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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) with Qualified Teacher Status

Qualify to teach while working in a variety of school and early years settings.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? X110
When do I start? September 2021

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 90% for overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Train to become a well-rounded and creative primary school teacher.
  • Understand early years teaching, and how children learn.
  • Gain hands-on experience with extensive in-school training.
  • Develop your interests and expertise into a specialist teaching area.
  • Qualify as a teacher, and benefit from the course's very high graduate employment level.

Gain the skills, experience and training you need to enter primary teaching as a qualified professional. We help you to grow academically, while obtaining sound practical and theoretical knowledge of teaching. You graduate a qualified, experienced primary teacher, with specialist expertise and industry connections.

How you learn

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Watch course leader Jane Stacey talk about this course.

The course aims to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of teaching. There are regular placement days from the first year onwards, culminating in practical assessments, and you undertake four national priority school-based placements. You conduct research in your specialist area, and will be taught to critically analyse key learning principles.

You learn through:

  • lectures and seminars from expert tutors
  • regular school-based placements and research
  • one-to-one support from a personal academic tutor
  • research into a specialist area such as maths, science, PE or languages
  • range of e-learning materials

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Course leaders and tutors

Jane Stacey
Jane Stacey
Senior Lecturer

Jane is Course Leader for BA Hons Primary Education with QTS and BA Hons Early Years Education with QTS, Subject Leader for Primary/Early Years Modern Foreign Langua … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

Throughout the course you will work extensively in local and regional primary schools, starting with regular placement days and a practical assessment in your first year. You will develop your skills and knowledge in order to meet the Teachers' Standards in that setting.

In second year, on top of an assessed placement, you undertake four national priority school-based training placements (SEND, EAL, Early Reading and Early Number). You also attend placement days in a specialist setting, in line with your chosen area of expertise.

Your third year involves carrying out an individual educational enquiry project, which enables you to carry out school-based research in your specialism. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

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Future careers

The majority of students completing the course go directly into employment as qualified teachers. A number of key transferrable skills are also developed throughout the course, allowing for alternative progression or career routes. Some of these include:

  • local authority/voluntary sector worker or researcher
  • non-government organisation (NGO) administrative and research posts
  • enrichment work with young people
  • more general graduate careers including, for example, retail management and the civil service
  • academic career as researcher via Masters level study and PhD
Student success story

As part of their course, students from our early years and primary education courses had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to teach children English in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels including at least 40 points in each, one of which would normally be a primary national curriculum subject though this is not essential, or DDM from equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4, or equivalent
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4, or equivalent
  • Science at grade C or 4, or equivalent

Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English.

• Access - QAA recognised diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including 20 credits at merit or above. Ideally, but not essentially, at least 18 credits at level 3 should be in a primary national curriculum subject, or sociology, or psychology. You can take GCSE equivalents for English, mathematics and science on Access courses (12 level two credits in each).

• Grade B from CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present-day UK society.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to starting your course.

Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must complete all the professional checks that are required as part of entry for the course:

Suitability Declaration
You must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission suitability declaration form provided during the admissions process:
• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
• if you have ever been removed from a teacher training programme as a result of your behaviour, or would have been removed if you had not left the programme
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check
• you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process
• if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
• In addition to this all those who are made an offer of a place will be checked against the DfE children’s barred list.

Occupational Health Screening
You will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Other background checks
All applicants that have accepted an offer will also be checked against the prohibition list to ensure you are not:
• subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State
• prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA)

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, please notify the Academic Administration team immediately by emailing tedss@shu.ac.uk.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Introduction To The Early Years Core Curriculum Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To The Wider Curriculum In Early Years Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Learning 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Understanding Learning And Learners 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Learning And Learners 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Developing Enquiry Through A Specialism Credits: 20
Module: Developing The Core Curriculum Credits: 40
Module: Developing The Foundation Subjects Credits: 20
Module: Placement 2 Credits: -
Module: Professional Learning 2 Credits: 20
Module: Understanding Inclusion Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Educational Enquiry Credits: 40
Module: Enhancing The English And Digital Literacy Curriculum Credits: 20
Module: Enhancing The Maths And Science Curriculum Credits: 20
Module: Placement 3 Credits: -
Module: Professional Learning 3 Credits: 20
Module: Values And Issues In Education Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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