BA (Hons) Primary EducationX321

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full time.
  • If you’re interested in becoming a primary teacher, this course provides an inspiring and enriching preparation for working towards qualified teacher status (QTS). Through this course, you’ll discover exactly what it’s like to teach at primary level and what education is all about. You don’t need QTS skills tests prior to taking part in this course.

    Following completion of this primary education degree, you might choose to gain your PGCE or apply for School Direct. But, given the versatility of the course, you’ll be supported in pursuing a range of other educational careers.



    The structure of this degree encourages all students to develop their own philosophy of education with a blend of academic study and practical experience. You’ll be free to experiment with new ideas and approaches, without being assessed in practice at any point.

    The course delivers a broad-based understanding of educational policy and practice theory to arm you with a firm knowledge of education as a whole. You’ll enjoy a specific focus on the centrality of literacy and numeracy within the primary curriculum. Students on this course are always encouraged to be critically reflective, evaluating educational practice through placement opportunities.

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1st Year
  • Psycho-Social Development*
  • Education:Origins, Ideas and Values*
  • Primary Education Pedagogy and Curriculum*
  • Education: Inclusion and Diversity*
  • Engaging with Practice*
  • How Children Learn to Read and Write*


2nd Year
  • Key Thinkers in Education*
  • Managing Difference: Inclusion and the Primary Classroom*
  • Reseaching Education, Health and Welfare*
  • Experiential Placement*
  • Learning and Teaching*
  • A Critical Understanding of Approaches to Numeracy
  • Education and Society
  • Inter-Professional Practice: Safeguarding
  • Effective Group Work: Critical Practice for Social Change
  • Independent Study
  • Critical Perspectives on Families and Parenting
  • Creativity in the Outdoors
  • Issues in Educational Management
3rd Year
  • Education Studies Dissertation.*
  • Developing a Personal Philosophy of Education*
  • Performativity, Accountability and Assessment
  • Perspectives on Play and Learning
  • Disability
  • Feminism
  • Leadership and Management in Children's Services
  • Experiential Placement
  • Independent Study
  • Global Education and Sustainabilit: Formal and Informal Learning and Change

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

On successful completion, our graduates will be equipped to engage with an increasing range of learning and employment opportunities associated with education although most will no doubt intend to go on to Primary Teaching through School Direct or PGCE. 

Other opportunities open to graduates might include Early Years Education, Community Education, Youth Work, Children’s Workforce Professionals, Educational Management, Welfare and Administration, Library and Information Management Professionals, Language Analysts, the Media and Publishing – both in this country and internationally. 

The understandings and skills developed during your time here will not limit you to these professions however, and we aim to ensure you develop the generic, holistic skills that employers are looking for in graduates of the twenty first century.


Course Leader

The course is led by Jan Gourd and her team is fully committed to bringing out the unique capabilities of each and every student. Together they draw on decades of classroom experience and wide-ranging research specialisms to deliver the richest experience possible.


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    • Opportunities to work in our partner schools.
    • You do not need to have QTS Skills Tests for this course, however; you will need to achieve these prior to starting School Direct or PGCE.

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