Teaching student leading a primary school class

Fulfil your ambition to become a primary school teacher

09C3
3 years full-time
Bognor Regis Campus

5th

in the UK university for Education

1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2022

95%

employment rate

2. Discoveruni 2021

5 Star

rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities

3. QS Stars University Rating

Overview

Qualify as a primary school teacher with the opportunity to personalise your journey by selecting from a range of exciting subject study choices

Our BA (Hons) Primary Teaching (QTS) course provides quality training to teach in the 5-11 age range (Key Stages 1 and 2) and enables you to graduate as a qualified teacher at the end of your three-year degree.

Learn the art of teaching

You will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by the teaching profession, as you learn the fundamentals of the national curriculum to fully prepare you for working in primary schools.

As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to pursue a subject study, where you will develop deeper knowledge in a subject area of your choice.

In addition, you will gain vital hands-on experience of working within the classroom through our school experience modules, which develop your confidence and competence to teach effectively.

Proud history of teacher training

The University of Chichester has been training teachers for over 180 years and we look to train employable professionals who will make a positive difference to children’s education.

You will be taught by experienced primary education specialists and our dedication to small teaching groups allows you to develop strong professional relationships with the University teaching team.

On this course you will:

  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status that will allow you to teach in primary schools in England and Wales.
  • Develop your competence and confidence working within the classroom environment.
  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the teaching profession.
  • Understand the cornerstone of the national curriculum for primary education, with the opportunity to pursue a subject study.

The Course

Learn how to teach the full range of primary subjects and develop children’s holistic needs

As a Primary Teaching student, you will learn the national curriculum and how to deliver it to young children in exciting and engaging ways.

You will also learn about the key issues in primary teaching through our professional studies modules.

You will learn the fundamentals of teaching English, Maths and Science, as well as how to teach subjects that form the wider curriculum, including aspects of ICT/Computing, PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art, History, DT, Geography, RSHE and RE.

You will also learn the key theories of learning development to better understand how to ensure that all children can succeed and thrive in school.

Alongside these areas, you will have the opportunity to take modules that allow you to pursue a subject study within Primary Teaching that will be included on your final degree title.

Our suite of on campus modules is complemented by modules that will take you into school where you will practise as a student teacher.

Curriculum studies

As part of the programme, you will study curriculum modules that develop your pedagogic and subject knowledge within these areas.

Modules explore each subject within the core curriculum (English, Mathematics and Science), alongside modules that look at the wider curriculum (music, physical education, art etc.) to provide you with a thorough grounding in the full National Curriculum.

The course 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.

By linking your learning to school experience, the module will promote the necessary understanding you need to plan, teach and assess the core curriculum effectively.

Professional studies

The professional studies modules will explore the teaching skills that are required for the classroom, including behaviour for learning, planning for progression and assessing pupils effectively.

You will explore effective inclusive practice and recognise how quality first teaching can support the progress of all children.

The final professional studies module explores your position as a teacher in the contemporary educational landscape. Through this, you will develop and articulate a personal philosophy of education that has built over the three years.

Please see below the list of compulsory modules for this course. This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Becoming A Teacher of English

On this module you will openly model effective teaching and learning strategies and techniques e.g. the substantive (what to teach) syntactical (how English is done) and pedagogical (how to teach it) aspects of English. Students will be encouraged to develop their substantive knowledge of English throughout the module. the content of this module may differ from above in order to reflect government policy or national priorities.

Becoming A Teacher of Mathematics

This module will support students to develop their understanding of how they can provide opportunities for all learners to access mathematical learning and engage with appropriate challenge. the content of this module may differ from above in order to reflect government policy or national priorities.

Becoming A Teacher of Science

On this module you will openly model effective teaching and learning strategies and techniques e.g. the substantive (what to teach) syntactical (how science is done) and pedagogical (how to teach it) aspects of science. the pedagogical aspects of science teaching will be made explicit in order to support the learning of science to students who are less science-orientated.

