The qualification is an honours degree, recently rated through Ofsted inspection as a high quality course, which trains you:
- To teach children in two key stages i.e. either aged between 3-7 or 5-11. You will not need to make a firm decision on this until you have begun the course
- To deliver the curriculum as relevant to your chosen age phase
- To develop the skills needed to become a curriculum or age phase leader
- To work in a wide variety of schools, particularly in the urban environment, selected because of the experience and support provided for students.
We are a leading provider of teacher training offering a wide range of placement opportunities across the West Midlands. As part of your studies, you will be able to gain practical experience in a range of schools with a rich variety of cultural and linguistic influences, religious beliefs and social diversity.
We have excellent specialist study facilities, including music, art, design and drama studios. Our tutors have all been outstanding classroom teachers.
This course qualifies you to specialise in age phases 3-7 or 5-11, qualifying you to teach in primary schools and early years settings.
- Chance to gain the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status as well as a degree.
- The School of Education has an enviable reputation as a leading provider of Education and Teacher Training - widely recognised for the quality of our provision and ranked by Ofsted as Grade 1 'Outstanding'.
- Option to teach children in one of two Key Stages (3-7 or 5-11 age ranges); there's no need to make a firm decision until you begin the course.
- Practical study opportunities, including trips, fieldwork and school placements - previous students have spent time training in Spanish primary schools.
- The course achieved a student satisfaction rating of 95 per cent in the most recent National Student Survey.
- 96 per cent of our undergraduate trainees were in a professional/managerial job six months after completing the course (Unistats 2013).
Why Choose Us?
- We are proud of the excellent student satisfaction scores at Birmingham City University, reflecting our excellent teaching and commitment to putting students at the heart of everything we do - 95 per cent of our teacher training students were satisfied overall (NSS survey 2013).
- You get practical teaching experience on both block and serial placements, during which you receive feedback on your work from a placement mentor.
- The School of Education enjoys long and successful partnerships with more than 900 primary schools and early years settings across the West Midlands.
- National Student Survey reports that 91% of students thought our education courses improved their communication skills.
- The Guardian League Tables 2014 rate satisfaction with teaching on our education courses at 93%.
- Located in the heart of the West Midlands, you have the chance to gain experience in an area of rich ethnic and cultural diversity.
Key comments from Ofsted Initial Teacher Education Report 2010:
- ‘Trainees have excellent support for their personal well-being in the University and in schools; this contributes to the high achievement of trainees.’
- ‘The provider makes very good use of the rich diversity and the resources available across the partnership to ensure that all trainees have a good breadth of experiences and are prepared well to teach in a diverse society.’
- ‘The provider has a culture of continuous improvement and innovative practice, such as the use of the virtual learning environment and the ‘virtual school’.
- ‘The coherence between all of the elements of the course is particularly strong and a key factor in the high achievement of trainees.’
300 UCAS tariff points made up of:
- A minimum of two A-levels or equivalent
- We do not accept AS-levels as part of the required tariff points
- A minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, at the point of application. These must include English Language, Maths and Science
- General Studies and Key Skills are not accepted as part of the points
- You must also have experience of working with children in a state primary school and/or early years setting.
For entry onto a teaching course in September 2013 you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. This is a change to existing requirements effective from September 2012. Please visit the DfE website for further information.
We recognise a range of qualifications which are detailed below. If you have a query about a qualification which is not listed here - our dedicated Course Enquiries Team will happily advise you.
Many offers will be expressed using the UCAS tariff point score, but some will be expressed as grades.
|BTEC Extended Diploma/ BTEC National Diploma||DDM in a relevant subject.|
|BTEC Diploma/ BTEC National Certificate||DD as part of entry requirements, in a relevant subject.|
|BTEC National Diploma in CCLD (Children's Care, Learning and Development)||Accepted, excluding Reflective Practice Unit.|
|BTEC National Certificate in CCLD (Children's Care, Learning and Development)||Accepted, excluding Reflective Practice Unit. Must be in addition to A2-levels.|
|CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education||Not accepted.|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points|
|Access Courses||Access to Teaching only at Pass, including 40 Level 3 credits at merit or distinction grade. This must include GCSE equivalence in English Language, Maths and Science if this is not held separately.|
|Advanced Diplomas and Progression Diplomas||Accepted as all or part of the required tariff points.|
|NVQ Level 3||Not accepted.|
|Foundation Degrees||Not accepted.|
|IELTS||6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each level.|
Successful candidates will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance via the Faculty.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.
You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.
Fees and Finance
Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
|Sep 2014||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£9,000 per year|
|Sep 2014||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£9,000 per year|
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
|Sep 2014||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£10,100 per year|
|Sep 2014||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£10,100 per year|
Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses start in September/October, at the beginning of the academic year. However, some courses also have January/February or April start options. Short courses take place throughout the year.
Many of our courses can be studied on a Full-Time (FT) or Part-Time (PT) basis.
We also offer a Sandwich (SW) option for some courses – this usually involves two periods of Full Time study separated by a 'sandwich' placement spent working in an occupation related your course.
Online Learning (OL) courses can be studied remotely, usually using online learning tools.
Fees quoted are only for the academic year or start date stated. Fees may change in future years.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
Travel costs associated with your school placements will be at your own expense. If you decide to participate in overseas visits or trips, then a proportion of the costs will be at your expense.
Financial Options and Advice
We have deliberately tried to set fees that reflect the cost of course delivery in order to help our students avoid debt.
Full-time students won't have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies - there are government tuition fee loans available. If you are a full-time student, after leaving university you will start to pay back your loan once you are earning over £21,000 a year, at a rate of nine per cent on any income above £21,000. So if you were earning £25,000, you would pay back nine per cent of £4,000, or £30 per month.
