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Teacher Education: Primary Education (5-11) or Early Years - Primary Education (3-7)
BA (Hons) with Qualified Teacher Status
At the heart of these two degrees is a vision of the teacher as a skilled professional, ready to enter the profession with confidence and equipped to make a significant contribution to the education of children now and into the future.
At the University of Chester we are committed to developing excellent teachers, and our three-year BA (Hons) Primary Education (5-11) with QTS and BA Early Years - Primary Education (3-7) with QTS degrees qualify you fully for this demanding but exciting role.
These degree programmes will enable you to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across a minimum of two consecutive age-phases*.
*age-phases (3-5, 5-7, 7-9 and 9-11 years)
Our three-year BA QTS degrees offer you:
These degree courses are defined by the:
The range of placement opportunities and the coverage across the curriculum enables you to become a better teacher and makes you more attractive to employers.
Each year contains a substantial period of working in schools and settings. The responsibility for your training rests on a strong and effective partnership between us and schools/settings with each having their part to play. From the rich diversity of schools and settings within our partnership we offer you a variety of professional placements across a minimum of two age-phases with enhancements to extend experience of working with children outside of the focus age group.
Reflecting on your teaching and children’s learning is a key feature and will be supported by your study of the theory of education and how it relates to your professional role as a teacher. You will address key issues such as planning for and assessing children’s learning, developing professional relationships with colleagues and parents/carers, managing behaviour in a positive way, and much more. As befits an honours degree, you will learn to reflect critically on the educational issues of the day and make reasoned and justified decisions in your everyday practice.
These modules will equip you to teach essential aspects such as early reading and mathematics and also will address the much wider primary/EYFS curriculum as appropriate for the age-phases you are training to teach.
Students will be given the opportunity to focus in more depth on an area of special interest related to primary education/EYFS provision. In Year 3, a substantial research project will be undertaken in this area allowing students to demonstrate in-depth understanding to schools/settings when applying for teaching posts.
Each module of university or school-based study is assessed.
Our approach is one of continuous assessment which includes essays, reflections, folios of work, presentations and observations of your teaching and professional practice in schools and settings. Thorough feedback is provided on all assessments to enable you to better your performance.
The subject knowledge you require for primary teaching is audited and you would be guided and supported towards further development at your own level. It is anticipated that to give students the best start on the programmes they will enter them with a good level of English and mathematics competency and have broad coverage across a number of curriculum areas.
Work in schools and settings is assessed against the government's requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This assessment is undertaken by university and school based mentors working in partnership. You will receive regular, detailed feedback on your work with children and will be provided with targets to guide you towards meeting the Teachers' Standards.
Successful completion of the degree allows the University to recommend you for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
As this is a vocational degree, the vast majority of our graduates enter one of the following roles:
Longer-term career progression may be through a specialist curriculum or pastoral role, or by moving into management.
Geographical mobility can improve prospects.
Teachers may become coordinators of their specialist subject or a cross-curricular area, for example:
The degree of BA QTS carries the same status as any other honours degree and may therefore be used as an entry qualification to other careers requiring this level of certification.
These careers are not necessarily limited to
those relating directly to education, but could include:
You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:
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300 UCAS points from GCE A Levels, or equivalent.
GCE A Level:
|Typical offer BBC - BBB|
BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma: merit/distinction profile - Typical offer DDM
B in 4 subjects
Access to HE Diploma to include 15 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit
OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit/distinction profile
Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.
All candidates must have GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Maths and Science (Grade Bs preferred).
All successful candidates who receive an offer of a place for this course and choose the University of Chester as their Firm choice will be required to apply for a certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) . The DBS Disclosure process provides institutions with information about the suitability of those seeking to work/train in positions of trust. A completed Declaration of Health form will also be required from successful applicants
UCAS applications for our BA QTS degrees are carefully screened by a team of experienced Admissions Tutors. From this a number of candidates will be asked to complete additional documentation outlining explicitly their school and related experiences.
After this process, selected applicants are invited to interview.
In order to begin study on one of the BA QTS degrees, you must meet the basic entry qualifications for entry to Initial Teacher Training (GCSEs, UCAS points and so on. Please see guidance above for details.). Given that these fundamental entry requirements are met, Admissions Tutors will make a judgement about your overall profile for entry into primary teaching. In essence, in making the decision to invite you to interview, they will look for evidence of:
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In addition, Admissions Tutors will also take into consideration other ‘desirable' characteristics:
Please remember that at the University of Chester we are committed to developing you into an excellent teacher. Do make sure that your commitment and enthusiasm to become an excellent teacher are clear in your application.
Getting my current job would not have been possible without getting my degree and the help I received whilst studying.”
University of Chester GraduateJennifer Povall
The lectures at Chester were personal and I felt as if the tutor was actually teaching me and the other students!”
University of Chester GraduateEllen Thomas