Plymouth Institute of Education

BEd (Hons) Primary (Special Educational Needs)

Get the best preparation to take on the challenge of a career as a primary Special Educational Needs (SEN) specialist. With teaching methods shaped by our own research expertise, and plenty of on-the-job training in the classroom, you’ll gain the confidence and experience you need to work with SEN students in a variety of roles and settings. We’ll support you to explore the diversity of how children learn and develop your own toolkit for inclusive and effective teaching.

According to the 2018 NSS, 91 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting and 100 per cent of students agreed they got sufficient advice and support*.

Key features

  • Launch your career – integrated Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) means you can begin your teaching career immediately.
  • Gain invaluable practical experience teaching in schools, equipping yourself with the professional skills you need to be a successful, confident primary school teacher.
  • Stand out from the crowd: your subject specialism will enable you to be a subject leader in schools.
  • Boost your employability – throughout the course you’ll be supported in preparing for interviews and entering the workplace.
  • Expand your horizons, enhance your practical experience and set yourself above the competition by taking the opportunity to teach and study abroad.
  • Benefit from studying a course rated 'Good' by Ofsted (2013/2014) and learning from an academic team who are leading the way in their subjects, carrying out research that turns heads worldwide.
  • Learn through interactive workshops and with no end-of-year/semester exams.
  • 91 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting and 100 per cent of students agreed they got sufficient advice and support (source: NSS results available on Unistats*).

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding to teach children and explore how children learn and develop. You’ll study modules in your specialist subject, core and foundation subjects, and education studies. You’ll gain practical experience of the classroom with two-week and five-week school placements across the primary age range, working beside a fellow BEd student, as well as a one-week 'saturation placement' linked to the foundation subjects.
    Core modules
    • ECBC424 An introduction to Broader Curriculum

      This composite module will introduce students to Foundation Subjects in the Primary Curriculum (History, Religious Education, Geography, Physical Education, Music, Art & Design, Personal, Social and Health Education, Design &Technology, Computing and Languages) and is linked to practice during saturation week.

    • EEES423 Education Studies 1

      This module introduces the student to how children learn, aspects of good teaching and learning in Primary and Early Years and to Year 1 School Experience

    • ESEM432 An introduction to the Core curriculum

      During the course of this module, students will become familiar with both the subject knowledge and elements of curriculum design and delivery, which will equip them for the teaching of the core subjects in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

    • ESPM401 Educational Settings Placement Module - Year 1

      Students work to begin taking a leadership role in classrooms. The emphasis is on teaching in the core and broader curriculum subjects of the National Curriculum. This experience will complement campus-based work in Education Studies, Core and Broader Curriculum modules. The experience provides opportunities for supportive critical appraisal of work undertaken.

    • ESSP421SN Education Subject Specific Pathway 1

      This module will facilitate the acquisition of subject knowledge within the subject specific pathway. All students will be expected to undertake the assignment for the specialist subject pathway on which they are enrolled.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll build on your growing knowledge and expertise, particularly in Special Educational Needs (SEN). Classroom experience will come from a four-week 'paired' school experience, a three-week school experience linked to the core subjects, and a one-week 'saturation placement' related to SEN, allowing you to develop your understanding of professionalism and professional identity.
    Core modules
    • ECBC524 Building on Broader Curriculum

      This composite module will build on from ECBC404, developing students' ability to plan, teach and assess foundation subjects in the primary curriculum (History, RE, Geography, PE, music, Art & Design, PSHE, Design &Technology, Computing and Languages).

    • EEES523 Education Studies 2

      This module gives students opportunities to analyse principles which underpin effective teaching and learning, to consider their own attitudes and values and to develop understanding of how to promote learning.

    • ESEM532 Core Subjects 2: Deepening Conceptual and Pedagogical Understanding

      During the course of this module, students will become confident with both the subject knowledge and elements of curriculum design and delivery, which will equip them for the teaching of the Mathematics, ICT, English Science, in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

    • ESPM501 Educational Settings Placement Module - Year 2

      Students work to begin taking a leadership role in classrooms. The emphasis is on progression in the core and broader curriculum subjects of the National Curriculum. This experience will complement campus-based work in Education Studies, Core and Broader Curriculum modules. The experience provides opportunities for supportive critical appraisal of work undertaken.

