How do you provide an environment within which children feel safe and secure, and inspired to develop their potential? Are you keen to learn about the most effective methods of structuring learning and teaching opportunities? How do you manage behaviour effectively and ensure all children in the classroom feel valued and included? If you are interested in finding the answer to these questions, are passionate about teaching young children, and more, this course is for you. You will follow a course of eight semesters (four years). This will lead to an Honours degree in Professional Education (Primary). Alternatively, seven semesters (three and a half years) lead either to a General degree, or to a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Education. Semesters 1 – 2 As part of the preparations for entry to the professional part of the ITE programme, we are asking you to undertake a short, self-organized placement in an educational context before the professional part of your studies begin in Year 2. You will receive further information in your first seminar meeting. You will take the following core modules: Education: Purposes, Principles Practice; and Education: Learning and Teaching alongside your academic specialism modules. Semesters 3 – 6 You will take core modules in Education that cover a range of teaching skills, and advanced modules in your academic subject (see subject listing for Environmental Science, Modern Languages, Social Work, Social Sciences and Nursing). In addition, you will study two specialised primary modules in literacy and numeracy and a core module in your chosen specialism. (The Environment, Modern Languages or Early Years). You will undertake the following placements; SE1 4 weeks in Primary 1-3 for ML/ENV specialism 4 weeks in Primary 6-7 for EY specialism. SE2 – 5 weeks in January – February, Primary 4–5 SE3 10 weeks in Primary 6-7 for ML/ENV specialism 10 weeks in Nursery & Primary 1-3 for EY specialism. Semesters 7 – 8 In semester 7, you have a final school placement for 10 weeks’ duration (eight weeks in upper stages and normally two weeks teaching your specialism). In the final semester you will undertake Enquiry into Practice and Planning an Educational Enquiry. Optional work placement abroad. Students undertaking BA (Hons) Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in Modern Languages are strongly encouraged to undertake an non-assessed optional work placement for one year between Semesters 4 and 5 to improve upon their language skills. School experience. The course is taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. Assessment is both formative and continuous. School experience placements are supported by school-based teachers and through tutor engagement. Students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in the Environment, may have the opportunity to participate in work through modules with the Faculty of Natural Sciences.