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University of Plymouth

Primary (Special Educational Needs with QTS)

UCAS Code: X192

Bachelor of Education (with Honours) - BEd (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

a minimum of two full Level 3 qualifications.

Pass Access to HE Diploma (any subject) with at least 33 credits at Merit or Distinction.

We accept this qualification in combination with other Level 3 qualifications English accepted within - Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5 If overseas and not studying English within IB – MUST have IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

From any subjects.

112 points from the Irish Leaving certificate in any subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in any subject

112 points from Scottish Advanced or Highers in any subjects

UCAS Tariff

112

a minimum of two full Level 3 qualifications.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Primary teaching

Get the best preparation to take on the challenge of a career as a primary Special Educational Needs (SEN) specialist. With teaching methods shaped by our own research expertise, and plenty of on the job training in the classroom, you will gain the confidence and experience you need to work with SEN students in a variety of roles and settings. We will support you to explore the diversity of how children learn and develop your own toolkit for inclusive and effective teaching.
• Launch your career – integrated Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) means you can begin your teaching career immediately.
• Gain invaluable practical experience teaching in schools, equipping yourself with the professional skills you need to be a successful, confident primary school teacher.
• Stand out from the crowd: your specialism will enable you to be a subject leader in schools.
• Boost your employability – throughout the course you’ll be supported in preparing for interviews and entering the workplace.
• Expand your horizons, enhance your practical experience and set yourself above the competition by taking the opportunity to teach and study abroad.
• Benefit from studying a course rated 'Good' by Ofsted (2013/2014) and learning from an academic team who are leading the way in their subjects, carrying out research that turns heads worldwide.
• Learn through interactive workshops and with no end-of-year/semester exams.
• 100 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing and 90 per cent of those in employment six months after the course were in a professional/managerial job. 81 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting and 86 per cent of students agreed they got sufficient advice and support

Modules

Year 1
In your first year, you’ll focus on your own subject knowledge. You’ll study modules looking at the role of the teacher, looking closely at the primary curriculum in order to get an understanding of the content, and consider how theory underpins the practice of teaching. You’ll also gain practical experience of the classroom with a two-week and a four-week school placement across the primary age range.

Year 2
In your second year, you’ll build on your growing knowledge and expertise, particularly with inclusion and special educational needs, looking at how the core curriculum of maths, English and science is taught in schools. You’ll also look to further your understanding of the SEN in more detail. Classroom experience will come from a two-part school experience within the same school to look at how children progress over the year.

Final year
In your final year, you’ll develop your understanding and knowledge regarding SEN, as well as producing your dissertation. You’ll reflect on your professional identity and how to shape your teaching practice for the future. You’ll also look at how the SEN and inclusive practice supports the rest of the primary curriculum. You’ll gain significant practical experience on a 10-week school experience, where you’ll take full responsibility for the class. You’ll also have extensive support in obtaining, and preparing for, your first post.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

Plymouth Institute of Education

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Primary teaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
55%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

88%
Teaching and educational professionals
4%
Childcare and related personal services
1%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Primary teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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