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    Our foundation year enables you to enter our BA (Hons) Primary Education course.

    Canterbury Christ Church University was founded as a teaching college 60 years ago. By joining our highly-regarded course in Primary Education you will be supported to achieve Qualified Teacher (QTS) as part of this degree.

    Our Primary Education course is designed to equip you with not only the knowledge, but the practical skills to become a primary teacher. You will learn about every aspect of teaching including child development and behaviour, the curriculum, planning and assessment. School placements will help you combine theory and practice to ensure that by the time you complete the course, you’ll be ready for an exciting career in one of the most rewarding professions.

    Why Study Primary Education with Foundation Year?

    The Foundation Year will equip you with the academic skills and confidence needed to succeed in your degree and achieve your full potential. There is a strong focus on support to help you develop academically and personally.

    Throughout your degree, you'll gain an 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.

    Our students are highly sought after by local head teachers because of the depth of knowledge, creativity and professionalism that they bring to teaching.

    You will be taught by experienced tutors, many of whom are highly regarded and published in their fields, gaining additional insight from expert guest lecturers. You will benefit from valuable experience working alongside teachers while on placement, many of whom are ex-students.

    Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on critical reflection. This skill, which you'll develop as part of your modules, will help you to combine your understanding of theory and research in education with your professional practice. On successful completion of the degree course, you'll graduate and be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

      All about the course

      All about the Foundation Year

      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.

      About Year 1 (Level 4)

      In year 1 you will have a range of experiences, building relationships with children, teachers, tutors and other professionals including colleagues studying with you. You'll be introduced to what it means to be a teacher and how children learn through a blend of in-school Professional Practice and academic study.

      You will learn about the curriculum & subjects which children engage with while at primary school. We will also talk to you a great deal about professionalism and pedagogy (the art of teaching) to help you to become the most effective teacher you can be.

      As you begin your transition into teaching and learning in higher education, you will be supported to develop essential study skills.

      You will be supported both in your university-and school-based learning by a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT). You'll meet with your PAT at several points throughout the year and they will be able to support you in your personal and professional development.

      Currently, students typically spend about 1-2 days a week on placement and 1-2 days a week engaged with academic study. This pattern varies throughout the year and is supported by additional independent study time.

      About Year 2 (Level 5)

      In year 2 you will build on and expand your learning, beginning to explore the impact that society has on education. You will have opportunity to explore education and learning in a wider context both through theoretical and practical perspectives.

      You will have experience in a setting other than mainstream primary, during the Alternative Learning Experience module (ALE), aswell as a further placement in school, where you will begin to take increased responsibility for children's learning.

      In professional placement, you will have an increased role in the classroom and will be responsible for teaching some whole-class lessons. This will be in conjunction with your class teacher, who will support and guide you - along with the school based mentors.

      You will be continued to be supported both in your university-and school-based learning by a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT). You'll meet with your PAT at several points throughout the year and they will be able to support you in your personal and professional development.

      Currently, students typically spend 3-4 days a week engaged with academic study, which could be a combination of face to face (F2F) seminars or blended learning (online opportunities). Placement in Level 5 is currently a block placement (5 days a week in school), lasting around 7 weeks. The ALE experience is typically 4 weeks. Students are also engaged in further independent study time.

      About Year 3 (Level 6)

      In year 3 you will be challenged to consider innovative practice through the wider curriculum. You will understand the importance of your deep subject knowledge and how this can support effective progress. This will link with your understanding of your professional identity and the role of research in professional development. At CCCU, we want autonomous teaching professionals - who think for themselves, are prepared to continually develop their own practice and ultimately enhance the outcomes for children in our society.

      Your final professional placement will provide you with the opportunity to take a larger teaching responsibility for children's learning, over a sustained period of time. You will work towards successfully meeting the expectations of the ITE Curriculum and the requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

      We will support your transition into the Early Career Teacher Framework as an Early Career Teacher. This is in combination with continued support from your university-and school-based learning by a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT).

      Currently, students typically spend at least 3 days a week engaged with academic study, supported by further independent study time. Academic study could be a combination of face to face (F2F) seminars or blended learning (online opportunities). Placement in Level 6 is currently a placement (5 days a week in school), lasting around 11 weeks - this includes allocated time for research.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      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.

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

      UCAS Points

      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.

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

      When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      Normally a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours of which approximately 140-160 hours per module consists of study that is completed in your own time.

      The degree-level (Primary Education) 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 BridgesFoundation Year Course Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      You will be assessed for the award of your academic qualification through your assignments and through your teaching in school. All modules must be successfully passed in order to progress and complete the course.

      You will submit assignments for all of the taught modules. The assessment will include a wide range of tasks including written essays and assignments, multi-media submissions, oral presentations, research tasks and portfolios of evidence of your learning. The assignments are designed to help you investigate in detail particular aspects of pedagogy, educational theory or research which will have relevance to your teaching, and to reflect on how theory has informed, or can inform, your practice.

      Your professional learning in school or other educational settings will be underpinned, informed and assessed through evidence of your impact on children's learning and progress, and through evidence of your engagement with your own personal and professional development. You will receive formative feedback during your placement experiences about your progress. How you meet the professional standards for teaching in England will be assessed at the end of the final placement in Level 6.

      Your future career

      We provide a significant proportion of the teachers in the South East of England, particularly in Kent and Medway. Upon graduating, you will be joining this wider alumni network of teachers. Our graduates also go on to work in a wide range of education settings and schools across the country and the wider world.

      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.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Professional Accreditation

      You will need to pass all academic and placement modules in order to successfully complete your degree and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status*. Should you not pass a 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.

      *Teaching Standards (published by the Department for Education).

      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 and professional behaviours, as published by the Department for Education.

      Travel Costs

      Students on this part-time course generally organise their own placements, but if your placement is organised by the university you should be prepared to fund and travel up to 1hr 30 minutes both to and from your professional placement setting. You are strongly advised not to purchase season tickets for bus/rail until your placement settings are confirmed through the course.

      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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