Newman University Primary Education

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Newman University Primary Education

Newman University Primary Education

Primary Education (with recommendation for QTS) – 3 Year and 4 Year Routes BA (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time / 4 years full-time



Why study Primary Education (age 5-11)?

During your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course you will undertake a range of modules which will equip you to become an effective and creative teacher, and enable you to achieve the Professional Standards required for qualified teacher status (QTS). The programme includes opportunities to broaden your knowledge, understanding, skills and experience, and explore in greater detail areas of particular interest, through a range of modules and placements.

“Lecturers are friendly and available, and the course content has been designed to be directly relevant to what we will experience in schools when we are out on placement.”  Katie Thomas – Primary Education with English student

In the second year you will have the opportunity to change routes to a four year programme or to continue on the three year route.  Within the four year route there are opportunities through modules to study abroad and to gain masters level credits you will also explore your enhancement subject at greater depth.

Specialist Enhancement Modules

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to study an enhancement module which will allow you to develop your interests in a particular area.  This additional knowledge will prepare you for leadership roles in these areas as early career development.  Subject areas for the Enhancement strand in 2016/7 include PE, Theology, Mathematics, English and Access, Inclusion and SEND.

Specialist Enhancement Modules in English

The English enhancement will develop your understanding of how English can be taught creatively and effectively in schools. You will have the opportunity to work with experienced and enthusiastic practitioners who will lead you through the developments in the English curriculum and look at a range of approaches to planning and teaching English. We will explore children’s literature and poetry developing your subject knowledge and supporting you to become an effective teacher who can enthuse your pupils and promote a passion for language.

Specialist Enhancement Modules in Primary Mathematics

These modules will provide you with the opportunity to extend and enhance your knowledge and understanding of mathematics education. You will critically engage with contemporary, creative and innovative practice,  evaluating a variety of approaches  in relation to the teaching and learning of mathematics in the classroom and across the primary age range 3- 11years. You will have the opportunity to study certain important themes in greater depth; for example mathematics mastery, dialogic teaching, problem-solving, and the use of real and relevant mathematical contexts.

Specialist Enhancement Modules in PE

The primary physical education enhancement aims to support you in becoming a subject specialist through the development of both pedagogical subject knowledge and leadership skills.  The course content will include both practical and theory sessions and will cover a range of pertinent issues such as: planning and assessment; teaching styles; health and safety; outdoor learning; child development; fundamental movement skills; and research informed teaching. In the second year of study, there will be an opportunity to visit an outdoor education centre.

Specialist Enhancement Modules in Theology

Through developing an understanding of the major faiths and cultures of contemporary Britain you will be well prepared to deliver effective religious education lessons as well as empathising with the belief systems of the children you teach. In year one the focus is on Christianity to reflect the emphasis of the National Curriculum. In year two you will study the six major faiths represented in the UK and consider some of the issues in RE such as assessing pupils’ spiritual development. The third year will include examination of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (including citizenship and circle time) and provides you with an opportunity to study an area of RE in great depth.

Specialist Enhancement Modules ‘Access, Inclusion and SEND’

For this enhancement strand, we will explore and critique the concept of inclusion, using legislative and other frameworks. A range of special educational needs and disabilities will be considered, as well as the inclusion of a number of vulnerable groups. Opportunities for visits to special schools will be provided. Support strategies for a range of pupils with SEND will be identified, and there will be opportunities to follow your own interests in this area. Engagement with the module content should prepare you to support a range of pupils in both mainstream and special education.

You will need to make your choice before you enrol using the enhancement form found on the website. To support the quality of the students experience, minimum and maximum group sizes will be established for each strand within each cohort.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations, role play, seminars and practical sessions. Where appropriate there will also be educational visits to galleries and places of worship, field work and residentials. Assessment is varied and could include a mixture of coursework, practical outcomes, presentations, reports, observed teaching and written examinations.

Undergraduate 4 Year Programme

The three year course at Newman has the facility to extend the length of the degree by a year. This offers students the opportunities to further develop their experiences and to study for Masters level credits. The focus on the extra year is to prepare students to become future school leaders. Within the four year programme there is the opportunity for students to work in a variety of education settings at home or overseas.

Special Feature – international opportunity

As part of your course you may be able to undertake a field visit overseas to The Gambia in West Africa. For many years, Newman University has developed and built strong partnerships with a number of schools in The Gambia. This field visit provides opportunities to explore the Global Dimensions of education from a variety of perspectives. Based on the field visit of 2017, the costs of flights, coach transfer and accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis totalled £755. In the event of being able to take part in this adventure you will need to seek medical advice from your GP or Health Care Professional as inoculations may be needed which may incur a cost. All costs are subject to change and the example given is based on 2017. Additional funds are required for personal subsistence in country, for example to purchase an evening meal. Estimated costs for 2018 are expected to be in the region of £780 per person though this is subject to change. A non refundable deposit of £350 is required to secure a place subject to the field visit taking place.

In an ever changing global workplace, there are many benefits to experiencing another country. Here are just a few:
•  Stand out from the crowd – having international experience on your CV will help you stand out from the competition.
•  Life skills – while experiencing overseas fieldwork you will gain skills that can’t be taught in the classroom.
•  Gain an international perspective – discover a different culture and way of life.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.





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