"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."Katherine Kelly, BA Primary Education graduate
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.
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 dozens 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.
According to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2013, 100% of our BA Primary Education students were in graduate level employment within six months of graduating.
As a primary school teacher you are expected to demonstrate a sound knowledge of all the subjects in the curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2. You will study the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science throughout the degree. Art, PE, RE, Humanities, Design Technology and provide a curriculum balance for the other three subjects to be studied at depth. IT and Computing also features heavily within the course.
In the final semester you also have the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, USA or Europe.
This module introduces the students to the teaching of Art and Design in the National Curriculum. Students 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.
This module enables students to become acquainted with knowledge and skills for teaching oracy and literacy at Key Stage 1 as required by the National Curriculum for English and the National Literacy Strategy within the Primary National Strategy. The module will provide students with an understanding of children's language development to enable them to plan, teach, monitor and assess children s progress in oracy and literacy at Key Stage 1.
To provide an introduction to English through communication modes and to study language as a basis for teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing as required by the National Curriculum for English and identified in the Primary National Strategy.
This is the first ICT module of the course and builds on existing ICT skills as well as developing new ones. The main focus is to help students 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 students to plan and teach ICT lessons.
This module aims to increase the students' knowledge of the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy NNS enabling them to plan effective maths lessons. Students will study aspects of how to teach early number: counting, number recognition and the early operations on number addition and subtraction.
To introduce the students to the National Curriculum and the Primary National Strategy PNS with particular reference to mathematics, and for the students to audit their subject knowledge requirements for teaching Primary mathematics and begin to apply what they know to the KS1 and KS2 curriculum.
This module will consider the role of Physical Education in the Primary curriculum and will assist trainees in developing the knowledge to successfully teach Physical Education at KS1. Students 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.
This module aims to develop and extend students' own subject knowledge and understanding of the science that is required for the successful teaching of science at Key Stages One and Two.
The module aims to give student an understanding of how ICT should be integrated into the subjects of the National Curriculum in order 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.
To extend students knowledge, skills and understanding of English to provide a focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing at key Stage 2. To 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.
This module aims to help students 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. To understand the mathematical operations in relation to single digit and two digit calculations strategies mental and recorded To be aware of children s common errors and misconceptions in number calculations and have strategies for dealing with them To have an understanding of a unit plan in mathematics To be aware of assessment procedures in mathematics.
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the role of Religious Education in the Primary curriculum Key Stages 1 and 2 introducing students to the place, nature and relevant pedagogies of RE and Citizenship Education.
For students to use their critical reflections of teaching science at Key Stage 1 to help them to 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.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
We require a minimum of two and maximum of three A-levels, one of which should be a National Curriculum subject (AS level may be considered in some cases).
We can only accept Access to Higher Education courses, that have 'primary teaching' as a key component of the course, for example Access to Primary Teaching' or 'Access to Teacher Training'. For any other Access to Higher Education courses you will need to show that it has 'primary teaching' as a key component of it.
We will consider BTEC Extended Diploma, but only if it has National Curriculum content in it.
We can also consider the following CACHE diplomas:
* Level 3 diploma in Childcare and Education
* Level 3 extended diploma for Children's care learning and development
* Level 3 extended diploma for Children and Young People's workforce.
You must have GCSEs Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science or be retaking them this year. We also accept the equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or any other appropriately accredited provider. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills.
It is essential that you have two weeks work experience in a public school in the UK or Republic of Ireland primary context before you start the programme. Please also note that you are required to have at least 5 days experience in a primary school before attending your interview as your interview questions will relate to your experience. To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory DBS check and an Occupational Health check.
We are unable to accept applications for deferred entry or defer existing offers for this programme to the next possible start date.
Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You should submit an application as early as possible via UCAS and if invited for interview, then make arrangements to book and take the skills tests as soon as possible. We strongly advise that you book and pass the test before the interview as that will give you the best possible chance of success. However if you haven't passed at the time of the interview, your offer will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date.Please see further information about how to prepare and book for the professional skills tests.
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 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.
You will undertake school-based training (placements) in each year of your degree. The placements are designed to give you a breadth of experience across different settings within reception and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status, allowing you to work in any state school in England.
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. Find out more here.
"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 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."
All students on ITT (Initial Teacher Training) courses must pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the commencement of the course. We strongly encourage candidates to complete the tests prior to applying to Middlesex University. Candidates who are invited to interview and attend the interview having successfully completed the tests will be viewed favourably.
1. Complete a practice test (make use of the support materials), this will enable you to identify your areas of strength and areas for development.
2. Read up books offering advice for passing the tests. A quick web search will reveal numerous titles. Some of the more popular titles include:
Some of these may be more helpful for you than others - search for them on the web and read user reviews to get an idea of what may be most helpful for you.
3. If you are applying for BA Primary Education and are currently at school or college, ask your tutors for support.