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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

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

Qualify to teach while working in a variety of school and early years settings.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year ††
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? X110
When do I start? September 2020

Student satisfaction

This course scored 92% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Train to become a well-rounded and creative primary school teacher.
  • Understand early years teaching, and how children learn.
  • Gain hands-on experience with extensive in-school training.
  • Develop your interests and expertise into a specialist teaching area.
  • Qualify as a teacher, and benefit from the course's very high graduate employment level.

Gain the skills, experience and training you need to enter primary teaching as a qualified professional. We help you to grow academically, while obtaining sound practical and theoretical knowledge of teaching. You graduate a qualified, experienced primary teacher, with specialist expertise and industry connections.

You have the opportunity to study abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.

How you learn

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Watch course leader Jane Stacey talk about this course.

The course aims to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of teaching. There are regular placement days from the first year onwards, culminating in practical assessments, and you undertake four national priority school-based placements. You conduct research in your specialist area, and will be taught to critically analyse key learning principles.

You learn through:

  • lectures and seminars from expert tutors
  • regular school-based placements and research
  • one-to-one support from a personal academic tutor
  • research into a specialist area such as maths, science, PE or languages
  • range of e-learning materials

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Applied learning

Work placements

Throughout the course you will work extensively in local and regional primary schools, starting with regular placement days and a practical assessment in your first year. You will develop your skills and knowledge in order to meet the Teachers' Standards in that setting.

In second year, on top of an assessed placement, you undertake four national priority school-based training placements (SEND, EAL, Early Reading and Early Number). You also attend placement days in a specialist setting, in line with your chosen area of expertise.

Your third year involves carrying out an individual educational enquiry project, which enables you to carry out school-based research in your specialism. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

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Future careers

The majority of students completing the course go directly into employment as qualified teachers. A number of key transferrable skills are also developed throughout the course, allowing for alternative progression or career routes. Some of these include:

  • local authority/voluntary sector worker or researcher
  • non-government organisation (NGO) administrative and research posts
  • enrichment work with young people
  • more general graduate careers including, for example, retail management and the civil service
  • academic career as researcher via Masters level study and PhD

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Howard Street
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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

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:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • 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.

GCSE

  • 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.

• Grade B from CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education

• 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).

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

* GCSE science equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

• OCR National Level 2 Science

• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

You must

• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

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 you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring 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) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age.

If English is not your first language, you will need 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 page.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Introduction To The Early Years Core Curriculum Credits: 40
Module: Introduction To The Wider Curriculum In Early Years Credits: 20
Module: Placement 1 Credits: -
Module: Professional Learning 1 Credits: 20
Module: Understanding Learning And Learners 1 Credits: 20
Module: Understanding Learning And Learners 2 Credits: 20

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Developing Enquiry Through A Specialism Credits: 20
Module: Developing The Core Curriculum Credits: 40
Module: Developing The Foundation Subjects Credits: 20
Module: Placement 2 Credits: -
Module: Professional Learning 2 Credits: 20
Module: Understanding Inclusion Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Educational Enquiry Credits: 40
Module: Enhancing The English And Digital Literacy Curriculum Credits: 20
Module: Enhancing The Maths And Science Curriculum Credits: 20
Module: Placement 3 Credits: -
Module: Professional Learning 3 Credits: 20
Module: Values And Issues In Education Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. ††

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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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.

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