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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Teaching and Learning in Primary Education (5-11) with Qualified Teacher Status (2 year top-up)

Take your career as a teaching assistant to the next level, and gain a full Honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £4,625 per year
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

Course summary

  • Build on your teacher training experience to gain a full Honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Become an effective teacher with a mix of theoretical study and practical training.
  • Undertake two six-week teaching placements and other shorter, specialist placements.
  • Continue in your position as a teaching assistant, learning and training in your work setting.
  • Develop your knowledge of Maths, Science, and English and your ability to teach them.

This course allows higher level teaching assistants or foundation degree-holding teaching assistants to take their careers a step further. You'll attain Qualified Teacher Status and an Honours degree within two years.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Lyndsay Creasey-Gray talk about this course.

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.

You'll gain well-rounded practical and theoretical knowledge throughout the course, with work-based assessments as well as on-campus study. From your first year, you are introduced to the core curriculum areas of Mathematics, English, and Science as well as creativity.

In the second year you continue studying Mathematics, English, and Science, and examine inclusive learning environments. You also complete an enquiry project relevant to your or your schools professional development. You benefit from specialist primary teachers on campus and have the support of an academic tutor throughout.

You learn through

  • lectures, workshops and seminars
  • placements
  • essays
  • work-based assessments
  • online blogs
  • viva

Course leaders and tutors

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Lyndsay Creasey-Gray
Senior Lecturer in Primary English

Applied learning

Work placements

As much of your training will take place at your employing school, their support is essential for the degree's successful completion. You'll undertake a six-week teaching placement at your school in your first year, as well as specialist early reading and numeracy placements elsewhere, which help further develop your core subject skills.

You'll also complete a second six-week placement in a different setting, with a different age group, and have the opportunity to take specialist four day placements and teaching conferences.

Networking opportunities

With numerous placements and conference opportunities, as well as frequent study alongside students learning different teaching disciplines to your own, there is ample opportunity for networking throughout the course.

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Future careers

By successfully completing this course, you become fully qualified to teach in a primary school setting.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

GCSE English, mathematics and science at grade C or 4 or equivalent*, plus

• minimum of 240 CAT credits in a relevant area, such as a foundation or Bachelor's degree.

• you must be working in a school or foundation stage setting for a minimum of 20 hours a week. This may be in employment or in a voluntary role. Your setting must be within a reasonable travelling distance from university so that you can reach Sheffield centre for seminars each week and you can be supported in your setting by university link tutors.

• a letter of endorsement from a senior member of the school or foundation stage setting where you work. This must include an agreement to support you throughout the placements and with the school-based tasks. You must also have the capacity to work as an unqualified teacher within this setting.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 235 (Internet based).

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from

* GCSE science equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• Science equivalency test from
• OCR National Level 2 Science
• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

* Level 2 Key Skills such as numeracy and literacy are not considered equivalents to GCSE for entry to this route. If you have any other qualification which you think may be equivalent to a GCSE, contact the student support administrator prior to submitting your application so that it can be formally approved by the admissions team.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you.

Please view our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Developing A Creative Learning Environment Credits: 20
Module: Introducing The Core Curriculum Credits: 20
Module: Learning And Learners With Professional Practice Credits: 20
Module: Placement 1 Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Developing Professional Practice In Inclusive Learning Environments Credits: 20
Module: Exploring Professional Development Credits: 20
Module: Extending The Core Curriculum Credits: 20
Module: Placement 2 Credits: -

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2021/22 is £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits 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.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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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 and education courses (PDF, 260.5KB)

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How do I apply?

Complete an application form to apply for this course.

Application form (PDF, 733KB) (PDF, 715.9KB)

As part of your application, you will also need to complete 3 additional forms.

  1. Partnership Agreement (PDF, 618.2KB)
  2. Record of Teaching Experience (PDF, 542.7KB)
  3. Letter of Endorsement (PDF, 536.4KB)

Please submit these with your completed application form.

Application deadline: Friday 9 July 2021.

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