Primary Education (Part Time 7-11 route)

BA single honours Primary Education (part-time) 2019/20

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BA single honours with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Primary Education.

This part-time programme of study is your chance to learn how to motivate and engage children in the classroom, making a positive difference to their lives.

Through an integrated programme of academic learning and professional practice you’ll gain a deep understanding of how children learn. You’ll be taught by experienced tutors and gain insight from expert guest lecturers.

You will explore areas including:

  • child development and behaviour

  • philosophy and sociology of education

  • teaching and learning across the curriculum

  • planning and assessment

  • inclusion, safeguarding and special needs

  • professionalism and leadership.

You will also have the opportunity to gain experience through a placement beyond mainstream school. This could be in a variety of settings which may include refugee centres and special school.

100% of Primary Education (part-time) graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies

(2013-14 DLHE)

Do you want to become a fully qualified class teacher, but only have the capacity to study part-time? Are you not able to commute regularly to Canterbury? Do you have family commitments or some form of employment that you are not able to give up? If you have answered yes to any of the former questions and are looking for an accessible route into becoming a fully qualified class teacher, please consider the following:

Do you have a desire to make a positive impact in 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 these questions are applicable to you, then please come and join us at Canterbury Christ Church University, School of Teacher Education and Development.

Canterbury Christ Church University will recommend to the Department for Education and the Teaching Regulations Agency that successful students be awarded Qualified Teacher Status.

The part- time route will enable you to become a generalist primary classroom teacher, by supporting you in reaching Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also gain a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree. During the course you will gain a strong understanding of children’s learning and development, alongside experience of teaching the curriculum. 

This part-time route, has been specifically designed to allow you to combine both face to face contact University sessions and home study. You will be expected to complete weekly directed self-study from home through the University’s virtual learning environment and to attend four lots of three day (typically Thursday to Saturday) university study sessions spread throughout the academic year. Throughout the duration of the four and a half year course you will also experience days in school and three block school partnership placements.

On successful completion of the course you will graduate and be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  Following the award of QTS, and the successful completion of the Newly Qualified Teacher year, you will be qualified to teach the whole of the primary phase.

This part-time programme provides a means of study that allows some people who are unable to study full-time, the opportunity to gain both a degree and qualified teacher status.

This course is ideal for you if you have other commitments that prevent you from studying full-time. This course offers you an accessible route to becoming a qualified primary teacher.

"It has given me the confidence to explain and explore subject knowledge"

Through an integrated course of academic and professional partnership practice learning you will be provided with access to the relevant knowledge, skills and understanding that should enable you to demonstrate a deep understanding of children’s development and the potential to apply this in your own classroom teaching. In addition to this you will be encouraged to develop a strong knowledge of the primary curriculum and will be inspired to teach in innovative ways that have the prospect of exciting and motivating children.

The BA (Hons) Primary Education part-time course provides you with the opportunity to be actively involved in your own learning and development. You will study academic disciplines specific to teaching and learning and spend time on professional partnership school placements. This combination will support you in learning to become a creative and flexible teacher practitioner. You will also be supported in your transition into teaching and learning in Higher Education, and for the transition between the levels of study that are experienced as you progress through the degree.

The principles underpinning primary education are introduced to you and you will be encouraged to develop a personal philosophy and understanding of how a child learns and develops. There is also an area of study dedicated to developing the knowledge, understanding and practical skills that are required to support the teaching and learning of pupils as they develop through the primary age range range, recognising the holistic needs of children and how to support these in teaching and learning.

The professional partnership placement is a developmental and progressive experience that evolves over the four and a half years of the course. Lesson observation and collaborative teaching is expected before you progress to solo class teaching. This allows scope for reflection and time to develop a range of appropriate teaching styles and strategies

Work experience

Professional placements are built into the course, there are also opportunities to engage in school based tasks and projects beyond the professional placements.

"I am passionate about helping to prepare the next generation of outstanding primary teachers, and particularly love working on this programme, because it enables a different group of students to go on to qualify as teachers, and because we work with schools that face particular challenges in recruiting and retaining good teachers. Many of our alumni have gone on to make a real difference to children’s lives in the region."
Maria Elsam

Level 4 (first 18 months)

Indicative module titles:

  • Childhood (20 credits)
  • Inclusion (20 credits)
  • Rethinking Teaching, Learning and Assessment (20 credits)
  • Exploring Curricula and Pedagogy (40 credits)
  • Professional Placement (20 credits)

The programme modules are currently being reviewed, the course will, however, include all the content listed below:

