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BEd Teacher Education

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) Degree Course



Stranmillis University College enjoys a reputation throughout the UK for the quality of its BEd programmes.  Both the Primary and Post-Primary Initial Teacher Education Programmes at Stranmillis aim to prepare new teachers to deliver the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum, the most significant curricular reform in Northern Ireland in twenty years.  The minimum statutory entitlement for all learners is set out by government, thus allowing schools and teachers considerable freedom to select courses and learning experiences according to the ability and interests of their pupils.  One of the main themes in the revised curriculum is about 'connected learning', helping learners to make connections between different subjects.  The BEd has been structured in such a way that it reflects this approach which means that the teacher, as a professional, is able to exercise greater creativity by connecting learning across traditional subject boundaries.  Evidence has already shown that learners in our schools are using their knowledge to develop transferable skills in new, relevant, real-life contexts which give real meaning to the learning experience.

The BEd programmes emphasise the importance of raising standards in literacy, numeracy and ICT, as well as dealing with issues relating to the health and pastoral care of children and young people in educational settings.  Professional placements and core modules are designed to increase understanding of the needs of learners as they move from one key stage to another.  The BEd equips graduates with the necessary skills to teach in this new environment, ensuring that they gain a deep knowledge and understanding of the latest curriculum and policy developments, as well as enabling them to form their own critical professional judgements on a wide range of issues.  The BEd also provides a solid foundation for post-graduate study.


Access NI: Criminal record checks

It is a legal requirement that all students who are working with children/vulnerable groups are subject to criminal history checks.  They will be required to complete the online Disclosure Form for an ‘Enhanced Disclosure Check’ in order to progress their studies.  The cost of this check is £33 and for BEd Teacher Education students this is undertaken when they first join the course and at the beginning of their 3rd year.

Further information on Access NI can be found by clicking here.