BA (Hons)

Primary Education (Accelerated Degree)

Teaching & Learning

Develop a thorough theoretical and practical understanding of the development of children in the 3-11 age range, including knowledge of the Primary National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

What you'll learn

Discuss, investigate and research key educational issues through the study of language, learning and development. You will examine three strands: thinking, language and meaning; social, cultural and emotional factors in learning development; and learning environments: space, place and education.
Gain an understanding of the evolution of the primary curriculum in England, exploring the programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 as well as the current Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
Explore and develop your understanding of key theories involved in learning and teaching. You will examine, analyse and reflect upon these ideas within educational settings and consider the role of observation, resources and assessment in promoting engagement in teaching and learning.
You will be introduced to a range of approaches to research methodology and an understanding of the ethical considerations related to research. This will give you an excellent grounding for your dissertation in year three.
Observe and engage with teaching practices used in primary schools. Supported by a University tutor, you will examine and reflect upon primary practice, including the role of questioning, supporting behaviour for learning and the teaching planning and assessment cycle.
Raise your awareness of educational thinkers and how they have influenced thinking about education. Using a historical lens and a range of perspectives, you will examine the evolution of thinking about the nature and purpose of education.
Gain an insight into personal, academic and career development opportunities.
Examine the development and understanding of identity in education. You will develop knowledge of how identity can be used to understand progression in children's learning and wellbeing.
Drawing on sociology, politics and policy analyses, you will examine how gender, social class, poverty and race impact upon the achievement and progression of children and young people through systems of education.
Building on your previous experience from Professional Experience 1, you will undertake a placement in a wider educational setting. Being placed in organisations, settings and agencies that provide a specialist educational service, you will deepen your knowledge of pedagogy and have further opportunity to make links between theory and practice.
Explore how social, political and economic factors affect policy implementation in practice. You will understand the development of the provision of education; the place of education in national and local political life; and the successive ideologies that have underpinned education in England.
Discuss, investigate and research key educational issues through the study of language, learning and development. You will examine three strands: thinking, language and meaning; social, cultural and emotional factors in learning development; and learning environments: space, place and education.
Gain an understanding of the evolution of the primary curriculum in England, exploring the programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 as well as the current Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
Explore and develop your understanding of key theories involved in learning and teaching. You will examine, analyse and reflect upon these ideas within educational settings and consider the role of observation, resources and assessment in promoting engagement in teaching and learning.
You will be introduced to a range of approaches to research methodology and an understanding of the ethical considerations related to research. This will give you an excellent grounding for your dissertation in year three.
Observe and engage with teaching practices used in primary schools. Supported by a University tutor, you will examine and reflect upon primary practice, including the role of questioning, supporting behaviour for learning and the teaching planning and assessment cycle.
Raise your awareness of educational thinkers and how they have influenced thinking about education. Using a historical lens and a range of perspectives, you will examine the evolution of thinking about the nature and purpose of education.
Gain an insight into personal, academic and career development opportunities.
Examine the development and understanding of identity in education. You will develop knowledge of how identity can be used to understand progression in children's learning and wellbeing.
Drawing on sociology, politics and policy analyses, you will examine how gender, social class, poverty and race impact upon the achievement and progression of children and young people through systems of education.
Building on your previous experience from Professional Experience 1, you will undertake a placement in a wider educational setting. Being placed in organisations, settings and agencies that provide a specialist educational service, you will deepen your knowledge of pedagogy and have further opportunity to make links between theory and practice.
Explore how social, political and economic factors affect policy implementation in practice. You will understand the development of the provision of education; the place of education in national and local political life; and the successive ideologies that have underpinned education in England.

What you'll learn

Enhance your knowledge of the arts by exploring the role creative practitioners and cultural organisations can contribute to the creative learning process.
Explore and experience a range of curriculum models through a combined theoretical and field-based approach.
Develop your understanding of the economic, political, social and environmental factors that affect educational experiences and systems throughout the world.
Examine and critically evaluate the theory and practice of technology which is used to enhance children's learning in the 21st Century.
Design and conduct a literature review and present an account of the project in the form of a dissertation.
Enhance your knowledge of the arts by exploring the role creative practitioners and cultural organisations can contribute to the creative learning process.
Explore and experience a range of curriculum models through a combined theoretical and field-based approach.
Develop your understanding of the economic, political, social and environmental factors that affect educational experiences and systems throughout the world.
Examine and critically evaluate the theory and practice of technology which is used to enhance children's learning in the 21st Century.
Design and conduct a literature review and present an account of the project in the form of a dissertation.