Primary Education

BA single honours Primary Education 2016/17

with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • Do you want to undertake your degree in Primary Education on a course that is very highly regarded by current students and our school partnership for its quality of provision, care, support and guidance?
  • Do you have a desire to make a positive impact on a child’s life opportunities?
  • Do you have the ability to motivate and engage children?
  • Are you committed to continuous self-improvement
  • Do you want to acquire a deep understanding of how children learn and of the primary curriculum?

If you’ve answered yes to these important questions then join us as a Canterbury Partnership Teacher! The BA (Hons) in Primary Education leads to an honours degree and the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to begin your teaching career as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) equipped with the necessary subject knowledge, skills and understanding to start your career as a primary practitioner.

Through an integrated programme of academic and professional practice learning, by the end of your three years, you will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of children’s development and apply this in your own practice. In addition you will have a strong knowledge of the primary curriculum and will have the confidence to teach in innovative ways that excite and motivate children. Applicants for the BA (Hons) in Primary Education can apply for the 3-7 age or 5-11 age range. Students graduating from this course will be qualified to teach the whole of the primary phase.

The BA (Hons) in Primary Education will enable you to develop a deep understanding of how children learn. You will learn about current initiatives and their impact on classroom practices. You will be supported in your own learning to become a creative and flexible practitioner prepared to make a positive impact on children’s lives and meet the needs of the primary schools of the future.

At the end of your three year degree you will be equipped to teach the whole of the primary curriculum. There are many distinctive features built in to this course, including;

  • the opportunity to spend one day a week in one of our partnership schools during the first year of your degree to truly immerse you within teaching and learning in primary education
  • the opportunity to undertake an ‘alternative placement’ in the UK or in one of our partnership settings abroad. (Examples of settings abroad include USA, Palestine, Tanzania, Kenya, France, Spain, Netherlands ...)
  • the opportunity to develop an ‘enhanced’ subject knowledge in a variety of curriculum areas, including Early Years, Special Educational Needs and Primary Languages (French, German or Spanish). Those students undertaking Primary Languages may also have the opportunity to further enhance their studies by spending some time in one of these countries

All students studying Primary Education are actively involved in their learning and development. This course has been carefully designed, in collaboration with our partnership schools, to be responsive to the needs of the profession and aims to model what outstanding teaching and learning in the primary classroom looks like. Your learning experiences will be varied and will include educational visits, lectures, conferences, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops and independent study supported by online learning materials. In addition to this, you will spend a significant proportion of time on professional placement. Assessment methods are varied according to the modules but include posters, essays, presentations, portfolios etc. All of these have an explicit focus on supporting your development as an outstanding primary practitioner.


We are extremely proud of our excellent track record for the number of students who go on to successfully gain employment across both our partnership in Kent and Medway in addition to the rest of the UK after completing their studies. We will offer you excellent support to help secure your first post as a Newly Qualified Teacher. In addition to going onto successfully securing employment, many of our students show a real commitment to their on-going professional development. The faculty of Education offers a variety of professional development pathways on either a part-time or full-time basis designed to meet your needs as an early professional.


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 full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-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. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

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. 

Some categories of additional costs are always payable by the student, as set out in the general principles.  These include costs for own purchase text books; DBS / Health Checks (although some may be reimbursed); Professional Body registration; travel to other sites; Library Fees and Fines; Printing & Photocopying; and travel and accommodation / subsistence costs whilst on Placements or Exchange visits.

The learning that you experience in the University and in schools needs to model explicitly and implicitly key aspects of subject and phase-specific pedagogy. To this end, there is an emphasis on:

  • individual and collaborative learning
  • the use of a range of ways of engaging you in critical debate and discussion
  • practical, creative and active learning, through a multi-sensory approach
  • consideration of the range of learners’ needs
  • the appropriate use of information and communication technologies
  • the use of technology-enhanced learning and blended learning
  • independent and directed learning tasks, to inform and support or extend the learning from taught sessions
  • teaching which draws upon local, national and international perspectives
  • critical review of resources to support high-quality teaching and learning
  • a strong and continual focus on professional and personal reflection
  • the use of a range of methods to assist you in auditing your own knowledge, skills and understanding

During the BA (Hons) Primary Education you will spend a significant amount of time learning to teach in nurseries, schools and other education settings, which may be both local and international. You will have a range of contrasting experiences of teaching in terms of age groups, type, size and location.

You will be assessed for the award of your academic qualification through your assignments and through your teaching in school, and will submit assignments for all of the taught modules. Most modules carry 20 credits and the assessment will include a wide range of tasks including written essays and assignments, examinations, oral presentations, action research tasks and portfolios of evidence of your learning.

A number of applicants apply for more than one Primary Education course offered by the University. We do not recommend that you select more than two options. Irrespective of the number of times you indicate a Primary Education course at the University, only one interview is offered per applicant.

Some applicants indicate a mixture of Primary Education courses and BA/BSc Honours degrees either at Canterbury Christ Church or elsewhere. The Schools do not discriminate against applicants who do this.

The personal statement is a very important part of the form. 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. Applicants who are not predicted to achieve our minimum entry qualifications may not be selected for interview. Offers for this programme are grade specific and cannot be supplemented with other UCAS tarif points.

The Recruitment and Selection Process

The School runs interview afternoons (usually on Wednesdays but can differ according to the programme) from mid-November until May each academic year. The number of applicants called to interview on any day is around 100.

The afternoon consists of an introductory talk by a member of the Programme team and the interview itself. There is also the opportunity for candidates to explore the University on a self-guided tour.

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.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • X121 Lower Primary QTS (3-7 yrs)
  • X122 Upper Primary QTS (5-11 yrs)


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent.

    GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above. You are required to undertake and pass Professional Skills Tests set by DfE in Literacy and Numeracy, and a minimum of two weeks recent experience in a relevant classroom setting are also required.

    For the BA (Hons) Upper Primary QTS with mathematics specialism, additionally to the requirements above you will be required to have a B grade at mathematics GCSE. It is desirable that you also have an A level in mathematics or related subject at grade C or above and / or significant related, education based, work experience. More entry requirement details.

    This course is also available with a Foundation Year for those who don't have the relevant entry requirements. Find out more about our Education Foundation Year.



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