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Primary Education (two-year accelerated degree) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Prepare yourself to become a teacher with London Met’s accelerated degree in Primary Education. This two-year long, full honours degree equips you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to build your professional career, including access to Qualified Teacher Status.

More about this course

If you’re passionate about educating the next generation, London Met’s Primary Education BA will provide you with the skills and experience to join the education workforce in rapid time. This accelerated course will allow you to graduate in just two years, instead of the traditional three years.

You'll build a sound foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding from which to launch your career. This course will help you form the ability to think clearly, act decisively and exercise intelligence, which you'll achieve through research-based innovation, ethical judgement and a capacity to work in collaboration with others.

The internationally recognised staff at London Met will help you gain an abundance of experience. The curriculum is designed to aid you in becoming an effective teaching professional and build your understanding of educational systems.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of methods based on coursework. These include presentations, portfolios, posters and essays.

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code X324
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of three A levels with grades BBC (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above/grade 4 (or equivalent grade)

The course is designed to equip you to progress to a postgraduate programme offering QTS and therefore the expectation is that you possess the necessary qualifications before commencing the degree. If you don't hold a GCSE grade C or above in both Mathematics and a Science you will need to gain this in order to be considered for a PGCE.

If you graduate from the degree and hold a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English, Mathematics and a Science you will be guaranteed an interview for a PGCE or equivalent route to QTS at London Met.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

The degree may be accelerated, but it offers full access to all of the University’s sports, social, and scholarly networks as well as expert careers and other advice, including support for disabilities and recognised special educational needs. Opportunities to work and study abroad may be available within the programme. Whether work or social, opportunities for collaborations across our diverse student body will make your experience at London Met unforgettable.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday

    This module aims to:

    • Extend, consolidate and enhance the meaning of the curriculum
    • Explore how children learn
    • Reflect on and capture students personal learning journeys and the influence these have on their learning and teaching
    • Analyse pioneers of learning theories and how they influence learners and learning in the 21st century
    • Enable students to understand the early years and primary curricula, exploring the distinctiveness of each phase
    • Engage students in thinking about the relevance of subject knowledge and how this impacts on effective delivery of the taught academic and pastoral curricula
    • Examine assessment in the curriculum and how this is linked to progression of learning
    • Understand early years and primary pedagogy

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday

    This core module addresses a key aspect of professional knowledge in the early years field and aims to enable students to:

    • Study relevant legislation, curriculum frameworks, codes of practice and official guidance in all areas of social inequalities;
    • Understand the development of diverse identities in children and explore issues of stigmatisation, labelling, stereotyping and discrimination;
    • Consider that children’s experience of childhood will be mediated by class, race, gender, culture, language, sexual orientation, age and disability through reflecting on their own identities and experiences;
    • Develop an understanding of the concepts of inclusion and diversity as they relate to both children and adults in their sphere of work and to critically reflect on their own practice in seeking to address inequalities;
    • Consider the children as active in shaping their own childhood and how practitioners can develop a listening culture in settings.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday

    This module aims to enable students to:
    - Experience, and develop confidence with, a range of academic skills
    - Recognise areas for development relating to their own learning
    - Understand key concepts relating to education research
    - Explore the use of research relating to education
    - Engage with a range of academic literature

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday

    The module aims:
    • to offer students a broad overview of educational policies, themes and issues that will encourage reflection on their experience and inform their identities as educational professionals;
    • to situate these policies, themes and issues within historical, political, social, economic and global contexts thereby opening up students’ educational imagination;
    • to consider the meaning of primary education, along with debates over its values in relation to social, economic and personal goals;
    • to introduce pedagogy, curricula and assessment
    • to enable students to construct and use critical languages and appropriate vocabulary to express their knowledge and understanding of education and professional practice;
    • to recognise education as a site for dispute, controversy and contest and the responsibilities of teachers as social pedagogues.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies - Monday

    This module is designed to enable students to undertake a period of work-based learning, in relation to their course at level 5, within an appropriate organisation, and to gain credit for that learning. Students will have the opportunity to apply, to test and to extend the knowledge that they have gained at all levels of their course. In so doing, students will be able to enhance and extend their understanding of professional educational practice. The module will also afford them the opportunity to gain professional experience of an appropriate education-related work environment.

    Students will be expected to find and organize their own placement in an educational setting where they get insight into professional teaching and learning practice. Objectives of the placement might be in relation to professional standards, how teaching and learning is facilitated, or intended outcomes of interventions.

    The module is framed by Kolb’s (1984) learning style model, the four-stage learning cycle: planning – reflecting – interpreting – identifying next steps. This cycle will inform both the module structure and the assessment strategy.
    At the beginning of the module, students will attend a series of workshops where they will be briefed on the module and undergo induction. Guidance on securing a placement will be offered in conjunction with the career service, including inputs on personal and professional development.
    Students will need to have their work-based learning agreement approved, before they take up the opportunity to gain practical experience.

    During the work-experience, students will reflect on their observations and actions with respect of the objectives of their learning agreement and wider professional standards. There will be two or three feedback sessions allowing students to discuss their own practice and learning.

    Towards the end of the work-based learning period there will be a series of workshops to support students’ interpretation of their experience in relation to theory and professional educational practice.

    Students will also be offered scheduled opportunities to prepare for the QTS skills tests prior to application for PGCE places (or equivalent).

