The first year aims to improve English first language students' language awareness and classroom skills so that you are able to undertake the CELTA qualification. For those students' whose first language is not English, the aim of the first year is to bring the English language skills from the entry requirement of 6.5 to IELTS 8.0. Undertaking the CELTA qualification in the second year would require you to evidence your competence in written and spoken English equivalent to an IELTS of 8.0 or above. Students who cannot take the course due to these requirements will be offered the same modules without the Cambridge CELTA Certificate.
Passport to TESOL (10 credits)
This module introduces you to key theoretical approaches to the study of TESOL at degree level. It focusses on three core thematic areas which are; the context of English language teaching, an introduction to methods and approaches and the qualities of a good English language teacher. You will be encouraged to engage with, and examine a variety of popular teaching methods to develop understanding of the practical aspects of English language teaching from the perspective of both teachers and learners.
Characteristics of the English Language (20 credits)
This module provides you with a linguistic foundation for teaching English and will take you through the various metalinguistic terms that are used in English language teaching. You will explore the meanings of grammatical terms as well as the nuanced pragmatic meanings of using different syntactical structures such as the passive voice or conditional forms. You will also study the basics of phonology, as well as the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and how they can be assessed.
Preparing for TESOL (20 credits)
Preparing for TESOL is the practical element of the first year. During this module, you will design, develop, deliver and reflect upon a short practical teaching session. You will be guided in selecting appropriate aims and objectives, sourcing appropriate resources, as well as basic classroom management techniques including organising the learning environment and giving feedback.
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.
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.
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.
The second year of the programme embeds the industry standard CELTA qualification, which provides you with practical skills, knowledge and experience in English language teaching. Students who cannot take the course due to these requirements will be offered the same modules but without the CELTA Certificate.
TESOL in Theory (20 credits)
This module builds on the knowledge from the first year and covers the theoretical aspects of English language teaching in greater detail. The module has a focus on the learners, language awareness and professionalism. It complements the second TESOL module in this year and feeds directly into the practical nature of English Language Teaching.
TESOL in Practice (30 credits)
This is the practical element of the degree and provides students with a total of six hours of supervised teaching practice. It also incorporates a minimum of three hours of observations of ELT professionals (live and pre-recorded), peer feedback, tutor feedback and reflection. The teaching practice itself will be conducted with language learners in the local community and classes will be delivered at two different levels.
Education and Equality (20 credits)
This module provides a critical understanding of research and practice in education and equality. Key issues relevant to education and equality will be examined (such as English as an additional language, additional learning needs, socio-economic disadvantage, gender and ethnicity), and these will be related to contemporary educational policy and practice.
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.
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.
By year three, if you have qualified as a CELTA teacher you will have had the opportunity over the summer break to work as an English language teacher, either overseas or at home. The third year of TESOL is designed to further your knowledge and skills beyond that of the CELTA training and equips you with working knowledge of materials design, arranging syllabi and teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
Designing Materials and Syllabi for ELT (20 credits)
During this third year module, you will cover aspects of English language teaching on micro and macro levels. On the micro level, you will engage in designing unique exercises of potentially publishable quality, which will embed learning that is appropriate to specific lessons. On the macro level, you will engage in full course planning and scheduling, working towards the learners’ assessments. This will provide you with skills and knowledge that enhance your employability prospects for work in writing English Language Teaching (ELT) materials or at Director of Studies level in private language schools.
Theory and Practice of EAP (20 credits)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a subset of English for Specific Purposes, which covers lexis germane to the goals of the learner. In the context of EAP, you will explore methodology pertinent to EAP and have the opportunity to design, deliver and develop sessions in order to build upon your teaching skills that were developed in the second year. This teaching practice will provide you with experience of teaching English in an academic context and working towards specific academic assessments.
Alternative approaches in Education (20 credits)
This module considers 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.
Learning and Teaching 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)
This module will allow you to 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)
This module requires students to design and complete an independent research or enquiry-based project of a practical or theoretical nature. It enables students to demonstrate independence in their approach to research and enhance project planning experience with guidance and support from a supervisor.
Applicants should have 104 points from at least 2 A Levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:
104 points from at least 2 A levels to include A level grade C. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma grade Merit Merit Merit
CACHE Diploma with a grade C (Minimum 96 points)
104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 X H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
104 points from the Scottish Advanced Highers to include Advanced Higher grade D
102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.
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Entry to these pathways is also subject to a satisfactory DBS check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.
Please note that there are statutory requirements for GCSEs in English, Maths and Science for those wishing to progress to PGCE Primary.
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