School of Education
This course is also available through the medium of Welsh.
Location: Normal Site, Bangor
This 3-year course will qualify you to teach in a primary school. It is designed to respond to the government's criteria for initial teacher training. You will gain a broad grounding in the whole primary curriculum, choosing to specialise in the Foundation Phase (3-7), or Key Stage 2 (7-11) in year 3.
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You must apply for the course through UCAS (www.ucas.com).
For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.
You will spend an average of 20 hours per week in lectures/seminars. You will also need to read, prepare for seminars, complete coursework and prepare teaching resources.
The University-based elements are assessed through coursework and examinations. Your school practice will be monitored by school mentors and link tutors.
You will study all aspects of the Primary Curriculum.
LITERACY AND NUMERACY 1: (30 credits)
THE CHILD'S WORLD 1: (30 credits)
CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)
NON-CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)
LOWER PRIMARY (3-7)
LITERACY AND NUMERACY 2: (30 credits)
THE CHILD'S WORLD 2 : (30 credits)
UPPER PRIMARY (7-11)
CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)
NON-CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)
Please download the Course Handbook for a detailed overview of this Course.
You will work alongside, and with support from, experienced teachers to develop as a class teacher. This will help you to become familiar with the Foundation Phase Framework and National Curriculum and you will learn how to plan appropriate schemes of work and consider assessment and reporting strategies. There are eight weeks of school experience in each year.
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Primary Education Modules page.
The BA Primary Education, BSc Design and Technology Secondary Education and BA Childhood Studies courses opens up a range of opportunities for you who are interested in specialising in a teaching career. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in the primary, secondary, tertiary or higher education sectors. Many of our BA in Childhood studies students have applied for our PGCE course.
But, our graduates can look forward to opportunities in a range of other career pathways. These interesting career opportunities could include :
This course is ideal preparation for progression to QTS Primary, HLTAs Primary, specialising in Foundation Phase, and supervisory or managerial careers in nurseries and childcare establishments.
The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.
The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.
BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.
Student Voluteering is both worthwile in itself but also improves your employbility and widens your experiences. The Students' Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office - Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) within the Students' Union which has over 1,500 members, 600 of whom volunteer on one or more of our community based projects. SVB volunteers currently contribute a total of 600 hours each week which promotes a close relationship between the university and the local community.
Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.
For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.
Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
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Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
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We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
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Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
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