Nicholas Groves


In the late 1960s, the degree of BEd was invented. It was awarded to highperforming students at teacher training colleges who had the three-year CertEd, and who were asked to stay on for a fourth year. Later, it was awarded as the default qualification, the pass BEd replacing the CertEd, and the BEd(Hons) taking the fourth year. It caused much looking down noses as ‘not a proper degree’—largely as it was taken through training colleges, and not in a ‘real’ university. With the demise of teacher training colleges, it has since died; all intending teachers now graduate with a BA or BSc. [Excerpt].