Passionate about education? What children learn and how they are taught affects their experience. Our full-time Primary Education Studies degree course in Cambridge or Chelmsford explores fascinating ideas and core educational theories. Study key topics such as behaviour management and the curriculum. Prepare to be a teacher or explore a range of careers in education you may not have been aware of. You’re in charge.
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.
Foundation year option
You have the option to study this course as a four-year degree with foundation year. In your first year you'll study with our partner, Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC) on our Cambridge campus. After that:
available in Cambridge, Chelmsford & Peterborough
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our course offers entry onto postgraduate initial teacher training, as well as a range of other careers in education, social care and health. Career options include family support; social work; nursing and related disciplines; early years settings; international, national and regional aid work with children and their families; and postgraduate study and research.
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.
You will be encouraged to seek volunteering opportunities in a range of schools or other provisions for primary aged children as a means of gaining direct experience of observing professional practice at first hand. Such experiences will inform and support your academic studies by providing an understanding of varied contexts for the education and care of primary age children based on personal experience and reflection. It is anticipated that through such focused volunteering work and observation you will enhance your personal profiles for employability, or postgraduate teacher training.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
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
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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