This course combines academic study and practical teaching experience at every level. These 2 sides of the degree constantly feed into each other as you learn. The knowledge and theory you gain on campus informs your teaching practice on school placements.
Through your classroom sessions on campus you will study:
- The primary curriculum - this will build your subject knowledge and teaching skills across the primary curriculum
- Professional studies modules - these provide essential overarching theoretical background, knowledge and teaching skills
- Educational research - this will allow you to use research to support your studies and to carry out your own research project
Meanwhile on your school placements you will gradually take on more and more responsibility as you progress through the course. Across the 3 years you will carry out 26 weeks of placements. Eventually you will be ready to lead a class of your own. We have very good relationships with our school partnerships across the region. When you are on placement you will be part of this partnership and will get involved in all aspects of school life.
You will have opportunities to tailor your course to your interests, specialising in the areas that interest you most. As well as focusing on the 5 to 11 age group, in your final year you can choose a further specialism such as Creativity in Primary Education or Digital Learning.
York St John University is an accredited Initial Teacher Training provider. This means that when you graduate you will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by the Teaching Regulation Agency.
If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you.
You will need to meet the following criteria by the end of your Foundation Year to progress on to the Primary Education 3-7 Years BA (Hons) degree:
- A satisfactory medical report and a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check
- 5 GCSEs at grade C/4/Level 4 or above (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science
- Successful interview with the Primary Education team.
If you do not meet these criteria, you will have the option to transfer onto one of the other BA (Hons) courses associated with the Foundation Year instead. A list of these is available on the Foundation Year course page.