The specialised awards in Education Studies are ideal if you intend to qualify as a primary school teacher. They are known as ‘3+1’ courses: a three year honours degree followed by one year of teacher training (PGCE Primary and Early Years).
Three single honours awards are available:
Education (Primary Teaching Pathway) (UCAS Code: X301)
Early Years Education (Primary Teaching Pathway) (UCAS Code: X311)
International Education (Primary Teaching Pathway) (UCAS Code: X390)
It is also possible to combine Education with another subject in our modular programme to achieve a joint honours degree:
Education (Primary Teaching Pathway): Combined Awards (see table below for UCAS Codes)
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
280–320 UCAS Tariff points
GCSE or equivalent Grade C or above in English language, mathematics and science.
There is no interview for admission to the 3+1, but your personal statement must indicate clearly at least two weeks of recent experience of observing or working in a primary school. In your personal statement you need to write about this experience and discuss what you have learned from it, and also discuss why you are applying for a degree in Education Studies. Ensure you apply using the relevant code for the specialised award, rather than the non-specialised three-year option.
Please be aware that you will be required to complete a new Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Application through Bath Spa University as part of the admissions process for this course.
Modules in each year provide opportunities for you to work in schools. We have an excellent partnership with schools and early years settings, where you can develop your understanding of the nature of teaching and learning.
In Year 1, core modules introduce key concepts and skills that underpin the subject. In addition there are modules that enable you to explore your interests in, for example: learning through life, early years education, adolescence, primary schools and education in Europe.
In Years 2 and 3 you will consider more deeply the current issues in education. In Year 2 you will undertake an assessed placement in a primary school researching an aspect of teaching and learning. The many optional modules will allow you to think critically about teaching, diversity, inclusion and educational policy and to explore global and international perspectives in education. There are opportunities to carry out original research and pursue your own interests in these areas.
After graduating from the three-year degree you take a place on our one-year primary or early years PGCE training course which enables you to gain qualified teacher status. This place is available to you if you graduate with a good honours degree and successfully complete all compulsory course requirements.
Sample modules include:
Year 1: Education for Change, Introduction to Primary Schools
Year 2: Issues in Education Studies, Understanding Classrooms
Year 3: Teaching and Professionalism
Students on these Specialised Awards all intend to enter the teaching profession – these are three-year degrees with an option to continue onto the Primary or Early Years PGCE course, subject to meeting course requirements. These will require you to demonstrate your suitability for teaching on a compulsory school placement, to successfully complete the QTS Skills tests and pass designated compulsory modules during your undergraduate programme of study. The Bath Spa University PGCE is one of the best in the country, rated by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’
There is also flexibility to opt out of the fourth year, for example you may wish to pursue a career in secondary teaching and apply instead for the relevant PGCE at Bath Spa.
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