This intensive course has three key elements.
Element one focuses on child development and young children’s learning from three to seven years old, including how and what to teach children in this age group. You will learn the importance to the child of family, school and community; develop a global perspective and explore different countries’ education of young children; and study inclusive education and effective teaching to support children with special needs or English as an additional language.
Element two enables you to explore teamwork and creativity in modules that help you explore skills at your own adult level. You are also given the opportunity to explore themes and areas of interest in greater detail, to develop your thinking and research in an area of teaching that is important to you.
Element three provides you with valuable school and work-based experience through structured placements in schools. You learn by working with other professionals in providing for the needs of young children and their families. A key feature of the course is a creative approach to learning experiences in and out of the classroom.
- Year one
- Personal and Professional Understanding of Learning and Teaching
- Child Development and the Role of Play
- Learning and Teaching for Children 3-5 years
- Movement and Healthy Lifestyles; Key Stage 1
- Starting from Stories and Rhymes Teaching Maths and English in Key Stage 1
- Beginning Placement
- Year two
- Successful Inclusive Learning Communities and Environments
- Theory and Practice in the Curriculum for children aged 3-5
- Teaching with Artefacts, Images and Documents in Key Stage 1
- Perspectives on Childhood Family and Society
- Developing Thinking Through Science and Music in Key Stage 1
- A Creative Approach to teaching English and ICT
- Developing Creative Thinking Through Mathematics and Art and Design in Key Stage 1
- Developing Placement
- Alternative Placement
- Year three
- Successful Reflective Practitioners
- Creative Approaches to Teaching the Core Subjects
- Current Issues in Education and Care 3-7
- Planning a Special Study Proposal and Methodology
- Special Study
- RE and Global Citizenship
- Extending Placement
- Evaluation of Professional Practice and Work-based Learning (non QTS pathway)
- Evaluation of Professional Practice and Work based Learning (non QTS)
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).
Download the programme specification
300 UCAS tariff points - to include GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.
Applicants must have a total of five national curriculum GCSEs demonstrating a broad spread of knowledge.
Successful completion of the QTS Skills Test before entry.
Successful clearance for Disclosure and Barring Service (ie a police background check) and Occupational Health. The university will contact you about this if you are offered a place.
A minimum of 260 points can be taken from a maximum of three level 3 qualifications. The remaining 40 points can be taken from a fourth A2, an additional AS not continued to A2 or one other UCAS tariff qualification.
You should be able to provide evidence of successful work experience or voluntary work in a primary school. You will need five days of experience in a mainstream primary school at the point of application, but you are expected to have two weeks by the start of the course. Places are conditional on successful interview.