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    Hi
    I'm in my second year of A-levels and hopefully starting uni next year! I'm wanting to take a course in Primary Education and I'm wanting to know your opinion in these unis for the BA (Hons) Primary Education and on terms of halls, campus, etc
    University of Hull (Scarborough Campus)
    York St. John's University
    Edge Hill University
    Sheffield Hallam University
    Nottingham Trent University
    Lincoln Bishop Grossteste University
    Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire or Disdbury Campus (i think?))
    Leeds Metropolitan University
    I live in Sheffield at the moment and I'm liking the thought of Scarborough as it's not that far, I kinda know my way around and there's the seaside!
    Sheffield Hallam will probably be my last resort cause I wanna go somewhere different.
    Let me know what you think pleease!
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    One piece of advice, make sure you 110% want to get into teaching this way! I did Primary Studies with QTS, and left after a year as I wanted to study a subject then a PGCE in the future if I still wanted to teach. The subject is very narrow of course, and does not really teach that many skills other employers will value, and in itself is a pretty bland sylabus. Our maths module actually consisted of making a time line to 100 :/ If you are academically apt, perhaps think about an Education with PGCE entry at the end, the people on my course few of them have jobs, wheras grads I know have all found employment. Just make sure you are totally sure, and understand what the course will entail.
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    (Original post by RoxyLite)
    One piece of advice, make sure you 110% want to get into teaching this way! I did Primary Studies with QTS, and left after a year as I wanted to study a subject then a PGCE in the future if I still wanted to teach. The subject is very narrow of course, and does not really teach that many skills other employers will value, and in itself is a pretty bland sylabus. Our maths module actually consisted of making a time line to 100 :/ If you are academically apt, perhaps think about an Education with PGCE entry at the end, the people on my course few of them have jobs, wheras grads I know have all found employment. Just make sure you are totally sure, and understand what the course will entail.
    Thanks! I was actually unsure of taking this course for the reason that I thought it might just be one of those ones where anyone just applies for it cause it's an "easy" course until I talked to a few teachers at the school I'm currently helping out at and some students who are there who are also taking the course I want to do who said it's great. Then I went to Nottingham Trent opening day and loved seeing all the building and talked it over with current students there so I'm absolutely sure I want to do it
    Also, I'd be unsure of what degree to choose otherwise and I'd just want to learn about teaching as I love the placement I'm at. So I'm 100% sure I want to do it.
    Just out of curiosity, which university and what course was it that you took?
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    (Original post by glitterphobia)
    Thanks! I was actually unsure of taking this course for the reason that I thought it might just be one of those ones where anyone just applies for it cause it's an "easy" course until I talked to a few teachers at the school I'm currently helping out at and some students who are there who are also taking the course I want to do who said it's great. Then I went to Nottingham Trent opening day and loved seeing all the building and talked it over with current students there so I'm absolutely sure I want to do it
    Also, I'd be unsure of what degree to choose otherwise and I'd just want to learn about teaching as I love the placement I'm at. So I'm 100% sure I want to do it.
    Just out of curiosity, which university and what course was it that you took?
    Cool Sounds like you have it sussed! I went to Newport and did Primary Studies with QTS. The facilities and everything were great, the lecturers were good, it was just the content itself which drove me crazy haha. But if you have looked into it all and are happy then I am sure you will enjoy it. If you do do Education or something though, you still do do placements in schools as part of the course, you just view it in a much broader context than on the primary studies one, and other employers value it more *should* you ever decide that teaching is not for you- (which I am sure it will be, but just in case!) Bear in mind as well that in year 1 of primary studies you undertake a placement of varying lengths depending which uni you are at, but these are intense and stressful, and some people find that it is a bit much early on. Just have a look around the unis you are thinking of, apply asap and fingers crossed for you!
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    It's an amazing course if you're 110% sure you want to be a primary teacher!
    I applied to Sheffield Hallam, York St John and the University College in Lincoln as well as Huddersfield and Worcester. All these open days (and the others I went to) were useful and confirmed it was the course I wanted to do. I liked the campus and where it was situated in relation to the city centre.

    Any questions about the course then just ask.
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    (Original post by RoxyLite)
    Cool Sounds like you have it sussed! I went to Newport and did Primary Studies with QTS. The facilities and everything were great, the lecturers were good, it was just the content itself which drove me crazy haha. But if you have looked into it all and are happy then I am sure you will enjoy it. If you do do Education or something though, you still do do placements in schools as part of the course, you just view it in a much broader context than on the primary studies one, and other employers value it more *should* you ever decide that teaching is not for you- (which I am sure it will be, but just in case!) Bear in mind as well that in year 1 of primary studies you undertake a placement of varying lengths depending which uni you are at, but these are intense and stressful, and some people find that it is a bit much early on. Just have a look around the unis you are thinking of, apply asap and fingers crossed for you!
    Hopefully! haha yeah, I think at the moment I'm happy with the course, it's just deciding which campus has the best facilities for it, but I'm sure once I've gone to a few more open days I'll see Thanks so much for your help tho! I'm currently doing drafts of my personal statement to then send off Thanks!
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    (Original post by ipswichblade)
    It's an amazing course if you're 110% sure you want to be a primary teacher!
    I applied to Sheffield Hallam, York St John and the University College in Lincoln as well as Huddersfield and Worcester. All these open days (and the others I went to) were useful and confirmed it was the course I wanted to do. I liked the campus and where it was situated in relation to the city centre.

