In addition to the specialist Primary Education Studies' modules all students also undertake core modules. These are designed to help you develop academic and research skills required for successful study within higher education, and to help you both to explore future options for employment and to develop employability skills.
The Primary Education Studies' modules are:
Education Past, Present & Future (20 credits)
This module provides an overview of historical and contemporary issues that underpin current educational systems in the UK. You will explore key social and cultural developments within education and relate these to contemporary educational issues. This includes learning about political, economic and sociological developments which have influenced changes in education.
The Developing Individual (10 credits)
This module will develop your knowledge of child development and will cover topics such as how a child's thinking changes as it grows and how the social world impacts upon children's intellectual development. This module will also examine the process of gender development, moral development and the development of a child's sense of self. Important developmental milestones will be considered, for example in relation to social/emotional development and speech and language development and how these relate to both normal and atypical development.
Areas of Learning and experience (I) (30 credits)
There will be exploration of current policy and practice related to the key areas of priority in primary education; literacy, numeracy and digital competence. The effectiveness of different approaches to these priority areas will be considered, and sessions will include hands-on, experiential learning using the latest digital technologies.
Childhood Education: Teaching and Learning (20 credits)
This module introduces the theory and practice of primary education and aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of children's education. There will be a detailed focus on curriculum design and pedagogical approaches, and visits will be arranged with local schools and educational specialists in order to examine pedagogy in practice.
Just Playing? (10 credits)
Interactive sessions will have provide opportunities to explore the value and importance of play in children's lives in theory and practice related work. You will study how and why children play, the role of adults and environments in the provision of play for children aged 0 to 8 and consider the possible benefits and challenges in the fun but serious business of providing for children's play.
Safeguarding and Child Protection (10 credits)
During this module, you will develop knowledge of issues and policies relating to the protection and safeguarding of children. You will learn processes of reporting child protection issues, exploring the challenges and effects of safeguarding issues in practice. You will also have the opportunity to gain an introductory safeguarding accredited qualification from the NSPCC.
Skills for Success in Higher Education (10 credits)
This module will help you develop an awareness of the essential skills required for successful academic engagement, including the skills of writing for different audiences, presenting, referencing and accessing/using academic sources. You will be encouraged to develop critical self-reflection skills which will enable you to set targets for further academic development.
Developing Work-Based Skills (10 credits)
Using lectures, e-lectures and workshops you will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for graduate level employment, including self-employment and entrepreneurship. You will evaluate your own skills and related career intentions and investigate opportunities and challenges with respect to your own employability.
Thinking Critically about Primary Education (20 credits)
This module questions educational myths and discusses current practice. It involves a practical introduction to critical thinking, and the application of this to contemporary debates in primary education. The latest theories in education will be contextualised with the latest research. Practical exploration of these theories will also allow for increased understanding of the issues surrounding these debates.
Areas of Learning and Experience (II) (30 credits)
There will be exploration of current policy and practice related to the expressive arts, humanities, languages, science and technology in primary education. The effectiveness of different approaches to these areas will be considered. Concepts such as play and creativity will be explored through practical cross-curricular approaches, and there will be opportunities to creatively explore practice.
Education and Equality (20 credits)
This module provides a critical understanding of contemporary evidence, research and practice in education and equality. Key theories and concepts surrounding education and equality will be examined (e.g. additional learning needs, gender issues and ethnicity). These will be related to relevant examples in contemporary educational policy and practice.
Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: Children's Health (10 credits)
You will explore children's physical and mental health, learning about the varying factors which may have an impact on children's health. You will also examine policies, strategies and initiatives related to children's health and consider how they inform practice within different primary education settings.
Families, Schools & Society (20 credits)
An exploration of the challenges and opportunities related to engaging families and multi-agency working in primary education settings. This modules aims to critically analyse a variety of interactive methods designed to develop family partnerships and critically evaluate best practice in parental engagement.
Work-related Placement: Managing Yourself and Others (10 credits)
Linked to a week-long placement in a work setting and building on the first year Developing Work-based Skills module, this module aims to develop key employability skills, developing core communication skills relevant to employment in professional contexts. The placement takes place in a setting of your choice (where possible). You may also have the opportunity to further develop your employability skills by extending your placement by mutual agreement with the provider.
An Introduction to Research Skills (10 credits)
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key concepts relating to academic research and the research process so that you will have the requisite knowledge to enable you to conduct the extended empirical research project in your final year. In addition to generic content relevant to all students, you will receive support tailored towards psychological research.
Global & Comparative Education (10 credits)
This module involves an exploration of current international issues in education and the impact they have on UK policy and practice. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of a number of differing perspectives on Comparative Education. This will include drawing on your own experiences of the education system and making comparisons with different educational approaches.
Subject Knowledge in Primary Education (10 credits)
During this module you will be given an opportunity to reflect on your own skills and ability in key areas such as English, science and maths. You will explore key concepts and develop your knowledge and skills in mathematics, science and English.
Professional Practice & Wellbeing (20 credits)
This module critically examines contemporary stresses and demands facing professionals working in and with primary schools and explores strategies for dealing with them. It will allow you to develop a detailed knowledge of professionalism and professional standards within a range of contexts in primary education. There will be opportunities to identify strategies to manage challenges associated with the profession, such as stress management.
Alternative approaches in Education (20 credits)
You will consider a range of alternative curricula approaches within primary education including international perspectives. This will include pedagogical practices and their underpinning principles and philosophies such as those of Steiner-Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Te Whariki and Montessori schools. Outdoor learning approaches will also be examined, such as Forest Schools and Beach Schools.
Teaching and Learning through ICT (10 credits)
This module seeks to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the use of various ICT in pedagogy, curriculum and practice in a range of education contexts. You will explore a range of contemporary applications of a variety of forms of technology.
Assessment in Primary Education (10 credits)
You will examine primary education assessment techniques and evaluate their effectiveness. Formative and summative assessment approaches and theory will be explored. This will involve: peer group learning; use of ICT; self-assessment; standardised testing; assessing pupils with special educational needs and alternatives to traditional testing.
Independent Project (40 credits)
You will complete an independent research or enquiry-based project of a practical or theoretical nature. This will enable you to demonstrate independence in your approach to research and enhance your project planning experience. You will receive guidance and support from a supervisor.