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Primary Education (ITE)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Education and Childhood
Three years
Programme leader:
Karan Vickers-Hulse
Key fact:
Graduating from this rewarding honours degree leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why BA(Hons) Primary Education (Initial Teacher Education)?

Our BA(Hons) Primary Education (ITE) will prepare you to specialise in the teaching of five to 11 year olds across key stages 1 and 2, developing your skills to professional teacher standards. We are committed to training transformational professionals who will make a significant difference to the lives of all the children they teach.

Graduating from this rewarding honours degree leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Why study this course?

The course adopts an enquiry-based approach to learning, building your skills and deepening your knowledge and understanding through self-directed study. You will work independently and as part of a team, collaborating in study groups, assessments and in early professional practice with fellow students.

You will be given a firm grounding in all National Curriculum subjects and choose a specialism from Literacies and Language, Maths and Sciences, Arts, or Humanities. You will be encouraged to read, discuss and question current policy and practice and make links between educational theory and practice. In your final year, you will research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Real-world experience

We encourage our students to approach this course as if it were a job. Working nine to five throughout much of the course, most of your learning will involve practical work in diverse schools and settings with children from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and across the spectrum of needs. You will become an expert communicator, creating a positive, safe environment and a first-class educational experience for the children you work with.

Where it can take you

Employment prospects for our graduates are excellent. Successful completion demonstrates that you have all the personal and professional attributes required to become a member of the teaching profession.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The BA(Hons) Primary Education (ITE) 5-11 course is designed to train you to specialise in teaching across the primary phase at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - and to develop your professional skills against the current teacher professional standards. The course adopts an enquiry approach to learning - with many opportunities for you to direct your learning, to develop your graduate attributes and to deepen your knowledge, understanding and skills.

During the course you will further specialise in one of the following areas:

  • English, Literacies and Language
  • Maths and Science
  • Arts and Humanities

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Introducing Knowledge for Teaching Core Subjects
  • Introducing Knowledge for Teaching Foundation Subjects
  • Beginning Professional Practice.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Developing Professional Practice in Primary Education
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Developing Knowledge for Teaching Core Subjects
  • Embedding Knowledge for Teaching Foundation Subjects.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Extending Professional Practice
  • Extending Knowledge for Teaching Core Subjects
  • Primary Education: Dissertation.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We use a variety of methods of teaching including formal lectures, seminars and workshops, tutor and student-led study groups, and one-to-one tutorials. All students are expected to learn both in groups and independently, as well as through the effective use of on-line resources. You will develop important graduate skills:

  • Independent working
  • Time management
  • Expert communication
  • Collaborative working
  • IT skills
  • Professional commitment

We will provide you with all the support and assistance you need and actively encourage you to learn effectively in a variety of ways.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

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Study time

This is a full-time intensive, professional programme. Your commitment to the course will require you to attend University on most days. Sometimes the sessions may start at 08:30 and last until 17:30. When on teaching placement you will be required to attend on a full-time basis.


We use a range of assessment types, including oral and poster presentations, portfolios and written assignments, some of which are written under exam conditions.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

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Work-based experience takes place throughout the course. By the end of your first year, you will have worked in a range of settings, including a six-week block placement. Your second year will involve a seven- or eight-week placement, while in the third year you will work in an educational setting one day a week and undertake a nine-week placement. We have a dynamic relationship with our partner schools and we work closely together to develop your confidence and competence.

Some students are offered jobs on graduation by their placement schools.

Read how Jo found relevant work experience as a playworker.

Study facilities

Our modern, purpose-built facilities offer high-quality teaching rooms and state-of-the-art technology, including excellent workshop and IT facilities and an open learning area with an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and equipment, such as digital cameras and laptops, that can be booked out and borrowed. You will become familiar with all the appropriate hardware and software. Friendly staff are always on hand to help when needed.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

The course is designed so that you are able to teach all the subjects of the National Curriculum at key stages 1 and 2 and that you meet all the standards required to become a member of the teaching profession.

With the cost of higher education increasing, making the decision to study at university can seem daunting. We believe this course can greatly benefit you by enhancing your skills and improving your job prospects, in addition to being a worthwhile experience in its own right.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read what our students think about their time at UWE.

Useful links

For further information on your career in teaching, including salary scales and case studies of current trainee teachers, visit The Department of Education website.

Read about careers in teaching and education.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent.* Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: A post-16 qualification in a National Curriculum subject is advantageous.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

*If you do not meet the GCSE entry requirements, we will accept equivalency tests that are of a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C or above.

Admission is subject to satisfactory interview. The interview process will assess professional suitability for a career in teaching and applicants must complete a period of school experience in a Primary School prior to interview (a total of 10 days or more, not necessarily in one block). On the interview day all applicants will be required to pass a literacy task, designed to test ability to use English to a satisfactory level. Extra time can be given to those declaring a disability such as dyslexia.

All offers will be subject to satisfactory health checks.

Disclosure of Criminal Background - Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Additional requirements

Department for Education Professional Skills Tests

All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and before starting their course. We recommend that you complete the skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy as soon as possible after you have submitted an application for an Initial Teacher Education programme. If practical, you should take these tests before any interview that you may be invited for, but if this is not possible, you should take them as soon as possible thereafter.  If you have not passed the tests at the interview stage, any offer will be conditional until you have passed both tests. There will be a cut-off date of the 30 June; if the tests have not been passed by this date, then any place offered may be withdrawn and offered to someone else. Information about the tests can be found at: The Department for Education.


Deferral requests will only be approved if they are received in writing by the 30 June.  Requests received after this date will not be granted and applicants will be required to withdraw and reapply the following year.

How to apply

We consider every application but due to strong competition we cannot guarantee an interview for every applicant.

Please see the general information about applications.

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