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Primary Education (Early Years 3-7) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Primary Education (Early Years 3-7) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status

International Scholarships available

Overview

This is a primary education degree with a specialism in teaching three to seven year-olds. 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

During your first year you will have the opportunity to take part in a residential experience. 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.

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
  • 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. 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:
Usually require evidence of experience working with children of different ages within the 3-7 age-range. This would include some experience in the Early Years Foundation Stage, (i.e. Nursery or Reception), and KS1, (i.e. Y1 or Y2). This should normally equate to about 10 - 15 days in total in EYFS settings and KS1 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.

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:
Usually require evidence of experience working with children of different ages within the 3-7 age-range. This would include some experience in the Early Years Foundation Stage, (i.e. Nursery or Reception), and KS1, (i.e. Y1 or Y2). This should normally equate to about 10 - 15 days in total in EYFS settings and KS1 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.

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.
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.
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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.

Teaching and learning

Train to become a critical, analytical teacher capable of understanding the complex learning needs of children and making provision for such needs through the deployment of extensive teaching skills and subject knowledge. 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.
Develop knowledge and understanding of children’s learning and development throughout the primary school, with an emphasis upon the early years (3-7). You will learn about the importance of language, communication and playful approaches to learning, and will gain an understanding of the centrality of relationships, transitions and partnerships that nurture young children’s personal, social and emotional development.
Overall workload
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324 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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871 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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405 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.
37%
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.
63%
Core Modules

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

Examine current theory, practice and policy regarding young children?s mathematical learning and development.

Explore children's linguistic development, language diversity and multimodal communication, and the importance of quality provision and practice at home in early childhood education and care settings.

Explore the importance of social and cultural settings, including popular culture for the development of playful teaching practice in early childhood education.

Discover how children aged 3-7 learn (and sometimes are prevented from learning), what constitutes learning behaviours and how behaviour is managed in the classroom.

Utilise your learning to demonstrate the full range of Teachers' Standards through school experience placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Gain an awareness of your own teacher identity and the professional needs of schools to enhance your employability prospects.

Deepen your theoretical and practical understanding of young children’s learning and associated pedagogical approaches. You will draw upon a range of global and historical perspectives to critically evaluate teaching practices within early years education.
Overall workload
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319 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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831 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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360 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.
25%
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.
75%
Core Modules

Explore how different countries and cultures organise and deliver early childhood care and education and examine how early childhood care and education developed in England from the 1800s to the present day.

Gain an understanding of the inclusive practices that cater for the individual needs of children aged 3-7, irrespective of race, religion, disability and gender.

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.

Utilise your learning from year 2 to demonstrate the full range of Teachers' Standards through school experience placements in Key Stage 1. Gain an awareness of your own teacher identity and the professional needs of schools to enhance your employability prospects.

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.

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.

Critically evaluate and reflect upon issues and perspectives relating to early years education. You will consolidate your understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion in early education by considering multi-professional and multi-disciplinary viewpoints. By the end of the course, you will have a clear understanding of a teacher’s professional responsibilities in relation to being accountable for children’s progress, safety and well-being.
Overall workload
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309 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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802 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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489 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.
25%
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.
75%
Core Modules

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

Build your understanding of teaching early reading, including systematic phonics, and prepare to develop numeracy and literacy skills in children aged 3-7.

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

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.

Undertake independent learning in an area of the curriculum that has been of personal interest and value. You will enhance your practice through critical analysis 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 in EYFS or Key Stage 1. Gain an understanding of your own teacher identity and the professional needs of schools to enhance your employability prospects.

Mandy Pierlejewski
Senior Lecturer
Mandy has extensive experience as a primary school teacher, early years leader and advanced skills teacher. She is currently researching the impact of assessment on children with English as an additional language.
My past career as a primary school teacher has given me a wealth of experience in the field. I love teaching, whether this is working with five year-olds or 45 year-olds. My belief in learning through play and child-centred ideology form an integral part of the course.
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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.

  • 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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