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Passionate about education? What children learn and how they are taught affects their experience. Our full-time Primary Education Studies degree course in Cambridge or Chelmsford explores fascinating ideas and core educational theories. Study key topics such as behaviour management and the curriculum. Prepare to be a teacher or explore a range of careers in education you may not have been aware of. You’re in charge.
Our BA (Hons) in Primary Education Studies course is the first step towards a rewarding career in education, and possibly becoming a primary school teacher. With a balance of theory and reflection on current practice, you’ll graduate with a thorough understanding of education history, policy and current professional practice in the primary school classroom in areas such as developing children’s mathematical and literacy skills, the wider curriculum subjects, lesson planning, and classroom management.
Our course is designed for those looking for a career working with or for children of primary school age and/or their families. The key focus is on children of primary school age and includes educational, health, welfare, psychological, sociological, legal, philosophical, political and economic perspectives.
You will gain the knowledge and understanding you need to prepare lessons, manage classroom behaviour and teach literacy and numeracy. You will have opportunities to observe teaching practice in local schools and on completion of the course you will be ideally placed to gain a place on a postgraduate teacher training course.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our course offers entry onto postgraduate initial teacher training, as well as a range of other careers in education, social care and health. Career options include family support; social work; nursing and related disciplines; early years settings; international, national and regional aid work with children and their families; and postgraduate study and research.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Key Paradigms 1: History and Philosophy of Primary Education
Perspectives on the Child 1: Childhood as a Construct Physical and Social Development of Children
Primary Pedagogy 1: The Curriculum and Primary Teaching, Research Foundations
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 1: Early Language, Reading and Writing and Early Mathematical Concepts
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 1: Science and Technology 1
Year two, core modules
Key Paradigms 2: Sociology and Politics
Primary Pedagogy 2: Creativity, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 2: Science and Technology 2
Perspectives on the Child 2: The Family School and Community
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 2: English and Mathematics 2
Year three, core modules
Perspectives on the Child 3: Inclusion, SEND and Developmental Difficulties
Primary 3: Contemporary Issues in Education, Specialist Focus Project
Key Paradigms 3: International and global perspectives in Education
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 3: Key Skills for Primary Teaching
Subject Knowledge for Teaching 3: The Wider Curriculum
Assessments on our course include the following activities:
- Poster presentation
- Group presentation
- Reflective log or commentary
- Specialist Focus Project (dissertation by literature review)
There are also opportunities for informal (formative assessment) to give you the necessary support and opportunities to be an active learner and to make contributions to our learning community in lectures, seminars or online groups. Your tutors will monitor individual, group and cohort learning in order to personalise teaching approaches so that you learn in the way that is most suited to you.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.