The day in the life of a Primary Education student


Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Education and Social Care
Course: BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies
Category: Education

22 June 2021

I recently got the opportunity to meet those joining my course in September during an Applicant Day; many had queries and questions about the structure of a day and the workload on my accelerated degree.

This two-year course is a great opportunity to fast track into a career of teaching or any other career in the Education sector. Understandably, the workload of a 3-year course fitting into two years seems daunting but often the key is to keep organised!

Answering some questions you may have:

  • The first thing to note about the course is that it is spread over three trimesters - as such the course finishes around August time, rather than in April.
  • In each trimester (set over 12 weeks) you will complete four assignments. These are a mixture of essays, reports, poster presentations, and in your last two trimesters, the dissertation. The assignments will progress from Level 4 to 6 and will range in word count from 1500 to 2500 words (the dissertation is 8000).
  • The 12 weeks of a trimester will be split into 10 weeks of initial teaching (one lecture and seminar a week for each subject) and 2 weeks at the end to book 1-1 tutorials with the lecturers. In the middle of this (often Week 5, 6, or 7), lecturers will ask for Formative Assessment in which they can give feedback. The Formative Assessment can be in the format of a plan, a paragraph of your work, a lesson plan or some group work (often in 500 words).
  • The 1-1 tutorials give time for your work to be looked over and edited before submission. Personally, I often aim to complete the assignment before the tutorials and then edit once given feedback.
  • Currently (Trimester 3), due to COVID-19 and online learning, there are 4 lessons a week. Each lesson is split into a 1-hour pre-recorded lecture and a 1-hour seminar on Teams with the lecturer teaching the topic. This is a great mix of independent learning and having the opportunity to communicate with peers or ask questions about any of the learning.
  • Before the pandemic, seminars were held on campus, which consisted of 2 hours in the classroom with the lecturer. Importantly, the lecturers for this course will make plenty of opportunities for you to get involved or be more practical with learning (even if online).

The 12 weeks provides plenty of time to complete all the assignments and throughout this, you will be constantly supported by the lecturers who teach you. As well as this, you can seek support from Student Services and Study Skills throughout the year - a great advantage when writing assignments.

Best wishes for September!


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