BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
- UCAS CodeX123
- Year of entry 2022
- Duration 3 YRS (FT)
- UCAS Tariff 96-104
- Institution Code S64
- Location Wrexham
in schools is an integral part of the course, undertaking placements in both Wales and England.
3rd in Wales
for teaching quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*
knowledge and understanding of national curricula from both Wales and England.
Why choose this course?
Combining St Mary's, Twickenham's 'Outstanding' OFSTED rated teacher training courses with Wrexham Glyndwr University's long history of teacher training and local school links and expertise, this Primary Education degree will allow you to gain all the skills and knowledge needed to teach in primary schools.
- learn how to educate and inspire future generations
- gain the perfect foundation for future pathways such as educational leadership.
- gain an in-depth knowledge of primary education with three years to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills needed to be an outstanding teacher.
- spend a minimum of six weeks in school each year where you progress from teaching small groups to whole classes.
- Complete placements in schools that are organised by the programme team to ensure that you receive the appropriate level of support.
- Receive support from a passionate and caring team of experienced tutors who strive for excellence in the theory and practice of teaching.
- *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 3rd in Wales for teaching quality in the Education subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
Key course features
- St Mary’s have franchised this successful programme to enable students to study at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in North East Wales.
- St Mary's Primary Initial Teacher Education courses are judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ - the highest grade attainable in an Ofsted inspection.
- Lectures by experienced, expert practitioners.
- Enrichment opportunities available e.g. certification of SAK4A (Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All).
- Choice within subjects in the second year, allowing you to showcase your talents and follow your particular interests.
- *This course is part of a subject area rated 3rd in Wales for teaching quality in the Education subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
What you will study
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)
- School Experience 1 CORE This is for three days a week for four weeks full-time early in the year so you can contextualise what you are learning at university. You are given the opportunity to observe good classroom practice and are supported by your class teachers in the preparation of teaching activities to meet the needs of all children. Later in the year, an enhancement placement allows you to spend time in Key Stage 1 and explore early literacy and mathematics in depth.
- Professional Studies 1: Teaching and Learning CORE The module unites university work with time spent in school ensuring you understand the links between theory and practice. It focuses on the ways children develop and learn effectively. It considers the roles and responsibilities of a teacher, key learning theories and some of the major educational thinkers. You explore the cycle of planning, teaching and evaluating and the importance of creating a stimulating and safe learning environment for the children in your care.
- Core English 1 CORE The module explores children's literature, how children learn to read, phonics and reading routines in schools. You examine how children learn to write. You are taught how to plan effective English lessons and to understand strategies to develop reading for pleasure and a positive literacy environment in schools.
- Core Mathematics 1 CORE This module encourages you to develop positive attitudes to mathematics so you can teach it with confidence and enthusiasm. You explore the use of resources in the teaching and learning of key mathematical concepts number, shape and space. You learn how to plan interactive lessons and how to secure children's progress.
- English, Mathematics and Science Subject Knowledge Audits 1 CORE You develop your subject knowledge through directed tasks and self-directed study following a diagnostic audit. You collect evidence to demonstrate your developing knowledge. This continues throughout each year of study.
- Core Science 1 CORE You are encouraged to develop an enthusiasm and confidence to teach science. The module brings together subject knowledge and a developing pedagogical understanding to support children in their progression of conceptual knowledge and their ability to work scientifically. It looks at how scientific process skills and subject knowledge may be developed through effective questioning and enquiry-based learning.
- Core Physical Education 1 CORE You study how to structure, plan and teach a PE games lesson and about effective organisation and safety. Pupil management strategies and how to meet individual needs through differentiation are taught. You consider the unique contribution PE makes to children's social, creative and cognitive development and physical literacy
- Core Foreign Languages 1 CORE The module encourages you to develop a positive attitude to the teaching of languages and aims to demonstrate the potential benefits to the children of this subject. You participate in a range of activities in French and Spanish and explore practical ideas and appropriate resources for effective teaching and learning.
- The Broader Curriculum: Expression CORE The module aims to develop confidence in teaching and learning of the expressive subjects of art, drama and music. It aims to demonstrate the potential of the expressive arts as a tool for creative learning and teaching across the curriculum. You experiment with a range of media, processes and techniques, with an opportunity to explore each subject discretely with a specialist tutor.
- The Broader Curriculum: Communication CORE The module aims to develop confidence in teaching and learning in the History, RE and ICT. It demonstrates the potential of these subjects as vehicles for learning and teaching across the curriculum. You discover how cross curricular learning between these subjects can provide a rich source for developing concepts, attitudes and skills, bringing relevance and authenticity to learning in these contexts.
- The Broader Curriculum: Innovation CORE This module provides an introduction to the discrete skills, knowledge and understanding in geography, ICT and design and technology. A creative, problem-solving approach is a focus of the module and you explore a range of engaging contexts for learning.
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)
- School Experience 2 CORE This placement is for seven weeks full-time in the spring term. The placement develops your competencies and skills in teaching the primary curriculum using a variety of resources and teaching strategies. With support from your class teachers, you prepare lessons to meet the needs of all pupils, ensuring they are successful learners who make progress and achieve.
- Professional Studies 2: Valuing Learners as Individuals CORE The module focuses on inclusion. You gain knowledge of equality and inclusion policies, whilst improving your knowledge and skills for curriculum planning, delivery and evaluation using differentiated strategies.
- Core English 2 CORE There is a focus on grammar features examining how children are taught grammar and how they learn it and use it. The use of Standard English and the importance and value of non-standard dialects are explored. Spoken language, phonics, shared writing and strategies for the teaching of spelling, writing and reading are also studied.
