Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons)

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Become a Primary School teacher. Help young children develop a love for learning. Be the teacher they remember all their lives.

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BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS is a challenging degree which will develop your knowledge and skills in the broad range of curriculum studies qualifying you to teach at primary level. Placements in schools are an essential part of the course, accounting for a total of 70 credits. When you graduate you will be a fully qualified Primary School Teacher.

Upcoming start dates
8 January 2020
14 September 2020

Why us?

  • Our Education courses (which include BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS) are ranked 2nd in the UK according to The Guardian University league tables 2020.
  • 97.3% of our BA (Hons) Primary Education graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • This course has over 90% Overall Satisfaction according to the National Student Survey 2018
  • Our Initial Teacher Training courses are ranked 4th in the UK for Student voice and 10th for Assessment and feedback, according to the National Student Survey 2018
  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Course structure

This course is taught via lectures, seminars, group work, computer-based learning, and independent learning.

In-school training is an important part of this course. During that time, you will benefit from practical learning and be supported by school-based trainers, University tutors and your peers.

Your progress will be assessed with written assignments, posters, presentations and computer-based assessments, (including podcasts and vodcasts). Throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Resources which will be particularly useful for your course include:

    • Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals
    • Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
    Library Services - education
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You'll be based at The David Goldman Informatics Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter's riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is

  • GPA 3.0 or above from High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade - SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics, English Language and Science. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in any other element.

Applicants are expected to show, recent experience (two weeks minimum, but preferably more) of working within English state mainstream Primary Classroom(s) in Foundation Stage, KS1 and/or KS2 during the past two years.

All successful applicants will be interviewed.

All successful applicants will be required to:

Obtain a DBS Enhanced Disclosure
Complete a Medical pro forma
Complete a Self-Declaration
Successfully complete the DfE Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course. It would be helpful, but not essential, to take the tests before your interview

Fees and finance

2019/20 entry:

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK/EU
  • £11,500 if you are an international student

2020/21 entry:

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK/EU
  • £12,000 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces, then the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme may be able to help cover your funding for this course. For more information, see our Funding for Armed Forces personnel page.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


This degree awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained primary school in England and Wales. Most graduates from this course go on to teach in primary schools.

Good teachers are always in high demand. The average starting salary for a teacher is £24,000, and experienced teachers can earn up to £62,000 outside London, and £70,000 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,379 and £112,000.

Teachers also benefit from excellent holidays, and the teachers’ pension scheme is the second largest public sector pension scheme in the UK.

Work placements

Placements are an essential part of this degree. You will spend time in schools in each year of this three-year degree, gaining a true understanding of what being a primary teacher involves, and using your new skills and knowledge. When you’re ready to start searching for a teaching job, you will already have a wide network of professional contacts who can help you find the right opportunities.

Meet the students

  • The Sir Tom Cowie Scholarship was a huge factor in achieving a First Class Honours degree.
    BA (Hons) Primary Education graduate Alex Bowey

    Alex Bowey

  • Teaching in Kenya was a fantastic experience.
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    Amy Armstrong

  • I knew the University of Sunderland had an excellent reputation for its teaching qualifications.
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    Claire Rushworth

  • Sunderland was the only University that talked about what they could do for me.
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    Stephen Wood

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