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.
“I have undertaken a placement in a primary school for each academic year. Each placement was at a different school in a different year group so I was able to experience a wide range of teaching.”
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 primary 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.
To study on this course, you will need certain qualifications and you will need to have recently completed a minimum of two weeks work experience in a state primary school.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|Typical UK Qualification||Requirements 2015/16|
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.
|GCE A Level||Grade BBB at A-level or300 UCAS Tariff points. General Studies is not considered. AS Levels are not considered.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma
(Teaching or Education)
|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)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 300 UCAS points.|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units)||DDM|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 300 UCAS points.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||26 points overall|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||300 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 300 UCAS points.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 300 UCAS points.|
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.
|Typical 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.
Government requirements for teacher training courses
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.
In addition successful candidates will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance via the Faculty.
How to Apply
Full Time: Apply through UCAS.
UCAS Code: X120.
Apply via UCAS
Non-EU (International) students:. There are three ways for international students to apply: direct to the University, through a country representative or through UCAS. Please read our guidance on how to apply.
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 2015||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£9,000 per year|
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
|Sep 2015||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£11,500 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.
University Approach to Employability
Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.
Read our Employability Statement to find out more.
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.
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.
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 per cent 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
Kapil Kapur has taken on a role as a mentor while undertaking his degree and won the Undergraduate Student prize at the 2012 Tell Us Your Story awards for his enterprising spirit in setting up a tutoring scheme, supporting young people through extra-curricular activities.
The pupils don't see me as a teacher; I am more on their level. I enjoy it very much, the satisfaction is brilliant and the role is very flexible as well, which is ideal to fit around studies.
It has been great to secure a job that is relevant to my future career. The University has been really good for that and is also helping us to find jobs after we graduate.
The course has been challenging, informative and thorough and the staff are very dedicated; they are always there for us.
I also work at Open Days and admissions events, giving information to parents and potential students about university life and what the course is like.
Prospective students from the UK
- 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 outside the UK
- Please use the International Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 5389.
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