Children’s Literature in the Classroom

This module will introduce you to key concepts and theories relating to children’s literature and will provide opportunities for students teachers to explore and engage with a wide range of children’s texts. Responses will be developed first through seminar group discussion, in support of the assessment task.

Exploring the Nature of Stem

This module will allow you to explore the nature of STEM in the modern classroom. You will be taught through a balance of tutor and student-led activity including seminars, group discussion, micro-teaching, independent learning and opportunities for collaborative work.

Foundations of Movement

Explore the teaching of games with a developmental focus as you learn to break down simple skills into key components to help children learn and understand.

Misrepresentations, Myths and Stereotypes

This module will explore particular moments in time, starting from early Roman history in Britain to the more recent era, to understand how evidence can be used to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. You will investigate misrepresentations, myths and stereotypes and consider the relevance of this to the present day and how this relates to concepts of Citizenship.

Professional Studies: Learners and Learning

This module will enable student teachers to develop an understanding of how learning is influenced by a diverse range of factors. There will be a focus on the implications of this on the role of a teacher in areas such as assessment, behaviour management and planning inclusive, adaptive teaching as well as establishing a safe and stimulating learning environment.

School Experience 1: Becoming A Teacher

Preparation for this school experience will begin in University through student participation in all elements of the taught course. You will engage in practical work-based learning experiences and complete directed tasks, supported by a University-trained Mentor and Link Tutor who will guide and assess student progress.

The Early Years Curriculum in Its Professional Context

This module will consist of seminars, workshops and reflective, interactive discussion groups supported by appropriate reading and informed by reflection on previous work / school experience. During the module, where possible, you will visit an early years setting to see both the statutory frameworks in practice. Seminar sessions will also enable you to receive feedback about your assignment plans and preparation.

Valuing Individual Differences in Children

This module is designed to develop student teachers who are considering the SEND pathway, or those who would like simply to experience more SEN study. You will develop knowledge of atypical child development with reference to current discourses in special educational needs and disability. You will also evaluate theories of child development to gain a deeper understanding of how individual differences can affect learning.

Year 1 Foundation Curriculum – Good Foundations

This module explores active and creative teaching and learning approaches in order that student teachers understand how to engender creative responses in children.

Contemporary Issues in Stem Subjects

This module aims to encourage discussion and debate around some of the key issues and questions regarding STEM education. It aims to encourage student teachers to critically explore the concept of STEM and STEAM education and to engage with current research in this area. the module will consider issues relating to the leadership of STEM in primary schools including the effective use of curriculum time.

Creative Teaching in the Wider Curriculum

In this module, you will continue to develop and apply your pedagogical understanding, subject knowledge and skills in the wider curriculum. This module will also demonstrate how to teach in a thematic, cross-curricular manner. Drawing upon key theoretical ideas related to pedagogy and the wider curriculum, you will analyse the opportunities and challenges associated with a cross-curricular approach to teaching the foundation subjects.

Democracy, Empathy and Rights

This module aims to continue to equip you with an understanding of the core principles of citizenship as you examine variations in access to full citizenship in relation to class, sexual orientation, disability, age, ‘race’ and gender. In doing so, you will study some common generalisations and assumptions about participation as citizens and to reflect upon the complex processes of social change involving inequality and exclusion, specifically the role of empathic outreach.

Developing Pedagogic Practice

This module is designed to develop student teachers’ understanding of the relationship between quality first teaching and pupil outcomes. You will look at research into a range of pedagogies enabling them to critically reflect on their practice. the link between theory and practice will be foregrounded as you use key research ideas from the module to reflect upon your own and others teaching.

Developing Pedagogical Skills Through Physical Education

The module will involve the application of key theoretical concepts to a range of different contexts including activities taking place inside and outdoors. You will develop situational knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding. the module will develop appropriate pedagogical knowledge and skills, whilst also developing their skills of reflection. In addition, the module will explore the contribution of physical education to healthy and active lifestyles.

