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Primary Education 5-11 (QTS) BA (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

The University of Northampton has a long-standing reputation in training creative, dynamic and innovative teachers that transform lives and inspire change for children.

Our Primary Education undergraduate course is for anyone who is interested in a career in teaching, and focuses on the KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum and national priorities in education.

You will learn how to teach, how to lead and you will develop your subject knowledge to give you confidence and competence in the classroom. By studying teaching at undergraduate level, you will explore subjects in depth and gain considerable experience before you embark upon a teaching career. At the end of the course you will have a BA (Hons) and will be awarded QTS.

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Updated 16/07/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    X120

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

Highlights

  • Achieve QTS
  • Super supportive learning environment with a 24/7 library and learning zone
  • Placements in a variety of schools
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course.*  (*Terms and Conditions apply)

Course Content

  • You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that you need to become a creative teacher who will be able to make a significant difference to the lives of children. In doing so you will demonstrate the professional standards for teaching 5 to 11 age range as required by the Department for Education. We are committed to ensuring you achieve a high quality degree.

     

    • Module code: ITT1035
      Status: Designate
      The purpose of this module is to develop students' understanding of the day to day running of a primary school and the role of a class teacher through observing planning and evaluation of activities with small groups.
    • Module code: ITT1036
      Status: Designate
      The purpose of this module is to develop students' understanding of the day to day running of a primary school and the role of a class teacher through planning teaching and assessment of identified subjects for groups and whole classes.
    • Module code: ITT1030
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the theory and practice of the fundamental aspects of language and literacy learning and teaching. Students will develop an understanding of curriculum expectations and strengthen their subject content pedagogy knowledge and skills.
    • Module code: ITT1029
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the theory and practice of practitioner research.
    • Module code: ITT1031
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the theory and practice of the fundamental aspects of mathematics learning and teaching. Students will develop an understanding of curriculum expectations and strengthen their subject content pedagogy knowledge and skills.
    • Module code: ITT1028
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to develop students' understanding of primary school organisation current curriculum structures and the range of factors which impact on children's cognitive social and emotional development. It will also develop students' awareness of the professional skills and attitudes that they will need to develop including the ethical and legal responsibilities of professional teachers.
    • Module code: ITT1032
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the theory and practice of the fundamental aspects of science and design and technology learning and teaching. Students will develop an understanding of curriculum expectations and strengthen their subject content pedagogy knowledge and skills.
    • Module code: ITT1034
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce students to theories of education government policy and key terminology to inform the development of expertise as a primary teacher including breadth and depth of subject knowledge.
    • Module code: ITT1033
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to the principles of the knowledge skills and concepts relating to the wider curriculum. This will enable students to identify the place and value of the wider curriculum underpinned by appropriate academic and pedagogical knowledge.
    • Module code: ITT1036P
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to develop students' understanding of the day to day running of a primary school and the role of a class teacher through planning teaching and assessment of identified subjects for groups and whole classes.
    • Module code: ITT1035P
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to develop students' understanding of the day to day running of a primary school and the role of a class teacher through observing planning and evaluation of activities with small groups.
  • You will have variety of school-based training placements across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 giving you a breadth of teaching experience. You will have a trained mentor in each school-based training placement as well as an allocated tutor at the University to support your professional development.

  • Will I spend time in a primary school?

    Work experience is integral to this course through school-based training placements. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of partnership schools giving you the best teaching foundation possible.

    How will I learn?

    You will engage in face to face, online and offsite Learning Events which enable you to reflect and act on university and school-based learning. Throughout the course you will be supported in your independent and group learning by a range of expert tutors at university and by trained mentors in school.

    How often will I attend university/school?

    Your course consists of university and school-based learning. You will be in school for at least 120 days over the course of your degree. University based days are normally between 9am and 5pm. School-based days will vary according to the requirements of the school but general expectations are that you will be in school between 8.15am and 4.30pm.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment for this course is continuous. You will engage in various assignments including essays, presentations and posters as well as a final year dissertation. Your teaching, including planning and assessment, will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. Partnership schools share the responsibility for assessment during the practical teaching.

  • You must have GCSE Grade C/4 (a higher grade is preferable) in English Language, Mathematics and Science before application. If you have a GCSE result pending, please contact admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk for advice.

    A normal offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. It is considered that you will benefit from school experience before the course starts.

    An offer to study with us would be subject to checks and broader disclosures including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Disqualification by Association and Occupational Health Screening.

    Intellectual and academic capabilities

    Prior to the award of QTS, providers must assure trainees’ capabilities in English and mathematics. Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training.  It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure Fundamental English and mathematics, whereas responsibility for assurance lies with the provider.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2020/21. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Additional costs

    There will be additional costs for travel to placements, optional visits within modules, and paper based materials for recording and storage of evidence. We provide financial support for your placement travel costs according to the annually reviewed process. For optional trips, typically the Hong Kong trip is financed by the provider and the trip to Hungary normally costs no more than £400.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

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Careers and Employability

When you complete the course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status which is nationally recognised as the professional qualification for teachers.

You will be assessed in teaching the 5 to 11 age range, thus giving you access to a teaching career in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.

Is this course for you?