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Primary Education

BA (Hons) with QTS

As a primary school teacher, you’ll shape the educational, social, and emotional development of the children in your class.

UCAS Code: X121 or X122

Single Honours

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As an Ofsted Outstanding institution with a long and proud history of training teachers, we prepare you for this rewarding career through a mix of carefully selected school placements, interactive seminars, and subject skills sessions.  This professional degree will qualify you to teach across all primary years, but you will specialise in teaching 3-7-year-olds or 5-11-year-olds.

Outstanding

for training primary teachers

Ofsted 2023

An exciting and inspiring place for trainee primary teachers to study

Ofsted 2023

Accreditation

Worcester is an accredited Initial Teacher Training provider. This means that when you graduate you will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by the Teaching Regulation Agency.


Overview

At Worcester, you’ll gain experience through multiple placements in a variety of school environments throughout the year, preparing you for a successful transition into teaching.

When not on placement, you’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, workshops and interactive subject sessions covering the full spectrum of National Curriculum subjects. In these interactive sessions, our tutors will model effective teaching and classroom management strategies. They’ll then pause their ‘teaching’ to clarify their actions and the reasons behind them. Specialist facilities, such as our DT room, gymnasium, music room and art studio, are designed to replicate the school environments you’ll be teaching in, allowing you to learn in authentic settings.

In addition to your subject-specific sessions, you’ll also cover topics like behaviour management and inclusive practice, as well as carry out your own research project. In each year, our 'Developing Self' module will equip you with tools for good mental health and wellbeing, and give you space to reflect on your personal development.

The route you choose will determine the focus of your modules. For example, if you choose early years, you’ll learn how to adapt a maths lesson for 3 or 4-year-olds. In a later years group, you might be creating a computing lesson plan for 10-year-olds.

No matter which route you choose, you will qualify to teach across all primary areas – giving you flexibility throughout your career.

Placements

Across the three years, you’ll carry out at least 24 weeks of placements.

We work with over 200 schools in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Birmingham and beyond, and carefully select your placements to give you a range of experiences across different key stages and in different types of school. So, in your first year you might be in a Key Stage 2 class in a small village primary, and then in your second year a Key Stage 1 class in a large, culturally diverse school.

You’ll be supported in school by trained mentors and class teachers, as well as your university tutors. They will observe you teach and give instant feedback to ensure you continually improve through reflective practice.


A day in the life of a primary school teacher


Course content

You’ll study modules covering the whole primary curriculum to build your subject knowledge and teaching skills, and cover topics like behaviour management and inclusive practice. You’ll also carry out your own research project in your final year of study.

All modules are mandatory to ensure you’re eligible for Qualified Teacher Status.

This course is informed by the latest research and feedback from students, staff, and placement schools. Modules do sometimes change to reflect this. The most up-to-date module information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered on the course.

Mandatory modules


Careers

At the end of this course, you’ll be qualified to teach in a primary school in England or Wales. Most of our students quickly find jobs after they graduate, thanks to the connections they make on placement, the confidence they’ve gained on the course, and our excellent reputation with schools in the region.

Many Worcester graduates then go on to leadership roles within schools, as curriculum leaders, special educational needs coordinators, key stage leaders, deputies, or head teachers.

Your English Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will also be recognised in many countries around the world, giving you the opportunity to see the world.

Support early in your career

At Worcester the support doesn’t end when you graduate. Our Early Career Teacher (ECT) network continues to offer support and professional development opportunities as you go into your first job.


Course highlights

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Ofsted outstanding
In 2023 Ofsted rated our primary and secondary teacher training as ‘Outstanding’. They said we create “a learning community that places children at the heart of everyone’s endeavours”.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of interactive seminars, workshops, and lectures. In the seminars you’ll link educational theory to your placement experience, through reflection and evaluation.

You’ll have seminars in all National Curriculum subjects, allowing you to experience the full range of subjects you’ll be teaching in primary schools. A typical session will be interactive, with practical work, group discussions and the chance to ask questions. Practical subjects will be taught in specialist spaces such as DT rooms, gymnasiums, and dance studios.

There are no exams on this course. Instead, you’ll be assessed through a mix of written assignments, debates, presentations, and observations of your teaching.

