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Primary Education (Accelerated Degree)
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Primary Education (Accelerated Degree)

International Scholarships available

Overview

Study towards a rewarding career in primary education as you adopt a critically reflective and child-centred approach to teaching and working with children.

Combining independent research with collaborative workshops, you will explore contemporary issues such as inclusion, child development and the political nature of education. Professional experiences will enable you to apply your learning, develop your confidence and sharpen your teaching expertise.

This accelerated degree course will give you a thorough grounding in primary education, and you will be ideally placed to undertake a postgraduate Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programme at the end of the two years.

This course is ideal if you are looking for a career change, particularly if you would like to become a primary school teacher. You will obtain an undergraduate degree in two years, enabling you to apply for a School Direct postgraduate course in order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

On campus you will be taught through a range of lectures, seminars and workshops. You will also conduct independent study and research exploring a variety of issues and theories relating to primary education. You will also spend time in educational settings on school placements and setting visits, where you will apply your knowledge and develop your confidence, planning and teaching skills.

We have partnered with a number of local schools and institutions to ensure your learning is informed by the very latest practices. Headteachers and 'outstanding' teachers will deliver guest lectures on a variety of themes, such as including special educational needs provision, raising attainment and methods of assessment. The partnership will also offer you the opportunity to plan your own cross-curricular lessons and teach schoolchildren visiting the University campus.

Our valuable ties with local schools means that we can fully prepare you for your interview for a School Direct or PGCE place.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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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, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, 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.
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
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, 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, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, 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.
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
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Natalie Storey

Careers

Natalie Storey
Reception Class Teacher Lilycroft Primary School

MA Childhood Studies and Early Years

“The modules on the MA allowed me to pick areas of study I could apply directly to my classroom practice. The course has given me many experiences to draw upon and it reflects the ever changing world of education.

Teaching and learning

Develop a thorough theoretical and practical understanding of the development of children in the 3-11 age range, including knowledge of the Primary National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Gain a fundamental knowledge of key theories and principles relating to teaching and learning in the primary phase (3-11 years).
Overall workload
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252 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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913 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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35 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
30%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
70%
Core Modules

Discuss, investigate and research key educational issues through the study of language, learning and development. You will examine three strands: thinking, language and meaning; social, cultural and emotional factors in learning development; and learning environments: space, place and education.

Gain an understanding of the evolution of the primary curriculum in England, exploring the programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 as well as the current Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

Explore and develop your understanding of key theories involved in learning and teaching. You will examine, analyse and reflect upon these ideas within educational settings and consider the role of observation, resources and assessment in promoting engagement in teaching and learning.

You will be introduced to a range of approaches to research methodology and an understanding of the ethical considerations related to research. This will give you an excellent grounding for your dissertation in year three.

Observe and engage with teaching practices used in primary schools. Supported by a University tutor, you will examine and reflect upon primary practice, including the role of questioning, supporting behaviour for learning and the teaching planning and assessment cycle.

Raise your awareness of educational thinkers and how they have influenced thinking about education. Using a historical lens and a range of perspectives, you will examine the evolution of thinking about the nature and purpose of education.

Gain an insight into personal, academic and career development opportunities.

Examine the development and understanding of identity in education. You will develop knowledge of how identity can be used to understand progression in children's learning and wellbeing.

Drawing on sociology, politics and policy analyses, you will examine how gender, social class, poverty and race impact upon the achievement and progression of children and young people through systems of education.

Building on your previous experience from Professional Experience 1, you will undertake a placement in a wider educational setting. Being placed in organisations, settings and agencies that provide a specialist educational service, you will deepen your knowledge of pedagogy and have further opportunity to make links between theory and practice.

Explore how social, political and economic factors affect policy implementation in practice. You will understand the development of the provision of education; the place of education in national and local political life; and the successive ideologies that have underpinned education in England.

Demonstrate knowledge of key theories and principles, with an understanding of their relationships to alternative themes and relevance to different settings within primary education. You will also apply ongoing reflective thinking to a range of situations and evaluate possible solutions and outcomes drawing on theory.
Overall workload
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197 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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913 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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90 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
26%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
74%
Core Modules

Enhance your knowledge of the arts by exploring the role creative practitioners and cultural organisations can contribute to the creative learning process.

Explore and experience a range of curriculum models through a combined theoretical and field-based approach.

Develop your understanding of the economic, political, social and environmental factors that affect educational experiences and systems throughout the world.

Examine and critically evaluate the theory and practice of technology which is used to enhance children's learning in the 21st Century.

Design and conduct a literature review and present an account of the project in the form of a dissertation.

Graham Parton
Dr Graham Parton
Head of Subject
Dr Graham Parton is Principal Lecturer and Staff Lead for Primary Education and Continuing Professional Development within our School of Education & Childhood. He teaches on degrees with QTS, PGCEs, our MA in Education and our EdD research programme. His main areas of teaching are professional studies, child psychology and development, research methods and supervision of research projects, computing and ICT in the primary curriculum, 21st-century technology and education, personal tutoring and link tutoring students on placements in school.
This course provides a really nice balance between academic study and school-based experience. Studying on campus and alongside research-active academics, you will tackle the big issues in primary education. You will then put this knowledge into practice during school-based research projects and on your placements, supporting you on your journey to becoming an outstanding primary teacher.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of our School Practice Collection

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement travel costs
    (Amount dependent on location)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of our School Practice Collection

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement travel costs
    (Amount dependent on location)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

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.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

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

  • 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.

Location

Headingley Campus

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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