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 to succeed both inside and beyond the classroom. The course is taught by expert tutors with extensive experience working in school settings, ensuring you are well supported to achieve the best results whilst achieving Qualified Teacher Status.
The BA Primary Education (QTS) trains you to teach children within the age range 5 to 11 years (Reception, KS1 and KS2).
Our long history of providing 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 school placements to prepare you for your career. We have excellent relationships with a wide variety of carefully selected Primary schools in London and neighbouring local authorities 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. We will select people with the potential of developing the characteristics that we have identified as the Middlesex Trainee Teacher:
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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.
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120 Credits- CertHE
Core Curriculum (20 credits)
Discovering Humanities (20 credits)
Creativity and the Creative Arts (20 credits)
English in the primary classroom (10 credits)
Mathematics in the primary classroom (10 credits)
Science and DT (10 credits)
IT and computing (10 credits)
PE (0 credits)
Professional Development One – 8 weeks (20 credits)
240 Credits- DipHE
English: Creative Literacies (15 credits)
Mathematics through Stories (15 credits)
Investigating Science (10 credits)
Physical Education and Well-being (10 credits)
Mathematics Specialism (optional)
Science Specialism (optional)
Professional Development Two – 8 weeks (30 credits)
Optional SEND placement – 3 weeks (0 credits)
Worldviews and Religious Education (10 credits)
Cross Curricular learning and teaching (20 credits)
Inclusive Practices: SEND (10 credits)
360 Credits- BA (Hons) Primary Education (QTS)*
Professional Development Three – 10 weeks (60 credits)
Core Curriculum Two (20 credits)
Inclusive Practices (20 credits)
Interdisciplinary learning and teaching (20 credits)
Mathematics Specialism (optional)
Science Specialism (optional)
*Students who complete optional specialism programmes will have it acknowledged in the title of their degree.
This module will develop subject knowledge in the core subjects areas of English, Mathematics and Science. You will gain understanding of the role of the core subjects in the Early Years and Primary curriculum and will begin to consider the range of skills needed for teaching them.
This module will develop the subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge required to teach the foundations of Art & Design and music to young children. You will begin to develop competence and confidence in a range of creative media, tools and techniques that will enable you to plan imaginative, interpretive activities that engage young learners.
In this module you will develop your knowledge of the nature of History, Geography and Citizenship and their place in the Primary Curriculum. You will consider their potential for promoting investigation and inclusion and develop understanding of how the subjects interconnect.
This module will explore how science and DT progress from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 and beyond. You will consider how the needs of a diverse classroom are addressed through topics such as ourselves, forces, sound, materials and mini-beasts. Under-pinning the module will be the development of understanding how literacy (including stories), numeracy and IT support science and DT.
You will develop the subject knowledge and pedagogical skills to plan, teach and assess the three aspects of the computing curriculum: computer science, information technology and digital literacy, from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2.
This module enables students to prepare for a school based training placement. It is planned to integrate with day link visits and builds on the experiences and set tasks during the initial visits. It also builds upon other areas of professional and subject linked studies. Students need to consider ways in which the module relates to and its material integrates with other parts of the BA Primary Education programme. This module aims to prepare you for your first school based training placement by supporting collaboration with peers, school-based mentors, class teachers, staff and parents/carers so that students can address the standards specified by the Professional Standards for Teachers while undertaking their school-based professional development.
This module will consider the role of Physical Education in the Primary curriculum and will assist you in developing the knowledge to successfully teach it. You will be introduced to a variety of approaches which are suitable for different ages and abilities whilst understanding the importance of health and safety considerations.
This module will focus on the requirements of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Mathematics and develop your knowledge and understanding of how to plan, teach and assess early mathematics in the Reception and Key Stage 1 classroom. It will particularly focus on mental calculation and the use of resources to support conceptual understanding.
This module will explore the importance of creativity in learning and teaching in an inclusive classroom through developing children’s love of literature. The module will consider the importance of reading for pleasure and how children’s literature met through multiple mediums play an important role in the English curriculum.
This module will explore key mathematical concepts through the medium of children’s literature. Subject knowledge will be developed in the four mathematical operations in relation to the appropriate age-related pedagogies. A particular focus will be on the understanding of Division as a mathematical concept in Reception and Primary year groups.
This module will develop understanding of the role of enquiry and practical work in Primary science and will consider how to plan for science beyond the classroom. The module will cover a range of topics commonly taught at Key Stages 1 and 2 for example electricity and plants. Underpinning this module will be your ability to reflect and critically evaluate your experiences of teaching science on school based training.
This module aims to further develop knowledge and understanding of the Primary PE curriculum and to develop skills in planning, teaching and assessing across the age and ability range. It will also develop students’ ability to analyse performance of self and others and to interact effectively within a team to achieve personal and group outcomes.
The purpose of this module is to enable students to prepare for their second school based training placement and to provide them with a basis for planning and teaching for both remaining school placements. The module has been planned to integrate with Day Link Visits. This module also builds upon other areas of professional and subject linked studies and students need to consider ways in which the module relates to and its material integrates with other parts of the BA (Hons) Primary Education programme. Students’ own experiences from SBT1 will be drawn upon for discussions on pedagogy and on schools as professional work environments.
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the role of Religions and Worldviews in the Primary curriculum. It enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of how children learn and construct meaning through Religion and Worldviews, to engage in promoting the rights of children in relation to equality and identity and demonstrate respect for themselves and others.
This module will introduce you to the key arguments in support of and against a cross curricular approach to learning and teaching, whilst experiencing different curriculum subjects feeding in to one module. Students will reflect on their teaching experience at Reception, and Key Stages One and Two in order to identify and develop opportunities for cross curricular learning.
This module will develop subject knowledge and understanding of the main broad areas of need for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). You will develop skills in a range of learning and teaching strategies that support inclusivity in the classroom with a specific focus on children with SEND and consider how current policies and practices support learning and progress.
The purpose of this module is for students to enter their final school based training placement with the ability to draw upon their experiences in planning and teaching for both Keys Stages. This module also builds upon other areas of professional and subject linked studies (MFL and Phonics) and students need to consider ways in which the module relates to other parts of the BA (Hons) Primary Education programme. The module has been planned to integrate research and data gathering in preparation of the final Spring term modules. Students’ own experiences from SBT1 and SBT2 will be drawn upon throughout this final school-based module.
For this module you will follow units in mathematics and English that explore children’s developing understanding of the core subjects through the teacher’s ability to create a dialogic classroom. Current research and policy via shared scholarship and debate will deepen knowledge on the Curriculum challenges that affect the teaching of English and mathematics.
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Helen is a Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has many years of experience teaching in Primary schools in North London. Along with a team of Primary Education tutors, she works closely with her student teachers and the schools they are placed in to develop innovative and creative classroom teachers.
‘Highlights of our University sessions are when our students bring their Wow! moments back from their lessons with children to reflect on and develop with their tutors and peers on campus’.
Primary Education BA graduate
Katherine is now a KS2 class teacher
Primary Education BA graduate