Primary Education with QTS - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years)
September 2018

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2018, take a look at some of our other available courses.

If you have a passion for inspiring and educating young learners, and want the best possible career opportunities after graduating, then this is the course for you. This exciting programme provides you with a variety of opportunities to explore your interests and develop core skills and experience in Primary and Early Years teaching.

Jamie Barry

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Our graduates are shaping the world, achieving things they never imagined.

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What's covered in the course?

Our course offers you the chance to gain the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as a degree, helping you walk into your dream job immediately after graduating.

This course allows you to specialise in age phases 3-7 or 5-11, qualifying you to teach in primary schools and early years settings and gives you the opportunity to work in a Special Educational Needs School.

You will have access to local schools where you can carry out placements and develop your practical experience right from the start of the course. We believe that getting our students working in schools with experienced teachers and children is key to developing committed, creative and confident teachers who will have existing relationships to benefit from when seeking employment after graduation.

Our course is underpinned by a commitment to the well-being and achievement of all of our students in a supportive and nurturing environment. The learning is led by highly experienced tutors who facilitate a wide range of practical experience and taught sessions to engage you in reflective and critical evaluation of research, policy and practice. You will be well supported during the course in your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher.

Where will I study?

From September 2018 our School of Education will be taught at our new state-of-the-art campus, City South which is undergoing a £41 million investment. Our brand new learning facilities at the City South campus are specifically designed to develop your knowledge and skills in primary teaching.

See what our students say...

“My favourite thing about this course is the support you receive from the tutors, they really make an effort to get to know you and provide around the clock support to help you at all times. Also, placements are so rewarding - you really come to love the children and they truly see you as a teacher.” Georgia Midgley

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 93 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.
  • We have many partnerships in the West Midlands, which means that you can benefit from training in local schools and early years settings 
  • High employability rate - 95 per cent of our students are in work or study six months after finishing this course (Unistats) and we provide excellent support in making sure you find the right teaching job for you
  • Practical hands-on experience in schools right from the start of your programme
  • Study at our brand new £41 million City South Campus where you will be from September 2018 
  • We have a number of international links (Spain, France and Germany) to enable you to experience primary education in another country, enhancing your employability skills

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid. Terms and conditions apply.

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This course is open to International students

Where our students go

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

  • Boldmere Junior School
  • Smith's Wood Primary Academy 
  • Annie Lennard Primary School 

And in jobs such as:

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Foundation Stage Teacher

Entry Requirements

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

UK students

A minimum of 5 GCSEs, at grade 4 or above (previously Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent. For GCSE Science an equivalent in BTEC level 2 Applied Science with a minimum pass grade will also be accepted. Please note that the remaining additional two subjects need to be actual GCSEs.

Scottish Standards equivalent to 5 GCSEs Grade 4 or above are:

  • Credit Standard Grade - Grade 1 or 2
  • National 5
  • Intermediate 2

Irish Standards and Highers equivalent to 5 GCSEs Grade 4 or above are:

  • Every subject passed at Ordinary / Standard level, where grades of O1-O4/ A1-C3 up to and including 2016 have been achieved
  • Every subject passed at Higher / Honours level, where grades of H1-H7/ A1-D3 up to and including 2016 have been achieved

Download the GCSE equivalencies for this course  

112 UCAS tariff points from A 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 
GCE A Level Grade BBC at A-level or 112 UCAS Tariff points. General Studies is not considered. AS Levels are not considered.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 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  Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points.
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 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 112 UCAS points.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 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.

You may wish to gain some experience in Primary School before attending an interview.

The following CACHE qualification can be considered for entry to the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS course:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • 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 Extended Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)

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

EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 
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.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Applications Closed

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Applications Closed

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2018, take a look at some of our other available courses in Clearing.

Interview Guidance

If you are interested in a career in primary education make sure you gain some first-hand experience in the classroom (at least two weeks) and talk to teachers about their role. Get involved with the children and talk to them about their learning. All of this will be essential for you to make a good impression at your interview. Make sure you are aware of any current issues/areas of interest within Primary Education as these will be useful to talk about in your interview.

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.

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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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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What's included in your course fees

Included in your course fees are a range of specialist/visiting speakers and all mandatory field trips.

Year one

An Introduction to Core

You will explore the nature of the core subjects (English, mathematics and science) and prime and specific areas of the EYFS. You will begin to develop your understanding of the subject knowledge required and will start shaping your own approach to teaching the core subjects and meeting the needs of all learners.

