Department of Education

Practice placements

Primary and Early Years Education (with Qualified Teacher Status) BA

Placements are an important and integral part of the Primary and Early Years Education (with Qualified Teacher Status) BA course. Over the duration of the three year course, students spend at least 120 days in a variety of school placements: approximately 30 days in year one, 50 days in year two and 60 days + in year three. Placements support students’ journeys to becoming a teacher in many ways: they enable the practicing of knowledge and skills learnt; support understanding of schools as organisations and classrooms as spaces for learning; deepen understanding of how children learn and develop and hone classroom management skills, among other things.

On placement, students are given tasks to accomplish which link to particular modules and the Teachers Standards (DfE, 2012). Over time, students are given increasing responsibility and by the end of their third year placement are acting as class teachers. 

Placements are usually primary schools – three different ones over the duration of the course – located in East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. The priority is to ensure that students experience working across the 3 to 11 years (Key Stage 1 & 2) age range and, where possible, both urban and rural schools. We also offer enhancement placements in early years settings, secondary and SEND schools, in addition to the three primary school placements.

Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice BA

With a variety of potential careers in childhood and youth and an increasingly competitive employment market, graduates need to combine a strong academic grounding with a clear professional focus that prepares them for the workplace. The Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice BA does this by incorporating practice placements in the first two years of the degree, along with a further opportunity to experience work in children's services during the final-year research project. A variety of practice placements are available to our students and including schools, early years, youth work and family services.

Placements in Year 1 are linked to a module on social pedagogy, a theoretical discipline which informs work with children and young people in many European countries.

In Year 2, observational placements are based around a module, Working with Children and Young People, studied jointly students on the BA in Social Work.

In each of these modules, students spend the equivalent of one day a week for five weeks on placement. During placements, students keep diaries reflecting their observations. Seminars and tutorials also provide opportunities for the discussion of links between theory and practice experiences.

Watch the following video to hear a student’s experience of the placement opportunities on the BA in Childhood and Youth: Theory and practice.

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