Are you interested in the education of children aged between 3 and 12? Are you thinking about pursuing a career in education or becoming a primary school teacher? This degree will give you a sound foundation for further study relevant to a range of roles within education. You'll develop your understanding of policy and practice in primary education, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively and equitably in a range of settings.
Key features of the course
- Designed for people working with, or interested in the development and education of, children aged between 3 and 12
- Opportunity to choose from a range of option modules
- Prepares you for further study, inquiry, and research; and for careers in teaching and other roles within education
Please note this course does not provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- In Stage 1 you'll study two modules that will provide you with a broad introduction to primary education, childhood studies, and child psychology.
- Then, in Stage 2, you’ll study a module that further develops your subject knowledge of the primary curriculum. You'll follow this with one from a choice of three options.
- Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll complete your degree with two further modules – one which includes a comparative study of primary education; and one that introduces you to the methods used, and the issues encountered, in research with children and young people.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
You do not need to be employed in a primary school in order to study this qualification. However, if you're not working or volunteering in a school on a regular basis you are advised to negotiate opportunities to spend some time in a formal educational setting for children aged 3-12 (for example in a voluntary capacity) to observe teaching and learning, and gain exposure to a practice context.
We suggest that you spend 10 days in school when studying E103, E209, and E309. It is your responsibility – not the OU’s – to ensure that you obtain the necessary Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or equivalent for the setting and country in which you’re working. You should contact the relevant agency in your country for more information if you are in any doubt about your eligibility or to find out more.
Skills for career development
This degree provides an effective foundation for a wide choice of career paths, in particular within education. It emphasizes independent thinking, develops analytical and communication skills and will help you become a clear and confident writer – all attributes that are highly valued by employers. Specific skills you’ll develop include:
- critically evaluating and effectively communicating information to others
- retrieving, organizing, synthesizing and questioning arguments, opinions and qualitative and quantitative data
- using a range of digital technologies effectively for study, online collaboration and to support your continuing professional development
- planning and managing time and tasks and working to deadlines
- identifying strengths and areas for development, and seeking and learning from feedback.
An Education Studies (Primary) degree gives you a sound foundation for a range of roles relating to primary education, including helping you prepare to apply for teacher training. It is also relevant to other careers within childcare, health, education, play work and working with families and young people. It will develop your understanding of practices and policies that affect children, and introduce you to many new aspects of the subject. If you’re considering teaching as a career, you’re strongly advised to check with your training provider about their entry policy for initial teacher education (ITE) programmes, as requirements vary between different universities.
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Last updated January 13, 2018