BA in Primary Education leading to Qualified Teacher Status
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
GBP 9,250 / per year **
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* only for home students. We will continue to accept applications from international students after the 25th of January
** UK students: £9,250 per year | international: £15,800 for the first year
Why choose this course?
Few careers are as rewarding, or as important, as teaching. Choosing to study at Kingston will give your career the best possible start.
This course has been designed to reflect four key areas of a teacher's professional responsibilities – professional practice, core subject curriculum and pedagogy, child development and inclusive practice, and foundation subject curriculum and pedagogy.
You will study a wide range of topics including pedagogy (the art of teaching), theories of learning and child development, safeguarding and how to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). You will cover the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum, including English, mathematics, science, art and physical education.
Utilising different environments (inside and outside) is a feature of the course, as you will learn how sensory and physical experiences can generate opportunities for enhancing learning for pupils. You will also explore ways to use digital technology to engage your pupils and assist with teaching, learning and assessment.
On this course, you'll spend at least 120 days in school, developing your teaching skills with support from expert colleagues and you'll gain Qualified Teacher Status. Your professional practice will give you the experience of teaching children from different backgrounds in a variety of settings. In addition to school placements, you will have an enhancement experience working with children in a different education context, at the end of Year 1 and Year 2. These are known as ‘Beyond the Classroom' experiences. You will spend at least 10 days working in a chosen area of interest such as museum education, arts education, theatre education, sports and/or recreational activities.
Reasons to choose Kingston University
- Kingston is No.2 in the UK for education (Guardian league tables 2022)
- Kingston has been training teachers for over 100 years.
- In addition to your placements in schools, you will have a "Beyond the Classroom" experience in an alternative learning environment such as museum education, arts education, theatre education, sports or recreational activities.
What you will study
You will experience a range and variety of teaching and learning strategies that are demonstrated by expert colleagues within the programme and that mirror approaches within primary teaching and learning that they will encounter in professional practice.
Your induction will include specific activities that relate to the preparation required before you go into schools and covers aspects of the practice such as professionalism, safeguarding, social media for teachers and an introduction to behaviour management. These are all framed by reference to the Core Curriculum Framework (2019) and Teachers' Standards (DfE, 2011), so you will understand core professional expectations.
The programme provides a strong emphasis on the core subject areas of mathematics, science and English, including the teaching of early reading, systematic synthetic phonics and grammar. This closely mirrors practice in primary schools, together with a more holistic approach to the curriculum, focusing on innovative and creative approaches to teaching and learning with an emphasis on cross-curricular links with the National Curriculum foundation subjects such as physical education, history, geography and art.
You will also experience and develop your knowledge of the appropriate selection and use of digital technologies to promote pupils' interests and engagement within and beyond the curriculum.
All teaching and learning activities are designed to support student development in the five core areas of the Core Content Framework (CCF) in order for trainees to make good progress and be able to meet the Teachers' Standards at the end of their training.
- Core Curriculum and Pedagogy 1
- Child Development and Inclusive Practice 1
- Foundation Curriculum and Pedagogy 1
- Professional Practice 1
- Core Curriculum and Pedagogy 2
- Child Development and Inclusive Practice 2
- Foundation Curriculum and Pedagogy 2
- Professional Practice 2
- Core Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
- Child Development and Inclusive Practice 3
- Foundation Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
- Professional Practice 3
Optional modules only run if there is enough demand. If we have an insufficient number of students interested in an optional module, that module will not be offered for this course.
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After you graduate
Our graduates have become subject leaders, deputy heads, headteachers, members of advisory and inspection teams, and even tutors here at Kingston University.
Links with business and industry
We work in partnership with a wide range of schools. This means that you will have the opportunity to experience diverse settings over your three years. These experiences will help you to make more informed choices when you start applying for your first teaching post.
We also work with colleagues from schools, local authorities and other educational fields to develop our course. We create opportunities across the three years for guest speakers to give talks and share their expertise directly with you. These lectures mean you can find out about how things are being done in schools. They also provide insight into educational leadership roles, to help you enhance your career beyond your first year of teaching.