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Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning: Standard pathway

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This diploma of higher education is made up of 240 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

There are two 60-credit compulsory modules at Stage 1.

You’ll start in October with the compulsory work-related module, Supporting learning in primary schools (E111)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W02-1,module,E111,,1. It will enable you to develop your study skills alongside extending your knowledge of primary education, and increase your understanding of how to support children’s learning effectively. You’ll also engage with a range of stimulating themes, including:

  • children’s learning
  • inclusive education
  • play and creativity
  • learning in English, maths and science
  • the role of ICT
  • home-school collaboration
  • working collaboratively with teachers as team colleagues.

If you’re an experienced practitioner, it may be appropriate for you to begin with Supporting learning in primary schools: APEL route (EZL111)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W02-1,module,EZL111,,1, the APEL (accreditation of prior experiential learning) version that starts in February. It will enable you to demonstrate core subject and practice knowledge gained through your role and responsibilities, and show that you have the skills you need to study at this level. The rest of the qualification then follows the standard route.

You’ll then take a second compulsory module, Learning through enquiry in primary schools (E101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W02-1,module,E101,,1. Its innovative work-based approach will develop your skills in questioning, information gathering, evaluation and reflection – all of which are highly relevant to your work supporting children’s learning. Through a series of exciting mini-research projects, which are supported by readings, video and online activities, you’ll study themes such as:

  • child protection
  • creative practices
  • technology
  • school inclusion
  • community involvement
  • cross-curricular learning
  • ethical dimensions of small-scale research
  • professional practice and continuing professional development.

Stage 2

Stage 2 begins with a work-based module, Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools (E207)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W02-1,module,E207,,1 (60 credits), designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and practice in four key areas of the primary curriculum: English, maths, science and ICT. You’ll reflect on and audit your own subject knowledge, and deepen and extend it through engaging with readings, audio-visual materials and interactive online activities. You’ll study this module online, providing you with exciting opportunities to work collaboratively with other students and tutors, and developing your ICT skills in a supportive environment.

Finally, you’ll choose one of three optional 60-credit modules giving you the opportunity to learn more about the diversity and complexity of children’s and young people’s lives and experiences. You’ll engage with others’ perspectives while reflecting on your own, and developing your professional practice. We recommend that you select the optional module most relevant to your career goals and/or intended degree progression.

  • Childhood (E212)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W02-1,module,E212,,1
  • Equality, participation and inclusion: learning from each other (E214)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W02-1,module,E214,,1
  • Working with children, young people and families (K218)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W02-1,module,K218,,1.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically, it takes four years' part-time study to complete this DipHE, although you can take up to seven years.


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