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Initial Teacher Training

Verity Graham
Verity Graham

BA (Hons) Primary with QTS

"I have undertaken a placement in a primary school for each academic year. Each placement was at a different school in a different year group so I was able to experience a wide range of teaching.

"These placements are crucial to the BA course and I would not have been able to develop my skills and knowledge to such a high standard without the experience of these three placements."

BA (Hons) Primary with QTS

School experience is integrated closely with the work you undertake with us. The experiences are planned in a developmental and supportive manner, with students progressively taking more responsibility for the classroom over the three years. Each year has a range of school experience and a block practice.

If you opt for the 'Approaches to Language Teaching' module in Year 2, you can undertake part of your training in Spanish primary schools, enabling you to develop your understanding of teaching a modern foreign language. The School has excellent links with tutors at the University of Cordoba, which will be supporting students while they are in Spain.

Our students are well prepared before going into placement leaving them confident in the classroom when on placement.

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Secondary Education and QTS

You will utilise both your mathematics knowledge and your developing understanding of teaching and learning through a series of placements in secondary and other training and education settings.

You will undertake a minimum of 24 weeks (120 days) of teaching practice in at least three different schools. You will also have opportunities to experience teaching and associated activities in a range of other settings.

During professional placements, you will be assigned a trained mentor who will support and guide your work as well as providing the appropriate training to support your professional development.

Your dissertation in the third year of your degree will focus on an aspect of mathematics education and your placement in school will be an important base for your research.

Education, Childhood and Youth courses

BA (Hons) Children and Integrated Professional Care

The first two years of the course do not involve placements, but there will be opportunities for engagement with professional practice through visits and guest speakers.

In the third year of the course, students will undertake the compulsory 60 credit Level 6 module, Work-Based Reflective Study. This will involve a four-week placement relating to one of the four strands of study.

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

There will be placements during the 3 year full-time course, in which students will gain experience of working with children aged 0-5. Second-year students will negotiate their own placement with the full support of our staff. There will be opportunities, within the modules, to visit a variety of Early Years settings to consider specific elements of Early Years practice. There are no placements offered on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top-Up course, however study visits are organised within modules.

FdA Early Years

Students need to demonstrate that they have completed 720 hours of work placement during the course. Generally, part-time students will already be working in an Early Years setting while studying for their FdA. Full-time students will be supported on work placement.

BA (Hons) Conductive Education

This collaborative programme which is designed as a combined vocational and academic programme of study is delivered at The National Institute of Conductive Education in Moseley and at the University's City South campus. The ethos of Conductive Education is to develop human potential and to seek to transform the lives of people with neurological motor disorders. On the course you will develop a range of pedagogical skills and combine this with knowledge of neurological disability to be able to deliver programmes to children and adults as one way of teaching them skills to improve their daily lives.