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Education and Creative Writing (Primary Teaching Pathway)

BA (Hons) + PGCE

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Education and Creative Writing + PGCE (Primary Teaching Pathway)
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Four years full-time (3+1).
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: XW18
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades BCC- CCC in addition to GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science

View typical offers for more information.

A three year honours degree preparing you to enter one year of teacher training (PGCE Primary).

  • Taught by highly experienced and enthusiastic tutors.
  • Offers a school placement in every year.
  • Leads to our PGCE Ofsted rated Outstanding courses.

The Primary Teaching Pathway is ideal if you intend to qualify as an early years or primary school teacher. It is a three-year undergraduate programme which prepares you for a career in Primary Teaching and offers a guaranteed interview for our Primary PGCE programme. This route into teaching is very flexible – you won’t have to attend your PGCE interview if you change your mind in three years' time.

I believe that completing the Education degree prior to starting the PGCE has provided an invaluable ‘foundation’ to the PGCE course.

Samantha-Jayne Moore, Education (Primary Teaching Pathway) graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

We offer a wide range of modules for you to choose from, you’ll be able to explore education from many theoretical and ideological perspectives.

Course structure

Year one
The core module introduces key concepts and skills that underpin the subject of Education Studies. In addition there are a range of modules that enable you to explore your interests in, for example: early childhood education, childhood narratives, youth and community, adolescence and international ed. The compulsory module offers an introduction to primary schools and a ten day school placement.

Year two
You’ll consider more deeply the current issues in education. You’ll undertake an assessed placement in a primary school researching an aspect of teaching and learning . Your compulsory module provides a deeper understanding of the primary  classroom considering aspects of pedagogy, pupil voice, assessment and classroom organisation. At the same time you can continue to pursue developing interests by selecting from the  range of modules on offer which include learning through drama, international development, special educational needs and environment education amongst many others.

Year three
Your Core module is the Education Dissertation which allows you to explore in depth an area of interest by way of an empirical enquiry. This is an independent study supported by a designated academic supervisor. The compulsory module, Teaching and Professionalism  helps to bridge the gap between undergraduate study and teacher training. A ten day school experience will enable you to reflect on models and understandings of teacher professionalism and focus on areas for personal pre-professional training and development. A full range of additional modules is available to help expand or deepen your study in particular fields of enquiry.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through coursework and are required to pass a school-based placement in year two. Coursework includes essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. There are no examinations.

We’ll provide you with prompt feedback and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mixture of lectures (50 minutes), seminars and individual tutorials. Seminars are usually more informal than lectures – they are opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates. In year one, students will be timetabled for at least 12 hours each week.

All modules are led by experienced and respected university staff. Many staff are active researchers and authors in the field of education studies; from the outset they’ll introduce you to their particular specialisms and research interests, through a range of optional modules. You’ll also benefit from regular visiting speakers – these include headteachers, practitioners, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.

Opportunities

Schools and placements

We have an excellent partnership with schools and early years settings, where you can develop your understanding of teaching.

You’ll attend a placement in each year of the programme of approximately ten days. They usually occur on one day a week during a term, to allow you to continue with other university studies. Our optional modules provide further short placement opportunities to work with children and young people both locally and internationally. We’ll arrange each placement for you. We try to ensure you are located within a reasonable distance from where you live; however, you should normally expect to travel using your own or public transport.

You must be in possession of a Bath Spa DBS disclosure. Details are sent once you have accepted your place with us.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, the Netherlands and America.

We also have links with Zambia, India and Denmark.

Careers

Students on the Primary Teaching Pathway intend to enter the teaching profession. You’ll complete a three-year degree, with the option to continue onto the Primary or Early Years PGCE course, subject to meeting course requirements and completing a successful interview. PGCE entry requirements currently require you to demonstrate your suitability for teaching on a compulsory school placement, to complete the QTS skills tests and pass designated compulsory modules during your three years of undergraduate study.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The Primary Teaching Pathway is based on Newton Park campus. You'll have access to a wide range of excellent facilities, including:

You'll also undertake placements in schools.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £12,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Your personal statement must indicate clearly at least two weeks of recent experience of observing or working in a primary school. You need to write about this experience and discuss what you have learned from it, and also discuss why you are applying for a degree in Education Studies. There are no interviews for the undergraduate programme, however you will be formally interviewed prior to entry onto the PGCE programme in line with entry guidelines for teacher training provision.

Please be aware that you'll be required to complete a DBS through Bath Spa University as part of the admissions process for this course.

Note: The entry requirements for subsequent interview to the PGCE programme may alter (for example, if the NCTL changes entry requirements for PGCE courses). You’ll be advised of any changes during the degree.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level -Grades BCC- CCC preferred in addition to GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) preferred in a related subject in addition to GCSEs at Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 27 points with evidence of an interest in Education accepted in addition to GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Catherine Simon
Email: c.simon@bathspa.ac.uk

Top UK writing course, taught by award-winning practitioners.

