The University of Wolverhampton

BEd (Hons)Early Primary Education

Why choose this course?

This degree programme will prepare students to teach children aged 3 – 7 (Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1). The course will develop students’ subject knowledge and the necessary pedagogical skills to teach across the whole curriculum as appropriate to children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

Through the course, students will work closely with experienced classroom teachers and develop a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding as they become competent and confident in the classroom. This will be achieved through the study of the relevant subject knowledge and pedagogical issues, the development of effective planning, teaching and assessment strategies and the development of both enthusiasm and professionalism.

Students will be introduced to the classroom technology that will enable their teaching to be more efficient in an ever more developing technological world.

What happens on the course?

In Year 1 you will study the core subjects of English, Maths and Science along with ICT, the Wider Curriculum (which includes the geography, history, art, PE, D and T, Primary Languages, music, PHSE and RE), and Professional Studies. The Professional Studies module forms the ‘spine’ of the course and all other modules use the themes of Professional Studies when delivering their course, giving the whole course coherence. The Professional Studies module looks at the school system, its organisation and the professional roles of a teacher.

A special aspect of the course is the opportunity to work with children in the outdoor environment. There will also be a school placement during the year which introduces the student to the practice of teaching in the classroom.

In Year 2 you will study the same areas as in Year 1 but in greater depth and with particular focus on Early Years practice. There will again be a school placement during the year which will allow the student longer in school and to develop their classroom skills further. There is an opportunity to engage in some small-scale research.

In Year 3 skills in all areas are refined and developed and these skills put into practice in the classroom on two further attachments with the year finishing with an extended placement of 6 weeks. You will also undertake a more in-depth piece of action-based research.

Why Wolverhampton?

Students will:

  • have experience of working in a wide range of culturally diverse schools that represent the local community and who have close links with the University, undertaking a variety of TDA-funded projects;
  • work closely with tutors who have recent and relevant experience in schools, in school research and the use technology innovatively, for example the use of an ePortfolio to record progress towards achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

What our students think

" I have learnt so much about this topic and have received brilliant support along the way."

"(The module) has given me a good understanding of the essential learning and teaching techniques and theories and tutors give good advice and experiences."

"A lot of support with assignments and what to expect in school. Tutors have been very supportive in building my confidence."

"Good teaching of documentation, policies etc. Lots of support with assignments."

"The attachment has put everything we have learnt so far into practice, makes it all more real and worthwhile."

"A good base of knowledge was provided across all areas; built on from last year; have opportunity to discuss issues in classroom and relevant questions answered."

"I feel this module has given me more confidence through providing me with effective activities to use in the classroom."

"My knowledge this year has improved greatly. I have learnt a lot this year."

" I felt very unsure and not confident in teaching English but this has completely changed. I feel very confident now."

"I feel that the module has provided a good basis for the use of ICT in school."

Career path

Students completing this course go on to teach in Primary schools across the United Kingdom.

The prospects for employment are good and latest statistics show that 90% of our students are still employed in schools 3 years after qualifying.

What skills will you gain?

This course will lead to the qualification of BEd and the professional qualification of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

As a graduate of this course you will:

  • Have the skills required to teach children to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens in the Primary School age range (5 years old to 11 years old).
  • be able to plan and deliver effective lessons in all areas of the Primary Curriculum.
  • be aware of your professional duties and responsibilities as a teacher.
  • be able to use ICT to enhance your classroom teaching and your own personal development.
  • be aware of your responsibilities to the child as a citizen through, for example, the Every Child Matters agenda.

Who accredits this course?

  • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
  • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Applicants must have GCSE English, Maths and a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science) at grade C level or above (or equivalent). If you are unsure whether you hold an acceptable GCSE equivalent qualification for ITT, please contact our Admissions Department admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification.

AND

280 UCAS points to include 180 points from two A Levels or equivalent (excluding A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking).

OTHER ACCEPTED EQUIVALENCES ARE:

  • BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC (QCF) Diploma D*D*; BTEC National (NQF) DMM
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF) grade B
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care & Education grade B
  • Access to HE Diploma in Teaching and Learning or Education full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

Other Requirements:

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2016/7 and beyond are required to have passed the Professional Skills Tests before the deadline of 31st July 2016.

Further information is available via the following link: http://www.education.gov.uk/sta/professional/b00211200/registration

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.

Work Experience

Ten days experience in a UK mainstream primary school (not special school), including Key Stages One and Two. Due to school holidays this work experience must be completed by 18th July 2016 in readiness for September 2016 commencement and will be identified as a condition of offer. For September 2016 entry, this experience must have taken place since January 2014.

Please specify the time you have been in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One in your personal statement. The quality of your reflection on this time in school is a key factor in the selection for interview process.

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview as part of the selection process. The interview process will include an audit of your subject knowledge in Maths and English. The audits are based upon the National Curriculum for Key Stage One and Two in these subjects and systematic synthetic phonics (SSP)

Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have successful and have a Conditional Offer.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2011/2. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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Email

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