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Primary Education (with QTS) BA Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
X120
Start
September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Helen Farmery

Teaching in a primary school is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. You will be working with a team of teachers and other adults, to support children (aged 5 to 11) to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. The course is taught by expert tutors with extensive experience working in educational settings, ensuring you are well supported to achieve the best results whilst achieving Qualified Teacher Status.

Why study BA Primary Education (with QTS) at Middlesex University?

Our extensive history of delivering leading education courses ensures that you benefit from the guidance of expert tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching. As a primary school teacher you will make a difference to children's development by engaging and motivating pupils, and enhancing their life choices and opportunities. Our degree will train you to confidently teach all the subjects in the National Curriculum.

Alongside theory you will put your learning into practice by taking part in placements to prepare you for your career. We have excellent relationships with as wide variety of carefully selected primary schools in north London and the Home Counties and many of our students secure their first job with a placement host. This is a highly competitive course and we are seeking outstanding candidates with the right acumen, experience and skills to become excellent teachers.

Course highlights

  • Combine studying with classroom experience in our partner primary schools in London and the Home Counties
  • Primary teacher training at Middlesex University has been rated good with outstanding features by Ofsted, the official body for inspecting schools and education, so you can be confident of the quality of our courses
  • In your third year you have the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, USA or Europe
  • You can choose to follow a specialism in mathematics or science
  • In you second year you have the opportunity to undertake a placement in a school for children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

If you're considering applying or have already applied to us, please visit the Wiki created by our primary tutors to find out more about the programme, including the trainees' perspectives.

What will you study on the BA Primary Education (with QTS)?

As a Primary school teacher you will be expected to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the subjects in the curriculum and how they inter-relate. You will study the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science throughout the degree as well as Art, RE, Humanities, Music Design and Technology, and Computing. These subjects will be taught separately and through interdisciplinary approaches as we value topic work.

In the final semester you also have the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, USA or Europe.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Art (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the teaching of Art and Design in the National Curriculum. You will develop sufficient practical subject knowledge to be able to research, plan, teach, assess and evaluate work for children at Key Stages 1 and 2.

    • English Subject Knowledge (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide an introduction to English and to study language as a basis for teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing as required by the National Curriculum for English. It will develop your English subject knowledge with a focus on grammar, phonics and children’s literature and poetry.

    • English Classroom Application 1 (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding in the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening and systematic synthetic phonics with a focus on EYFS and KS1. The module will provide students with an understanding of children's language development and the best practice in the teaching of English in readiness for their first school placement.

    • Introduction to Computing and Technology (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This is the first ICT module of the course and builds on existing ICT skills as well as developing new ones. The focus is to help you develop a range of ICT skills in readiness for professional life as a teacher. The module will also provide a general overview of ICT in the Primary School and prepare you to plan and teach ICT lessons.

    • Introduction to the Humanities (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the teaching of History, Geography and Citizenship in the Primary Curriculum. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of these subjects so as to be able research, plan, and teach them as individual subjects and through cross-curricular topic work.

    • Mathematics for Primary Teaching (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce you to the National Curriculum and the Primary National Strategy PNS with particular reference to mathematics. You will audit your subject knowledge requirements for teaching Primary mathematics and begin to apply what you know to the KS1 and KS2 curriculum.

    • Mathematics Classroom Application 1 (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to increase your knowledge of the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy NNS, enabling you to plan effective maths lessons. You will study aspects of how to teach early numbers such as counting, number recognition and the early operations on number addition and subtraction.

    • Physical Education 1 (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will consider the role of Physical Education in the Primary curriculum and will assist you in developing the knowledge to successfully teach Physical Education at KS1. You will be introduced to a variety of approaches which are suitable for different ages and abilities in this subject and will develop the knowledge and understanding of short and medium term planning in this subject. Assessment and health and safety will be addressed in relation to teaching PE. Subject knowledge and understanding in line with Professional Standards for QTS and Requirements for ITT 02/02 will be included.

    • Science for Primary Teaching (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop and extend your subject knowledge and understanding of the science that is required for the successful teaching of science at Key Stages 1 and 2.

    • Science Classroom Application 1 (10 credits) – Compulsory

      This module helps you to consider current issues and recent developments in science and computing education. It particularly focuses on the challenges of interpreting and doing educational research. You will plan your own research proposal having learnt how to critique existing research.

  • Year 2

    • Computing and Technology Classroom Application (10 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to give you an understanding of how ICT should be integrated into the subjects of the National Curriculum to support and enhance subject teaching. This aspect of ICT also provides many opportunities to meet the relevant QTS standards for ICT required for the ICT audit.

    • English Classroom Application 2 (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to extend your knowledge, skills and understanding of English to provide a focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing at Key Stage 2. It will include set opportunities for assessing children’s learning in reading and writing so that approaches to assessment and utilisation of this information for learning can provide for progression through informed monitoring.

    • Mathematics Classroom Application 2 (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to help you understand the development of number concepts in Key Stages 1 and 2, and the development of place value. Awareness of children’s common errors and misconceptions in number calculations and the development of strategies for dealing with them is a key feature of the planning and assessment aspects of the module. You will being to understand the mathematical operations in relation to single digit and two digit calculations strategies mental and recorded. You will be aware of children’s common errors and misconceptions in number calculations and have strategies for dealing with them. You will gain an understanding of a unit plan in mathematics and an awareness of assessment procedures in mathematics.

