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Primary Education (3 year route)
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BA (Hons) (leading to QTS)
Primary Education (3 year route)

Undergraduate course
Education

Work creatively with children in a range of settings and develop a solid understanding of primary education with the option to specialise.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    Headingley Campus

Your Course

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You will have access to extra training such as first aid, sports leadership courses, Dyslexia training and phonics workshops.
Entry Requirements
300 points required
UCAS Tariff Points: 300 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent. One A Level must be in a National Curriculum subject. For information about National Curriculum Subjects click here. General Studies is not accepted).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
English Language and Mathematics with one of the subjects being a grade C and the other a B and a grade C in a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. A modern foreign language or community language is preferred. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved.
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 5-11 age range (preferably at least 15+ days in the last 12 months in UK school-based classroom settings) must have been completed prior to you making your application. Applicants should demonstrate an affinity specifically with the 5-11 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 2015 and March 2016. 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
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:300 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent. One A Level must be in a National Curriculum subject. For information about National Curriculum Subjects click here. General Studies is not accepted).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
English Language and Mathematics with one of the subjects being a grade C and the other a B and a grade C in a Science (or equivalent). Plus three other GCSEs at grade C or above. A modern foreign language or community language is preferred. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved.
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 5-11 age range (preferably at least 15+ days in the last 12 months in UK school-based classroom settings) must have been completed prior to you making your application. Applicants should demonstrate an affinity specifically with the 5-11 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 2015 and March 2016. 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
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

  • Jenny Rowbotham

Careers

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

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

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“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.

MODULES & LEARNING

Teaching & Learning (5-11) - Learning, Behaviour & Assessment

English: Phonics & Children's Language Development

The Teaching & Learning of Mathematics

The Humanities

The Creative Arts

Science & Physical Education

School Experience, CPD & Employability 1

Teaching & Learning (5-11) - SEND, EAL & Inclusive Practice

The Primary Core Subjects

The Primary Foundation Subjects

An Introduction to Subject Specialism

School Experience, CPD & Employability 2

Teaching & Learning (5-11) - Professional Roles & Responsibilities

English: Developing Effective Pedagogies

Mathematics: Effective Pedagogical Approaches

Becoming a Subject Co-ordinator

Practitioner Enquiry

School Experience, CPD & Employability 3

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 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 first class sporting facilities, a science laboratory, an ICT suite and a Design and Technology building.

  • Tom Dobson
    Dr Tom Dobson Dr Tom Dobson
    Senior Lecturer

    Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers.

    Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys' writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education Leading to QTS - Student Sarah Hall

  • BA (Hons) Primary Education - Callum Howse, Student

FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2016/17 is £9000. 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.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2016/17 is £9700. 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.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

  • 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.

Headingley Campus

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An amazing place to spend your days

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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