We use a range of teaching methods including:

  • workshops
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • digital learning and self-directed study
  • practical experience in the classroom

As well as school-based professional practice placements and studies in primary curriculum areas, you will learn about the theory and practice of education including:

  • pedagogy (the science of learning and teaching), including early years
  • professional, personal and societal values
  • equity and inclusion
  • pupil well-being
  • developmental psychology
  • current issues in education
  • the teacher as a researcher
  • the history, philosophy and sociology of education
  • education and childhood in global contemporary settings

In Level 1 you will also be able to choose a module from the wider University, such as politics, English, film studies, psychology, languages, or philosophy - the range is extensive and depends on timetable availability.

In Level 4 of the course all students complete a thesis. This allows you to carry out an educational-based enquiry of your own choice.


A range of different methods are used to assess your progress including:

  • oral assessments and presentations
  • online portfolios
  • written assignments

For your professional practice placements, your teaching in the classroom will be assessed by University staff and school partners, based on your performance throughout the placement and tutor observation.

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Module code: ED12013 Credits: 20 Semester: Semester 2

You will focus on the development of effective teaching and learning environments in the primary classroom.

The module will establish your expectations of the role of the class teacher, both in the class and the wider school. This also takes account of the management of effective teaching and learning.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Module code: BU11004 Credits: 20 Semester: Semester 1

Learn about current Economic and Business issues from a global perspective. Theories of economics will be applied to modern problems with global impact. You will have the chance to put models into practise understanding how Economics can help both understand and improve the world we live in. 

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Module code: ED21005 Credits: 20 Semester: Semester 1

Learn about language learning in the primary school. You will explores how children get, develop, and merge their receptive and productive language skills.

You will also develop an understanding of how Knowledge About Language (KAL) enhances children’s language skills.

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Module code: ED31002 Credits: 20 Semester: Semester 2

Gain perspectives of what learning beyond subject boundaries looks like. This will be covered within a framework that emphasises the importance of principles of curriculum design

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Module code: ED41001 Credits: 40 Semester: Semester 1

You will build upon what you have learned previously about research methodology. You will have the opportunity to engage in a substantial research-based study. This may be empirical or theoretical in its focus.

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