Engaging All Learners

This module will introduce you to a range of developmental, cognitive, social and emotional influences that affect pupil learning and progress. You will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to learning, including the use of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) AAC and ICT.

Global Citizenship

This module meets the aspiration in the University of Chichester’s Vision Statement that our students should become Global Citizens. You will have the opportunity to critically engage with some of the key global issues of our time and learn to think beyond your immediate locality about how you are connected with people and environments that you may never have seen. You will examine the link between values, equality, rights and education.

Learning Stem for the Real World

This module seeks to explore STEM learning opportunities resulting from real world contexts and problems. You will seek solutions to problems through exploring cross-curricular links, opportunities within the classroom and extra-curricular activities. Opportunities for school-wide events will also be considered. the content of this module will be rooted in the National Curriculum and support student teachers in developing informed views about STEM practices and approaches to learning.

Primary Games

This module explores a range of approaches to teaching games with opportunities for application in realistic contexts. the place of competition in primary physical education will be explored alongside current policy. Recognising the differing stages of physical, social and intellectual development of children the module will consider how we plan to adapt and support children at different stages of development when teaching games.

Principles Into Practice

This module gives an overview of the laws and policies that relate to the education and care of people who have a SEND and how they affect people who have SEND, their families and the people who work with them.

You will understand how education, health and social care policies translate into practice and the importance of including the voice of persons with SEND in the provision they want.

School Experience 2: Developing As A Teacher

Preparation for this school experience will begin in University through student participation in all elements of the taught course. You will engage in practical work-based learning experiences and complete directed tasks, supported by a University-trained Mentor and Link Tutor who will guide and assess student progress.

Social Justice and Injustice

By comparing and contrasting past and present events you will have the opportunity to realise the importance and place of social justice education in school. By the end of the module we expect you to be empowered to act as agents for social justice and change.

Talk for Learning

In this module, you will study a range of approaches to the teaching of writing and develop a critical understanding of key theories, policy and practice of teaching writing at primary school. the module will focus on developing your skills as writers and your influence as role models for pupils and other staff. the module will seek to develop your subject knowledge of the range of writing genres within the primary curriculum.

The Inclusive Classroom

This module aims to enable student teachers to understand and apply principles of equality and inclusive practice to their teaching. It will enable you to understand how to establish a classroom environment that actively promotes and provides equitable experiences for, and inclusion of, all learners.

Write From the Start: Exploring Writing and the Teaching of Writing in the Primary Curriculum

In this module, you will study a range of approaches to the teaching of writing and develop a critical understanding of key theories, policy and practice of teaching writing at primary school. the module will focus on developing teachers’ skills as writers and influence as role models for pupils and other staff.

Y2 Special Interest Placement

Preparation for this school experience will begin in University through student participation in all elements of the taught course. You will engage in practical work-based learning experiences and complete directed tasks, supported by a University-trained Mentor and Link Tutor who will guide and assess student progress.

Core Curriculum English: the Effective Teacher of English

In this final year module, you will learn to become an effective teacher of the core curriculum subject of English.

Core Curriculum Mathematics: the Effective Teacher of Mathematics

This module allows you to understand what makes an effective teacher of the core curriculum subject of Mathematics.

Core Curriculum Science: the Effective Teacher of Science

This module focuses on how to become an effective teacher of the core curriculum subject of Science.

Independent Project

This module aims to provide a context in which you can broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of a chosen educational topic.

Areas of interest will be identified, developed, and refined into a research project.

During this process, you will be provided with guidance and support to raise awareness of different approaches to the investigation and presentation of your project.

Professional Studies – Developing As A Professional

In order to broaden your knowledge and understanding of education, you will undertake a 10-day placement experience in an education setting of their choice. Working within financial and welfare/risk assessment constraints as determined by the University, you will be able to choose your placement setting from a list provided by the School Partnership Office.

