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.

Why us?

  • 99% of our BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK students)
  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • £22,000 is the average salary six months after the course, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK students)

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.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • School Experience 1 (20 credits)
  • Curriculum Knowledge 1 (40 credits)
  • Professional Learning 1 (20 credits)
  • Research and Scholarship 1 (20 credits)
  • Wider Curriculum Studies 1 (20 credits)

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • School Experience 2 (20 credits)
  • Curriculum Knowledge 2 Early Primary or Primary(40 credits)
  • Professional Learning for a Diverse Society (20 credits)
  • Research and Scholarship 2 (20 credits)
  • Wider Curriculum Studies 2 


Final year (national level 6):

  • Practice of Teaching placement in school (30 credits)
  • Subject Studies (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Curriculum Study in Education (30 credits)
  • Development of Professional Learning: Critical Study (30 credits)

The David Goldman Informatics Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
St Peter's Way,


  • 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
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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 120 UCAS points from a minimum of three A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award), which must be a minimum of BBB. You can include additional qualifications such as AS levels and/or vocational awards.

We also accept applications from those with at least three distinctions in an Access to Higher Education course. The Access course results must equate to 120 UCAS points.

You must also have five GCSEs at grade C or above, and these must include Mathematics, Science, and English Language, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:

  • Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)
  • Have passed the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy, set by the Department of Education. This is essential before you can achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is helpful if you are able to take the tests before your interview with us, but this is not a requirement of applying for this course.

If English is not your first language, you will also need International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no other element lower than 6.0.

We strongly encourage you to have some work experience in a primary school and/or supportive learning environment.

All successful applicants will be invited in for an interview. Interviews start mid to late November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £10,750 if you are from outside the EU

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

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 £22,000, and experienced teachers can earn up to £56,000 outside London, and £64,000 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 an 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.

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