Primary Education with QTS - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years)
September 2016

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With high graduate employment rates, this course offers the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status as well as an Honours degree. You will have practical experience in a range of schools, rich in cultural, ethnic and social diversity, on your way to teaching either three to seven or five to 11 age ranges in Early Years or primary school settings.

What's covered in the course?

If you opt for the three to seven 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 five to 11 range follows the National Curriculum, with emphasis on mathematics, English and science.

Choosing a specialist subject gives you an opportunity to begin to develop a more detailed understanding and knowledge of areas connected with learning and teaching in Primary and Early Years education. These include art, design and technology, drama, English, history, geography, music, mathematics, PE, primary languages, religious education, science, special educational needs, and children’s wellbeing. As you would expect, school teaching experience plays a vital role in your training.

Located in the heart of the West Midlands, you have the chance to gain experience in an area of rich ethnic and cultural diversity.

Throughout, you enjoy excellent specialist study facilities, including music, art, design and drama studios, as well as the insight and support of tutors who enhance your learning with their own experiences as outstanding classroom teachers.

Why Choose Us?

  • There is no need to make a firm decision on your preferred age range until the course starts.
  • Your practical teaching experience, on both block and serial placements, is enhanced throughout by constructive feedback from your placement mentor.
  • The University enjoys excellent links with local schools, and those in which you train are carefully selected as offering the most supportive environments for your professional development.
  • The course offers the chance to develop primary language teaching skills in Spanish and French schools.
  • There is an opportunity for some students to undertake a teaching experience in a special school.
  • 94 per cent of Birmingham City University-trained newly qualified primary teachers rated the quality of their training as good or very good in the latest Newly Qualified Teacher Survey.
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Bells Farm Primary School
  • Chilwell Academy
  • John Gulson Primary School

And in jobs such as:

  • Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant Manager

Grants and Scholarships

Want to join us in September 2016? Undergraduate students can receive up to £4,000* in non repayable financial support.

*(criteria will apply)

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

To study on this course you will need to have recently completed a minimum of two weeks work experience in a state primary school.

A minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent, at grade C or above, at the point of application. These must include English Language, Mathematics and Science.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

For entry onto any teaching training course you will need to successfully pass the government's Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. You will not be allowed to enrol on your course until you have passed these tests. Further information.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2015/16
GCE A Level/ AS Level Grade BBC at A-level or 280 UCAS Tariff points. General Studies is not considered. AS Levels are not considered.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Teaching or Education related pathway. 60 credits including 45 at Level 3, of which 40 Level 3 credits are at merit / distinction. If you do not hold GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C or above, then credits must also include English, Maths and Science at Level 2.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DDM
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 26 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 UCAS points including 4 higher level grades at C2 or above from a maximum of 5 subjects.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum of 3 subjects to a total of 280 UCAS points.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Please note we will not make offers on the following qualifications:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF)
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF)
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 26 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

In addition successful candidates will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance via the Faculty.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

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.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office.You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Grants and Scholarships

Want to join us in September 2016? Undergraduate students can receive up to £4,000* in non repayable financial support.

*(criteria will apply)

Year one

The modules below relate to the existing version of the course and give an indication of the type of taught content to expect. An exciting, revised, refreshed and updated set of modules will be taught from September 2015 as the course is currently being revalidated.

At the end of year one, you will be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education.

Principles of Learning and Teaching (core module)
15 credits
Children's Development, Health and Wellbeing (core module)
15 credits
Understanding English, Communication and Languages (core module)
15 credits
Mathematical Understanding (core module)
15 credits
Scientific and Technological Understanding (core module)
15 credits
Understanding the Arts (core module)
15 credits
Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding (core module)
15 credits
Enhancement module
15 credits
Teaching practice

Year two

At the end of year two, you will be eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education.

English and Primary Languages in the FS and KS1 3-7 / English and Primary Languages in KS1 and KS2 5-11 (core module)
15 credits
Mathematics in the FS and KS1 3-7 / Mathematics in KS1 and KS2 5-11 (core module)
15 credits
Science and Technology in the FS and KS1 3-7 / Science and Technology in KS1 and KS2 5-11 (core module)
15 credits
Personalised Learning (core module)
15 credits
Inclusive Practice (core module)
15 credits
Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years 3-7 / Effective Pedagogy in the Primary School 5-11 (core module)
15 credits
Enhancement Module
15 credits
Teaching Practice / Foundation stage KS1/2
15 credits

Year three

At the end of year three, you will be eligble for 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.

English for Reflective Practitioners in the FS and KS1 3-7 / English for Reflective Practitioners in KS1 and KS2 5-11 (core module)
15 credits
Mathematics for Reflective Practitioners in the FS and KS1 3-7 / Mathematics for Reflective Practitioners in KS1 and KS2 5-11 (core module)
15 credits
Managing Thinking and Learning Across the Curriculum (core module)
15 credits
Independent Study
30 credits
Contemporary Issues in Education
15 credits
Teaching Practice: Foundation Stage KS1 or KS1/2
30 credits
Optional Module: The Primary School and the Community

Course structure

The course consists of Professional Studies, Curriculum Studies Subject Specialist 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.

Faculty-based work

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 specialist modules to enable you to develop a more detailed understanding and knowledge of 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.

School-based work

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.

Teaching breakdown

26 Time in lectures, seminars and similar MidnightBlue
61 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
13 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

4 Written exams DarkOrange
80 Coursework FireBrick
16 Practical exams #fece5a

Student stories

Eve Richardson

Eve Richardson

The facilities, support from staff and interesting guest lecturers have helped Eve Richardson graduate from Birmingham City University with the knowledge that she can be a dedicated and outstanding primary practitioner.

