Primary Education (5-11) with QTS* BA

Overview
Learning
Assessment
Entry Requirements

Overview

At the heart of this course is a vision of transforming you in to a teacher, ready to enter the profession as a skilled professional with confidence and equipped to make a significant contribution to the education of children now and into the future.

Our three-year course offers you:

  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Experience across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, with enhancement in age-phases either side
  • Extensive experience in schools with at least 24 weeks in at least four schools or settings
  • Excellent coverage of primary curriculum subject areas to enhance your skills, confidence and potential employment prospects
  • The opportunity to develop an area of personal, professional significance interest
  • Guidance and support from a team of highly skilled and dedicated tutors at the University Centre and in schools

Learning

Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to explore your developing pedagogical knowledge.

  • Year 1 (Level 4) will focus on the reflective teacher, and are designed to support the transition into Higher Education. You will gain an in-depth of knowledge and understanding about teaching and learning.
  • Year 2 (Level 5) will focus on the developing teacher, and you will have the opportunity to begin exploring your own interests. You will choose a specialist area of interest and there is a strong emphasis on inclusion throughout the year.
  • Year 3 (Level 6) focuses on the teacher as a leader of learning and manager of change. You will develop research skills, and undertake a substantial research-based, school-focused specialist study.

How will I be taught?

School-based learning is a fulfilling and rewarding aspect of the course. In each year, you will experience a period of time in school developing and improving your teaching skills. You will also experience working with children in other settings, which may include Special Schools/settings, museums, galleries, Forest Schools and Outdoor Education Centres. There may also be an opportunity for a placement abroad (in possibly Sweden, Finland or Australia).

University-based learning takes a blended learning approach. Tutors combine face-to-face learning and teaching, with opportunities to learn and develop from materials and contexts that have been created online by staff and students. Sessions typically take place at Guildhall between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

Assessment

Each module of University or school-based study is assessed. We use a wide range of formal and informal formative assessment strategies. These can include essays, small group assessment, semi-structured discussions, presentations and peer assessment. There are observations of your teaching and professional practice in schools and settings.

Entry Requirements

UCAS points

120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels, or equivalent.

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma: merit/distinction profile - Typical offer DDM

Irish/Scottish

B in 4 subjects

International Baccalaureate

28 points

QAA

Access: Access to HE Diploma to include 15 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit

OCR

OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit/distinction profile

Extra Information

Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.

All candidates must have GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Maths and Science (Grade Bs preferred).

We will normally invite to interview only those applicants who have already gained these qualifications at the time of application. However, we waive this time requirement for applicants:

  • Applying via Access Courses (providing the required GCSE equivalences have been completed within the Access HE Diploma)
  • Where mitigating or other exceptional circumstances apply

All successful candidates who receive an offer of a place for this course and choose the University of Chester as their Firm choice will be required to apply for a certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The DBS Disclosure process provides institutions with information about the suitability of those seeking to work/train in positions of trust. A completed Declaration of Health form will also be required from successful applicants

Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge.

The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at www.chester.ac.uk/dbs

Professional Key Skills Test

Students applying for Initial Teacher Education courses need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory skills tests in literacy and numeracy. These skills tests need to be completed prior to enrolling on the course and deadlines for these to be achieved tend to be stipulated by universities, e.g. 30th June 2016. The skills tests do not replace the standard GCSE grade C requirements in Maths and English.

Candidates will receive one free test and two resit opportunities which will need to be self-funded. If candidates fail three tests, resits will not be allowed within a 24-month period. The skills tests are computerised and can be taken at any of a number of learndirect test centres throughout the UK. The Department for Education has developed guidance and support materials to help candidates pass the tests: candidates are strongly advised to review the support material before attempting the skills tests.

Tests can be booked via the skills test registration page at:

https://www.skillstestbooking.com/sta-web/registration?execution=e1s1

Or by telephoning learndirect on 018 303 9613, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm

Updated practice tests, including punctuation for the literacy test and further information about the tests, is available via the skills test pages at:

https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/passing-the-skills-tests

 

Course content enquiries

Faculty of Education and Children's Services

  • Email: education@chester.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 01244 511596