• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Are you interested in the education of children aged between 3 and 12? Are you thinking about pursuing a career within education or becoming a primary school teacher? This Education Studies (Primary) (Honours) degree from The Open University UK will give you a sound foundation for further study relevant to a range of roles within education. 
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Overview

In this Education Studies (Primary) (Honours) from The Open University UK you'll develop your understanding of policy and practice in primary education, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively and equitably in a range of settings.

Key features of the course

  • Practice-focused for professional learning about primary school education
  • Suitable for people working, volunteering or seeking to work in schools or in the wider education sector, cultural institutions and NGOs
  • Supports theory and evidence-based practice and professional development
  • Enables collaboration with other students and debate on topics in education

Skills for career development

This degree provides an effective foundation for a wide choice of career paths, in particular within education. It emphasises independent thinking, develops analytical and communication skills and will help you become a clear and confident writer – all attributes that are highly valued by employers. Specific skills you’ll develop include:

  • critically evaluating and effectively communicating information to others
  • retrieving, organising, synthesising and questioning arguments, opinions and qualitative and quantitative data
  • using a range of digital technologies effectively for study, online collaboration and to support your continuing professional development
  • planning and managing time and tasks and working to deadlines
  • identifying strengths and areas for development, and seeking and learning from feedback.

Career relevance

An Education Studies (Primary) degree gives you a sound foundation for a range of roles relating to primary education, including helping you prepare to apply for teacher training. It is also relevant to other careers within childcare, health, education, play work and working with families and young people, cultural institutions and NGOs. 

It will develop your understanding of practices and policies that affect children, and introduce you to many new aspects of the subject. If you’re considering teaching as a career, you’re strongly advised to check with your training provider about their entry policy for initial teacher education (ITE) programmes, as requirements vary between different providers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 10 years

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Learning and teaching in the primary years 
  • Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology
  • Developing subject knowledge for the primary years
  • Childhood
  • Equality, participation and inclusion: learning from each other
  • Psychology of childhood and youth
  • Making a difference: working with children and young people

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • You do not need to be employed in a primary school in order to study this qualification. 
  • However if you're not working in a school on a regular basis you are advised to negotiate opportunities to spend some time in a formal educational setting for children aged 3-12 (this can be in a voluntary capacity) to observe teaching and learning, and gain exposure to a practice context. 
  • We suggest that you spend 10 days in school when studying E103, E209 and E309. It is your responsibility – not the OU’s – to ensure that you obtain the necessary Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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