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Education: Primary and Early Years (Professional Placement Year)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,C,C

Grades BCC-CCC preferred in addition to GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

A minimum score of 27 points with evidence of an interest in Education accepted in addition to GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (DMM) preferred in a related subject in addition to GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

T Level

M

Grade Merit is preferred.

UCAS Tariff

96-104

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subject

Education studies

**A specialised bachelor degree in Primary Education, leading to a PGCE in Primary and Early Years.**

- Gain practical school-based experience from a Primary school placement each year.

- Benefit from our established partnerships with hundreds of schools across the South West.

- Tutors with a wealth of research and practice-informed expertise.

- Employability focused; on successful completion of the degree you will be offered a guaranteed interview for a place on our Primary PGCE.

This is more than a primary teaching course. BA (Hons) Education: Primary and Early Years sets primary education in a broader context of debates around education, professional practice, teaching and learning - both nationally and internationally. This bachelor degree in primary education is ideal if you intend to qualify as an early years or primary school teacher, and it helps formulate your professional skills and career identity through experience of working with children in schools. If you decide on a different career path, this award is flexible, and will provide you with strong academic skills to achieve your aspirations as a professional educator in any number of different settings. When you join this community of learning, you will benefit from practice-informed expertise and recent research in the Centre for Policy, Pedagogy and Practice (PPP), Centre for Research in Scientific and Technological Learning and Education (CRiSTLE) and Centre for Research into Equity, Inclusion and Community (CREIC).

**More about the Professional Placement Year**
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers and Employability Team.

Modules

Level 4 core modules:
- Introduction to Primary Schools.
- Education for Change.
- Changing Schooling.
- Working with Young People in the Community.
- Controversial Issues in Inclusive and Special Education.
- Educational History and Heritage.

Year one - the first year supports your transition to University, and introduces key concepts and skills that underpin the field of education. In addition, there are a range of modules that enable you to explore your interests in education as an agent for change. The core module offers an introduction to primary schools with an eight day placement, which will provide you with an immersive ‘live’ experience of life in schools.

Level 5 core modules:
- Issues in Education.
- Professional Practice in Schools.
- Understanding Classrooms.

Optional modules may include:
- Environment and Education.
- Education Inequalities and Social Justice.
- Literacy Learning in a Multi-media World.
- Supporting Learners with Additional Needs.
* Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year two - equipped with your development from the first year of study, you’ll consider more deeply the current issues in education, such as pedagogy, pupil voice, special needs, assessment and classroom organisation. You’ll undertake a second eight days of primary school placement, this time with a focus on developing your professionalism.

Level 6 core modules:
- Teaching and Professionalism.
- Education Dissertation Part 1.
- Education Dissertation Part 2.

Optional modules may include:
- Childhood, Reading and Children’s Literature.
- Health and Wellbeing in Education.
- Culture Creativity and Society, Perspectives in Arts Education.
- Social and Education Inclusion.
* Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three - this is professional placement year.

Final Year - this year, the Teaching and Professionalism module prepares you for the PGCE. In addition, you will be able to carry out original research and pursue your own interests in an area of your choice and use your creativity and the skills you've gained so far to develop a classroom resource to address it. You'll also have opportunities to engage with PGCE staff and students; this eases your transition into initial teacher training.

Assessment methods

Coursework is designed to allow for creativity and innovation, alongside developing strong academic skills. There are no exams, and there are opportunities to complete a range of assignment formats including essays, group presentations, research-based reports, portfolio-based work and educational resource design. We’ll provide you with prompt feedback and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

School of Education

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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.

64%
low
Education studies

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

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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
88%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
41%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

Academic studies in 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.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
48%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Childcare and related personal services
28%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

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.

£14k

£14k

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

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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