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Primary Education (5-11) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Primary Education (5-11) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status

International Scholarships available

Overview

Taking a creative, child-centred approach, your course will provide a solid grounding of all areas of primary education. With an emphasis on inclusion, creativity and critical reflection, you will learn the skills to ensure pupil engagement and achievement.

You will develop your critical thinking skills, coming to understand about your own teaching and learning style. You will question why other teachers work the way they do, and how you can learn from this.

In each year of study, you will undertake a structured placement in one of our partnership schools. You will also undertake shorter placements which are directly linked to your modules and which will allow you to focus upon particular aspects of practice. These include phonics, behaviour management and teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language. Over the three years of study you will have the opportunity to develop and hone your practice in a wide range of contexts.

As well as annual school experiences, you will have the opportunity to work creatively with children in a range of settings, including special schools, galleries and museums and schools in other countries.

You will also have the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject area, including English, mathematics, science, primary languages or physical education. Gaining a subject specialism will make you highly sought after by prospective employers.

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.
Your course begins with a residential experience which allows you to meet your classmates and tutors and explore the potential of the outdoors for teaching and learning. As well as yearly school experiences, our modules take a theory-into-practice approach which enables you to work creatively with children in a range of settings including special schools, galleries and museums and schools in other countries.

A specialist route that will be open to you is modern foreign languages. This could involve you undertaking a teaching practice in one of our partnership schools in France.

One way that that you will be taught is through a problem based learning approach. This means less reliance on lectures, with you instead being taught in the way you may in turn teach your class at school. For example, you will be given real-life problems to solve, such as how you would fill the walls of a year 1 classroom, and what you would hope to achieve through your choices.

We have a range of facilities available to help your learning, including specialist sport facilities, a science laboratory, an ICT suite and a Design and Technology building.

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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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
BA (Hons) Primary Education Leading to QTS - Student Sarah Hall
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BA (Hons) Primary Education - Callum Howse, Student

Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
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.
Practical Experience:
Usually require evidence of experience working with children of different ages within the 5-11 age-range. This would include some experience in Key Stage One (i.e. Year 1 or Year 2) AND Key Stage 2 (i.e. Year 3 or 4 or 5 or 6). This should normally equate to about 10-15 days in total in classrooms, 5 of which need to have been gained within 12 months prior to application. Whilst not a condition of entry, we acknowledge the value of additional experience working with children in contexts other than school.
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.

Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process.

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.

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.

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.
Practical Experience:
Usually require evidence of experience working with children of different ages within the 5-11 age-range. This would include some experience in Key Stage One (i.e. Year 1 or Year 2) AND Key Stage 2 (i.e. Year 3 or 4 or 5 or 6). This should normally equate to about 10-15 days in total in classrooms, 5 of which need to have been gained within 12 months prior to application. Whilst not a condition of entry, we acknowledge the value of additional experience working with children in contexts other than school.
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.

Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process.

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.

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.
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

Jenny Rowbotham

Careers

Jenny Rowbotham
Student Placement Eureka! The National Children's Museum

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

“For as long as I can remember I've wanted to work with kids. It's been an amazing opportunity to do a placement as part of my degree and I've experienced all areas of the Museum, enabling children to learn through play. My experience also allowed me to work with disabled adults and children which was really rewarding.

Teaching and learning

This course aims to develop you as a reflexive primary practitioner, capable of reflecting upon and adapting your own practice to meet the needs of individual children in a variety of situations in an increasingly diverse society. 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.
Study the key concepts of child development, how children learn and the nature of schools. You will develop thorough subject knowledge in all primary core and foundation subjects and gain an understanding of how children learn effectively in each subject. You will also be introduced to working in different learning environments, including residential experiences in landscape settings, Forest Schools and the built environment.
Overall workload
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243 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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772 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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576 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.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
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.
33%
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.
67%
Core Modules

Discover how children learn (and sometimes are prevented from learning), what constitutes learning behaviours and how behaviour is managed in the classroom.

Through theoretical and practical study, you will develop an understanding of three components of English: oracy, reading and writing.

Gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning of mathematics in a primary school with a particular focus on number, arithmetic and measures.

Develop subject knowledge in history, geography, religious education and modern foreign languages, with a focus on Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum.

Consider the place of the creative arts in the primary school, in helping children to explore, communicate their feelings about the world around them and the world within them. Develop subject knowledge in visual art, drama, dance and music, with a focus on Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum.

Understand the importance of science and physical education in the primary curriculum and appreciate how both subjects play particular roles in the wider life of the school.

Utilise your learning from year one to demonstrate the full range of Teachers' Standards through school experience placements. Develop professional values, qualities and skills through a range of CPD activity and training, and gain an awareness of your own teacher identity and the professional needs of schools to enhance your employability prospects.

Deepen your understanding of children, learning and schools by focusing on individual learning, behavioural and social needs, and on the requirement for inclusive practice in a diverse society.
Overall workload
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234 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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771 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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585 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.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
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.
6%
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.
94%
Core Modules

Gain an understanding of the inclusive practices that provide for the individual needs of all children, irrespective of race, religion, disability and gender.

Study the place of core subjects in primary education and critically analyse the current rationales and ideologies that determine the curriculum.

Explore the place of foundation subjects in primary education and critically analyse the current rationales and ideologies that determine the curriculum.

Deepen your specialist subject knowledge and extend your expertise in this specific field to cover the whole of the primary age-range (3-11).

Utilise your learning from year two to demonstrate the full range of Teachers' Standards through school experience placements, a range of CPD activity and training.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Develop a professional identity characterised by analytical, reflexive practice supported by advanced levels of subject knowledge, pedagogical skills and an ability to secure progress in learning for all pupils.
Overall workload
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222 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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798 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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535 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.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
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.
5%
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.
95%
Core Modules

Develop an understanding of the full range of statutory duties of a primary teacher, including recording and reporting on progress in children's learning, the interplay between schools and support services and the responsibilities of teachers towards their schools and communities.

Enhance your subject knowledge and teaching practice skills to teach English effectively in the primary school. You will focus on assessing pupil achievement in relation to programmes of study in Key Stages 1 and 2.

Examine the teaching approaches used to enrich and challenge children in mathematics through problem solving and enquiry.

Develop your readiness for the role of primary school subject specialist for pupils aged 3-11, through a deeper subject knowledge and an enhanced understanding of teaching in your chosen field.

Undertake an in-depth critical analysis and examination of your knowledge, understanding and practice in an identified area.

Utilise your learning from years one, two and three to demonstrate the full range of Teachers' Standards through school experience placements, a range of CPD activity and training.

Yinka Olusoga
Yinka Olusoga
Senior Lecturer
After teaching extensively in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1 and 2, Yinka developed a passion for exploring the personal, social and emotional development in children.
Before becoming a teacher, I trained as an archaeologist. My approach to teaching and research reflects this as I have a passionate interest in understanding how the past influences the present. How we view young children is rooted in ideas from the past and affects the education we provide for them today.
BA (Hons) Primary Education Leading to QTS - Student Sarah Hall
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BA (Hons) Primary Education - Callum Howse, Student

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
    Library

    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.

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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