This nationally renowned programme reflects the needs of a primary teacher and the nature of the primary curriculum. It promotes the development of subject knowledge and teaching skills, a thorough understanding of children and the curriculum, and the ability to reflect on your experiences.
Graduates of this programme are qualified to teach children across the full primary age range, with a specialism in one of two age phases: Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (3–7 year old children) or Key Stage 2 (7–11 year old children)
This programme is a direct route to becoming a primary teacher, as graduates are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Roehampton is one of the principal providers of teacher education in the UK. You will benefit from extensive school-based experience – we have partnerships with over 500 schools. In the most recent survey, 96% of our students had gained teaching employment within six months of graduating. Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in education and early childhood studies.
What we offer
Roehampton is the longest established teacher education provider in London and each curriculum subject is taught by subject specialist tutors in specialist teaching bases. At Roehampton we are committed to developing students who have high expectations of all pupils, who respect their social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds, and who are committed to raising their educational achievement.
Recent Ofsted inspections have highlighted the strength of the course, citing:
- "the high quality of training, which models primary practice very well and enthuses and motivates trainees"
- "the increasing intellectual and professional challenge for trainees as they progress through both programmes".
Roehampton provides a school-focused primary teaching course within which students elect to specialise in one of two age ranges (3–7 years or 7–11 years). Teaching and learning modules underpin and develop curriculum studies, which include study of the National Curriculum Core Subjects, the Foundation Subjects, religious education and an introduction to modern foreign languages in the primary school.
Students at Roehampton have a period of school-based experience in each academic year and are able to develop an elective specialism from a wide range of subjects.
Teaching and learning modules
These modules provide a unifying link across the course, relating the understanding of children's learning and cross-curricular issues to classroom practice. They seek to develop key professional skills and enable you to appreciate your task as a teacher within the broad framework of the purposes of education.
National Curriculum Core Subjects
This section of the course gives you an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum Core Subjects – English, mathematics and science – and you will also learn how to teach these subjects at Primary and Foundation stages.
The wider curriculum
These modules introduce you to the National Curriculum Foundation Subjects:
- art and design
- design and technology
- information and communication technology (ICT)
- physical education
- religious education
- modern foreign language teaching.
You will also examine learning across the curriculum, the inter-relationship of these areas of knowledge, and their relationship to the Core Curriculum subjects. Additionally the study of ICT shows how it supports teachers' wider professional role. You will become familiar with the course of study for citizenship and the National Curriculum framework for personal, social and health education (PSHE). These modules consider how the subjects contribute to children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Students' specialist subjects develop their knowledge, skills and understanding as a basis not only for classroom teaching but also for potential curriculum management and leadership in schools. There are specialist subject modules in each year of the course and all subject specialisms are taught in well-resourced specialist rooms. Each subject is taught by highly qualified and experienced tutors who are involved in research, professional writing and training.
For entry in 2014 the course offers the full range of subjects detailed below, which relate directly to the demands of the National Curriculum and the standards laid down by the Department for Education (DfE). Course content is kept under regular review but specific details of all modules currently offered within the programme may be found on the programme details page.
The descriptions below give guidance regarding suitable subject backgrounds for each specialism, but all candidates must also meet the entrance requirements detailed above.
School experience is the most important aspect of the course. It is this school-based training that enhances the taught course and brings it to life. You are placed in a different school each year. The length of time spent in school will be at least 24 weeks across the three years of the course. During each academic year there are participant observation weeks in which you spend your time teaching and observing primary school practice. In addition, in each year there is a period of block school experience ranging from four to 11 weeks in length.
You are given tutorial support to enable you to develop teaching skills while taking increasing responsibility for children's learning across the three years of the course. Your progress is supported and monitored through a partnership between the schools and the University and will be recorded in your profile of professional development, which enables you to track your growing competence as a teacher. The standards of professional competence recorded in the profile reflect the requirements laid down by the DfE in the Training and Development Agency's document entitled Professional Standards for Teachers (QTS).
Throughout the course you work in a variety of schools and experience aspects of the whole primary and foundation age ranges. Block school experiences are normally undertaken within your specialist age-range (either 3–7 years or 7–11 years).
Gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
All trainee teachers need to pass the National Skills Tests in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT before they gain QTS and take up a post as a fully qualified teacher. These tests are administered by the Training and Development Agency for Schools and details can be found on its website (www.tda.gov.uk).
If you complete the course successfully, meet the relevant standards for QTS and pass the three Skills Tests, you will be recommended for QTS, which is awarded by the DCSF.
Selecting your UCAS code
The BA Primary Education programme at Roehampton is a comprehensive blend of theoretical and practical knowledge that prepares you to teach across the full primary range.
You will cover both Core and all Foundation subjects with a sound grounding of the theories of teaching and learning included within professional studies modules. You will have school experiences in each year of your programme. At the end of the programme, when you have been successful, you will be recommended for QTS. [You will not need to do a PGCE as well]
All UCAS codes relate to this general primary education programme. Here at Roehampton however, you can also choose a curriculum subject or professional area as a specialism.
In addition you will identify the age phase you feel you would like to specialise in. You will however be qualified to teach across the full range of the primary school.
In selecting a code think of the subject or professional area you think you might want to specialise in then choose an age phase. You can change you programme after selection and will have a chance to discuss your choice at interview.
All BA Primary Education students will follow the same generalist modules and will be qualified to teach across the primary phase.
How to select your code
- I want to teach primary children and I don’t have a degree ~ I need BA Primary Education
- I want the best ~ I need Roehampton University
- I really enjoy history as well ~ select history specialism
- I think I want to teach at the top of the primary school ~ select KS2
- So I need UCAS code XV1C
The most recent survey of our teaching graduates showed that 97% had obtained teaching employment within six months of finishing their programme. The majority of these began their first appointment in the September after graduation. Many Roehampton graduates obtain posts in our local schools while others apply further afield and are much sought after by schools and Local Authorities throughout the UK.