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis offers key facts on fees, loans and grants:
We offer further information on possible financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
- Explore some of the good reasons why you should study here.
- Find out how to improve your language skills before starting your studies.
- Find all the information relevant to applicants from your country.
- Learn where to find financial support for your studies.
- Discover what current and former international students have to say.
Dates for 2014
Our next Open Day is Saturday 14 June 2014. Booking for this will open in Spring 2014.
Our Open Days provides you with the perfect opportunity to visit the University and discover just what we have to offer.
Watch what past visitors thought of the day:
University Approach to Employability
Expertly woven into our curriculum and work experience opportunities, and underpinned by a diligent approach to career preparation and the close involvement of professional bodies, the University views employment as one of the principal rewards for a student's ambition, application and academic achievement. It's why the University is one of the country's top 30 universities* for placing students in graduate-level employment.
Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.
Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.
* Sunday Times University Guide 2012
Employment prospects are outstanding compared to national averages - we expect all students to obtain teaching posts on graduation. League tables show that our primary graduates are consistently successful in gaining responsible teaching posts.
Education courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to a recent article in the Telegraph, with 92.6 per cent of graduates nationwide going into work or further study within six months of finishing their degree.
School experience is integrated closely with the work undertaken in the Faculty. The experiences are planned in a developmental and supportive manner with students progressively taking more responsibility for the classroom over the three years.
Each year has a range of school experience and a block practice.
The faculty offers a programme of continuing professional development for newly qualified teachers and serving teachers. Graduates may also consider pursuing their studies further on the MA Education programme.
About KIS data
From September 2012, all universities and colleges are publishing standardised information for all undergraduate courses in the form of a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS data is designed to meet the needs of prospective students and allow for informed decision-making when choosing a university course.
Putting our students first
We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.
90.2% of graduates from the School of Education who responded to our survey went into employment in teaching roles in varying levels of education (and/or further study), earning an average full-time salary of £20,400.
Working with your Students’ Union
Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.
The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.
As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.
The course consists of Professional Studies, Curriculum Studies Enhancement Modules and School Experience.
The course features lectures, seminars, workshops, electronic learning, research, guest speakers and practical study opportunities, including trips, field work and school placements.
Professional Studies provide an understanding of learning and teaching and the knowledge and skills to teach across the Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2.
If you opt for the 3-7 phase, you will focus on the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and this will include studying the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. The 5-11 age phase follows National Curriculum, with emphasis on English, mathematics and science.
This takes place at our City North Campus and includes Teaching Studies which cover:
- Professional Studies which focus on teaching and learning.
- The curriculum as relevant to your age phase choice i.e. if your age phase choice is 3-7 your curriculum studies will focus on the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 including studying the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. If you choose 5-11, you will cover all the National Curriculum subjects with an emphasis on the core subjects of mathematics, English and science.
- A choice of enhancement modules to enable you to develop specialist understanding and knowledge in areas connected with learning and teaching in primary and early years education including: Art, Design and Technology, Drama, English, History, Geography, Music, Mathematics, PE, Primary Languages, Religious Education, Science and Special Educational Needs, Children’s Well-being.
Students undertake a large amount of school experience in a variety of schools in each year. Placements are in your chosen age range of the course, i.e. 3-7 or 5-11.
|Enhancement module (15)|
|Certificate of Higher Education / Progression to Level 5|
|Enhancement Module (15)|
|Teaching Practice / Foundation stage KS1/2 (15)|
|Diploma of Higher Education / Progression to Level 6|
|Teaching Practice: Foundation Stage KS1 or KS1/2 (30)|
|Optional Module: The Primary School and the Community|
|BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS / BA (Hons) Primary Education *|
*Any trainee achieving 60 credits drawn from any modules at level 6, making a total of 300 credits in total over the whole course and reaching the end of their registration period or leaving the course, is entitled to the award of BA Primary Education.
There is a combination of assessed coursework and teaching practice in all years which cumulatively contributes towards meeting The National College for Teaching and Leadership standards for newly qualified teachers. Some assessments also contribute to the degree classification.
Jamie graduated from Birmingham City University in 2004 with a BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS - and less than a decade later he was appointed head of Welford Primary School in Birmingham in January 2013. He was 30 when he took up the post.
"It has been a bit of whirlwind and, at times, a very steep learning curve - but I cannot think of any better career. I love teaching and the ability to give children the best opportunities possible," said Jamie.
"I cannot praise Birmingham City University highly enough for helping me kick-start my career," added Jamie. "I felt I was 100 per cent job-ready thanks to the vocational focus of the course, the academic rigour of the study and the support of the tutors."
In his various roles since graduating, Jamie has earned a reputation of applying innovation to teaching. He was an early user of interactive white boards and implementing information and communication technology in the classroom and across the school.
It's crucial that we engage and motivate children, and make the learning experience as exciting as possible for them. We need to switch children on to learning so that they continue as lifelong learners when they leave us."
Attracting the attention of school leaders, by the end of his fourth year of teaching, he took up a post as a deputy head teacher and worked at this level until taking up his first headship at Welford Primary School. The school has 480 children, aged between three and 11 years.
Always wanting to 'think out of the box', Jamie has recently bought a double-decker bus to permanently park in the school's playground to provide an interesting place for youngsters to play and learn.
"School is the most important part of their lives. If we inspire children now we can be much more confident that they will achieve whatever they set their minds to in life. That is why I cannot imagine doing any other job."
Jamie said as a head teacher he misses being in the classroom - but now has new challenges in developing his team of passionate colleagues. "Education is fast changing and I am fortunate to have a team that looks forward to making a difference."
Prospective students from the UK or EU
- Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
- If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from non-EU countries
- International enquirers from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 6714.