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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 2 years
Code
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level BA (Hons)
Start Date 13/09/2021

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Course overview

The BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning in the Primary Phase with QTS (Top-Up) is one of the very few top-up qualifications in England designed to enable you to gain qualified teacher status alongside a degree level qualification. This programme ultimately enables you to teach in a primary or EYFS setting. It has been created to build on your previous knowledge and school experience to develop your skill-set and into that of a qualified teacher. You can choose to be trained to teach across one of three nationally recognised routes (3-7 years, 7-11 years, or 5-11 years). It is an innovative combination of teaching and learning that results in a less intensive pathway into teaching than other routes can provide.

What you'll study

This programme is structured so you spend one full day a week in College, during which you will undertake four core 20 credit modules as well as a 40 credit independent study module. The programme has been designed to facilitate you to continue working by equally spreading the academic load across both years of study. It encompasses a blended learning approach, combining face to face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. The learning and teaching methods typically used by tutors include: lectures; external experts; tutorials and practical activities. We will also join other programmes for some generic and enrichment sessions. You will be required to undertake a significant amount of independent personal study, for example, background reading and assignment work. This will be further enhanced by a social learning community, including a peer support network and enhanced personal and academic tutoring.

In these sessions you will be prepared for working in school as a qualified teacher by developing an understanding of planning, assessment, classroom management, child development and many other aspects of the role of a teacher. Some of the material covered will be discrete provision, whereas some will be embedded within other modules to demonstrate how theory links to practice. These sessions involve discussions and activities designed to develop your academic oral and written skills, enabling you to engage in and construct reasoned arguments, supported by relevant educational theory and research.

Teaching Primary English (Year 1)

This module develops knowledge and understanding of how language and literacy skills are acquired, developed and interrelated. Key issues relating to oracy, reading and writing will be explored and discussed, with reference to personal experience and theory. This module will develop your understanding of learning theories and pedagogical approaches to effective primary English teaching through analysis and evaluation of underlying principles. It will provide you with an opportunity to use research; apply theory to practice; analyse and justify pedagogical approaches to effective primary English education and address barriers to pupil progress, including the particular needs of children learning English as an additional language. The importance of children’s errors and misconceptions; the role of assessment and the value of talk in primary classrooms will be central amongst the aspects of pedagogy you will study.

Teaching Primary Mathematics (Year 1)

This module will enable you to develop a knowledge and understanding of the nature of mathematics and evaluate its professional application and role within both the Foundation Stage and Primary National Curriculum. The three key elements will enable you to evaluate the creative ways and the mastery approach in which children learn mathematics; through developing effective curriculum, pedagogical and personal mathematical subject knowledge.

Teaching Primary Science (Year 1)

This module will enable you to develop a foundation of subject specific knowledge, conceptual understanding and pedagogical and process skills, which you can transfer to an EYFS or primary classroom context. It will also evaluate the nature and role of science in society and how key issues impact on the delivery of effective primary science. There is a focus on pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies, such as practical activities, including outdoor learning. Identifying and addressing children’s misconceptions is another key aspect of this module.

Global Dimensions (Year 2)

This module will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the scope and nature of the Humanities and Creative Arts in the EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2 classrooms. The module will explore what connects people to the rest of the world as you will explore approaches to delivering the Foundation subjects within the primary national curriculum. You will also explore practical ways of planning and implementing a Global Dimension into both the discrete curricular of the subjects as well as opportunities for integration and cross-curricular links.

Dissertation (Year 2)

This double module provides you with the opportunity to further your professional and academic development by pursuing a line of enquiry and its implications in depth. The dissertation process allows you to undertake research in an educational setting. Throughout the dissertation process you will develop your content and pedagogical knowledge as well as your research, interpersonal, communication, organisational and time management skills.

  • This programme is structured so you spend one full day a week in College, during which you will undertake four core 20 credit modules as well as a 40 credit independent study module. The programme has been designed to facilitate you to continue working by equally spreading the academic load across both years of study. It encompasses a blended learning approach, combining face to face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. The learning and teaching methods typically used by tutors include: lectures; external experts; tutorials and practical activities. We will also join other programmes for some generic and enrichment sessions. You will be required to undertake a significant amount of independent personal study, for example, background reading and assignment work. This will be further enhanced by a social learning community, including a peer support network and enhanced personal and academic tutoring.
  • In these sessions you will be prepared for working in school as a qualified teacher by developing an understanding of planning, assessment, classroom management, child development and many other aspects of the role of a teacher. Some of the material covered will be discrete provision, whereas some will be embedded within other modules to demonstrate how theory links to practice. These sessions involve discussions and activities designed to develop your academic oral and written skills, enabling you to engage in and construct reasoned arguments, supported by relevant educational theory and research.

