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BEd Post-Primary Business & Enterprise

UCAS Code N1X3

Course Structure:

The BEd (Post-Primary) course qualifies you to teach within the 11-19 age range and provides opportunities to develop transferable skills for employment in other educational/training settings. The programme has recently been reviewed in order to take account of recent curriculum initiatives in the post-primary sector.  The programme comprises the inter-related strands as shown above and offers a wide range of flexibility so that progress through the BEd is largely self-directed.

Years 1 and 2 of the course will be foundation years in which you will study common, compulsory modules in Education Studies and Professional Studies.  You will specialise in an academic subject (or combination of subjects), in Learning for Life and Work and in Literacy and Numeracy.  In order to help you to embrace successfully the challenges of study at undergraduate level, one module will have a Study Skills focus.

In Years 3 and 4, you will continue to specialise in your chosen academic subject (or combination of subjects) and choose from a range of additional specialist modules including the opportunity to select from a range of specialist options.  This flexibility aims to give you an opportunity to specialise in a particular chosen area, for example, in the area of Pastoral Care, Special Educational Needs, 14-16 Occupational Studies or Essential Skills.

Education and Professional Studies

Education and Professional Studies is offered in each year of the post-primary degree programme.  Students are taught using innovative methodologies in tutorials, workshops, seminars and lectures, where they critically consider evidence from a range of media such as visual media, electronic journals and library texts.  Each module has a particular focus (such as Assessment for Learning or Children with Special and Additional Needs) but throughout students are made aware of the primacy of the learner.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Minimum C in Maths & English
GCE / VCE Grades BBC
GCE A Level Subjects Required Business Studies / Economics / Accounting

VCE A Level

Subjects Required

Business 12-unit award + contrasting 6-unit award or GCE A level in a curriculum subject
Access 70% average specialising in Business Studies modules
Other Factors GCSE Profile, Interview,  Personal Statement,  Reference,  Relevant Structured Experience

Course Outline

The Business and Enterprise course is an academically stimulating and challenging area of study which affords students the opportunity to study a range of business topics.  It helps prepare students for the effective delivery of the many business-related subjects which are currently offered at Key Stage 4 and post-16 level.  Throughout the course students will develop a critical awareness of the dynamic nature of the business world and the issues faced by changing practices and developments.  Students will have the opportunity to investigate a range of enterprising businesses and practices at a local and national level, and recognise the need to adopt an entrepreneurial attitude to benefit the local economy.  Students will also have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of the synoptic nature of the subject content and develop a deeper understanding of connected learning within business subjects.

Learning & Teaching

It is more important than ever to encourage and nurture enterprising young teachers who will be dynamic and innovative in the classroom. The tutors adopt a facilitative role incorporating a problem solving approach to provide opportunities to develop enterprising skills and attributes such as inventiveness, risk-taking, drive and a ‘can-do’ attitude among students. 

Tutors combine the use of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions, with a blend of technology-enhanced teaching material plus classroom-based activities to optimize the teaching/learning process for students. The blended learning approach adopted endeavours to develop independent learning and personal development in the area of business and enterprise education. The course team adopts an interactive teaching approach that involves students in contributing to class discussion, analysing and responding to case studies and other stimulus material. Students are encouraged to make an active contribution to their learning and personal development through participation in visits to and from industry, individual presentations and group activities.

The structure of the modules enables students to develop and enhance personal ICT competence and also to develop subject and teaching competence in the use of current technologies to enhance learning.

A significant element of the final year of study will involve synoptic assessment in the form of a dissertation which provides students with the opportunity to carry out a small scale research project on a relevant topic of their own personal choice and interest.