The Developing Child

Will seek to develop your knowledge and understanding of the ways in which children develop in the early years and primary settings. It will develop the link between theory and practice as part of the module will be delivered through observation of school practices and your experiences during school based training.

The Emerging Teacher

You will be encouraged to consider your first experiences in your placement school, considering the complexity of the teacher’s role and the importance of adopting a professional stance at all times.  You will understand the importance of an effective learning environment and develop practical strategies to support you in managing children’s behaviour.

Understanding the Foundation Curriculum

An introduction to subjects taught in Primary Schools (besides core subjects). You will be introduced to key areas of learning for each subject and supported to understand some of the frameworks and resources used to deliver them. You will understand the relevance of each subject and how they support one another.

Year 1 Subject Study

Will enable you to develop your understanding and expertise in a specific subject area. It will address the relevant curricular content and learning and teaching strategies appropriate to the chosen subject. You will develop professional skills and attributes through collaborative group work.

School Based Training 1

You will work alongside experienced teachers and other education professionals to develop your knowledge, understanding and skill in the classroom and the wider school environment in order to help you to become a confident, creative and committed teacher. You will be able to implement theory and evidence-based understanding in your teaching. 

Year two

Promoting Progress in Core

You will draw upon your classroom experience to develop their sense of responsibility for children’s progress in the core subjects (English, mathematics and science).  This module builds on the skills and knowledge introduced in the Year 1 core module and links to the Year 3 core module. 

Assessing and Reporting

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of how assessment and reporting are fundamental to learning and teaching in primary and EYFS settings. This module will enable you to become confident in meeting the challenges of inspiring all children to reach achieve their goals and to overcome disadvantage and barriers to learning.

Special Educational Needs and Disability and Inclusion

You will explore the diverse needs of pupils in EYFS and Primary settings with an emphasis upon SEND. The module explores the challenges for inclusive teachers within changing educational environments whilst providing opportunities for developing knowledge and practical skills relating to working with pupils with a range of individual needs. 

Developing the Foundation Curriculum

You will develop excellent subject, curriculum and pedagogical knowledge directly related to the foundation subjects.  You will develop a clear understanding of how subject planning will support and enhance children’s progress within subject areas. 

Subjects in Action

You will have opportunities to develop your understanding and expertise in a specific subject area, planning collaboratively for a specific age group in the chosen subject, having consideration of pupils’ individual needs when differentiating and personalising the learning. You will assess and monitor progress of children and evaluate your own teaching.

School Based Training 2

You will observe teachers and build on your teaching style and behaviour management strategies. Through extending your subject knowledge, understanding of differentiation and assessment, you will develop planning and teaching skills to ensure pupils make consistent progress in your lessons. You will evaluate and reflect on your practice to identify your individual strengths and needs.

Year three

Critical Issues in Core

You will develop your understanding of formative and summative assessment, considering your own experiences and evaluating policy and research. You will reflect on your teaching experiences and evaluate and explore your own philosophy.  You will collaborate with a group to produce an assessed presentation exploring and analysing an aspect of one core subject. 

Current Issues in Education

Responding to changes and developments within education, you will develop an in-depth understanding of how these issues will impact your work in the primary classroom. A strong commitment to inclusive values will empower you to address issues of equality, diversity and justice to optimise the life chances for all children you teach.

Creative Teaching in the Foundation Curriculum

You will develop, support and enhance thinking and learning skills in EYFS and Primary settings. This will be considered through statutory and non-statutory curriculum guidance, and theoretical perspectives. You will focus on developing creativity and cross-curricular opportunities, and evaluating and justifying resources, enabling you to become a highly confident, committed and creative teacher.

Research in Education

You will be supervised by an experienced tutor so that you can conduct research relevant to your subject study in a supportive and nurturing environment, demonstrating good subject and curriculum knowledge. It will actively encourage you to develop your research skills and to pursue your learning journey at Masters level and beyond.

School Based Training 3

This module enables you to build on and demonstrate your mastery and achievement of the professional standards and expectations of teaching through practical, school-based experience. You will have opportunities to create appropriate conditions for learning, demonstrate a secure understanding of the curriculum and implement assessment that ensures progression for all learners.

The content of the programme is research led, innovative and responsive to change and we employ a variety of learning and teaching approaches that focus on modelling good practice which, as a trainee teacher, you shall be encouraged to use in the classroom. 

The programme comprises five strands that combine to enable you to develop your skills and knowledge to become committed, creative and confident primary school teachers.

