facebook BA (Hons) Education: Primary and Early Years and Study of Religions; PGCE – Bath Spa University

Education: Primary and Early Years and Study of Religions

BA (Hons) + PGCE

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Education: Primary and Early Years and Study of Religions; PGCE
School
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Four years full-time (3+1).
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: XV16
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 CCC in addition to GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

View "typical offers" for more information.

A specialised bachelor degree in Primary Education, leading to a PGCE in Primary and Early Years.

  • Gain the classroom experience employers are looking for through placements in schools each year.
  • Join our long-standing and highly respected School of Education, and benefit from strong partnerships with schools.
  • On successful completion of this BA, you'll qualify for a guaranteed interview for our PGCE Primary and Early Years.

This is more than a primary teaching course. BA (Hons) Education: Primary and Early Years sets primary education in a broader context of debates around education, professional practice, teaching and learning - both nationally and internationally. 

This bachelor degree in primary education is ideal if you intend to qualify as an early years or primary school teacher, and it helps formulate your professional skills and career identity through experience of working with children in schools.

The course offers a guaranteed interview for our PGCE Primary and Early Years course, but is flexible; we'll support you in achieving your aspirations as a professional educator - however they develop during the programme.

You'll benefit from our tutors' wealth of research and practice-informed expertise when you join this community of learning and practice.

"Education: Primary and Early Years" is a name revision to the programme currently running as "Education (Primary Teaching Pathway)".

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

Samantha-Jayne Moore, 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, which could give you that all-important edge when you begin your education career.

Course structure

Year one
The first year 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 education as an agent for change. The core module offers an introduction to primary schools and a school placement.

Year two
You’ll consider more deeply the current issues in education, such as pedagogy, pupil voice, special needs, assessment and classroom organisation. You’ll undertake a second primary school placement, this time with a focus on developing your professionalism. 

Year three
This year, the Teaching and Professionalism module prepares you for the PGCE. For your dissertation, you'll explore an issue of your choice and use your creativity and the skills you've gained so far to develop a classroom resource to address it. You'll also have opportunities to engage with PGCE staff and students; this eases your transition to initial teacher training.

How will I be assessed?

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?

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.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Education for Change
  • Changing Schooling
  • Introduction to Primary Schools
  • Working with Young People in the Community
  • Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Philosophical Enquiry and Education
  • A Case Study of Catalonia: Education, Space and Society
  • Educational History and Heritage

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Issues in Education Studies
  • Professional Practice in School
  • Understanding Classrooms
  • Literacy Learning in a Multi-media World
  • Supporting Learners with Additional Needs
  • Critical Approaches to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties in Education
  • Environment and Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Youth in Society: Power, Politics and Participation
  • Values, Philosophy and Education: Dialogicality in Action
  • Evidence Based Education
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation Project: Part 1
  • Dissertation Project: Part 2
  • Teaching and Professionalism
  • Building Bridges: the Team Around the Child / Young Person
  • Learning in Mathematics
  • Creativity and Digital Technologies in Education
  • Education, Policy and the State
  • Childhood, Reading and Children’s Literature
  • Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education
  • Young People, Identities and Subcultures
  • Professional Practice: Supporting the Dyslexic Learning in the Classroom
  • Learning in Science
  • Culture, Creativity and Society: Perspectives in Art Education
  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood
  • Identity, Philosophy and Education
  • Symbolic Representations: Young Children Making Meaning

Opportunities

Schools and placements

During this primary and early years degree, you'll do more than develop an understanding of teaching - you'll gain firsthand experience of it that could give you that all-important edge at the start of your career.

You’ll attend a placement in each year of the programme, with optional modules short placement opportunities to work with children and young people in diverse settings both locally and internationally. By the time you graduate, you'll already have three to four years of real teaching experience, working knowledge of schools and classrooms, and a developed identity as a teaching professional.

Alongside your experience, you'll also gain a critical understanding of and reflect on the context of teaching, and what it means for children and teachers in school.

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

Successful completion of the undergraduate degree leads to a guaranteed interview for our Oftsted Outsanding rated Primary and Early Years PGCE course. 

Our students often enter the teaching profession in local schools and a range of other settings, and benefit from continued participation in School of Education community of research and practice.

Flexibility is key; this course is designed to inform a range of education careers - from classroom teaching, to advisory roles that inform policy and practice both nationally and internationally.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is based on Newton Park campus. You'll also undertake placements in schools in each year of your studies.

You'll benefit from access to a wide range of excellent facilities, including:

You'll have access to the PGCE team, particularly in your final year as you transition to intitial teacher training, and you'll also benefit from talks by guest speakers and incoming experts. Access to our research centre, TED-W, will give you the opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest in teaching research and excellence.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Your personal statement must indicate clearly at least ten days of recent experience of observing or working in a primary school. You need to write about this experience and reflect on what you've learned from it, and also discuss why you're applying for this primary education degree. 