- Core Mathematics 2 CORE This module focuses on problem solving and the role it plays in the development of mathematical thinking. You explore a variety of mathematical challenges and research theories that supports how children learn through practical engagement and collaboration.
- English, Mathematics and Science Subject Knowledge Audits 2 CORE You develop your subject knowledge through directed tasks and self-directed study following a diagnostic audit. You collect evidence to demonstrate your developing knowledge.
- Core Science 2 CORE You learn how to teach science effectively and how to ascertain progress of scientific skills and knowledge. The module consolidates your understanding of planning whole science lessons and the needs of different groups of learners including SEND in the context of science.
- Core Physical Education 2 CORE This module develops your confidence, competence and commitment to teaching high quality PE lessons with enthusiasm. Specific focus is given to recognising and meeting individual needs and you are introduced to teaching gymnastics and dance activities.
- Core Foreign Languages 2 CORE The module develops your understanding of best practice in modern foreign languages teaching (MFL) through practical examples. It aims to demonstrate the cross-curricular potential of MFL as a tool for teaching and learning across the curriculum.
- Cross Curricular Learning CORE The module introduces you to the value of using a cross curricular approach to provide meaningful contexts for learning. You work in small teams to develop a cross-curricular plan based on a current theme. You present your work at an exhibition that encourages debate and shared learning.
- Elective Module 1: The Classroom and Beyond CORE The module aims to develop your understanding of teaching and learning within a contemporary classroom. Through a range of focus subjects, a breadth of understanding of planning and delivery of learning in discrete and cross-curricular planning is developed. Experiences are planned to develop your skills as an effective classroom practitioner within a range of learning environments.
- Elective Module 2: Working Without Worksheets CORE The module focuses on developing creative and original approaches to teaching and learning, with the opportunity to critically evaluate pedagogy and theory related to a chosen subject area, as well as their contribution to the wider primary curriculum.
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)
- School Experience 3 CORE This placement is for eight weeks full-time in the final term. The placement consolidates your competencies and skills in teaching the primary curriculum and supports you in moving towards taking the responsibilities of a newly qualified teacher.
- Professional Studies 3: Promoting Progression CORE The module introduces you to a range of assessment strategies, including the statutory requirements of the English National Curriculum. You will understand the purposes of the different types of assessment and how formative assessment impacts on learning. The module equips you with a range of practical assessment strategies, including giving effective oral and written feedback and setting appropriate targets for learning.
- Core English 3 CORE You develop creative approaches to teaching fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and will develop your understanding of literacy difficulties, personalising learning, SEND and extending more able children. You learn how to assess children and progress their learning in English, examining tests, statistics and national trends.
- Core Mathematics 3 CORE This module focuses on the importance of using real, meaningful contexts and cross curricular links to make planning more purposeful and effective. You will collaborate to research and plan for progression in teaching and learning in a particular area of fractions or measurement. You use your research and experiences to develop a personal philosophy for teaching mathematics.
- English, Mathematics and Science Subject Knowledge Audits 3 CORE You consolidate your subject knowledge through directed tasks and self-directed study following a diagnostic audit. You collect evidence to demonstrate your subject knowledge.
- Core Science 3 CORE This module consolidates your ability to teach science effectively in the classroom. The module focuses on progression within medium term plans through assessment for learning. You plan for progression and continuity of a science concept within a medium term plan, integrating effective opportunities for assessment.
- Core Physical Education 3 CORE This module consolidates and develops the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at Levels 4 and 5. Specific consideration is given to the processes of assessment for learning to realise the maximum potential of pupils and you are introduced to teaching athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities.
- Core Foreign Languages 3 CORE The module develops further your understanding and knowledge of good practice in foreign language teaching. It focuses on the importance of cultural input and demonstrates how the teaching of languages can raise cultural awareness and help children appreciate diversity.
- Personal Research Project in Primary Education CORE The module establishes the importance of undertaking research, the purpose of research methodology and the benefits of writing a literature review. It gives an insight into the philosophy of education. You conduct a small-scale research through your chosen theme and in so doing you are able to bring together theory and practice in a way that enhances your understanding of teaching and learning. The module establishes the importance of teachers taking responsibility for deepening their understanding of teaching and learning thus improving what they do. The module provides a taster of and springboard for master's level work.
- Elective Module 3: Developing Subject Knowledge and Understanding in a Focus Subject CORE Students explore in greater depth the skills and methods required to teach a focus subject area effectively. They acquire a coherent and detailed knowledge and understanding of a focus subject and enhance their awareness of its potential to support the broader primary curriculum. The module provides opportunities for students to analyse and critically reflect on different approaches to teaching, learning and assessing within a focus subject through theoretical research and practical experiences.
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
Grade 4/C or equivalent in GCSE English, mathematics and science are required. SCSE equivalents are offered by St Mary’s University.
UCAS points: 96 - 104 A Levels BCC-CCC BTEC
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM-MMM
A satisfactory DBS and a successful completion of physical and mental fitness to teach.
Please apply to St Mary's University via UCAS for this course, Institution code: S64, Course code: X123, Campus code: G.
Teaching & Assessment
Teaching takes place in groups with a practical approach to learning. Tutors model good practice in the use of ICT and use lectures, seminars, and group activities to stimulate and encourage you to become reflective practitioners.
Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.
You will be assessed through essays, rationales, portfolios, lesson plans, presentations, resource innovation and one formal examination. School experience is assessed against the government’s standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.
Teaching and Assessment
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
Graduates are very successful in securing teaching appointments at the end of their studies. Many take up employment in one of our partner schools.
Students can continue with their studies on one of our Master’s degrees in Education.
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
St Mary's University tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9250 per year.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors.
You can see the full programme specification here.