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Primary Education with QTS (BA)
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Graduates of this course will have the knowledge, skills, values and dispositions to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) and be a professional teacher, ready to work in Wales and beyond.
* This degree will undergo a revalidation and review in the academic year 2023/24 to ensure the course content is and remains current. Should any changes to course content be made as a result of the review, all applicants will be informed once changes are confirmed.
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PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY
Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year
Why choose this course?
- UWTSD ranked 1st in Wales for Education (Guardian League Table 2022).
- Graduates are highly employable as qualified teachers.
- English and Welsh pathways available.
What you will learn
The core content includes:
- Alternative setting – an opportunity to experience education in its widest sense;
- Bridging – the process by which practical and theoretical knowledge meet, and the transformative approach is enacted;
- Compulsory modules – the co-constructed and co-delivered content (pedagogic and subject related) of the programme which will underpin undergraduate study;
- Electives – a school-based and university-supported experience where students can elect to follow a more specialist line of inquiry in order to deepen curriculum knowledge;
- Partnership conference – the opportunity to share best practice at a conference event in order that the partnership can be transformed;
- Qualified Teacher Status – a compulsory professional pathway leading to the award of qualified teacher status;
- Welsh Language Skill Development – a compulsory professional pathway to develop students’ confidence and competence in speaking Welsh.
A total of 24 weeks will be based in school to gain professional teaching experience.
Year One - Level 4
- Cycle 1 Core Studies: The Learner: who am I teaching? (20 credits)
- Cycle 1 Professional and Pedagogic Studies: Leading the Learning: what, how and why am I teaching? (30 credits)
- Cycle 1 Core Studies: Learners, Schools and Communities: where am I teaching? (30 credits)
- Cycle 1 Professional and Pedagogic Studies: Researching the Learning: what, how and why am I teaching? (20 credits)
- Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; Graduate Attributes Framework module).
Year Two - Level 5
- Cycle 2 Core Studies: The Learner: who am I teaching? (30 credits)
- Cycle 2 Professional and Pedagogic Studies: Leading the Learning: what, how and why am I teaching? (30 credits)
- Cycle 2 Core Studies: Learners, Schools and Communities: where am I teaching? (30 credits)
- Cycle 2 Professional and Pedagogic Studies: Researching the Learning: what, how and why am I teaching? (30 credits).
Year Three - Level 6
- Cycle 3 Core Studies: The Learner: who am I teaching? (30 credits)
- Cycle 3 Professional and Pedagogic Studies: Leading the Learning: what, how and why am I teaching? (30 credits)
- Cycle 3 Core Studies: Learners, Schools and Communities: where am I teaching?
- Cycle 3 Professional and Pedagogic Studies: Researching the Learning: what, how and why am I teaching? (30 credits).
All modules are compulsory.
The programme design provides the opportunity for assessments to be closely related to classroom practice and draw upon evidence gained from personal experience. This approach further establishes the links between intellectual and experiential learning.
For example, students will be required to design, conduct, evaluate and share a close-to-practice research project which will directly impact on learners. Whenever possible, assignments will be submitted and marked electronically to facilitate timely and effective feedback.
Assessment components include written assignments, a digital poster, portfolios, an individual video and a research project.
Graduate Attributes Framework
This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. The ‘Learning in the Digital Era’ module (20 credits) at level 4 is a Graduate Attributes module.
The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.
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Applicants are required to obtain 115 UCAS points.
Applicants must have all three of the following:
- Grade C (grade 4 in England) or above in GCSE English Language or Welsh Language or a standard equivalent.
- Grade C (grade 4 in England) or above in GCSE Mathematics or GCSE Numeracy or a standard equivalent.
- Grade C (grade 4 in England) or above in GCSE Science or a standard equivalent.
For further information on grade C equivalents please read Guidelines for GCSE Equivalence.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service.
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On successful completion of existing programmes, students are highly employable as qualified teachers.
Graduates will be equipped with a strong set of critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills reflecting transferable skills considered desirable by employers.
Graduates will be working in roles that require secure digital competence, numeracy and literacy skills together with skills of collaboration, time management and working in a complex environment. The nature of the content across the programme - both in terms of delivery and assessment - will provide students with experience of presenting work through a variety of media. These are highly transferrable skills used in a variety of employment options.
Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. However, it is likely that students will incur some unavoidable additional costs over and above the cost of their university tuition. These are as follows:
- Travel to placement schools and University
- Travel to off-site specialist provision (including schools and other training providers)
- Travel to schools for 'Bridging Days' and other whole-cohort initiatives as per calendar
- Use of a laptop (MS Office is free to students).
- Purchasing teaching resources
- Travel to 'Electives' placements
- Travel to participate in enhancement activities.
- Optional study trips
- Printing costs.
Elizabeth Duquemin - Primary Education QTS student:
"I chose UWTSD because of its beautiful location and connections with the local community. The support and feedback from staff, and the array of opportunities and experiences with integrated teaching practice and bridging opportunities offered here have equipped me to face the new exciting challenges within teaching with confidence. Joining this programme is one of the best decisions I have ever made."
Bursary / Scholarship Information
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.