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Our foundation year enables you to enter our BA (Hons) Primary Education course even if you do not have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements.

Christ Church University was founded as a teaching college over 50 years ago. By joining this course, you will be studying one of our flagship degree courses through which we’ll support you in achieving qualified teacher status.

Our BA (Hons) Primary Education is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to become a generalist classroom teacher. You’ll learn about every aspect of teaching including child development and behaviour, the curriculum, planning and assessment and much more.

School placements will ensure that by the time you have achieved qualified teacher status, you’ll be ready for an exciting career in an extremely rewarding profession.

Why Study Primary Education with Foundation Year?

A career in teaching is highly rewarding and by working in primary education you will play an important role in helping children learn and develop while getting a huge amount of satisfaction yourself. 

Our university is renowned for delivering teacher education and we will share our experience and expertise with you to help set you up for your career and meet your full potential. 

During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to education and human development and you'll develop the skills needed to study at degree level.

Throughout the degree, you'll gain a strong understanding of children’s learning and development, alongside experience of teaching the curriculum. You will explore the nature of primary education and will develop your own educational philosophy, while gaining practical experience in schools.  

Entry requirements

Applicants will need GCSE grade C or equivalent in English, maths and science and, in addition, should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. However, we will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education. All applicants will be asked to attend an interview.

Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.

You will also need to be assessed as fit to teach, including passing an occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Further information on these requirements are available from admissions.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

The foundation year will help you develop the transferable skills you need to undertake research, reflect on your learning, and communicate effectively in speech, writing and other formats. You'll learn about aspects of education and human development, and you'll gain study skills to help you throughout your degree.

During the degree, you'll study academic disciplines specific to teaching and learning and you'll develop professionally by undertaking placements in schools and education settings. This combination will support you as you become a creative and flexible teacher practitioner who can teach in innovative ways that will motivate and inspire children.

As you begin your transition into teaching and learning in higher education, you'll be supported to develop essential study skills and over time you'll develop your own philosophy of teaching.

You'll gain knowledge and skills related to children's learning and you'll develop a strong knowledge of the primary curriculum. As your understanding of children’s development deepens, you'll be able to apply your knowledge to the classroom and make a positive impact as you support children in their learning.

You'll participate in placements during each year of the course. This experience  will enable you to gain confidence and build your skills in observation and collaboration as you work towards solo class teaching. You'll be encouraged to reflect on your own practice and develop a range of appropriate teaching styles and strategies. As well as placements, there are also opportunities to participate in school-based tasks and projects.

We provide an almost unparalleled range of learning opportunities for you in schools and in other educational settings, including, when possible, optional opportunities to participate in overseas study visits. Our students are highly sought after by local head teachers because of the depth of knowledge, creativity and professionalism that they bring to teaching.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, school placements and self-study. All of these are supported through Blackboard, the university's virtual learning environment.

Normally, a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours of which 50 hours of this is completed through university contact days or directed tasks.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

Normally a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours of which 150 hours per module consists of study that is completed in your own time.

The course is normally completed in three years. You will complete 120 credits during each academic year which equates to approximately 1,200 hours of taught and independent learning. 

Many of the tutors are senior lecturers and have studied at Masters and Doctoral level, and the majority are also experienced classroom practitioners.

Because we work with you for the entire course length, we are able to help you gain in-depth knowledge, skills and confidence in your teaching and build really strong professional relationships in a range of educational settings.

Emma BridgesProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will be assessed through assignments and your teaching in school. The assessments for taught modules will include a wide range of tasks including written essays and assignments, oral presentations, action research tasks and portfolios of evidence of your learning.

The assignments are designed to help you investigate in detail particular aspects of teaching strategies, educational theory or research. These all have relevance to your teaching and help you to reflect on how theory has informed, or can inform, your practice.

Your professional learning in school or other education settings will be underpinned and informed by an assessed professional record portfolio which will demonstrate your ability to evaluate and analyse your own practice in the contexts of both the schools and other settings in which you are working, and of national policies and curricular requirements.

Your future career

Recent graduates have gone on to work in schools in the UK and abroad. A number of our students continue to develop their academic progress through postgraduate study such as an MA in Education. 


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Further information can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:

Changes to the professional skills tests

The Government have announced that the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy will no longer be an entry requirement for applicants to initial teacher training applying to start from September 2020 entry. The tests will be replaced with a new system where trainees will demonstrate competence against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of their training.

At Christ Church we will offer tools for trainees to track their current competence and self-study activities to support trainees in updating any gaps in their knowledge. In order to begin to assist trainees in identifying any gaps, short English and maths activities will be embedded into our interview process.

Surprising terms

You will need to pass all school based placement modules in order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Should you not pass a school based placement module, this may potentially delay progress between levels. It is important to be aware that this might have an impact on how long it would then take you to complete the course. 

Travel costs to placements are self-funded. Unfortunately, we are unable to confirm this cost as it is dependent on the length of time of the placements, your personal travel arrangements and the location of the school. You should be prepared to fund and travel up to 1hr 15 minutes both to and from your professional placement setting.

As part of the Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education Scheme, this course has special regulations.

The Code of Student Professional Conduct is relevant to you as you are pursuing a course that leads to a professional qualification. 

You will be expected at all times to demonstrate that you understand and uphold the Teacher’s Standards, as published by the Department for Education.

Industry links

Professional Placements are provided by partnership schools in and around Kent and Medway, and further afield in East Sussex, Essex and South East London. 

A number of our tutors are key members of professional subject associations and professional subject bodies, such as the Association of Science Educators, United Kingdom Literacy Association and National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. 

Our regular guest speakers include local head teachers and published children's authors including Anthony Browne, Abi Elphinstone, Joe Coehlo, and Anne Booth. 

Regulated by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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