This course is designed for those who wish to prepare for a teaching career specialising in the 3-8 age range.
The course is of thirty-six weeks duration, beginning in early September and lasting until late June. Half of the course is based in the University College and the other half in schools. Both aspects of the course have been designed to complement each other and to contribute to the development of professional competence.
The University College-based part of the course includes three key areas, namely:
1.Educational Issues, focusing on current initiatives in early years education;
2.Curriculum Content, addressing how young children's learning can be developed in Pre-school, Foundation and Key Stage 1 classes; and
3.Classroom Practice, developing the teaching skills and competencies that are required to become effective classroom practitioner.
The school-based component forms an integral aspect of the course and is designed, in partnership with schools, to enable students to achieve levels of competence, experience and knowledge that will fully qualify them for entry into the teaching profession.
Learning and Teaching
Students will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods during the course of their study. They will gain knowledge and understanding through lectures, seminars, workshops, peer group discussions and debates, peer group collaborative tasks, individual consultation opportunities, presentations and independent study time. Every effort is made to support students in their preparation for School Based Work and a wide range of resources is made available for use in schools.
Early Years Play 2016The course is assessed wholly by course work and continuous assessment, including the assessment of practical teaching.