Stranmillis University College

BEd Post-Primary

A full time student who plans to teach in a Post-Primary or Special school will study the four-year BEd (Hons) degree which will provide the theoretical and professional knowledge and skills essential for successful entry to the profession.  The BEd (Post-Primary) course qualifies graduates to teach within the 11-19 age range. (KS3&4)

The BEd programmes offer a wide range of flexibility so that progress through the course is largely self-directed. From Year 3 students will have the opportunity to choose from a range of modules. This flexibility aims to give students an opportunity to specialise in a particular chosen area e.g. to take options in Special/Additional Educational Needs, Pastoral Care or the14-19 Entitlement Framework.

During the final year of the BEd programmes students will undertake an individual research project working with a specialist supervisor from the College’s research clusters.

Course Aims

  • develop reflective teachers whose practice is informed by sound educational theory and who will continue to learn throughout their careers
  • provide a rigorous preparation for teaching in an inclusive environment
  • help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children's learning
  • provide professional development in curriculum subjects from their chosen Key Stage
  • ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour we expect from pupils.

Course Structure & Content

The Post-Primary programme is continually reviewed in order to take account of current developments in Northern Ireland Curriculum. The programmes have three inter-related strands: Placement, Education Studies and Professional Studies.

Throughout the four years of study students will spend approximately 32 weeks on placement in schools and in a range of other educational settings. Students also have a number of opportunities to study and teach abroad.

Education Studies consists of the study of the processes of schooling and the social contexts in which they take place. Throughout the programme a range of perspectives is presented to students so that they can make sense of the classroom and become highly competent and challenging classroom teachers.

Professional Studies is interrelated with the other components of the BEd programme and provides a basis of understanding for professional and personal development. It not only provides knowledge and understanding in areas of the Northern Ireland Curriculum, but through its modules develops students’ intellectual, practical and transferable skills.

Post Primary students will specialise in one of the four following academic areas: Business and Enterprise; Mathematics and Science; Religious Studies; Technology and Design. They will also study other relevant curricular areas such as Learning for Life and Work and the theoretical principles which underpin effective post primary practice at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.