    • Religious Education and Citizenship (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the role of Religious Education in the Primary Curriculum Key Stages 1 and 2 introducing you to the place, nature and relevant pedagogies of RE and Citizenship Education.

    • Science Classroom Application 2 (10 credits) - Compulsory

      You will develop your ability to teach science and improve your subject knowledge, by engaging in a range of practical activities inside and outside the classroom. There is a strong focus on capturing children's enthusiasm via paired and group work in investigatory activities which are suitable for the KS2 age range. This module will allow you to use your critical reflections of teaching science at Key Stage 1 to help you meet the subject knowledge and pedagogic requirements for the teaching of science at Key Stage 2 and the standards as set out in 02/02 Qualifying to Teach.

    • Interdisciplinary Studies (20 credits) – Compulsory

      This module enables you to evaluate the cross curricular and discrete subject approaches teaching in primary schools. You will use your reflections on teaching to identify opportunities for using the cross curricular approach to enhance children’s learning. You will develop your group work skills to prepare and perform a masque, drawing on aspects of DT, music and art.

    • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (10 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will develop knowledge and understanding of SEND in primary and early years settings. It will consider the four main areas of SEND: Cognition and learning; Sensory and physical impairments; Communication and interaction; and behavioural, emotional and social development. You will also consider the systems and strategies employed in schools and settings to meet the needs of special children.

  • Year 3

    • Challenging Preconceptions of English (10 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to critically review, consolidate and extend a coherent body of knowledge about English. You will critically examine topics such as talk, literature, creativity and phonics, from a range of sources to bring depth to the teaching of English.

    • Mathematical Reasoning (10 credits) – Compulsory

      This mathematics module offers opportunities to explore your own experiences of teaching the subject whilst developing a contemporary view of primary mathematics teaching informed by an awareness of current issues and research. The module focuses on Mathematical Reasoning, one of the three key aims of the National Curriculum Mathematics Programme of Study.

    • Issues in Science and Computing (10 credits) – Compulsory

      This module helps you to consider current issues and recent developments in science and computing education. It particularly focuses on the challenges of interpreting and doing educational research. You will plan your own research proposal having learnt how to critique existing research.

    • Investigating Humanities (10 credits) – Compulsory

      This module develops your understanding of the teaching of History, Geography, Religious Education and Citizenship in the Primary Curriculum and introduces a critical appreciation of interdisciplinarity to promote pupils’ cognitive and social learning. You will demonstrate the ability to research, plan, and teach the Humanities subjects creatively through an interdisciplinary approach.

    • Inclusive Practices (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your understanding of the principles behind inclusive practices in schools and educational settings, and how these ideas relate to contemporary schooling, education, democracy and participatory practices. The module develops your understanding of children’s rights and their voice in the broader context of ‘abilities’, achievement, underperformance and underachievement. The module also questions to what extent inclusive practices are possible in schools today and requires reflection on theory to inform practice. It examines and evaluates data and recent developments, and critically reflects on publications concerning inclusive practices.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. Professional skills test
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU

How can the BA Primary Education (with QTS) support your career?

Our course qualifies you as a primary school teacher which is a profession with excellent progression and benefits. Our graduates have an excellent reputation within the profession, and our employment rates are extremely high. Many graduates gain their first class teacher role in the school where they carry out their final School Experience, and many also continue to work with the university as members of staff in partnership schools. According to the Unistats website, 100% of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Helen Farmery
Programme Leader

After many years teaching in Primary schools in North London, Helen is now be working with the next generation of teachers. She is passionate about effective and creative ways of learning and our Middlesex student teachers are brilliant at developing these ideas then trying them out in school. She believes that Middlesex students are at the forefront of innovative approaches and she is never disappointed in their stories of challenges and enjoys hearing their many stories of Wow! moments from their lessons with young children.

A large part of Helen's role is to have the time to listen to our student teachers as they discover the highs and lows of one of the hardest but best jobs in the world.

  • Katherine Kelly

    Katherine Kelly

    Primary Education BA graduate

    Katherine is now a KS2 class teacher

    I chose to study Primary Education at Middlesex University as I had worked alongside trainee teachers from Middlesex and I had been exceptionally impressed with the calibre of trainee teacher. I was really impressed with the structure of the course and the amount of contact time.

    I was attracted to the amount of time spent on placement as other courses were more theory based. I was also impressed with the number of graduates who had been employed by the end of their course - the percentage was high.

    I really enjoyed the relationships we had with our lecturers and I personally credit the interest that the lecturers took in ensuring that we graduated as successful teachers as a contributing factor to the success of the cohort.

    I was really impressed with the structure of the course and the amount of contact time and I really enjoyed the relationships we had with our lecturers.

  • Alex Pepe, BA Primary Education

    Alex Pepe

    Primary Education BA graduate

    Alex now works as a teacher at Coleridge Primary School, Crouch End

    There were a number of reasons why I chose [to study at] Middlesex, but probably top of the list were the great reputation it has – a lot of my primary teachers had trained there - and the location as it was close to home so meant I could keep my job.

    I really enjoyed interacting with my tutors who were all incredibly helpful and approachable. They really took the time to get to know us as individuals. I also really enjoyed meeting new people who were on the course and working on tasks with them. A lot of our activity was very practical and directly applicable to a primary school setting.

    It [studying at Middlesex] really prepared me well as many of the things I learnt could be applied straight away. Additionally, the support available outside of standard tutorial hours, such as help with my CV, interview preparation and general guidance from tutors, played a major part in helping me get to where I am professionally.

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