Teaching and assessment contents

You are taught through a combination of interactive seminars, workshops and lectures. The seminars will enable you to link educational theory to practice through reflection and evaluation. You will have seminars in all National Curriculum subjects to enable you to experience the full range of educational provisions in primary schools. Practical subjects will be taught in specialist spaces such as DT rooms, gymnasiums and dance studios.

You will have the opportunity to plan and deliver lessons in seminars, before using this experience on placement to plan and deliver in the classroom.

Following placement, your seminars will give you opportunities to discuss your teaching – what went well and what changes you make in the future. Workshops delivered by Head Teachers and teachers in school will complement your seminars to ensure you are constantly up to date with current practices in the classroom. In addition, meetings with your Personal Academic Tutor are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in each year of your course.

You will also undertake placements in each year of study matched to your pathway choice (3-7 or 5-11 year-olds). You will receive support whilst in school from trained mentors and class teachers, as well as a tutor from the University who will observe you teach and give instant feedback to ensure you continue to improve through reflective practice.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 112

Typical Offer
QualificationGrade
A-levelBBC
BTEC National Extended DiplomaDMM
T-levelMerit

We do accept Access to HE Diplomas and other qualifications which may not exactly match the combinations above. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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Fees

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UK and EU Students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International Students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


How to apply

How to apply contents

Applying through UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for full-time undergraduate courses in the UK.

Read our how to apply pages for more information on the application process, or if you’d like to apply for part-time study.

Apply for entry in academic year 2024/25:

Apply for Primary Teaching with QTS BA (Hons) (3-7 years)Apply via UCAS for Primary Teaching with QTS BA (Hons) (5-11 years)

Student case studies

Some recent graduates reflect on their time on the course.

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Isabelle Cooke

Isabelle Cooke has graduated with a First Class honours degree in Primary Education.

“My dream since I was in primary school myself was to become a primary school teacher. So to be graded as an ‘outstanding’ primary teacher at the end of my final teaching placement and to be awarded a First Class Honours, was simply, a dream come true,” said Isabelle.

After finishing her studies Isabelle secured a job at the school at which she took her final teaching placement, teaching a Reception class.

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Di Lewis

"The course is special because it allows students to use their knowledge from university sessions in experiences in school and vice versa," says Primary Education graduate Di Lewis. "The tutors are very friendly and supportive, both academically and personally.

"The highlight of the course for me has been the enhancement opportunities, including the behaviour conference in first year and the prison education and CAMHS sessions in second year.

"After the course, I aim to get a job in a key stage 2 class to complete my ECT years. After this I would like to take on art or languages subject lead. In the future, I would like to gain my Master's degree and come back to teach on the PITE course."

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Becky Redfern

Paralympian swimmer Becky Redfern declined the chance to celebrate her sporting success at Buckingham Palace to attend Graduation 2022.

After finishing her Primary Education degree, the 22-year-old, of Droitwich, spent two terms teaching in a local school before staying there as a supply teacher.

“Starting my time at Worcester was very daunting, especially with my visual impairment,” she said. “However, the first few weeks were made a lot easier with the guidance from older students in terms of finding our way around and the additional support from the Disability and Dyslexia Services. Despite packing a lot into my four years at Worcester – two World Championships, Covid, having a baby, winning silver at the Tokyo Paralympics – I thoroughly enjoyed my time at uni and am very grateful for all of the support and flexibility that the University gave me with time away training and competing.”

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Isabelle Cooke

Isabelle Cooke has graduated with a First Class honours degree in Primary Education.

“My dream since I was in primary school myself was to become a primary school teacher. So to be graded as an ‘outstanding’ primary teacher at the end of my final teaching placement and to be awarded a First Class Honours, was simply, a dream come true,” said Isabelle.

After finishing her studies Isabelle secured a job at the school at which she took her final teaching placement, teaching a Reception class.

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Di Lewis

"The course is special because it allows students to use their knowledge from university sessions in experiences in school and vice versa," says Primary Education graduate Di Lewis. "The tutors are very friendly and supportive, both academically and personally.

"The highlight of the course for me has been the enhancement opportunities, including the behaviour conference in first year and the prison education and CAMHS sessions in second year.

"After the course, I aim to get a job in a key stage 2 class to complete my ECT years. After this I would like to take on art or languages subject lead. In the future, I would like to gain my Master's degree and come back to teach on the PITE course."


Contact

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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Samantha Wallett

Lecturer in Primary Education

Admissions office

01905 855111