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Initial Teacher Training

Primary Education (with QTS) BA (Hons)

Develop your knowledge and skills across a range of curriculum studies, qualifying you to teach at primary level.

 
  • This course is closed for September 2024 entry for UK applicants and international applicants.
 

Course overview

You cover professional skills, subject understanding, pedagogy, research and theory, with a focus on developing your subject knowledge and exploring teaching theories. Throughout the course, you embed this knowledge and refine these skills, enhancing your own practice with placements and reflecting through action research.

On placement, you practice teaching strategies, learn how to manage a classroom environment and develop an evidence-based approach from skilled professionals. By carrying out practical work in a school setting, you apply your knowledge in the real world. You also engage in research and subject enhancement projects to develop your skills further.

You may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship, check the getintoteaching website to find out more.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Core Curriculum 1

Develop a detailed knowledge of core curriculum areas in English, maths and science at all relevant levels. Contextualise your knowledge and skills appropriately and apply your understanding of learning and teaching to these subjects. Evaluate and critique policies and approaches to teaching at institutional, regional and national levels.

Educational Research and Enquiry 1

Become familiar with the core content requirements of initial teacher training for the compulsory sector. You also develop your confidence with discussion and research in the sector.

Appreciate the value of research and develop the basic skills required to carry it out. Learn how to search for, select, and record different research studies when using them in writing.

Reflect on your own experiences with evidence-informed strategies to meet the ever-changing needs of young people, specific institutions and the sector as a whole.

Professional Practice 1

Carry out your first practice placement, building professional skills to support your development as a teacher. Engage with all aspects of school life and actively learn the ways that schools operate within your subject specialism and beyond. Build your confidence by observing experienced teachers, team teaching and delivering lessons independently to a range of ages.

Understanding Pedagogy and Practice 1

Develop an understanding of theory that can be applied through professional practice. Build your confidence in creating, planning and delivering effective teaching and assessment across a range of ages and levels.

Gain a critical understanding of teachers’ professional roles and responsibilities. Learn the skills required to effectively embed the core standards of English, maths, inclusion and diversity, classroom management and the provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities.

Wider Curriculum Humanities and Enrichment 1

Explore the wider curriculum areas in humanities subjects and enrichment at all relevant levels. Contextualise your knowledge and skills appropriately and apply your understanding of learning and teaching to these subjects. Evaluate and critique policies and approaches to teaching at institutional, regional and national levels.

Wider Curriculum Practical Subjects 1

Develop your knowledge of wider curriculum areas in the practical subjects and enrichment at all relevant levels. Contextualise your knowledge and skills appropriately and apply your understanding of learning and teaching to these subjects. Evaluate and critique policies and approaches to teaching at institutional, regional and national levels.

 

Year 2 core modules

Core Curriculum 2

Develop the skills required to deliver the core curriculum across ages, stages and levels. You focus on teaching and early reading, as well as the key transition from early years to the national curriculum. You also consider the impact of special educational needs and disabilities on the development of knowledge and skills. Critically explore the ways that the core curriculum is organised, taught and managed.

Educational Research and Enquiry 2

Build on your knowledge of the core content requirements of initial teacher training for the compulsory sector. Develop your confidence with discussion and research in the sector.

Appreciate the value of research and implication of research for policy and practice in primary education, and develop basic skills in searching for and selecting research studies, plus recording research, and reading research studies.

Reflect on your experiences with evidence-informed strategies to meet the ever-changing needs of young people, specific institutions and the sector as a whole.

Professional Practice 2

This is your second immersive teaching practice placement, where you build your professional skills to support your development as a teacher. You engage with all aspects of school life to actively learn the ways that schools operate. Build your confidence by observing experienced teachers, team teaching and delivering lessons independently to a range of ages.

Understanding Pedagogy and Practice 2

Develop an understanding of working with schools successfully in different contexts. Gain theoretical knowledge and apply this in your professional practice, adapting to local, regional and national needs. Build your confidence in creating, planning and delivering effective teaching and assessment across a range of ages and levels.

Understand teachers’ professional roles and responsibilities. Learn the skills required to effectively embed the core standards of English, maths, inclusion and diversity, classroom management and the provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities.

Wider Curriculum Humanities and Enrichment 2

Develop the skills required to deliver the wider humanities curriculum across ages, stages and levels. Understand the concepts underpinning the learning and teaching of these subjects, as well as school ethos and values. Focus on the transition from early years to secondary education and the enrichment curriculum to support pupils' development. You also consider the impact of special educational needs and disabilities on the development of knowledge and skills. Explore the ways in which the core curriculum is organised, taught and managed.

Wider Curriculum Practical Subjects 2

Develop the knowledge and skills required to deliver wider curriculum practical subjects across ages, stages and levels. Understand the concepts underpinning the learning and teaching of these subjects. Focus on the transition between early years and primary education onto secondary education. Explore the outdoor learning environment and how to create engaging digital environments, and consider the impact of special educational needs and disabilities on the development of knowledge and skills. Examine the ways that wider curriculum practical subjects are organised, taught and managed in the compulsory sector.

