Do you dream of teaching the next generation? If you’re passionate about making a difference and helping children reach their potential, our accelerated Primary Education Studies degree is for you. Based in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough our course will prepare you to join teacher training in just two years.
This 2 year accelerated degree is designed to be 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’ll gain the knowledge and understanding you need to prepare lessons, manage classroom behaviour and teach literacy and numeracy. You’ll have opportunities to observe teaching practice in local schools and on completion of the course you’ll be ideally placed to gain a place on a postgraduate teacher training course.
Our intense 2 year accelerated degree allows you access to join the workforce or initial teacher training (ITT) in 2 years rather than the traditional 3 years. After graduation we can support you to find a place in teacher training with our partners in Essex and Cambridgeshire. As it is an accelerated degree you could also access postgraduate degrees in Education, Student Affairs, Early Childhood Education and Special Educational Needs faster.
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.
Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.
Guild House is our small, friendly campus in the historic city of Peterborough.
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
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 email@example.com for further information.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
Full-time undergraduate (2 years)
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