BA (Honours) Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) with Qualified Teacher Status

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) with Qualified Teacher Status

Gain the knowledge, qualifications and practical teaching experience to become an early years and primary teacher, where you will promote equality to improve the life chances of learners aged 3-7.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    120-128 UCAS points

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Learn from expert colleagues in local and regional primary schools and early years settings.
  • Develop subject expertise through both university and placement-based training.
  • Study teaching and learning in both the early years and primary phases.
  • Apply theory, research and evidence to meet the Teachers’ Standards and develop as a critically reflective practitioner. 
  • Explore an area of individual specialism to enhance your expertise and practice.

Join our dynamic community of students, researchers and academics at the Sheffield Institute of Education. On our BA Early Years and Primary course, you’ll learn about the key aspects of a teacher’s role – including theories of learning, pedagogy, assessment and behaviour management. You’ll also study inclusive practices that promote positive outcomes for all learners.

Accredited by
  • National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
This course is accredited by the DfE for the purposes of achieving Qualified Teaching Status upon succesful completion

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We are rated Ofsted outstanding for all initial teacher training courses, across all age phases (March 2024).


100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 84% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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How you learn

Your lecturer’s view

Watch course leader Jemma Monkhouse talk about the BA Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) course at Sheffield Hallam University.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

We have been rated outstanding by Ofsted across all initial teacher education courses (March 2024). We offer sector leading initial teacher training in early years, primary, secondary and post-16 and we are rated outstanding in all four areas by Ofsted. Inspectors said that ‘trainees across all phases experience an exemplary quality of education and training’ and that our ‘work with partner schools is exceptional’.

Our Sheffield Institute of Education is one of the UK’s largest providers of teacher training, supporting 1,000 new teachers every year. 

Because we partner with more than 600 schools and colleges in the region, you’ll have every opportunity to gain experience and network with leading educational providers. We’ll help you grow your profile, develop professional skills and build your confidence as a work-ready graduate and teacher.

You learn through: 

  • On-campus lectures and seminars
  • Workshops and teaching simulations 
  • Guest speakers  
  • Individual reflection and goal-setting
  • Peer engagement  
  • Class debates  
  • Group tutorials  
  • Research-informed practice 
  • Collaborative projects
  • Real-world projects and placements  
  • Opportunities to study abroad  
  • Essays and presentations 
  • Lesson plans, teaching and evaluation
  • Independent research projects

Key themes

We’ll help you champion equality, diversity and inclusivity – you’ll gain a range of skills to support positive learning behaviours and positive outcomes. You’ll study the curriculum and teaching strategies you’ll need to teach the subject you want to teach – as well as understanding how children learn and the stages of child development. 

The teaching and learning on this course fully integrates university-based and school-based learning with placements in all three years – amounting to at least 24 weeks in schools. You’ll also develop skills in planning and assessment while engaging in current debates about education. 

As the course progresses, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in your own area of classroom enquiry, enabling you to develop your expertise and classroom practice in an area of individual specialism or interest.  

Course support

You’ll be taught by a close-knit community of qualified and highly experienced teaching staff who take the time to get to know you. Throughout your time, you’ll receive personalised support, such as:

  • Specialist Hallam tutors and school-based mentors.
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources.
  • Career support for up to five years after you graduate.

Course leaders and tutors

Jemma Monkhouse
Jemma Monkhouse
Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education

My main duties are teaching on the undergraduate and post graduate English modules. I also teach on some professional practice modules and computing sessions

Applied learning


You’ll complete placements in all three years of the course, with the opportunity to undertake at least 120 days in school – across both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. This will enable you to apply and further develop your growing knowledge and skills as you progress through the course. 

Your placements will vary in purpose. Some will have a particular area of focus over several days or weeks – others will support you in taking on the role of a class teacher and teaching the breadth of the curriculum within a particular class. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement (25 weeks minimum) or multiple placements between your second and final years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

Future careers

The majority of students completing the course go directly into employment as qualified teachers. 

However, you will also develop a range of professional skills you can use to progress your career in other areas, such as:

  • Local authorities
  • Alternative educational settings 
  • Charity sector 
  • Non-government organisation (NGO) 
  • Administrative and research posts 
  • Enrichment work with children and young people 
  • Other graduate careers, such as retail management and the civil service 

You could also continue to Masters-level study – such as Hallam’s MA in Education or MA in Autism – or a PhD.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries, modern cafes and study spaces designed by our students. 

Most of our teaching is conducted in person at our City Campus, right in the heart of Sheffield. 

You’ll have access to industry-standard teaching facilities and equipment, such as:

  • Teaching resources found in early years and primary settings. 
  • Specialist spaces that reflect placement settings. 
  • Virtual learning environments where you will access materials and resources.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 120-128

This must include at least two A levels including at least 40 points in each, one of which would normally be a primary national curriculum subject though this is not essential, or DDM from equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBB-ABB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Distinction overall from a T Level Qualification.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4, or equivalent.
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4, or equivalent.
  • Science at grade C or 4, or equivalent.

Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English.

• Access - QAA recognised diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including 20 credits at merit or above. Ideally, but not essentially, at least 18 credits at level 3 should be in a primary national curriculum subject, or sociology, or psychology. You can take GCSE equivalents for English, mathematics and science on Access courses (12 level two credits in each).

• Grade B from CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present-day UK society.

Selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to starting your course.

See our selection event guidance for this course.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

An Introduction To Teaching And Learning
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
How Children Learn: 3-7
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Curriculum And Pedagogy: 3-7
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Subject Focus: Early Reading And Early Maths
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Designing Learning Sequences: 3-7
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Developing A Specialism
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Inclusive Environments For Behaviour And Learning: 3-7
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
 Placement 2
Credits -
Assessment Practical(100%)
The Teaching, Learning And Assessment Cycle: 3-7
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Adaptive Teaching Across The Curriculum: 3-7
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Debates In Education: 3-7
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Educational Enquiry
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Placement 3
Credits -
Assessment Practical(100%)
Reflecting On Professional Practice And Development
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching, education and childhood studies courses (PDF, 362.2KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

Student success story

As part of their course, students from our early years and primary education courses had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to teach children English in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


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