    References
    Kolb, D. (1984) Experiential learning experience as a source of learning and development, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module offers an opportunity for independent study and aims to enable students to:
    - Undertake a professional placement with children in an education setting
    - Develop further professionally by pursuing a line of study which arises out of an aspect of her/his work with children.
    - Extend professional competence by developing a critical understanding of the relationship between theory and practice
    - Introduce some of the major positions/philosophies in relation to research methods
    - Develop an understanding of the major research methodologies used in the field of early years/primary education
    - Develop an awareness of ethics in relation to research Design, execute and evaluate a small-scale action research project and experience supervised independent study of an extended nature.
    - Develop some of the skills required for post-graduate study

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  • • To introduce subject content of the National Curriculum and Religious Education to students.
    • Demonstrate practical ways in which topics and/ themes can be delivered creatively through good subject knowledge and an in-depth understanding of assessment and pedagogies.
    • To engage with influences of learning between child development and the curriculum and the impact this has on effectively teaching the creative curriculum
    • To enable students to understand multiculturalism, inclusion and diversity in primary curriculum.

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  • The aims of this module are to:

    • Examine childhood as an historically and culturally constructed phenomenon and understand the role of institutions and professional practice in reproducing those constructions;
    • Explore the intersections of social variables with childhood and the position of children as social actors;
    • Reflect on ways that settings can and do respond to difference;
    • Introduce students to the spatial turn across the social sciences and its affordances in offering insight into children’s lives;
    • Equip students with practical and workable approaches to research enquiry with and by children.

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  • The module aims:

    • To offer students opportunities to understand primary education through historical themes of continuity, change and difference;
    • To demonstrate the historical nature of the primary school as a commonplace phenomenon in the 21st century and thereby to suggest that it will be subject to change in the future;
    • To propose a social constructionist understanding of schooling and educational institutions;
    • To explore the language of pedagogical practice in relation to the goals of education and the meaning of childhood;
    • To identify curriculum, pedagogy and practice as the focus for debate.

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  • The emergent 21st century has brought with it significant challenges for education and for educators. This module explores and investigates these challenges along with some informed speculation on likely directions for educational development. It examines the emergence of diverse societies under the impact of globalisation, economic restructuring and encounters with cultural difference as well as the impact of climate change. The relationship of these phenomena to technological change is examined along with its implications for the future of schooling and teachers in an age of rapid communication, robots and institutions with fuzzy boundaries. The module encourages students – whose careers will undoubtedly span an era during which the pace of change will gather momentum – to consider possible educational responses to these challenges at policy, curricular and institutional scales as well as at a personal level; thereby preparing them for a role as active professional agents.

    The module aims to:

    • Situate education, schooling and teaching within a broad, but accessibly interpreted social, political, economic and technological context and encourage students to take a wider view of educational phenomena and practice;
    • Offer students knowledge of a number of pressing challenges at global and local scales and to open up consideration of educational responses to them, along with possible linkages between them;
    • Develop skills supporting formal discussion, informed debate and the judicious use of evidence to form and substantiate arguments;
    • Consider their standpoint in relation to the themes and issues examined as well as the meaning of being a teacher in light of these challenges.

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If your goal is to teach in primary schools, this course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a confident and critical professional. You'll acquire extensive practical experience and the critical knowledge to make sense of it.

The first year of the course introduces studying in higher education, along with an exploration of key educational themes, policies and issues, with a particular emphasis on the challenges and opportunities found in London’s globalised classrooms. Further engagement is provided through the extended work-based placement over the summer period. Preparation for the skills-tests leading to admission to post-graduate QTS study is included.

In the second year you'll continue your critical study by examining a range of cross-curricular themes. Finding your identity as an educator is supported by exploration of the historical evolution of primary education in England and Wales, as well as consideration of the future of schooling in globalised societies, characterised by rapid technological, social, and environmental change.

You'll bring the elements of your professional and academic understanding together in an extended work-based placement that is the culmination of your degree and that serves as an excellent springboard for progression to QTS.

Exploring the history of primary education will give you a strong understanding of teaching, both past and present. An extended work-based placement will be the culmination of your degree, helping you to progress to QTS.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Understanding education: policy, themes and issues
  • Succeeding in HE: criticality in reading, writing and argument
  • Curriculum, Learners and Learning I: knowledge, assessment and pedagogies
  • Global Challenges: inclusion in practice
  • Working with Children and Preparing for Professional Practice (includes WBL and placement/DL/ Study Abroad as well as preparation for the QTS skills tests)

Year 2 modules include:

  • Curriculum Learners and Learning II: enhancing and enriching the curriculum
  • From Elementary Schooling to ‘Good Primary Practice’
  • Teachers, Learners, and Schools in the 21st Century
  • Education and Children’s Lives: social worlds of childhood
  • Action Research for Practitioners: placement and project

After the course

Our two-year Primary Education BA is primarily focused on progression to the role of classroom teacher for children aged between three and 12, following subsequent completion of QTS.

This course also supports those wishing to enter para- or alternative professional roles within the primary school, including those offering support for specific needs, mentoring, skills coaching and more. As a full honours degree, it opens up options for postgraduate study and career development across a number of fields concerned with children and their well-being beyond the classroom.

Our graduates pursue careers in:

  • Primary teaching [after completing a one-year PGCE]
  • Social work [after completion of a two-year MA Social Work]
  • Education settings in a variety of roles
  • Charities and local community projects
  • Further and higher education lecturing
  • Government, private and voluntary sectors

Fee

These fees and the fee waiver are subject to confirmation of government student funding for accelerated degree students. At present, the University is waiting to find out how much government funding will be made available per year to accelerated degree students from the 2019-20 academic year

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How to apply

Apply to us for September 2018

It's not too late to start this course in September.

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy - simply call our Clearing hotline on .

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University, you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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