  • Teaching Primary English (Year 1)

    This module develops knowledge and understanding of how language and literacy skills are acquired, developed and interrelated. Key issues relating to oracy, reading and writing will be explored and discussed, with reference to personal experience and theory. This module will develop your understanding of learning theories and pedagogical approaches to effective primary English teaching through analysis and evaluation of underlying principles. It will provide you with an opportunity to use research; apply theory to practice; analyse and justify pedagogical approaches to effective primary English education and address barriers to pupil progress, including the particular needs of children learning English as an additional language. The importance of children’s errors and misconceptions; the role of assessment and the value of talk in primary classrooms will be central amongst the aspects of pedagogy you will study.

    Teaching Primary Mathematics (Year 1)

    This module will enable you to develop a knowledge and understanding of the nature of mathematics and evaluate its professional application and role within both the Foundation Stage and Primary National Curriculum. The three key elements will enable you to evaluate the creative ways and the mastery approach in which children learn mathematics; through developing effective curriculum, pedagogical and personal mathematical subject knowledge.

    Teaching Primary Science (Year 1)

    This module will enable you to develop a foundation of subject specific knowledge, conceptual understanding and pedagogical and process skills, which you can transfer to an EYFS or primary classroom context. It will also evaluate the nature and role of science in society and how key issues impact on the delivery of effective primary science. There is a focus on pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies, such as practical activities, including outdoor learning. Identifying and addressing children’s misconceptions is another key aspect of this module.

  • Global Dimensions (Year 2)

    This module will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the scope and nature of the Humanities and Creative Arts in the EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2 classrooms. The module will explore what connects people to the rest of the world as you will explore approaches to delivering the Foundation subjects within the primary national curriculum. You will also explore practical ways of planning and implementing a Global Dimension into both the discrete curricular of the subjects as well as opportunities for integration and cross-curricular links.

    Dissertation (Year 2)

    This double module provides you with the opportunity to further your professional and academic development by pursuing a line of enquiry and its implications in depth. The dissertation process allows you to undertake research in an educational setting. Throughout the dissertation process you will develop your content and pedagogical knowledge as well as your research, interpersonal, communication, organisational and time management skills.

Assessment

In order to meet the professional requirements of the programme and to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will:

  • Attain the academic award;
  • Successfully meet the Teachers’ Standards by passing all school placements;
  • Present high quality evidence to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards

The academic and professional aspects of this programme are assessed discreetly via two different processes;

Academic Assessment

Your assignment activities are linked to the key learning outcomes of the programme and individual module outlines. Forms of assessment across the modules are wide ranging, for example, involving written pieces, practical skills assessments and oral presentations.

Professional Assessment

To be recommended for QTS you will be assessed, independently of your academic achievement, against the Teachers’ Standards. Summative grades are awarded at the end of each of your extended teaching placements.

Entry requirements

The minimum qualifications requirements for this programme are:

  • Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Degree (HE Level 5) or equivalent
  • Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE level in mathematics, English and a science subject and/or their equivalents (Potential international students’ qualifications will be checked by NARIC for appropriate equivalency)
  • A successful health check
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS records check

If your application is successful you will be invited to proceed to our interview process.

*PLEASE NOTE – THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Work experience

College and schools work in partnership to develop your expertise in relation to the many elements of a teacher’s role and assess you against the current professional Teachers’ Standards.
We currently have 3 students on this programme and through the programme content, they are well prepared to fulfil all elements of teaching, planning and assessment.
-Local Headteacher Placements in educational settings provide an opportunity for you to develop transferable skills, attitudes and behaviours and are a context in which you can translate theory into practice. An extended placement in an educational setting is provided in each year of your programme. Your time in school is structured to prepare you for your teaching experience. The time and roles in which you are primarily responsible for a whole class increases gradually over the duration of each placement. In school you are supported by a College-based link-tutor as well as designated staff in your setting.

Next steps

Graduating from this programme will provide you with the necessary subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge to operate as an effective teacher in a primary or EYFS classroom. You will have opportunity to learn about and explore different approaches to teaching and learning, planning and provision. You will develop an understanding of the theories that underpin different aspects and strategies of the teaching and learning process. Such opportunities will enable you to adapt your teaching to different settings and prevailing educational principles. The combination of College and educational setting based provision produces a firm foundation upon which you can build your future career. You will have opportunities to develop the professional behaviours, attitudes and values with support from fully qualified professionals throughout your programme. You will also have opportunities and resources to develop the professional, academic and research skills required by a teacher in today’s working environment. This will facilitate your development to work independently, making professional informed decisions and work effectively as part of a team as well as develop professional relationships. As well as working in schools, this qualification could enable you to work in other areas of education, such as the museums service. Graduates from this programme have progressed into many teaching posts across a variety of settings within and beyond West Yorkshire. They have successfully operated in many different types of educational establishments ranging from mainstream primary settings to those that specialise in Early Years provision or special educational needs. Some graduates have progressed to strategic management positions such as SENDCo or taken other leadership roles in schools.

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