Primary Education (Part Time Progression Route)

BA (Hons) Primary Education (Part-Time Progression Route) 2016/17

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.

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:

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Curriculum Focus
  • The Wider Curriculum
  • Meeting Diverse Needs
  • Reflective Practice
  • 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.

The Recruitment and Selection Process

The School 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 8 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      
  • Group presentation: Candidates will be given the presentation focus at interview
  • 1:1 Interview  

The interview panel is normally made up of a member of the School 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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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 School takes referees’ comments into account when selecting people for interview.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU part-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Please complete and upload the  Learning Support Agreement  as part of your application online.

Applications for this course can be completed online .

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online .

Further information about the application process and what you will need to do to prepare.

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

Fact file


  • Two years 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.
    Applicants must hold a Foundation degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant area.




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