    Any questions about the course then just ask.
    Well I think I've always wanted to be a primary teacher, I got a bit doubtful before I went to work in school whether it'd be what I thought it would be but I shouldn't have worried, it's been great so far!
    I was also looking at applying to Huddersfield but when I looked on their website it said they didn't teach the BA Hons Primary Education, is that right?
    I did try getting into the Sheffield Hallam Uni opening day today but it was packed so I ended up leaving early. (I basically know my way around there anyway and it's my last resort). But my main Q was what's the difference between the 4-year courses and the 3-year ones?
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    (Original post by ipswichblade)
    It's an amazing course if you're 110% sure you want to be a primary teacher!
    I applied to Sheffield Hallam, York St John and the University College in Lincoln as well as Huddersfield and Worcester. All these open days (and the others I went to) were useful and confirmed it was the course I wanted to do. I liked the campus and where it was situated in relation to the city centre.

    Any questions about the course then just ask.
    Well I think I've always wanted to be a primary teacher, I got a bit doubtful before I went to work in school whether it'd be what I thought it would be but I shouldn't have worried, it's been great so far!
    I was also looking at applying to Huddersfield but when I looked on their website it said they didn't teach the BA Hons Primary Education, is that right?
    I did try getting into the Sheffield Hallam Uni opening day today but it was packed so I ended up leaving early. (I basically know my way around there anyway and it's my last resort). But my main Q was what's the difference between the 4-year courses and the 3-year ones?
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    (Original post by glitterphobia)
    Well I think I've always wanted to be a primary teacher, I got a bit doubtful before I went to work in school whether it'd be what I thought it would be but I shouldn't have worried, it's been great so far!
    I was also looking at applying to Huddersfield but when I looked on their website it said they didn't teach the BA Hons Primary Education, is that right?
    I did try getting into the Sheffield Hallam Uni opening day today but it was packed so I ended up leaving early. (I basically know my way around there anyway and it's my last resort). But my main Q was what's the difference between the 4-year courses and the 3-year ones?
    Huddersfield's course is Early Primary Education QTS so is just concentrating on ages 3-7. I had it as my back up incase I changed what years I wanted to teach!

    The 3 and 4 year courses are similar with the only difference been more time in schools on the 4 year course (obviously - it's a year longer so more experience in the classroom) and some unis let you choose a specialism (so a subject you want to specialise in) in the 4th year. I couldn't afford to do a 4 year course and at my age (I'll be 26 when I graduate), wanted as least time at uni as possible. I only applied to 3 year ones. We do a research project in the 3rd year and we choose our favourite subject or a subject we are very interested in. This research project makes up quite a lot of our final degree mark as well as all the placement we have on the final year.
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    Huddersfield's course is Early Primary Education QTS so is just concentrating on ages 3-7. I had it as my back up incase I changed what years I wanted to teach!

    The 3 and 4 year courses are similar with the only difference been more time in schools on the 4 year course (obviously - it's a year longer so more experience in the classroom) and some unis let you choose a specialism (so a subject you want to specialise in) in the 4th year. I couldn't afford to do a 4 year course and at my age (I'll be 26 when I graduate), wanted as least time at uni as possible. I only applied to 3 year ones. We do a research project in the 3rd year and we choose our favourite subject or a subject we are very interested in. This research project makes up quite a lot of our final degree mark as well as all the placement we have on the final year.
    ah right!
    yeah. well i went to the university of hull open day today and they were explaining about the differences between 3 and 4 and they were saying that with a 3 year course it's basically the same but everythings more condensed than the 4 year. They were also saying about another year being another year of debt so i understand where you're coming from i've heard about that too sounds like a really enjoyable course, so i think i'm going to apply to hull, york, manchester, nottingham and sheffield.
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    ah right!
    yeah. well i went to the university of hull open day today and they were explaining about the differences between 3 and 4 and they were saying that with a 3 year course it's basically the same but everythings more condensed than the 4 year. They were also saying about another year being another year of debt so i understand where you're coming from i've heard about that too sounds like a really enjoyable course, so i think i'm going to apply to hull, york, manchester, nottingham and sheffield.
    Good luck. Which is your favourite choice out of those?
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    I'm applying for Primary Education this year too! I've applied to completely different places than you though - Plymouth, Bath, UWE and Brighton, I'm in the South West and love it here really

    I also considered doing a PGCE, but there just isn't a subject I want to learn for 3 years, and I don't think a one year PGCE will prepare me enough for teaching. I think that if we've done placements and enjoyed them and can't imagine a career we'd be more suited for, we're probably (hopefully!) making the right choice!

    Have you got any replies from universities yet?
 
 
 
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