Plymouth Institute of Education

BEd (Hons) Primary (Art and Design)

Take a visual route into education. Develop your understanding of art and design, from both a professional and personal perspective, as you explore traditional and forward-thinking ways of bringing art to life for learners. With opportunities to learn on the job across the South West, in London or abroad, your confidence will grow year on year until you take the lead in delivering the Primary Art and Design curriculum within a school.

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 – according to the 2016 DLHE survey, 95 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing and 100 per cent of those in employment six months after the course were in a professional/managerial job*.

If you haven’t met our advertised UCAS tariff: please call our hotline anyway to see what options are available to you, as the tariff isn’t always the same in Clearing. If you are concerned you haven’t got enough points, you can also consider courses with a foundation year which lead straight onto a full degree.

Call our Clearing hotline – 0333 241 6929

Call our Clearing hotline on 0333 241 6929 to discuss your options and secure your place on one of our courses this September.

Key features

  • 95 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing and 100 per cent of those in employment six months after the course were in a professional/managerial job (source: 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*). 
  • 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 programme 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/term exams.
  • Access our specialist art and design resources such as electric kilns, flatbed printing rollers, potters wheels plus an extensive range for textiles, mixed-media and computer-based arts.
  • Develop your skills in our flexible art studios with movable walls and furniture to create light-filled spaces that allow for maximum creativity.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In Year 1, 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.

    • ESSP421AD 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 Year 2, you’ll build on your growing knowledge and expertise, particularly in art and design and special educational needs. 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 art and design, 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.

    • ESSP521AD 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
  • 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.

    • ESLR621AD 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.

    • ESSD630AD 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 4422

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.
  • Grade B at A level in a relevant subject
  • 28 IB points to include 5 points in a relevant subject at Higher Level
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM in a subject closely related to the specialism
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit or Distinction including 15 Level 3 credits in a relevant subject
  • 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).
  • A portfolio is required as part of the interview day - further information will be communicated once an application is received

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 apply to join a subject specialism pathway and are interviewed in depth by a representative from that subject team. 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.

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

BEd (Hons) Primary (Art and Design)

We do an awful lot of practical work... There's a massive variety of different ways that the students develop their own work.

Course leader Vicky Worthy talks about the highlights of the Primary Art and Design specialism.

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

*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.