What you'll study
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
First year modules
The first year of the BA Honours course provides a strong focus on the core subjects of the curriculum. Working in small groups, you are introduced to innovative classroom practice supported by experienced specialist staff. In addition you are able to choose a subject specialism which you follow throughout the programme.
Explore how children learn to read and write, using a range of resources and techniques to apply theory and guidance to practice.
Develop your understanding of core aspects of the primary maths curriculum. You'll explore engaging methods for teaching children in a manner that reflects how children learn.
Develop your science subject knowledge and learn some pedagogical strategies to teach science in the primary classroom effectively.
Teaching and Learning in the Primary School 1
Understand approaches to support teaching of the National Curriculum. On your school placement you'll teach a class for up to 50% of the timetable.
The Early Years Foundations for Learning
Trainees explore education in the foundation years, developing an awareness of children as they begin their educational journey, as well as how early childhood education prepares children for lifelong learning.
Learning in the Outdoor Classroom
Explore how children can learn in environments outside of the classroom. You'll gain insights into planning learning opportunities and be able to link with local attractions.
The North Face: A Literary Landscape
Examine literary texts from northern England for use with older primary school pupils and explore the key historical and cultural factors that impacted on their production.
Creative Maths 1
You'll develop your own knowledge as well as an understanding of how and when to incorporate problem solving and algebraic reasoning into your teaching.
Second year modules
Year 2 Placement
Trainees complete an 8 week placement in a primary classroom, developing teaching practice. Trainees are assessed against the Teaching Standards.
The Core Curriculum
Discover key skills in the teaching and learning of English, maths and science. Study the importance and impact of questioning, inclusion, phonics, problem solving and investigating.
Teaching and Learning in the Primary School 2
Examine the educational needs of different groups of children and learn how to promote an inclusive learning environment. This module will also prepare you for further school experience.
Foundation Subjects in the National Curriculum and Religious Education 1
Learn about teaching and learning strategies in the foundation subjects with a particular emphasis on medium term planning.
Foundation Subjects in the National Curriculum and Religious Education 2
Explore the range of teaching and learning strategies in the foundation subjects. Particular emphasis is placed on critical engagement with issues relating to planning.
Encouraging Wider Reading: Children's Literature
A critical engagement with a range of children's literature from the medieval through to the contemporary. You'll consider how these texts can be shared with primary-aged children.
Creative Maths 2
Explore the teaching of rational numbers and proportional reasoning, with a focus on how to plan for mathematical discussions that will help you respond to children's thinking.
Science Through Technological Understanding
Explore the relationship between science and technology, and the implications for primary school classrooms.
Theories of How Children Learn
Evaluate theories of learning and development, linking theory with practice in the classroom. Consider the impact and the implications for teaching and children's outcomes.
Final year modules
Year 3 Placement
Trainees complete a 9 week placement in a primary classroom, developing teaching practice. Trainees are assessed against the Teaching Standards.
School Based Research Project: Driving Improvement
Learn how to conduct educational research. Discover how to undertake a conceptual review, use different research methods and analyse findings.
Teaching and Learning in the Primary School 3
In your final school placement, put your knowledge into practice. You'll have the opportunity to consider ways to support children learning English as an additional language.
Creating the Curriculum
Explore different approaches to the creating of the curriculum. You'll consider the integration of core subjects and investigate how a curriculum is designed.
Special Educational Needs
You will develop your understanding of a range of common disabilities and the provision of inclusive approaches for children with special educational needs.
Are You Sure? Proof in Maths
Explore a mathematical topic that interests you in order to develop your content and pedagogical knowledge. Examine big ideas of mathematics and methods of proof that support them.
Study sustainability issues using collaborative and problem-based pedagogies. You'll work with a primary school on a project, helping them meet a sustainability target.
Cybertexts: 21st Century Literacy
Experience, debate and reflect upon the extent to which literacy practices are being transformed, along with the implications for language and literacy education.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.