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Primary Education BA (Hons) with QTS

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Course facts

  • UCAS code: X120
  • Bangor code: BA/PELQTS
  • Course length: 3 years

This course is also available through the medium of Welsh.

Location: Normal Site, Bangor

This 3-year Primary Education 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.

FAQs can be viewed here.

Making an Application

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.

What will I study?

You will study all aspects of the Primary Curriculum.

Course Structure

Year 1

Modules:

  • Professional Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (8 weeks) (30 credits)

LITERACY AND NUMERACY 1: (30 credits)

  • Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
  • Mathematical Development

THE CHILD'S WORLD 1: (30 credits)

  • Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity,
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
  • Religious Education
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Year 2

Modules:

  • Professional Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (8 weeks) (30 credits)

CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Welsh

NON-CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)

  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Year 3

Either

LOWER PRIMARY (3-7)

  • Professional Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (8 weeks) (30 credits)

LITERACY AND NUMERACY 2: (30 credits)

  • Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
  • Mathematical Development

THE CHILD'S WORLD 2 : (30 credits)

  • Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity,
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
  • Religious Education
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Or

UPPER PRIMARY (7-11)

  • Professional Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (8 weeks) (30 credits)

CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Welsh            

NON-CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)

  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Please download the Course Handbook for a detailed overview of this Course.

School Experience

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.

Programme Specification

  • Following a year-long inspection by Estyn, her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, we received an excellent report on the standards and quality in initial teacher training, and were awarded a Grade 1, the top grade, for the effectiveness of the teaching, training and assessment of trainee teachers.
  • You will be based at the University's Normal Site which has its own library and resource centre housing an extensive range of bilingual primary and early years resources.
  • We provide a stimulating learning environment and you will meet staff and trainees working on a variety of curriculum development projects and research.
  • The University's partnership schools provide a varied and supportive training environment.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE grade B or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language and a GCSE grade C in Science. For more information regarding equivalent qualifications in English and Mathematics, click here.
  • At least 240 points at GCE/VCE-level with a minimum of two Cs at A Level preferably in curricular subjects.
  • BTEC National Diploma with a minimum of 3 Merit credits in relevant units
  • Access qualification – a minimum of 60 credits with at least 45 credits at level 3. If applicants do not possess the requisite GCSE qualifications they will need to ensure equivalence while following the Access course.
  • Scottish/Irish Highers with 240+ points
  • We consider mature students with the relevant qualifications or experience.
  • All trainee teachers must apply for an 'Enhanced Disclosure' from the Criminal Records Bureau and this must be judged to be satisfactory by the School before the start of school experience
  • Personal Statement suggestions
  • Interview day
  • Sample tests: English and Maths.

Contact us:

Gwyn Ellis BA (QTS)
Admissions Administrator
School of Education
Tel: 01248 382845
E-mail: g.ellis@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/education

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