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Clearing 2017 via Kingston University
Clearing 2017 via Kingston University

Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status BA(Hons): Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and assessment for this course

Your taught sessions will be a mix of seminars, lectures, practical workshops, field trips and work with pupils. Most of your sessions will be taught by university tutors but there may also be guest speakers, such as headteachers or subject leaders. We will encourage you to be active in your taught sessions so that you maximise your learning.

Your academic work will be assessed through coursework, such as essays, presentations and projects. Some of your assessments will be independent work; others will be group work with fellow students on your course. You will not be required to take any exams.

At the end of each school placement, your teaching will be assessed in relation to the Teachers' Standards (DfE, 2011). You will receive a report that summarises your practice and targets to support your development in your next placement.

"The staff are enthusiastic and know what they are teaching. They make you want to be involved. The staff are passionate about what they teach." (NSS, 2016)

"I can see how I have developed as a professional from my first year. You can have your own opinion on education, it is not forced upon you by the lecturers, and they encourage active debates within lectures so that we have an opportunity to explore our opinions." (NSS, 2016)

Contact hours for this course

The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30 credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (e.g. time spent with your core course team), placement hours and independent learning hours (including study, tutorials, clinical visits, skills practice, etc.)

Full details of modules and credit weighting can be found in the programme specification

Workload for this course

School Experience Placement

When you are on placement, you will need to be in school between 8am and 5pm every day. You will also need to do work outside of these hours, for example, planning and preparing lessons or marking.

Taught Course

You will have about 35 hours of taught sessions for each of your subjects each year. You will also need to do about 115 hours of independent study for each subject. This may be on preparing presentations, creating resources and doing required reading for sessions as well as on assignments.

Support

"The staff really know you personally, which is great. I have felt comfortable to talk to them around a range of problems... Kingston University is a very welcoming place which really seems to care about its students." (NSS, 2016)

You will have a personal tutor to support you throughout your time on the course. If you have a query or concern, they are your first contact. You will have regular meeting times scheduled in your timetable to discuss your academic progress but you can contact your tutor at any time. Your personal tutor can also direct you to wider University support services. When you are on placement, you will be supported by a member of school staff (your mentor) and by a university tutor.

Teaching, learning and assessment at Kingston University

Curriculum

Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.

Academic skills support

Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:

  • essay writing;
  • exam techniques;
  • presentation skills;
  • editing and web skills; and
  • research skills.

During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.

Assessment

Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence. 

Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.

When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.

Personal tutors

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.

Additional costs

The fees for your course cover costs required to complete set projects and course requirements. However, costs incurred through elective projects additional to course requirements will be your responsibility and will not impact your final course mark.

New students will be provided with information on course requirements on our Getting Ready website and current students will receive information via StudySpace.

Professional registration

If you belong to a registered professional body please provide details at interview, for all subjects. There are costs involved for professional registration and membership, but this is not covered by the University.

Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS) (enhanced police check)

Some courses will involve a high level of unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults and you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check as part of the admissions process. If you have received an offer from the University, we will bear the processing cost of your DBS application; there is an optional update service which the faculty recommends that students subscribe to at their own cost for their further professional development (currently £13).

Work Experience

Costs are not reimbursed for work experience taken before enrolment.

Textbooks and learning materials

All required reading materials and resources will be provided or made accessible online at no extra cost to you.

Placements and travel expenses

A significant part of your course will be spent in practical learning environments. Although the exact duration and structure of these placements will vary, they will usually form a key part of the successful completion of your course and the foundation of your future career. We have long-established links with excellent placement providers and will always endeavour to find the right location to suit your individual needs.

Education

FdA and top-up students are not eligible to claim travel expenses.

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Independent learning

When not attending timetabled teaching sessions (lectures, seminars, workshops, labs, studios etc), you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.

Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in one of the University’s Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), preparing coursework assignments or revising for examinations or tests.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including the LRCs and the University’s virtual learning environment, Canvas.

Return of marked work

Helpful feedback on your assessed work is hugely important in enabling you to perform your best. The University makes a commitment to all students that you will receive feedback on all your assessed work within 20 University days* of submission.  
                                                           
* University days count as Monday to Friday – the following are not included:  Saturdays, Sundays, Public Bank Holidays, or when the University is closed during Christmas vacation.

Programme specification and guides

To help you choose the right course to study at Kingston University, you can read the programme specification and the module listings which make up each course, which can be found on the individual course page.

A programme specification is a summary of the main features of a programme and provides details of the intended learning outcomes for students. It details the teaching, learning and assessment methods, including the structure of the programme.

Please note detailed course handbooks to guide you through each year of study are normally available at the start of term.

Availability of timetables

Kingston University provides each student with an individualised timetable. Timetables are normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment.

While we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm.

For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

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0800 0483 334*

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+44 20 8328 1149

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Location

This course is taught at Kingston Hill

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Clearing hotline

0800 0483 334*

If you are calling from outside the UK, please call:

+44 20 8328 1149

*Calls are free from a landline. Mobile charges may apply – please check with your provider.

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School of Education
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
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This course is taught at Kingston Hill

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