University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Primary (KS1/KS2 with QTS)

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Course summary

This versatile and dynamic primary education degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the ideal preparation for a successful and rewarding career in primary teaching, enabling you to embark on your teaching career straight after finishing your studies. Building on long established partnerships, you will have ample opportunities to learn with experienced practitioners. From the start of the course you will work in a range of schools gradually building up confidence and expertise.

  • Skills and subject knowledge: this carefully structured course will provide you with the skills and subject knowledge required to teach all the National Curriculum subjects through working with experienced and passionate tutors in interactive and practical teaching sessions.
  • Subject focus area: you’ll also be given the chance to select a curriculum area to focus upon in years two and three and link this subject to your final-year research dissertation. The comprehensive primary programme ensures you are well-equipped to teach across the curriculum, but also offer additional skills in a chosen subject area, thereby enhancing your employability.
  • Curriculum focus areas: final qualification can have a curriculum focus linked. Current subjects offered are Mathematics, English, Science, Music, Art and Design, Geography, History, MFL, Religious Education, Physical Education, Computing, Design & Technology.
  • Close links to the Master of Education (MA Ed): this link enables students to achieve enhanced career progression in a profession in which masters level attainment is increasingly valued.
  • Work based learning opportunities: students benefit from a wide range of placement types within our Partnership of over 500 schools and other settings, from single days to extended block placements to develop and consolidate QTS standards.
  • Professional identity: from the very start of the programme you are considered as a teacher in development. The programme supports you as you develop your professional standards and identity.
  • Research-informed teaching: not only are all modules enhanced by tutors’ active research interests but students are immersed in a research culture and benefit from learning about the advantages of researching their practice first hand.
  • Student support: within the Plymouth Institute of Education there is a strong ethos of support for all students. Your Professional tutor will actively engage with you throughout the BEd programme to offer guidance and support in both academic and pastoral terms.
  • OfSTED recognised: recent inspection rated the Primary ITE provision at Plymouth as good in all aspects, with particular strengths in the partnership led elements of the programmes and the quality of the graduates.

Course details

Modules

In your first year, you’ll focus on your own subject knowledge. You’ll study modules looking at the role of the teacher, looking closely at the primary curriculum in order to get an understanding of the content, and consider how theory underpins the practice of teaching. You’ll also gain practical experience of the classroom with a two-week and a four-week school placement across the primary age range. In your second year, you’ll build on your growing knowledge and expertise, particularly with Inclusion and Special Educational Needs, looking at how the core curriculum of Maths, English and Science is taught in schools, and looking to choose your curriculum focus for Year 3. You’ll also look to further your understanding of the mathematics or English curriculum in more detail. Classroom experience will come from a 2 part school experience within the same school to look at how children progress over the year. In your final year, you’ll develop your understanding and knowledge regarding your curriculum focus subject, as well as producing your dissertation. You’ll reflect on your professional identity and how to shape your teaching practice for the future. You’ll also look at how your chosen subject fits into the rest of the primary curriculum. You’ll gain significant practical experience on a 10-week school experience, where you’ll take full responsibility for the class. You’ll also have extensive support in obtaining, and preparing for, your first post.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
X191
Institution code:
P60
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Fit2Teach

Interview

Other

There is also a requirement to pass minimum standards for literacy and numeracy


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With 5.5 in all elements.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
90%
Student satisfaction
90%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages at www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
Primary (KS1/KS2 with QTS) at University of Plymouth - UCAS