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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 4 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

An ideal course if you already work or volunteer in a primary, nursery or special school (e.g. as a nursery nurse, teaching assistant, instructor, sports coach or classroom volunteer) and want a career in teaching.

Designed so you can work while studying with evening part-time study available at four locations (Luton, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Peterborough) and a day option at the Putteridge Bury site in Luton, all of which are delivered mainly during the school year.

This course helps you link academic theory with your experience and successful completion will qualify you to apply for Qualifying to Teach courses at Primary and Early Years level.

This part-time course can be completed while in a work based setting and is the only course locally offering this means of degree study for working students. It is delivered either by evening sessions at all sites or a day session at Putteridge Bury.

You can gain an Honours degree in four years, although your study can be spread over a longer period.

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To apply for this course please contact admission@beds.ac.uk


  • Learn the skills you need to apply for Qualifying to Teach courses
  • Study part-time while working in an educational setting, and use your work experience towards your course
  • Develop your ability to link academic theory to your practice
  • Gain from a course that provides a clear route into a professional graduate role in Early Years, through Early Years teacher status, primary initial teacher training or leadership and management
  • Benefit from support to help you balance work, study and family commitments

Units

  • English: Knowledge And Understanding (EDS009-1) Compulsory
  • Investigating The Curriculum (EDS010-1) Compulsory
  • Personalised Learning (EDS013-1) Compulsory
  • Skills For Education Studies (EDS012-1) Compulsory
  • English: Theory And Practice (EDS009-2) Compulsory
  • Mathematics Education (EDS010-2) Compulsory
  • Reflecting On Practice (EDS011-2) Compulsory
  • The Learning Environment (EDS012-2) Compulsory
  • Mathematical Problem Solving And Reasoning (EDS011-3) Compulsory
  • Professional Practice (EDS008-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methods (EDS010-3) Compulsory
  • Research Project In Applied Education Studies (EDS012-3) Compulsory

The purpose of assessment is to provide formative feedback to you, to monitor your performance and to measure your attainment. In addition, it aims to enable you to demonstrate that you have fulfilled the objectives of each unit as well as those needed for working within education as a profession. The assessment strategies are designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate the range of knowledge, understanding and skills required by intending teachers and those who wish to work within education. Your learning will be assessed throughout the course in both a formative and summative way. A range of approaches to assessments are utilised throughout the course, to include written reports and essays, presentations, in class tests, preparation of lesson sequences and teaching materials, literature reviews and a final independent research project. These tools have been chosen to ensure there is a balance of assessment and are re-visited throughout the course to ensure that you have the opportunity to build and develop the attributes that are assessed in a systematic way. The aim is that by the end of the final year you are empowered to demonstrate the qualities that define a Level 6 qualification. Oral presentations are included as a key element of your assessment and development, and a number of units include the formal assessment of these. The key importance of the development of oral presentational skills to intending teachers and those working within education is recognised by the course team and every opportunity is taken to encourage you to enhance your skills in this area. The feedback given to you is intended to be formative in order to aid development. In addition to this, many units involve small-scale group and individual presentation opportunities within teaching sessions to enable students to develop their skills further. You are required to demonstrate that the work you submit for assessment is your own and you will be supported in this process by using a range of tools to include: - Detailed assignment briefs and marking grids - Engaging teaching sessions to included activities and discussions to support you in understanding assessment requirements - Guidance in referencing and citing work correctly using the University Referencing Guidelines. - The University Virtual Learning Environment, BREO, which includes access to a range of teaching and learning materials and interactive discussion boards where you can post questions and gain feedback on ideas related to your specific assignment. - During independent study, the support of a research project supervisor to guide you in the research process and provide formative feedback on draft work.

Entry Requirements

  • A level 3 qualification such as NVQ Level 3, Cache Diploma or equivalent in child/education related subjects
  • A reference in support of your application from the Head teacher or setting manager. Please include their contact details on your application form
  • Applicants who do not have a level 3 qualification will be considered based on their experience in schools/educational settings and may be invited to participate in an informal discussion to assess suitability for the course

 


On completion of this course you will be able to apply for an employment-based route to Qualified Teacher Status or undertake a PGCE course.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student