Status be awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

  • Source DHLE survey

Professional links and accreditations

This course prepares you for your first teaching role within the Early Years (nursery and reception) and Key Stage 1 (ages 3-7). Upon successful completion of the course we recommend Qualified Teacher Status be awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. 15% of the study time on the Primary Education (Early Years and Key Stage 1) course is spent in university lectures, seminars, tutorials etc and you'll also have a personal tutor assigned to you throughout your degree to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience. In addition trainees take part in compulsory school placements and school led training.

Assessment includes assignments on learning theory and professional issues associated with education. Within partnership schools, mentors assess your teaching to help you develop into an effective teacher.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:

Kate Aspin

Jean Palmer

Liz Zsargo

Louise Coverdale

Diane Hadwen

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Please also note:

•  Your placements could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.

•  A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Further study

Upon successful completion of your undergraduate studies, progression onto the following postgraduate programmes may be of interest:

Early Childhood Studies MA part-time

Education MA

Action Research for Education MA

Leadership in Education and Public Services MA

International

If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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