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Primary Education (Early Years 3-7) with recommendation for QTS
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Primary Education (Early Years 3-7) with recommendation for QTS

Please note, this course is now full and closed for 2017 entry.

Overview

Gain the skills, experience and ability you will need to teach early years children aged between three and seven. Through group work, you will develop your passion for working with children and build your knowledge of psychology, sociology, pedagogy and philosophy.

You will undertake a two to seven-week placement in a school during each year of study, and this practical experience will help you to hit the ground running in your first teaching job after graduation. The opportunity to study specific areas, such as child-initiated learning, will also give you a focus for when you start teaching in schools.

We have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. We are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.

RESIDENTIALS

At the start of the year you will go on a one-week group study residential. This will be a chance to meet new friends and take part in a number of challenges to develop your problem solving and team working skills. Activities can include rock climbing, gorge scrambling, mountaineering, walking, canoeing and kayaking alongside academic tasks.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
You will meet a range of guest speakers, from diverse backgrounds such as national literacy experts, head teachers and experts in behaviour management. You will have the opportunity to undertake international volunteering opportunities from within Europe to as far afield as China and Australia.

To gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will be required to undertake a two to seven week placement in a school during each year of study. This will give you the practical experience required to help you hit the ground running with your first teaching job after graduation.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent. One of these A Levels needs to be a National Curriculum subject. For information about National Curriculum Subjects click here. General Studies is not accepted. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a `Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language, Maths, Science and two other subjects at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in a relevant subject.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. To include a National Curriculum subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. To include a National Curriculum subject.
Practical Experience:
Work experience with children in the 3-7 age range (preferably at least 15+ days in the last 12 months in UK Primary school or Early Years settings) must have been completed prior to you making your application. Applicants should demonstrate an affinity specifically with Early Years 3-7 age range. Other experience of working with children or involvement in the community would also be beneficial.
Professional Skills Tests:
Applicants must have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting the course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.

You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test.

Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are suitable will you be invited to an interview.

Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between November 2017 and March 2018. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.

The interview process has two main purposes:

  • To establish whether you have the attributes that will enable you to cope with both the professional demands of the course and the related academic work.
  • To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.

The interview will be conducted in small groups and you will also be required to undertake a short maths task and two short writing tasks. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.

Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent. One of these A Levels needs to be a National Curriculum subject. For information about National Curriculum Subjects click here. General Studies is not accepted. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a `Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language, Maths, Science and two other subjects at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in a relevant subject.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. To include a National Curriculum subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. To include a National Curriculum subject.
Practical Experience:
Work experience with children in the 3-7 age range (preferably at least 15+ days in the last 12 months in UK Primary school or Early Years settings) must have been completed prior to you making your application. Applicants should demonstrate an affinity specifically with Early Years 3-7 age range. Other experience of working with children or involvement in the community would also be beneficial.
Professional Skills Tests:
Applicants must have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting the course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website.

You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test.

Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are suitable will you be invited to an interview.

Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process - interviews will be held between November 2017 and March 2018. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.

The interview process has two main purposes:

  • To establish whether you have the attributes that will enable you to cope with both the professional demands of the course and the related academic work.
  • To give you the opportunity to explain what attracts you to teaching as a career and why you think you are a suitable candidate.

The interview will be conducted in small groups and you will also be required to undertake a short maths task and two short writing tasks. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the course.

Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Careers

Rafina Din

Careers

Rafina Din
Year 4 Teacher Miriam Lord Primary School

BA (Hons) Childhood in the Early Years (Top-Up)

“My degree taught me more than just how to teach fractions. It also taught me how to understand and deal with the challenges that can affect children outside the classroom. This rounded approach has really benefited my career and has made me a much more confident and reflective teacher.

Modules & learning

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An introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum through the consideration of theoretical, policy and practical perspectives.

Mathematics in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Language, Communication & Literature in the Early Years

Play, Learning & Development

Teaching & Learning 1 (3-7)

School Experience, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) & Employability 1

Historical & International Perspectives of Early Childhood Education

Teaching & Learning 2 (3-7)

Introducing the role of the primary school subject specialist, you will focus on developing significant subject knowledge for a curriculum area for pupils aged three to eleven.

School Experience, CPD & Employability 2

An introduction to the teaching and learning of national curriculum Core Subjects in Key Stage One.

In order to prepare you for teaching this level, you will gain an understanding of a range of Foundation Subjects at Key Stage One.

Explore the positive impact of a creative environment and method of teaching on young children's learning.

English & Maths: Progression in Learning

Develop your understanding of the role of a primary school subject specialist who manages a curriculum area for pupils aged three to eleven.

Teaching & Learning 3 (3-7)

Undertake a project of independent learning in an area of the curriculum that has particular personal interest and value to you.

School Experience, CPD & Employability 3

Sharon Collies
Sharon Colilles
Course Director
After being involved in policy development for the Children's Workforce whilst working for the Civil Service, Sharon took ownership and operation of a private day nursery. As the lead professional for the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), she gained Early Years Teacher Status, championing play-based teaching methods. Her research focuses on educational sociology, policy and play, with interests in the social construction of children’s identities and culture in early years’ settings.
Creative and innovative practice in the early years sector is informed by the connections made between theory, research and policy, and brings together care and education in inspiring, evolving settings.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • School Practice Collection
    School Practice Collection

    Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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