 

Final-year core modules

Core Curriculum 3

Build on your knowledge of core curriculum areas in English, maths and science at all levels. Develop a more detailed understanding of transition into secondary education and the primary teacher’s role in supporting this. Contextualise your knowledge and skills to apply these to your teaching, evaluating policy and approaches at institutional, regional and national levels.

Educational Research and Enquiry: Dissertation

You produce a piece of research over time, appropriate to your academic and vocational interests. Apply a substantive area of theory relevant to primary education, developing your own intellectual voice with a sustained argument and perspective. Reflect on your experiences with evidence-informed strategies to meet the ever-changing needs of students, institutions and the sector as a whole.

Professional Practice 3

This is your final practice placement, where you build on your professional skills to support your development as a teacher. You engage with all aspects of school life to actively learn the ways that schools operate. Build your confidence by observing experienced teachers, team teaching and delivering lessons independently to a range of ages.

Understanding Pedagogy and Practice 3

Evaluate your performance, enhancing your ability to link theory with practice. Look beyond your direct experiences and consider a range of pupils and educational settings. You are encouraged to become more independent and resilient, applying your skills to unfamiliar professional and classroom situations.

You also develop your understanding of traditional and contemporary learning, teaching and assessment theories. Explore government policy and curriculum theory, evaluating different approaches. Gain critical and evaluative skills to construct and sustain reasoned arguments about current educational issues and underpinning ideologies.

Wider Curriculum: Subject Specialist Development

You build on your ability to link theory to practice. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your professional development through the planning, implementation and evaluation of wider curriculum enhancement. You engage in an area of practice relevant to your placement setting, to review and reflect on practice and how it can be enhanced.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through lectures and seminars in university and through professional practice in schools.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through essays, reports, lesson planning and portfolios.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The following admission criteria applies:

  • a typical offer is 112 - 128 tariff points from at least two A levels, T level or equivalent
  • GCSE grade 4, or standard equivalent, in English, maths and science (qualifications in key and functional skills at level 2 are not equivalent to GCSEs in breadth of content). If you have not achieved the standard equivalent, you can sit an equivalency test at equivalencytesting.com
  • Applicants taking other qualifications that are equivalent to A levels will be considered. We welcome applications from mature students, and those returning to education, who have studied appropriate qualifications. We accept a wide range of qualifications that meet the UCAS tariff points or equivalent.

    You must also have:

    • ability to demonstrate capacity to meet the Teachers’ Standards
    • verification of your identity either from your birth certificate, or an acceptable, alternative document
    • satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check which considers the children's barred list and whether a trainee has previously behaved unsuitably for work with children and been removed from a programme or would have been had they not left. Further checks are carried out for international applicants to consider events outside the UK
    • completion of a Declaration of Suitability for Teacher Training document
    • submission of two references. Referees must confirm that they know of no reason why you cannot work with children. Admissions will also check there are no breaks in your employment or education history
    • successful completion of a formal interview and selection process.

    The interview and selection process includes:

    • a formal interview where you will be interviewed by two members of the teaching team
    • a presentation about a reading activity
    • a reflective and a classroom-based scenario task
    • a data task.

    The interview and selection process take place onsite at Teesside University, Middlesbrough Campus. You should expect to be at Teesside University for approximately 3.5 hours to complete all activities included in the interview process. Please let us know if you need any reasonable adjustments and we will consider your request.

    The process determines whether you possess the appropriate attitudes and value expected of a teacher. It also assesses whether you demonstrate intellectual and academic suitability for the course, including:

    • fluent communication skills
    • writing that reflects a high standard of accuracy
    • an ability to use data and graphs to interpret information, identify patterns and trends to draw appropriate conclusions.

    Upon completion of the interview and selection process, you will be asked to give an evaluation of the day, so that we can continually monitor and improve our processes.

    The Department for Education requires that we see all original certificates when you enrol.

    IELTS entry requirements for international students is level 6.5.

    International qualifications will be checked for equivalency by the International Admissions team.

    For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

    International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


    You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

You are supported to prepare for the next steps in your teaching journey as you progress to meet teachers’ standards. Develop your professionalism and employability, receiving advice and guidance in relation to recruitment and selection. The course ensures that you are ready to progress to professional development through the Early Career Framework in your first teaching role as an early career teacher.

Work placement

You complete three professional placements and gradually build up your teaching experience while observing and working with colleagues. You experience the life of a teacher by fully immersing yourself in the school environment. You benefit from the support of a curriculum mentor and professional mentor, providing feedback and working with you to set targets. Mentors are highly trained and effective educational practitioners who provide you with information, advice and guidance throughout the course. We are partnered with a diverse range of schools and settings across the Tees Valley to give you contrasting experiences where possible. Placement in schools is dependent on several variables and while we will endeavour to take your location preferences into account, you should be prepared to travel across the Tees Valley.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Full-time

Entry to 2024/25 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: X120 BA/PEduc
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 112 - 128 tariff points

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  • Not available part-time
 

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