Primary and Early Years Education with QTS BA(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

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Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDD

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Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

About the course

If you’re striving to become a primary school teacher for Foundation and Key Stage 1 pupils, then this course will help you on your way. The course focuses on developing the skills you need to teach children from ages three to seven and upon successful completion we’ll recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Why Primary and Early Years Education?

  • The course content is designed to address the full breadth of the Teachers’ Standards, combining university-based and school-based training. You’ll have the opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and Computing), the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and the full breadth of the National Curriculum.
  • During the first two years of your course you’ll study a range of compulsory modules covering the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, National Curriculum subjects, professional development and behaviour management. This will give you a broad academic grounding in the essential theories and strategies that will help your professional development.
  • We know there’s no substitute for learning how to teach in the classroom environment, so we give you lots of opportunity to gain practical experience across our partnership schools, starting from your first term. In fact, you’ll undertake a range of longer and shorter enrichment placements every year. Your placements will be organised by our dedicated placements team alongside your academic tutors to ensure you get the experience you need.
  • As part of your placements you’ll be able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical, hands-on experience in front of students and benefit from one-to-one mentoring. It’s all designed to help you develop your skills and move on to become an outstanding teacher.
  • While you’re studying at Huddersfield, you’ll be able to access our extensive professional and academic network, not to mention our excellent facilities and specialist equipment, including our mock Early Years and Primary classrooms designed to help you prepare for the real world whilst you study.
  • The course received an overall satisfaction rate of 100% in the National Student Survey 2019.

Course detail

Core modules:

Initial Professional Development and School-Based Training 1

This module aims to help you to develop critical reflection, a personal philosophy and your professional practice as a teacher. It provides the opportunity to study theories of child development and education and learning. It encourages evaluation and critique of these areas of educational debate, informed by theory, current research and policy.

Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Areas and RE 1

This module will introduce you to the National Curriculum requirements in the foundation subjects and the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. You will explore creative and innovative ways of teaching the foundation areas and RE and develop your understanding of planning, and of appropriate assessment strategies for different subjects. Assessment typically involves producing a poster and a group presentation on one of the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum, RE or an area of learning in the EYFS.

Introduction to Core Curriculum Studies - English, Maths and Science

This module will help prepare you to teach English, mathematics and science across the early years and Key Stage 1. The module will be taught jointly by subject specialist tutors and school-based trainers. Training sessions will take place both in schools and in the University. Assessment is typically via a series of practical assignment tasks examining English (including Phonics), maths and science in the EYFS or primary classroom, exploring and synthesising theory into practice.

Teaching and Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage

This module will aim to develop your knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), incorporating key features of effective learning environments and effective pedagogy in the birth to five age range. A strong emphasis is given to understanding child development and the crucial role of the adult in observing, assessing and planning for learning. This module will support you to develop your skills for observing, assessing and teaching young children and communicating effectively with them. It aims to prepare you for EYFS classroom practice based on sound understanding and critical reflection of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level or equivalent

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant area

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

In addition you must also:

  • have GCSE English language, Maths and a Science subject at grade 4 or above
  • provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances
  • complete a satisfactory interview

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

6th in the UK for Education


We’ve been ranked 6th in the UK for Education in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

We’re top of the subject rankings for education programmes in Yorkshire. The rankings confirm what we already knew - that our education courses are among the very best in the UK.

Placements


A key element of your studies and learning takes place whilst you’re on placement. In Years 1 and 2, on average, trainees undertake a compulsory block teaching placement of between 6-8 weeks duration and also undertake shorter enrichment placements (also compulsory) of between 1-4 weeks per placement. The aim of these shorter placements is to focus on topics including special educational needs, behaviour management, English and mathematics. In the final Year, trainees undertake a compulsory block placement of between 12 – 13 weeks duration. In recent years students have undertaken placements in special schools, pupil referral units and in settings for children with communication needs.

Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.

I attended a range of placements in a wide variety of schools. I definitely feel that this prepared me well for my first teaching post. One of my most memorable moments was being signed off as an outstanding teacher in my final placement. 

Paul Baker

Hannah Scoffin, graduated from Primary Education (Early Years and Key Stage 1) BA(Hons) with QTS in 2017

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


This course prepares you for your first teaching role within the Early Years (nursery and reception) and Key Stage 1 (ages 3-7).

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

95% graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. [Find out more about all our support services|http://www.hud.ac.uk/uni-life/support/]

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Education and Professional Development, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

  • Student Support Office (iPoint): a one-stop-shop for students, studying within the School. Here you can get help and advice, including checking your timetable, finding a tutor, handing in assessments. We can also refer you to other departments within the University such as, student finance, student services etc.
  • Academic Skills Tutor: provides guidance about how you can develop your academic skills in order to improve your grades. We provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.
  • Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.
  • Placements, Employability and Partnerships A significant part of your learning takes place whilst on placement.To help you get the best possible experience we operate an extensive professional network giving you the opportunity to access a wide range of high quality placement providers.

Our professional network includes links with local authorities, schools, colleges, early years settings, voluntary organisations, youth services and youth offending teams to offer you real-life experience whilst you study. Our placements team offer you help to find your placement and support you through it.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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