  • More specialist strands than any other course in the UK.
  • Focus on graduate employability, building industry connections.
  • Large and diverse student body – close to 500 students from across the world.

This course is challenging, exciting, and versatile. Here, you can expect a professional level of tuition – and we expect a professional level of commitment and achievement from you in return.

Employability is central to the writing programme. Both individually and in groups you will prepare for the writing / creative-industry career of your choice.

Find out more about our Creative Writing department

“Bath Spa gave me the opportunity to stretch myself academically and creatively, and - above all - it was so encouraging to have my creative writing taken seriously by highly respected tutors.”

Recent Creative Writing graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

Our comprehensive programme includes prose, poetry, scriptwriting for the stage and screen, feature journalism, writing for new media, life writing: in fact, whatever you want to write, you’ll find an opportunity at Bath Spa University. We also work with drama and film students to produce films and podcasts, and encourage you to get involved in a wide range of writing-related areas such as readings, performances and magazines.

Course structure

Year one
Writer’s Workshop One (general workshop), Poetry, Fiction, Scriptwriting.

Year two
Specialist core modules (choose one of five) plus a wide range of specialist modules from journalism and new media, writing for young people, traditional “page” poetry, performance poetry, to genre fiction, short stories, nonfiction and more!

Year three
Creative Enterprise module, dissertation-equivalent modules in poetry, novel writing, nonfiction, and writing for young people. Independent project module, collaborative film module.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is based on 100% coursework (no exams). Most modules will require you to submit a portfolio of creative writing along with a reflective essay in which you describe what you have learned in class, what you have learned from the set texts and working on your own writing.

How will I be taught?

Creative Writing at Bath Spa University is taught through a mixture of workshops, lectures, presentations and tutorials. Workshops offer you the opportunity to read and discuss each other's work in a supportive, informal and informative atmosphere. Lectures are used to introduce techniques and themes in detail. Tutorials provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work with your tutor on a one-to-one basis. Advanced students may also get the chance to work with industry mentors on project work.

We believe that for you to achieve your maximum potential you have to take yourself and your writing seriously, and that the best way to do this is to develop a professional approach. Therefore, wherever appropriate, our modules run to industry standards and adopt industry practices.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Erasmus and exchange opportunities to some of the world’s leading colleges and universities – for instance Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Stockholm University, Sweden, and Bennington College, USA.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Creative Writing has no work experience or placements embedded within the course, but students often find subject-related placements – for instance, with the Bath Literature Festival, or with production companies such as the BBC. The course team will help you on an individual basis as opportunities present themselves.

For instance, in 2012, one student was able to secure a film production assistant’s position working on the Bourne Ultimatum starring Matt Damon on location in Southeast Asia. The course team was able to help him gain credit for this work through the Creative Enterprise and Independent Project modules. In 2014, another student was able to secure a paid placement at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York. His third year of study was tailored so that he could take advantage of that opportunity and graduate with the rest of his class. Yet another student secured a placement at the Old Vic Theatre where she also researched a project for her second-year independent project module.

Careers

Current graduate careers include:

  • Novelist
  • Children’s Author
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Bookstore Owner
  • University Lecturer
  • Editor (Random House)

Creative Writing prizes

Creative Writing awards almost twenty separate prizes to students each year – for the best short story, best poetry, best group project, best script, along with externally sponsored awards such as the Picador Prize for Fiction – given annually to the most promising work of fiction by an undergraduate – and the Les Arnold Prize for top student in the second year, honouring the memory of poet Les Arnold, who started the writing programme in 1992.

Projects

Students are given numerous opportunities to focus on project work – from the first year core module (Writers Workshop One) to the second year core module and into several project modules in the third year.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The Creative Writing course is taught at our stunning Newton Park campus.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities, including:

Resources

As a Creative Writing student, you'll be able to benefit from:

  • Cameras, audio recording equipment available for students to borrow absolutely free.
  • Full production and post-production facilities, soundstage, screening rooms.
  • Technical staff to help students use hardware and software according to industry standards.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Most of our applicants will have an A or a B in English Language and / or English Literature at A Level. That said, we do judge each application on its own merit and many of our most successful graduates have not fit neatly into standard criteria. Please write directly to the course leader or the admissions team to discuss yor individual circumstances.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Grades BCC accepted with a minimum of Grade B in English or related subject. Applicants without A Level English will be considered but will be required to submit a piece of your own creative writing as part of the selection process.
  • BTEC-  Extended Diploma grades Distinction. Merit, Merit (DMM) accepted from applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in creative writing. You may be invited to submit a piece of your own creative writing as part of the selection process.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 27 points are required from applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in creative writing. You may be invited to submit a piece of your own creative writing as part of the selection process.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). You may be invited to submit a piece of your own creative writing as part of the selection process.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page. Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Dr. Paul Meyer
Email: p.meyer@bathspa.ac.uk

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