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Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status BA(Hons): Course features

What this course offers you

  • This is a relevant, thought-provoking and enjoyable course provided in partnership with schools.
  • You gain specialist subject expertise along with training in all core areas of the primary curriculum (see further down the page for more details).
  • Stimulating fieldwork is included in many subject specialisms (see further down the page for more details).
  • Professional accreditation is awarded alongside an academic qualification.
  • Personal tutors and a strong educational support system ensure you can get all the help you need to reach your full potential.
  • Our many contacts with schools provide ample placement opportunities.
  • Language tuition and the opportunity to go on an international exchange are available.
  • You will enjoy excellent resources and location.
  • The School of Education at Kingston University is consistently rated among the top education departments in the country by the Guardian UK University league tables.
  • We design our courses in collaboration with local authorities, schools, colleges and other educational organisations. This ensures you will keep up to date with the latest developments and initiatives.

Subject specialisms

Each specialism involves two strands.

  • The first strand builds your academic knowledge of your specialism within primary schools, developing skills and techniques to enthuse children. 
  • The second looks at the role of your specialism. You'll be well prepared to become a teacher and potentially subject leader in your chosen field. The subject specialism takes approximately a fifth of your total degree study time.

English

You study a range of contemporary and classic adult and children's literature in this course. You look at how to use 'literacies', including tele-literacy, multimedia texts and drama. You examine how children acquire language and literacy and explore key theories of language in education.

You also analyse your own skill as a writer and relate this to the teaching of writing. You have the chance to develop your story-telling skills, drawing upon oral culture and personal anecdote. You then investigate how this skill can enhance pupil attainment in imaginative and exciting ways.

Maths

Mathematics that often engages children is within real and imagined worlds, practical, fun, useful and has a purpose. This is the Mathematics that engages all children and supports positive attitudes towards the subject. Teachers are fundamental to the view of this essential subject.
The three year Mathematics Specialism at Kingston University aims to achieve this through the following:

  • Developing real-life problem solving in the real and imagined world.
  • Using a range of pedagogical approaches to make Mathematics engaging and exciting.
  • Use field trips to further support Mathematics in the real world.
  • Explore the origins of Mathematics through History and make this accessible to young children.
  • Prepare you for a future role as a Mathematics Coordinator/Subject Leader.
  • Draw on outside expertise from Teachers/Leaders working with Mathematics in schools.
  • Allow you to use and apply ideas in your school experience.
  • Develop the Mathematics further into KS3 & 4 to give a strong sense of progression from the Foundation Stage to the Secondary Stage.
  • A course that responds to current changes in the Curriculum and reflects the growing demands on Mathematics.

Science

The course covers physics, chemistry and biology, plus how to manage the curriculum. You consider effective teaching approaches and engage in a variety of techniques to develop your confidence. These include:

  • practical sessions;
  • presentations;
  • group discussions;
  • examination of children's work; and
  • directed self-study.

Visits and fieldwork are also an important part of the course. They aim to deepen your understanding of and interest in science by providing a stimulating context for study.

Science also contributes to wider aspects of the curriculum, such as citizenship and environmental education. So you will develop an interactive teaching approach that links in to the wider themes characterising primary education.

Fieldtrips

Most specialist subjects involve a number of trips and excursions. These deepen your understanding and enhance what is being taught. They also help you develop the skills you need to organise school outings.

English

Theatre visits play a part in your study of classic and contemporary adult and children's literature.

Maths

The themes of real life contexts and historical origins of Mathematics are strong elements of the 2014 National Curriculum. Maths in the real world starts in Year 1, connecting Mathematics with environments such as a supermarket and St. Paul's Cathedral. Financial education is also developed through a Bank of England trip.

In year two this continues with how Mathematics is used to put on a theatre production at the National Theatre and the historical is also a focus at The British Museum.

Science

The Science specialism includes daytrips to local amenities such as Kew Gardens and the Science Museum.  As well as discovering more about your specialist subject, you will think about how to organise a school trip to the location and engage a class in the topic.

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