About the course
The university-based study is divided into three key areas which will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to plan and manage creative and effective lessons while ensuring that pupils of all abilities are motivated to learn. These key areas are:
Core Curriculum Studies
The Core Curriculum module develops student teachers’ enthusiasm for and enjoyment of English, Mathematics and Science. Through separate subject strands this course will develop student teacher subject, curriculum and pedagogical knowledge in each subject.
It will equip student teachers to take a critical and reflective view of each subject’s curriculum and associated learning and teaching methodologies. Student teachers will begin to develop a critical understanding of the distinctive features of each subject area and the research concerning children’s learning in that subject.
By linking their learning to their school experience, it aims to promote the necessary competencies and understanding student teachers need to plan, teach and assess the core curriculum well.
Foundation Curriculum Studies (e.g. History, PE, ICT, MFL etc.)
This module aims to develop student teachers’ critical understanding of and enthusiasm for the primary curriculum and associated pedagogies. Students will develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of key curriculum and framework documents and a critical awareness of current issues and debates surrounding the primary curriculum.
The module will support students in analysing and reflecting critically on their previous experience, attitudes and assumptions about the curriculum. It will consider the distinctive challenges, concerns or pedagogy associated with particular curriculum subjects and also common issues, e.g. the development of creativity. It will prepare students to plan, teach and assess effectively the foundation subjects and to develop cross-curricular approaches to teaching and learning.
This module aims to develop student teachers’ critical and rigorous understanding of the principles which underpin primary education. It will develop student teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the nature of the primary curriculum and children’s developmental needs. It will introduce and critique educational research methodology, analysis and ethics. It will advance their abilities to critically apply such knowledge and understanding in a professional context through lesson planning, teaching, assessment and behaviour management and critical reflection on these.
The module aims to enable student teachers to begin to develop their own personal educational philosophies, so that they can apply these in the classroom and articulate them to other professionals.
How school placements work
Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across East and West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually exceed 1 Hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area).
Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.
Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.
Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
A suitable honours degree at 2:2 or above;
GCSE English language, mathematics and science at grade C / 4 or above;
Successful applicants will normally have French or Spanish A level at grade C or above.
Your personal statement is important. It should demonstrate that you have an understanding of the profession which you are entering.
All successful applicants who accept a place with the University will be subject to an enhanced disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service as well as an occupational health check to establish fitness to practice.
About the training provider
We are recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.
- We offer high-quality training and experience that will prepare you to become a confident and effective teacher
- Much of your training will be practical, school-based experiences
- You’re supported throughout your school-based learning by experienced mentor teachers and university tutors
- You’ll gain a respected professional qualification in a career of major importance
- You’ll learn how to use research to improve your teaching skills
- Our courses have varied content, including: lectures, seminars, presentations, group tasks, mini-research projects and assessments
- You’ll develop a range of communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills that will be invaluable in a teaching career and beyond
- Political and public policy announcements are built into the curriculum, so you will be up to date on contemporary teaching issues.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Chichester has an outstanding reputation for student satisfaction and retention and one of the key underlying factors is the excellence of our support services.
Our aim is to support your experience as a student by listening, advising and offering a range of professional services.
As a student you could benefit from specific types of support, for example, sorting out your finances, managing a disability, looking after your health, getting through a tough period, planning your future or a host of other needs and combinations of needs.
We have teams of highly qualified specialists to support all students whatever the need and with an exceptional ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ) providing a friendly and accessible first point of call.
For more information about specific services see: https://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/student-services
For students with specific needs, the university can work with those individuals and our partner schools to ensure that reasonable adjustments are put in place to ensure success while on placement.
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