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BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Early Years

We have a long and distinguished history in preparing new teachers for the primary classroom. Since 1839 we have empowered our students to become confident and inspiring teachers. We are committed to supporting each of our students to succeed through high quality training in partnership with local schools.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS X120

Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

  • A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff Points (excluding General Studies);
  • BTEC / Cambridge Technical: Early Years – DDD;
  • CACHE Diploma Grade A;
  • Plus: English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSEs, at grade C / 4 or above
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.
  • Interview, enhanced DBS and occupational health checks required.

GCSE Equivalency: We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course  however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.

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Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options include PGCE and Masters:

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Student view

Hannah Nunn
BA Hons Primary Teaching
I could not have asked for a better place to study at uni. Before visiting Chichester I went to 10 other open days and Chi Uni ended up high above the others because of its friendly, peaceful and welcoming environment. I study Primary Teaching and the course is great! It’s really supportive, interesting, engaging and challenging with loads of opportunities to work with children. I would definitely encourage people to study here if you want to come out of university with a great knowledge of teaching."

Course content

The BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Early Years programme enables you to start working as a teacher at the end of the programme in the 3-7 age range. All student teachers are provided with the opportunity to learn how to teach the full range of primary subjects and develop children’s holistic needs.

The programme is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools who will support you throughout the year.

“Leaders across all phases provide highly responsive support to enable trainees to overcome any barriers that emerge.” (Ofsted, 2017)

On successful completion of this three-year degree route, you will be qualified to become a primary school teacher. The Early Years route provides specific training in the Early Years and lower primary age range.

Your details will be passed to the government’s Teacher Regulation Agency who will award you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on completion of all programme elements.

Our courses offer four integrated elements of teacher education: school experience, professional studies, curriculum study and subject study.

Professional Studies

How can you develop your skills as a teacher? How will your own personal philosophy of education help to ground you as a teacher? How can we be truly inclusive as primary teachers? The professional studies modules that run across all three years of the programme will help answer these questions and more. The programme will help you to apply theory into practice so you are well prepared to meet the Teachers’ Standards as well as developing a coherent personal philosophy for primary teaching.

A particular focus will be on issues of inclusion, equality and diversity and a compulsory Global Citizenship module is designed to develop your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding in the classroom.

“All members of the partnership are committed to equal opportunities, inclusion, diversity and widening participation. Trainees are provided with admirable models of this values-driven approach which they replicate in their work with children and pupils.” (Ofsted, 2017

Curriculum study: Core and Wider Curriculum

The Core Curriculum modules will develop your confidence and enjoyment to teach English, Mathematics and Science. Through lively and interactive seminars, you will develop your subject, curriculum and pedagogical knowledge in all three subjects.

It will equip you to take a critical and reflective view of each subject’s curriculum and pedagogies. You will develop a detailed understanding of the distinctive features of each subject area and explore relevant research concerning children’s learning in that subject.

The wider curriculum modules aim to develop your critical understanding and enthusiasm for the whole primary curriculum. They consist of a range of engaging practical workshops addressing the teaching of the primary curriculum (for example: Art, Computing, Design and Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Modern Languages, Physical Education, and Religious Education). You will develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of key curriculum documents and a critical awareness of current issues and debates surrounding the primary curriculum.

It will prepare you to plan, teach and assess effectively in these areas and to develop cross-curricular approaches to teaching and learning.

Subject study:

As an Early Years specialist, you will complete a suite of modules in the advanced study of Early Years enabling you to be awarded a BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Early Years degree.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.  There are also purpose built classrooms for the teacher training courses, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. 

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

98% of our graduates who studied BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Early Years are in employment or further study within six months after finishing the course (Unistats, 2018)

As this is a degree in Primary Teaching, we expect that all students completing the degree will go on to work in Primary Schools or Early Years settings to being their induction as an early-career teacher. You will be well placed to further your career in education at a later point through leading year groups and subjects or joining the senior leadership team and eventually becoming a head teacher / manager.  

“School and settings leaders hold the programmes in high regard and actively seek to appoint candidates from the University of Chichester partnership.” (Ofsted, 2017)

Work placements

School Experience

School Experience is structured to allow students to progress from planning, teaching and managing the learning of a group of children for the core curriculum (Year One) to meeting the needs of a class of pupils in all curriculum areas (Year Three). You’ll get the opportunity to practise in a school early in the course.

You will receive substantial teaching experience in schools and other settings in the following pattern:

Year One – Four weeks for three days per week in Term One and a block of four weeks in Term Three

Year Two – Seven weeks plus two weeks special interest placement

Year Three – Ten weeks in Term Two

These placements will usually provide distinctive opportunities in which to develop your professional and teaching skills. In particular, efforts will be made to place you in schools with different organisational characteristics and in contrasting socio-economic catchment areas.

The special interest placement will also provide you with experience of an alternative educational setting. It enables you to follow an educational area of interest and extend your learning about a particular area of education, for example: working with bilingual learners, teaching in an outdoor education setting or working in a special school.

Indicative modules

You will take the following modules alongside other Primary Teaching students:

  • Primary English modules
  • Primary Mathematics modules
  • Primary Science  modules
  • A Global Citizenship module
  • Professional Studies modules (including a module on Inclusion)
  • School experience modules
  • A Specialist Interest Placement module
  • Wider curriculum modules in Year 1 and 2 of the programme which include ICT/Computing, PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Drama, Art, Design & Technology, History and Geography.
  • A Year 3 module which focuses on ‘Making Change Happen’ in our partnership

In addition to the modules above, Early Years students will complete the following subject study modules: 

  • Introduction to Early Years Specialism – The EY Curriculum in its Professional Context
  • Exploring Early Years Specialism - Child Development
  • Exploring Early Years Specialism - Play and Pedagogy
  • An Early Years based Independent Project

Teaching and assessment

You will build to your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum.

Your learning encompasses development of the knowledge and skills that will assist you in being an effective primary school teacher. 

Learning assumes a research-informed approach, valuing an understanding of educational theory and the implications of this for teaching practice whilst in school placement.  

Throughout your degree, modules are taught in a variety of ways which value the development of practical teaching skills. 

 

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

DBS and School experience costs

DBS check

Primary Teacher training applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed an hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

 Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

 Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

 

 

Interviews

The interview is designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for the teaching profession, as well as academic ability.

All applicants will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of professional requirements and an awareness of current educational issues.

To fulfil this requirement, you will need to have spent, at the very least, two weeks observing or helping out in a UK state school within the two years before you apply.