BEd (Hons) - Bachelor Of Education

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The last intake for the BEd is September 2012/13 and information on this page is only for students joining us in September this year. Applicants interested in applying for 2013/14 intake should visit the page for the new BA Hons Primary Education

A career in Primary Education is challenging and very rewarding. Primary teachers are faced each day with complex and demanding tasks. Teachers develop, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of study in all curricular areas (Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Languages, Literacy and English, Mathematics, Religious and Moral Education, Sciences, Social Studies and Technologies). They promote the social and personal development of all children, working with parents and fellow professionals both within and outwith the school.

Primary teachers must have :

  • An understanding of complex learning processes
  • The ability to employ a range of teaching strategies to suit the needs of all learners
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively with learners and with all members of the school community
  • The ability to draw on relevant principles, perspectives and theories to inform their professional practice
  • Responsibility for their own professional learning and development

Why study Primary Education at Strathclyde?

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at Strathclyde is justifiably proud of the long tradition and high reputation it has for the education of teachers and the strength of its BEd course. Many members of staff in the Faculty are key researchers in educational issues in Scotland and sit on national education committees. Our staff work in close partnership with education authorities to monitor and enhance the school placement experience.

The course aims to develop competent and reflective practitioners in accordance with the Guidelines for Initial Teacher Education Courses and the Benchmark Statements issued by the General Teaching Council (Scotland) on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Students are encouraged, through the process of personal development planning, to develop and enhance a wide range of skills and attributes that will support them in becoming excellent teachers. Staff and students work together to provide a range of additional opportunities beyond the core degree programme. These opportunities give BEd students at Strathclyde an increased chance of success as they enter the teaching profession.

Career Opportunities

Most graduates begin their careers working in mainstream primary and nursery schools. Many BEd graduates from Strathclyde enjoy the benefits of the Scottish Government’s Teacher Induction Scheme were they have a guaranteed one year induction period in a Scottish primary school. While the BEd course is directed mainly to the Scottish education system, the qualification is widely recognised in the rest of the UK and internationally. BEd graduates currently teach in schools all over the world.

All Scottish teachers can look forward to continuing professional development opportunities throughout their career. Many teachers now study on a wide range of postgraduate programmes at Strathclyde.

With experience, teachers in Scotland can apply for posts as Principal Teacher, Depute Head or Head Teacher. The Scottish government is currently reforming the role of Chartered Teacher to celebrate the success of excellent classroom practitioners. A number of graduates will become lecturers on initial teacher education courses, HM Inspectors or take on other development roles at Education Scotland.

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