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Primary Education Studies

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

96 UCAS Tariff points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Primary education

Do you dream of educating the next generation? If you’re passionate about helping children to reach their potential, our Primary Education Studies degree is for you.

Our 3 year degree will prepare you to join postgraduate Initial Teacher Training.

You needn’t be limited to primary school teaching, though. You might have your sights set on a career in the wider education sector, cultural institutions and NGOs, or related fields such as health and social work. On this degree course you’ll develop your understanding of primary education, and gain the knowledge and skills to work collaboratively in a range of settings.

At ARU, we're proud to be ranked fourth in the country for Education in the Guardian League Table 2022. Our Primary Education Studies degree also scored over 90% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020.

Our Primary Education Studies course is designed for those looking for a career working with children aged 3-12 and their families. It’s also a great option if you already work in education but want to learn more about the subject or progress in your career.

We focus on education history, policy and the way children are taught today. You’ll graduate with a thorough understanding of classroom management, lesson planning, National Curriculum subjects, and the three Key Stages in primary education. We’ll also touch on special educational needs provision.

Throughout the course there’s a strong focus on the core subjects that all primary-aged pupils study: reading, writing, maths and science. You’ll become familiar with teaching approaches and how to make adjustments to suit learners of all abilities.

Of course, anyone working with children and families knows that it’s important to support the ‘whole child’ and so, as well as looking at education and teaching, we’ll explore related areas such as health, welfare, child psychology and children’s rights.

While studying at ARU, you’ll have opportunities to observe teaching in local schools. We offer our Primary Education Studies course as a three-year degree or an accelerated degree, which you’ll complete in two years. When you graduate, you’ll be ideally placed to join a postgraduate teacher training course with one of our partners and return to us to complete your PGCE.

Modules

Year one, core modules
Key Paradigms 1: History and Philosophy of Primary Education
Perspectives on the Child 1: Childhood as a Construct Physical and Social Development of Children
Primary Pedagogy 1: The Curriculum and Primary Teaching, Research Foundations
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 1: Early Language, Reading and Writing and Early Mathematical Concepts
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 1: Science and Technology 1
Year two, core modules
Key Paradigms 2: Sociology and Politics
Primary Pedagogy 2: Creativity, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 2: Science and Technology 2
Perspectives on the Child 2: The Family School and Community
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 2: English and Mathematics 2
Year three, core modules
Perspectives on the Child 3: Inclusion, SEND and Developmental Difficulties
Primary 3: Contemporary Issues in Education, Specialist Focus Project
Key Paradigms 3: International and global perspectives in Education
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 3: Key Skills for Primary Teaching
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 3: The Wider Curriculum

Assessment methods

Assessments on our course include the following activities:

Poster presentation
Group presentation
Essay
Reflective log or commentary
Report
Specialist Focus Project (dissertation by literature review)

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Cambridge Campus

Chelmsford Campus

ARU Peterborough

Department:

School of Education and Social Care

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Primary education

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
10%
Male students
90%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Childcare and related personal services
16%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education and teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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