Primary Education BA (Hons)

UCAS code X120

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About this course 2019/20

Northumbria University is a centre of excellence for initial teacher education, the BA (Hons) Primary Education course gives you the opportunity to work with the whole primary age range of 3–11, with the opportunity to specialise in either the 3-7 or 7-11 age range. The degree is underpinned by a philosophy that has at its heart the right of every child to have the opportunity to the best education possible.

As a teacher you will be in the position of influencing the learning and development of the next generation. These children will need to be able to meet the changing environment of this century and become creative, innovative and flexible life-long learners.

We believe that to enable children to thrive, you, as a teacher in charge of the learning environment, must be creative, motivated, flexible, sensitive to and eager to learn from and with the children in your care.

95% of students say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (National Student Survey, 2016)

On this fast-paced degree course, school-based placements form a significant part of your learning. From day one, we will equip you with the skills to inspire and educate young children, combining theory with professional practice that will enhance your critical and reflective abilities.

Your time at Northumbria will enable you to develop your own thinking, learning and creativity, and in just three years you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as accredited by the Department for Education.

Learn from the best

Our Education courses have been consistently rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED for the quality of teaching and have helped develop many similarly outstanding teachers over the years.

You will learn from inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject, specialising in areas such as Initial Teacher Education, English in Education and Primary Science and Mathematics. Our staff have a wealth of research and knowledge which enhances your learning experience at the University.

You will be supported by a team of specialist tutors that have extensive experience in schools and academic areas of expertise and who work collaboratively with other students who share your passion for learning and teaching.

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Teaching and Assessment

With a broad consideration of the Primary National Curriculum, you will learn through a combination of university-based and primary school classroom experience that aim to underpin professional learning with academic knowledge and critical understanding.

Learning through lectures, seminars, workshops and school placements, you will gain a wealth of practical, hands-on experience in real classroom environments teaching primary school children.

The assessment processes are both formative and summative and are designed to motivate you and stimulate your interests. They will challenge you to develop your skills, and enable you to reflect on feedback on your progress.

You will be assessed through methods which have been carefully selected to suit your needs as a student on this course and as a developing teacher. These include written assignments, presentations, reflective professional portfolios and school-based expectations related to professional conduct, as well as the planning and teaching of lessons.

Learning Environment

You will be given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge through the use of Technology Enhanced Learning which will enable you to inspire learners in schools and establish yourself in the professional networks that will be important to your own career development.

Your experience on this course will be enhanced through the use of Northumbria’s own technology platforms that deliver module content, collaborative learning and peer assessment. You will be able to use Blackboard, Pebble+, social media applications (where appropriate) and electronic reading lists.

Through this, you will develop a clear understanding of how technology and innovation has the potential to enhance learning; not only from the perspective of your own learning but also your teaching and children’s learning.

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Research-rich Learning

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has a range of research experience and interests. Its academic staff have extensive experience of leading, conducting and managing research in all areas of education, from early years and schools to post-compulsory and higher education.

The academic staff teaching on this course boast extensive research strengths within educational settings including school-to-school networking and collaboration, educational leadership, curriculum innovation, and the impact of educational initiatives on marginalised and vulnerable groups.

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Give your career an edge

This course is nationally recognised by Ofsted as part of the ‘outstanding’ Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provision at Northumbria and will give you confidence as you engage with a course designed to challenge your thinking and develop your effectiveness as a teacher.

With 99% of students who graduate from this course going on to work and/or study within six months of graduating, our Primary Education course boasts excellent employability rates. This, as well as the outstanding quality of our Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), are just two indications of the value that potential employers place on the training you will receive from Northumbria University.

School-based placements make up a core part of the course and will allow you to develop and evolve your theoretical and practical teaching skills. Successful completion of these placements and the university-based academic learning will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) upon completion.

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Your Future

As a graduate of this course, you will be inspired and prepared to meet the demands of being a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), making a significant contribution to a rapidly changing complex work and social environment. You will be ready to influence the learning and development of the next generation, encouraging children to become creative, innovative and flexible life-long learners.

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will be directly relatable to a career in teaching. These include communication, analytical and problem solving skills and research skills, all of which boost employability and your ability to play a pivotal role in the learning of the next generation.

99% of students who graduate from this course go on to work and/or study within six months of graduation. (Source, Unistats 2014/15)

Course info

UCAS Code X120

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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