Note: The entry requirements for subsequent interview to the PGCE programme may alter (for example, if the DFE 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 CCC preferred in addition to GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject in addition to GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum score of 26 points with evidence of an interest in Education accepted in addition to GCSE Grade C/4 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/4 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

Explore different religious traditions across continents, through time.

  • Global and local – study the major religious traditions and newer religious communities.
  • Contemporary – explore religious traditions in the contemporary world.
  • Applied – learn through experience; use your learning to address current issues.

This Study of Religions course is about understanding; you’ll explore and analyse religious traditions and beliefs including the major faiths and more recent as well as contemporary religious movements. We welcome students who belong to a religious tradition and those who don’t.

The course is distinctive in giving you the opportunity to engage with practitioners across traditions, through visits to and placements with religious communities, mosques, temples and churches.

“The teaching staff and tutors at Bath Spa University are absolutely brilliant. They are extremely helpful, offering help whenever they can and making the lectures and seminars not only interesting, but also fun and entertaining.”

Alicia Penny, English Literature and Study of Religions student

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll study a diverse range of religious traditions. Our teaching focuses on both the major religious traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, and on less well known or more recent movements and communities.

You’ll develop an open and exploratory approach, gaining first hand experience and embarking on community placements. You can find more about our placements with religious communities, the British Humanist Association or the Salvation Army on our Living Religion website.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll explore the meaning of religion and spirituality, examine a variety of methods for studying religions, and apply these to a number of contemporary traditions. An optional module in global religion and philosophy considers major traditions and movements and key thinking in and about those traditions.

Year two
The focus in Year Two is on the philosophies, religious and non-religious world views in the Indian and Chinese traditions. Optional modules include the in-depth study of the major world religions, and the exploration of environmental politics through religious and philosophical ideas.

Year three
You’ll consider religion in the contemporary world. This includes a fieldwork placement with – for example – a Buddhist monastery, a Christian convent, the Hare Krishnas or the Salvation Army. We offer a range of optional modules which develop or introduce different themes and debates, from a range of perspectives. You can study Buddhism; religion, culture and society in Japan; or issues around religion, identity and gender.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is mainly through coursework such as essays, reports, projects, presentations, and online discussion.

How will I be taught?

We offer lectures, seminars and workshops, and support you throughout your degree through individuals tutorials. Visits, fieldwork and encounters with people from different religious backgrounds and traditions of belief form an important part of our teaching.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Beyond Belief
  • Global Religions
  • God and Reason
  • Ethics and Values

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Studying Religions in the Contemporary World
  • Living Religion
  • Indian Religions: Comparative Perspective
  • Buddhism: Foundations, History and Philosophy
  • Ethics, Religion and Humanism
  • Ecology and Nature
  • East Asian Visions: Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in Japan
  • Atheism and Unbelief
  • Chinese Thought and Culture: China Summer School
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation
  • Project
  • Issues in Contemporary Christianity: Science and Religion
  • The Song of the Lord: Hinduism, Religion, Scripture and the Bhagavad-Gita
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Spiritual Revolution: Pagan, New and Alternative Religions in the 21st Century
  • Buddhism in Asia
  • Making Sex
  • India and the West
  • Islam: faith, politics and history
  • Muslim Migration and Islam in Europe
  • Chinese Thought and Culture: China Summer School
  • Religious and Cultural Diversity in Education

Opportunities

Study abroad

Our students make good use of the opportunities to study abroad through Erasmus and other programmes, usually in the second year, with one of our many partner universities. You’ll be able to find out more about this during your first year, including meeting up with students who have already benefited from the experience.

If you opt to join one of the study abroad programmes, you might find yourself in Denmark, Spain, Australia or North America. We have developing partnerships with universities in China and the Far East.

Field trips

Fieldwork and visits are an integral part of the course. We visit religious communities, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and churches.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We have excellent links with third sector organisations, working with environmental and educational charities, as well as others. These links support your study, as we’ll explore how religious, philosophical and ethical perspectives can be applied to current issues.

Careers

Our graduates have careers in:

  • The police service
  • Health administration
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Journalism

The ability to combine this course with another subject, makes this it ideal for individuals considering a career in teaching. Many graduates go on to train as teachers – the course is widely respected as a foundation for a career in education.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught at our Newton Park campus, which combines outstanding modern facilities with a beautiful setting.

Resources

The Library provides many core resources, both in print and online. We draw on a wide range of resources, and encourage the use – and creation – of different materials.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

UK and EU students part time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
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2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional 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. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Our students come from a range of different backgrounds. We look for individuals with an enquiring mind and a willingness to explore new areas of thought and belief.

Typical offers

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

  • A Level - Grades CCC preferred in a related subject
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points required
  • 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).

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 Alison Hems
Email: a.hems@bathspa.ac.uk

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