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Primary Education (ITE)

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2019

About this course

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

Page last updated 23 August 2019


Why study primary education?

Prepare to enter the classroom as a transformational professional, ready to make a real difference to the lives of the children you teach.

The current national teacher shortage, combined with a higher than average number of children expected to start school in 2018, means there are excellent job prospects for graduate teachers.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Primary Education covers all National Curriculum subjects and allows you to choose a specialism from Literacies and Language, Maths and Sciences, Arts, or Humanities.

You'll develop your skills in teaching five to eleven year olds, across key stages 1 and 2, to professional standards.

Deepen your knowledge and understanding through self-directed study, with an enquiry-based approach to your learning.

Read, discuss and question current policy and practice and make links between educational theory and practice. In your final year, you'll research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Graduate with Qualified Teacher Status, ready to start your career as a teacher.

Approach this course as if it were a job. You'll work nine to five for most of your course working in diverse schools and settings with children from a range of cultural backgrounds, and across the spectrum of needs. Become an expert communicator, creating a positive, safe environment and a first-class educational experience for the children you work with.

Where can it take me?

You'll graduate with excellent prospects for employment.

Completing the course demonstrates that you have all the personal and professional attributes you need to become a successful teacher.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study:

  • Learners, Learning and Teaching
  • Maths 1
  • English 1
  • Exploring the Curriculum
  • Professional Practice.

Year two

You will study:

  • Inclusive Teaching and Learning
  • Maths 2
  • English 2
  • Cross-curricular Learning
  • Professional Practice
  • Becoming a Researcher.

Final year

You will study:

  • Transition to QTS
  • Maths and English
  • Curriculum Enhancement
  • Professional Practice
  • Teacher Reseacher.

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

Learn through formal lectures, seminars and workshops, tutor and student-led study groups, and one-to-one tutorials.

You'll specialise in teaching across the primary phase at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and develop your professional skills against the current teacher professional standards.

You can choose to specialise in Language and Literacy; Maths and Science; Art; or Humanities.

Study in groups and independently, and use online resources. Develop your independent working, time management, communication, collaborative, It and professional commitment skills.

Placements are an important part of this course. You'll spend several weeks of each year working in schools and educational settings to gain practical experience. We'll support you at every step, and help ensure you learn effectively. 

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

To find out more, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

Study time

This is a full-time intensive programme and you will attend classes on most weekdays. Sometimes the sessions will start at 08:30 and last until 17:30.

You'll be required to attend teaching placements on a full-time basis.


You can expect to be assessed through oral and poster presentations, portfolios and written assignments. This programme has no exams.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check



Work experience hones your skills and industry knowledge, making you a sought after graduate.

You'll gain work-based experience throughout the course. By the end of your first year, you'll have worked in a range of settings, including a six-week block placement.

Your second year will involve a seven or eight-week placement, and in your final year you'll work in an educational setting one day a week and undertake a 15-week school placement. 

We work closely with our partner schools to develop your confidence and competence Some students are offered jobs on graduation by their placement schools.

Read how Jo was inspired by her teaching placement.

Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find the right placement.

Study facilities

You'll use modern, purpose-built facilities: high-quality teaching rooms, industry standard technology, and equipment that can be booked out and borrowed.

Our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

You will graduate ready to teach all the subjects of the National Curriculum at key stages 1 and 2 and meet all the standards required to become a member of the teaching profession. 

This course gives you the opportunity to enhance your skills and improve your job prospects.

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

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

Prospects - careers in teaching and education.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year265

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

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 15 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.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

The Primary ITE programme includes a high level of placement-based learning and working with children. We would encourage all applicants to get relevant experience of working or volunteering with children to help prepare them for this crucial element of their programme.

As part of the selection process, applicants will be invited to an interview designed to assess professional suitability for a career in teaching.

On the interview day applicants will be given a literacy and numeracy task to identify any support needs in these areas prior to entry.

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 2 August. If the tests have not been passed by this date, 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 2 August. Requests received after this date will not be granted and applicants will be required to withdraw and reapply the following year.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

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