The strands are as follows: Core (English, Mathematics and Science and/or the prime and specific areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum), Professional Studies, Foundation (all other National curriculum subjects and/or the prime and specific areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum), Subject Study and School Based Training.  These strands are repeated in each year of study to enable you to build up your knowledge, understanding and skills in each key area.

The School Based and University Based aspects of the training course are interlinked and interdependent.

Number of hours in the classroom per week 

You will have between 18 to 20 hours of taught sessions across the week (Monday to Friday). 

Teaching breakdown

Year 1

41% Scheduled Learning and Teaching

41% Guided Independent  Study

18% Placement

Year 2

33% Scheduled Learning and Teaching

49% Guided Independent Study

18% Placement

Year 3

22% Scheduled Learning and Teaching

54% Guided Independent Study

24% Placement 

Assessment breakdown

Year 1

100% Coursework Assessments

Year 2

80% Coursework Assessment

20% Exam

Year 3

100% Coursework Assessment

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.

Overseas Opportunities

The programme hosts students on the Erasmus and Study Abroad programmes from a number of partner Universities from around the world who will study alongside you and facilitate debate about different approaches to learning and teaching. You also have the opportunity of a transnational teaching experience in a number of European countries through the partnerships the School of Education has established with The Sorbonne in Paris, The University of Cordoba in Spain and Schwabisch Gmund University in Germany.

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 or MTL programmes.

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.

Enhancing your employability skills

On the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS programme you will experience a wide variety of learning and teaching approaches that are designed to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills as you progress through the course.

We will support you in the transition to university through a careful induction process, confidence building activities, group work and a carefully planned programme with a range of formative and summative assessments.

Your programme will be interactive, practical, engaging, thought provoking and challenging and is designed to promote independence so that you become a confident, committed and creative teacher ready to join the teaching profession.

On the programme you will experience a variety of learning and teaching approaches that focus on modelling good practice and these will include: workshops, conferences, lectures, seminars, a range of guest speakers, visits to schools/settings and other sites as well as a range of practical teaching experiences.

The content of the programme is research led, innovative and responsive to the educational climate to enable you to develop your subject and pedagogical knowledge and apply it in the classroom.

The BA Primary Education with QTS programme is a three year undergraduate course that leads to the award of a degree and qualified teacher status.

The newly designed programme offers you an honours degree and a recommendation for the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) on successful completion of all elements over three years full-time study.


We have developed a shared vision for educational excellence with the schools in our partnership. You will benefit from working with and learning from outstanding classroom teachers in schools and at University. Working in schools with teachers and children is key to you becoming a committed, creative and confident teacher.

The new concept for the school based elements of the programme provide greater opportunities to spend time in school. In your first and second year you will spend one day per week in school (during one term) to allow you to make links with your observations in school and the taught programme in university. There are also a number of block placements in school where you will begin to lead the learning for a class. The NCTL Professional Standards for Teachers which lead to recommendation for the award of QTS will be assessed through the school based training modules.

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.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

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.

What its like to do a primary education placement

What is it really like to be on placement?

All students on our Primary Education course take part in extensive placements to enhance their learning. Current students Abigail, Esma and Zoe provide an insight and share their experiences of life as trainee primary school teachers in a blog.

“I was excited about being in a small class as I thought this would make getting to know the children a lot easier. By the second day I knew all the children’s names - they were so impressed!” Abigail said.

Read our students' blog

98%...of students are in graduate level employment or full time study six months after graduating2016/17 DLHE Response

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:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

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.

As part of these plans, the University's Education provision will join the rest of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at our City South Campus in Edgbaston during 2018.

This is the third phase of the University's project to move all teaching and learning to two campuses, City Centre and City South. By moving our Education provision, we are creating a hub for the provision of public service contracts and professional development at City South Campus and improving the student experience with a stronger sense of community and more consistent support services and facilities.


In addition to classrooms, a lecture theatre, social learning spaces, an open access IT suite and cafe facilities, the new £41 million extension to our City South Campus offers a range of specialist teaching and learning facilities for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.  


All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

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

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Kate Glanville

Senior Lecturer in Primary Geography and Professional Studies

I gained my BA (Hons) degree in Geography from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and returned there to complete my PGCE in Upper Primary Education in 2001/2.

My first teaching role was at a primary school in Walsall where I was appointed Geography Coordinator. Following this, I moved to a secondary school in Sandwell to pursue my interest in special educational needs. Whilst there I also gained my Master's degree in Autism.

My final teaching role before joining Birmingham City University was as a SENCO at a primary school in Walsall.