Primary Education with QTS with Foundation Year – BA (Hons) *
Attendance Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
If you have a passion for inspiring and educating young learners, and want the best possible career opportunities after graduating, then this is the course for you. This exciting programme provides you with a variety of opportunities to explore your interests and develop core skills and experience in Primary and Early Years teaching with an extra foundation year.
Tailor your Society, Childhood and Education Degree
When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Education and Social Work. These include:
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
- BA (Hons) Education Studies
- BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
- BSc (Hons) Social Work
- BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families
Why choose a foundation year course?
By studying a foundation year in either Society, Childhood and Education, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.
You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc or BA degree.
So although you are studying a BA or BSc in a specific course –BA Primary Education with QTS – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.
This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category – Society, Childhood and Education, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
Please note: entry requirements for degree course
Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.
What’s covered in the course?
Our course offers you the chance to gain the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as a degree, helping you walk into your dream job immediately after graduating.
This course allows you to specialise in age phases 3-7 or 5-11, qualifying you to teach in primary schools and early years settings and gives you the opportunity to work in a Special Educational Needs School.
As the top university in the West Midlands to provide education training, you will have access to local schools where you can carry out placements and develop your practical experience right from the start of the course. We believe that getting our students working in schools with experienced teachers and children is key to developing committed, creative and confident teachers who will have existing relationships to benefit from when seeking employment after graduation.
Our course is underpinned by a commitment to the well-being and achievement of all of our students in a supportive and nurturing environment. The learning is led by highly experienced tutors who facilitate a wide range of practical experience and taught sessions to engage you in reflective and critical evaluation of research, policy and practice. You will be well supported during the course in your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher.
Why Choose Us?
- We have many partnerships in the West Midlands, which means that you can benefit from training in local schools and early years settings
- High employability rate – 98% of our students are in work after six months of finishing this course (Unistats 2016*) and we provide excellent support in making sure you find the right teaching job for you
- Practical hands-on experience in schools right from the start of your programme
- Study at our brand new £41 million City South Campus where you will be from September 2018
- We have a number of international links (Spain, France and Germany) to enable you to experience primary education in another country, enhancing your employability skills