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Bath Spa University School of Education Education Leading to PGCE Primary and Early Years Specialised Award - Teacher TrainingWhy choose this course? Bath Spa University has had a national reputation in education and teacher training for many years. We are a leading university in the field of Education Studies, providing a broad and flexible range of awards that enable you to discover the latest ideas about the world of education and education around the world. You will be taught by a very experienced and well qualified team of more than 50 tutors with different backgrounds as qualified teachers, academics, authors and researchers. There is a wide range of modules for you to choose from which explore education from many perspectives. The specialised Education award can be taken as a single subject or as part of a Combined Award with Education and a second subject.About the course Modules in each year provide opportunities for you to work in schools. We have an excellent partnership with schools and early years settings, where you can develop your understanding of the nature of teaching and learning. In Year 1, core modules introduce key concepts and skills that underpin the subject. In addition there are modules that enable you to explore your interests in, for example: learning through life, early years education, adolescence, primary schools and education in Europe. In Years 2 and 3 you will consider more deeply the current issues in education. In Year 2 you will undertake an assessed placement in a primary school researching an aspect of teaching and learning. The many optional modules will allow you to think critically about teaching, diversity, inclusion and educational policy and to explore global and international perspectives in education. There are opportunities to carry out original research and pursue your own interests in these areas. Assessment of Education Studies is through coursework and work in schools. Careers Students on the Specialised Awards all intend to enter the teaching profession - these are three-year degrees with an option to continue onto the Primary or Early Years PGCE course, subject to meeting course requirements. These will require you to demonstrate your suitability for teaching on a compulsory school placement, to successfully complete the QTS Skills tests and pass an interview for entry to the PGCE during your undergraduate programme of study. This is one of the best Primary PGCEs in the country, with Grade 1 Ofsted reports. There is also flexibility to opt out of the fourth year, for example you may wish to pursue a career in secondary teaching and apply instead for the relevant PGCE at Bath Spa. Note - the entry requirements for the 4th year of this programme (the PGCE year) may alter (for example, if the TDA implements national changes to entry requirements for PGCE courses). Students will be advised of any changes during the degree.The specialised awards in Education Studies are ideal if you intend to qualify as a primary school teacher. They are known as '3 +1' courses: a three year honours degree followed by one year of teacher training (PGCE Primary and Early Years). Popular CombinationsArt (XW11); Biology (XC11); Creative Writing (XW18); Dance (XW15); Drama (XW14); English Literature (XQ13); Geography (XF18); History (XV11); Music (XW13); Psychology (XC18); Sociology (XL13); Study of Religions (XV16); Textiles (XWC2).UCAS CodesEducation (Specialised Award)X301Course InformationNo. of applicants (2010) 591No. of places (2010)80Course LocationNewton Park campusCourse length4 years full-time (3+1)More CriteriaTypical offers260-300 UCAS tariff points (eg BBC; AB + AS a) GCSE or equivalent Grade C or above in English language, mathematics and science. Entry CriteriaThere is no interview for admission to the 3+1, but your personal statement must indicate clearly at least two weeks of recent experience of observing or working in a primary school. Please be aware that you will be required to complete a new Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Application through Bath Spa University as part of the admissions process for this course. See page 20 National Student Survey Score (2010)82% satisfaction with teaching01 Concentrating hard02 School experience0102