Wider Curriculum – Making Change Happen

This module aims to provide contexts in which student teachers develop their skills and confidence in creative problem-solving in their professional world. To do so, it aims to engage student teachers in all stages of the development of an appropriate and novel end product, from conception to completion, and to enable them to select appropriate training and other resources that are required to reach their end points.

Subject Study

Pursue a subject study in depth to personalise your learning journey

Our innovative subject study modules enable you to pursue a subject discipline in depth. You may select to take all subject study modules in the same subject or may select a range of subject modules across the programme. The choice to explore one subject in depth or to generalise is yours.

If you select modules in the same subject you will be awarded, on successful completion, a degree award that reflects this (e.g. BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with English Education).

You can choose from the following subjects:

  • Early Years
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • Social Justice Education
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • STEM Education
  • The advanced study of Early Years for those that want to explore early childhood practices in more depth
  • English for students that wish to explore the joys of language, literature and literacy in the classroom
  • Physical Education for those interested in children’s physical and motor skills development through practical sessions
  • Social Justice Education for students interested in Sociology, History, Citizenship or Politics with a view of being agents of change
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability for students that want to develop further understanding of the range of needs in primary and specialist schools
  • STEM Education for students that wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Science, Technology, Computing and Mathematics

School Placements

Gain vital experience as you develop your confidence at the heart of the classroom

We strongly believe in giving you a range of school placement opportunities to provide distinctive and rewarding experiences to help develop your professional skills.

You will 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 the 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.

Classroom Resources

Over 20,000 classroom resources available to use on placement

As a Primary Teaching student, you will gain access to our dedicated library of teaching materials.

You can find thousands of classroom resources that you can borrow to use while on placement.

From posters to books, classroom kits to DVDs, our library of resources has options for all ages and needs.

You can take resources out for up to six weeks and can be taken on placement to aid with your teaching, or help you develop your skills and confidence within our classroom environments.

Experience

Discover dedicated facilities that help support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that develop your full potential as a future teacher

Teaching

We use strategies that are designed to enable you to effectively master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge and understanding that will inform your teaching practice.

You will join lectures and small seminars led by experienced tutors, in which discussion and debate are key to developing your knowledge and skills.

There are opportunities on campus for you to simulate real world classrooms, allowing you to become more familiar, confident and comfortable in teaching spaces ahead of your professional placements.

All of our staff have a strong background within education and use their experience to inform their teaching, as the help your development into a professional and capable teacher.

Assessment

Assessments include essays, presentations, 1:1 discussions, coursework, and the creation of creative stimuli.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

Take the first steps towards your career within primary education

We expect that our Primary Teaching graduates will have a desire to pursue a career within primary schools, with 98% of our graduates in employment or further study within fifteen months of completing the course (Discover Uni 2021).

This course aims to ensure that you will be well placed to further your career in education through leading year groups and subjects, as well as joining senior leadership team.

Alumni have also progressed into headship, consultancy roles, initial teacher training lecturing and more.

Postgraduate pathways

  • MA Education
  • MA in Inclusive Special Education
  • PGCiPP: Workplace Learning Development

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course fees 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,240

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Entry Requirements

UCAS
104-120
tariff points.
GCSEs
C/4
or better in English Language, Science and Maths.
A Levels
BBB - BCC
BTEC
DDM - MMM
IB
26-28 points
(with Higher mathematics at 5 and Standard English and a science at 4).
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit level.
IELTS
7.0 overall
including 7.0 in academic writing.
CACHE Technical Level 3
Grade B
  • We will consider applicants who are taking the relevant GCSEs whilst applying.
  • 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. Please note, however, that we are unable to accept Level 2 Functional Skills courses that do not cover the full breadth of a GCSE. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualification we may accept.

Interview and DBS

Secondary 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.

This course also requires you to attend an interview as part of the application process.

This gives our staff a chance to meet you, as well as giving you the opportunity for a campus tour and ask any questions you might have.

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.

Cost incurred during placements

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.

Occupational Health Assessment

A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.

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