The University has excellent facilities such as a 24-hour library, ICT suites and very well-equipped rooms to support individual subjects; for example a real-size school sports hall, design and technology workshops and a drama studio.

Verity Graham

Verity Graham has begun her teaching career full of experience, skills and knowledge gained during her placements and taking advantage of paid mentoring opportunities.

Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further study

The school 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.

Student stories Jamie Barry

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.

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 3 and 11 years.

Employment opportunities

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 School of Education. 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.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Sean BoydOutstanding graduates

Primary Education graduate Sean Boyd is one of the most exceptional teachers in the West Midlands, being named 'Regional Outstanding New Teacher of the Year' in the Pearson Teaching Awards.

Sean now works at Smith's Wood Primary Academy in Birmingham, where he is already working in the senior leadership team after just three years of teaching.

"I felt privileged to be recognised for doing the best job in the world. It is an absolute honour to be awarded for changing and improving the life chances of children."

"The University has provided me with the skills to plan and deliver outstanding teaching and learning."

International Students

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 international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

The School of Education boasts some of the best teaching and learning facilities in the country. As part of your training you will have access to our specially developed replica classrooms with interactive whiteboards, enabling you to experience the classroom environment.

Science education facilities

Our laboratory and Science Education Learning Room have been newly built for the start of the 2015/16 academic year. The Science Education Lab will enable trainees to encounter and explore the latest Science Education pedagogies, and together with the Science Learning Room will facilitate trainees’ transition from “subject expert” to “expert subject teacher”. Trainees will work in a fully hands-on way with the core science education materials to develop excellent subject and pedagogic knowledge - the twin attributes of the outstanding teacher.


City North is a big, bustling campus, three miles north of Birmingahm city centre. It's easy to get to and offers on-site parking. Located 5 minutes from Perry Barr train station, City North Campus is also ideally positioned along major bus routes.

The School of Education will be moving to City South Campus in Edgbaston by September 2017.

Virtual School

One of the most exciting innovations in recent years for our trainee teachers and students is our virtual school. You can encounter a range of real-life situations within a simulated environment, that teachers are often confronted with.

Visit our Virtual School


All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Drama

I.T. Support

Each student has a personal computer user name and server space Specific software for use by teachers and for use in classrooms.

Other items avaialble include:

  • Training and training notes
  • Students can borrow cameras, LCD projector
  • Specialist technician support
  • Dedicated research base for postgraduate research students

Art and Design Department

There are fully equipped art studios suitable for 3D construction, printmaking, drawing and mixed-media. For textile and ceramics specialists, there are sewing machines and facilities for batik work and a large kiln for firing ceramics. The department has an ICT Suite for digital media that includes both Mac and PC computers. There is also access to a bank of Apple iPads for on and off-site digital working including the use of social media.

Design and Technology Department

The department has access to specialist facilities, including a dedicated teaching suite for food and textiles. The textiles area has 10 sewing machines, an overlocker, CAD/CAM embroidery machines, dye sublimation equipment, a felting machine and an electronic microscope that links to the interactive whiteboard. It is also well resourced with surface decoration and construction equipment.

The food area has five electric cookers, combination microwave/ovens, an extensive range of industrial and domestic equipment, eg industrial ice cream makers and electric pasta makers, bench top printer and a CAD/CAM icing printer. The specialist tutor is a Speed Step and basic food hygiene trainer.

There is a specialist room for design and technology teaching and independent work, as well as a well-stocked reference library that contains a wide range of resources that are relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Other features include a recycling materials area, specialist work benches and a bank of computers linked directly to CAD/CAM equipment.

History Department

There are plenty of replica artefacts in the department and other superb facilities, including a huge library of dedicated subject books and an interactive whiteboard. We also inspire our trainee teachers to bring history to life by offering them opportunities to travel to historic sites.

English Department

The School of Education has two dedicated English teaching rooms that contain a substantial children's collection of works including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books and multicultural text. There is also a selection of phonics teaching materials, puppets and story bags that are used in teaching sessions.

You can explore the links between ICT and literacy through the department's Digital Blue cameras and electronic photo albums.

Mathematics Department

There are two dedicated teaching rooms for mathematics. The rooms make use of Promethean and Smart interactive white boards. Both rooms contain a library of recent and relevant publications as well as a wide range of resources for use while on teaching practice.

Trainees are supplied with the use of a laptop for the duration of the course. The laptops come with Autograph and Geometers Sketchpad software. There are a class set of iPads available for the teaching sessions.

Religious Education Department

This teaching room attempts to bring sacredness in its vicinities and a visitor will find precious collections of artefacts and devotional utilities, audio-visual resources, books, sacred texts and children's books from a range of religious traditions to support learning and teaching.

Early Years Department

As well as enjoying very strong links with local schools and specialist nurseries, we have a specialist teaching room that has a range of story sacks and puppets, an extensive selection of planning resources, copies of key texts, and toys and equipment that are relevant for foundation stage.

Music Department

The music department has two dedicated classrooms and seven practice rooms, five of which contain dedicated computer-based recording/sequencing equipment. There is also a fully equipped sound recording studio and Apple Mac computers for sound manipulation.

Drama Department

There is a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.

Louise Khalid BEd (Hons), MA (Education)

Course Director, BA Primary Education with QTS

I have taught at Birmingham City University since 2004. Prior to this I taught at a number of different Primary schools where I specialised in teaching foundation stage children.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

+44 (0)125 350 2917

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389


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