    • ESSP521SN Education Subject Specific Pathway 2

      This module will facilitate the development of deeper theoretical and pedagogical understanding of the subject specific pathway. All students will be expected to undertake the assignment for the specialist subject pathway on which they are enrolled.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll develop your subject specialism and leadership skills, as well as producing your teaching dissertation. You’ll reflect on your professional identity and how to shape your teaching practice for the future. And you’ll gain significant practical experience on an eight-week school experience, where you’ll take full responsibility for the age phase in your chosen pathway. You’ll also have extensive support in obtaining, and preparing for, your first post.
    Core modules
    • EEES613 Education Studies 3

      This module will give students opportunities to reflect on their development as teachers, on their professional identities and to look at how they might shape practice in the future.

    • ESEM632 Embedding Core within the Curriculum

      Using subject and professional knowledge to inform appropriate planning across the core subjects; approaches towards the use of data to raise attainment in English, Maths and Science; the nature of progression across the primary age range considering skills and concepts; planning for progression and the significance of cross curricular planning for progression; a range of approaches towards formative and summative assessment, monitoring and recording; differentiation and class organisation.

    • ESLR621SN Becoming a Research Active Subject Leader

      This module considers theories of leadership and management within educational settings, enabling students to develop their skills for leadership in their specialist subject. It also prepares students for a research project. All students will be expected to undertake the assignment for the specialist subject pathway on which they are enrolled.

    • ESPM601 Educational Settings Placement Module - Year 3

      Students work to consolidate their role in classrooms. The emphasis is on assessing within the core and broader curriculum subjects of the National Curriculum. This experience will complement campus-based work in Education Studies, Core and Specialism modules. The experience provides opportunities for supportive critical appraisal of work undertaken.

    • ESSD630SN Extended Project

      This module enables students to use the skills, experience and specialist subject knowledge they have acquired previously to attempt a significant piece of original research. They will relate their research to pedagogy and its impact on children's learning. All students will be expected to undertake the assignment for the specialist subject pathway on which they are enrolled.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BEd Primary Programme Specification 2018 19 4431

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112

All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. Plymouth University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Academic requirements

  • All applicants are required to have GCSE mathematics, English language and science at grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.
  • 28 IB points.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM.
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit or Distinction.
  • All applicants to BEd Primary programmes are expected to have a minimum of two weeks recent observation experience in mainstream, UK primary schools.
  • English language requirements.

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Non-academic requirements

  • All candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form.
  • All candidates must be deemed fit to teach.
  • All candidates must be able to reflect on some experience in relevant educational setting(s).

ITT (Initial Teacher Training) skills tests

All applicants need to pass the ITT (Initial Teacher Training) skills tests by 1 August prior to entry onto the course.
 
Full details about these tests can be found on the Department of Education website. You may find the sample tests on this site useful.
 

An interview is a pre-requisite for entry onto this programme

All candidates are required to attend an interview. Interview days are conducted by the programme lead representative and include a practising teacher who represents the wider partnership and offers an employer perspective on suitability for the profession. Find more information about interviews in the Institute's Interview pages.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

QTS skills tests support

If you apply for any course leading to a teaching qualification in early years, primary or secondary education, you will have to take the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before you can enrol on the course.

Find out more about the tests and discover available resources

Careers with BEd (Hons) Primary

The course's outstanding reputation means most graduates become newly qualified teachers in primary schools around Britain, and beyond.

Skills gained through the courses enable graduates to pursue careers where good organisational, communication and social skills are valued

Learn about BEd (Hons) Primary Career Opportunities

International opportunities with BEd Primary

Our BEd Primary students have the opportunity to undertake international school experience in a number of different nations.

Spend three weeks working in a school abroad observing and teaching, plus around six weeks travelling afterwards.

Explore BEd Primary international opportunities

Interviews with Plymouth Institute of Education

For many of our courses successful applicants will need to attend an interview and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service assessment.

Learn more about your interview, with information specific to your programme of study

Interviews with Plymouth Institute of Education

People

*The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.