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BA (Hons) Primary Education - Part-time Progression Route

About the Course

BA (Hons)
Primary Education leading to Qualified Teacher Status




Available credits
120 Credits at Level 6 over two years plus recommendation for QTS.

Programme options
Students opt for a 5-11 or 3-7 age range.

Part-time one day a week at university, and professional practice in educational settings.

Two years part-time

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The Primary Education (Part-Time Progression Route) - PEPR - offers a two-year, part-time route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those working with children in an educational setting.

This pathway enables candidates with a Foundation degree or other equivalent qualification in a relevant area to top up to an honours degree whilst working towards QTS.

The programme is aimed at students who work, on a paid or voluntary basis, with children in educational settings and wish to gain Qualified Teacher Status. It is intended for students who have already gained some Higher Education credits in a relevant area through previous study.

The programme is designed to enable students to develop their understanding of the principles which underpin effective primary practice. There is an emphasis on learning beyond the classroom and creating authentic and relevant learning opportunities for children. Current emphases on creativity and cross-curricular approaches to teaching are examined and explored.

The programme takes two years to complete and is taught one day a week during term time at the Medway campus. Students are also required to undertake professional placement. These placements will be in a setting other than the one in which the student is normally employed. The student will undertake tailored placement time usually in the setting where they are based spread out across three terms. The timing and format of this placement time will be agreed between the university, the student and the student’s employing setting and will based on the needs analysis placement and the student’s previous and on-going experience in schools. Some of this placement time may be part-time.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE in English, maths and science grade C or equivalent qualification
  • At least 1 year’s experience working with children in an educational setting
  • At least 2 days a week paid or voluntary employment working with children in an educational setting
  • Written agreement to support the applicant on the programme from a senior management in the work setting
  • To enter the programme applicants must meet the TDA requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
  • Applicants must hold a Foundation degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant area.

Professional Skills Tests for students starting in the Academic Year 2013/14

If you're starting an undergraduate programme that leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or a PGCE after 1 July 2013, you will be required to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start your course.

Once you have submitted your application form, you will be eligible to book your skills tests via the Department of Education website. You will need to register online in order to book your tests, find out how on the Department on Education website.

From 1 December 2012 the University would normally expect that applicants will have taken and passed the QTS Skills tests before an interview is offered.

In all cases, passing the professional skills tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place.

Find out more about the professional skills tests.

How To Apply

An application form and further information can be downloaded here:

An application form is also available from Student Recruitment by calling 01227 782423.

Please note that the University will accept applications at any time of the year.


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Advice for Applicants

The Recruitment and Selection Process

The Department runs interview mornings which consist of an introductory talk by a member of the Programme team and the interview itself.

The interview consists of the following elements:

  • Reading and Writing Task
  • Maths Task: This test focuses on your subject knowledge and consists of answering 10 mathematical questions which focus on areas such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, algebra, shape and space. We recommend that candidates undertake some self-study prior to the interview using GCSE texts      
  • Individual presentation: Candidates will be given the presentation focus in advance and asked to prepare their presentation prior to interview
  • 1:1 Interview  

The interview panel is normally made up of a member of the Department  and a member of staff from one of our Partnership schools. The panel has a set criteria by which all applications are judged.  

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.  

Please note that the personal statement is a very important part of your application. You must say why you want to become a primary school teacher. You must also outline recent classroom experience, and other relevant work experience. Please do ensure that you check through your statement carefully for accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar. The Department takes referees’ comments into account when selecting people for interview. 

Content and Structure

The programme is taught over two years on a part-time basis but includes blocks of full-time professional placement.

The programme at the Medway campus has an annual intake.

The six modules of the course cover areas such as:

  1. Learning and Teaching
  2. Curriculum Focus
  3. The Wider Curriculum
  4. Meeting Diverse Needs
  5. Reflective Practice
  6. Professional Practice

Modules 1-5 take one university term to complete and are assessed through a variety of approaches including written assignments, oral presentations, and an independent investigation into primary practice.

Module 6 involves assessment of professional practice throughout the programme ending with the final placement.

Students will be taught in face-to-face sessions in the university but will also be expected to take part in sessions taught in other settings – for example visits to schools, visits to places of interest, sessions in outdoor locations. This is in line with the programme emphasis on diverse learning environments.

In addition students are expected to undertake individual study and research to develop their own expertise and areas of interest. It is likely that this will be related to areas of development in the schools and settings where the students are based.

An innovative feature of the programme is that schools who support students on the PEPR programme will be invited to send an additional member of staff to some of the taught sessions at university, free of charge.

For more information on the course structure or content please contact our administration team:


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