Passionate about helping children to learn? Our part-time Primary Education Studies degree course is a flexible way to study. Based in Cambridge or Chelmsford, you’ll study fascinating ideas and core educational theories alongside topics such as behaviour management and the curriculum. Prepare to be a teacher or explore a range of careers in education.
It’s not just what children learn, but the context in which they learn, which affect their life experiences. Many other factors can also impact on education outcomes. Our course explores all these fascinating ideas, and will prepare you for teaching or a range of careers relating to education.
Our BA (Hons) in Primary Education Studies course is the first step towards a rewarding career in education, and possibly becoming a primary school teacher. With a balance of theory and reflection on current practice, you’ll graduate with a thorough understanding of education history, policy and current professional practice in the primary school classroom in areas such as developing children’s mathematical and literacy skills, the wider curriculum subjects, lesson planning, and classroom management.
Our course is designed for those looking for a career working with or for children of primary school age and/or their families. The key focus is on children of primary school age and includes educational, health, welfare, psychological, sociological, legal, philosophical, political and economic perspectives.
You will gain the knowledge and understanding you need to prepare lessons, manage classroom behaviour and teach literacy and numeracy. You will have opportunities to observe teaching practice in local schools and on completion of the course you will be ideally placed to gain a place on a postgraduate teacher training course.
Our course offers entry onto postgraduate initial teacher training as well as a range of other careers in the fields of education, social care and health. Careers including Family Support and Social Work, Nursing and related disciplines, Early Year’s settings, International, National and Regional Aid work with children and their families, postgraduate study and research.
Assessments on our course include the following activities:
There are also opportunities for informal (formative assessment) to give you the necessary support and opportunities to be an active learner and to make contributions to our learning community in lectures, seminars or online groups. Your tutors will monitor individual, group and cohort learning in order to personalise teaching approaches so that you learn in the way that is most suited to you.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
While there is no formal school placement as part of this course, there is the expectation that students will spend time in a range of school contexts throughout their degree to support both their studies and their subsequent application into initial teacher training.
*Important fee notes
The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity, or 60 credits per year). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period, or for more credits. All fees are for guidance purposes only. Your offer letter will contain full details of credits and fees, or you can contact us if you'd like more information.
At the beginning of the course you will be required to obtain an Enhanced DBS check for working in schools and with young people. This is likely to cost approximately £45.
As part of the course you will be offered a number of predominantly optional, local school visits. You will be responsible for transport costs for these
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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