  • You will be introduced to the principles underpinning planning, progression and assessment for different children's learning and development needs.
  • You will be introduced to and build upon your understanding of the ways in which a child develops, exploring how different contexts and approaches might affect children’s learning and development. This will include, for example, physical, cognitive and language development that are informed by local and international perspectives.
  • Through university sessions, directed tasks and professional placements within our partnership, you will be introduced to what it means to be a professional, including, for example, the roles and responsibilities of a teacher and statutory and non-statutory guidance underpinning these.
  • Through university sessions, directed tasks and professional placement, you will explore specific subject areas of the primary curriculum, including English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Computing, alongside the subjects that underpin the wider primary curriculum. These subjects will be a focus for your development throughout your four and a half years of study.
  • Through your engagement with professional placements in our partnership schools, you will be provided with opportunities to make progress towards meeting the current professional standards for teachers through the structured provision of opportunities to observe experienced teachers in a range of classroom settings, in order to identify key features of effective classroom practice. Placement days currently extend throughout Level 4 and include a four week block placement.

In order to proceed successfully into level 5 of the degree, you do need to have passed all of the level 4 modules (this includes the placement module).

Level 5 (second 18 months)

Indicative module titles:

  • Schools of the Past, Present and Future (20 credits)
  • Social Justice and Education (20 credits)
  • Alternative Learning Experience (20 credits)
  • Subjects within the Curriculum (40 credits)
  • Professional Placement (20 credits)

The programme modules are currently being reviewed, the course will, however, include all the content listed below:

  • During the second level of study, you will explore the issues introduced within the first level in more depth, in order to develop a more critical and informed understanding. This will include, for example, extending your critical understanding of the curriculum, diversity and participation, multicultural education and English as an additional language, spiritual, moral social and cultural development, global citizenship, behaviour for learning and assessment for learning.
  • You will have the opportunity undertake a placement in one of a range of settings where teaching and learning occurs beyond the traditional school environment. These settings could include museums, hospitals, charities, sporting environments and special educational needs provision. With our guidance, you will identify an appropriate setting for this placement. Like all of your placements, you will be responsible for the cost of your travel to the placement.  There is also the potential offer of a self-funded international placement with one of our international partnerships The course is structured to enable you to continue to work towards the current professional standards in teaching.  In order to further develop your pedagogical approaches in the classroom, you will participate in a longer school based placement.

Level 6 (final 18 months)

Indicative module titles:

  • Researching Professionalism and Leadership (40 credits)
  • Beyond Curriculum and Policy (20 credits)
  • Curriculum Innovation (40 credits)
  • Professional Placement (20 credits)

 The programme modules are currently being reviewed, the course will, however, include all the content listed below:

  • Throughout your final level, you will develop an understanding of your teacher identity informed by critical engagement with theory, research and practice. The aim is for you to develop your own principles and philosophies of education, through critical analysis of theory, research and practice. The purpose is for you to examine how you can begin to take the lead within the classroom, and how to analyse, evaluate and implement principles in professional practice, in readiness not just for your final professional practice, but also for your future in teaching.
  • We aim to provide you with access to a choice of research options which will enable you to deepen your understanding of a chosen aspect of education and to investigate this through theoretical and applied perspectives, enabling you to develop your ability to engage critically and independently with policy, theory and practice in education. Through taught sessions and tutorial support, you will be guided to devise a research question which will then inform the focus for your research exploration.

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. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

The BA (Hons) Primary Education part-time course aims to enable you to develop the key skills, understanding and knowledge to begin your career in teaching in the best possible way, and to meet the relevant professional standards for teaching. We place a particular emphasis on critical reflection as a way of helping you to combine your understanding of theory and research in education with your professional practice.

The vast majority of our students go into employment as qualified teachers following the programme. There are a number of study options during the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year and beyond, leading to Masters degrees in Education.

"Being part of the BA (hons) part-time has been enormously inspiring I have met so many people and learnt so much I would say it has enabled me to gain a career and to believe in myself." Gillian, BA Primary Education (Part-time)

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated): Please note that this course length is 4 and a half years part-time. A 50% tuition fee will be therefore be payable in the final year of study.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £6,165 N/A

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

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Field Trips For optional/elected trips the student may need to cover all or part of the cost of entrance/venue fees, travel, accommodation, board (food/drink), vaccinations or Visa and insurance costs (for international trips), if applicable

Travel and food/drink.

For international placements there may also be accommodation, vaccination, Visa and Insurance costs.

Text books Most core texts are available in the library as a physical copy or available through the e-library. However, there may be some core texts that students wish to purchase or that are recommended for purchase by the programme.
DBS Checks There is a charge made for this process of £52
Occupational Health Checks Students may need to pay their GP to complete the appropriate section of the Occupational Health Questionnaire.
Qualifications Checks These checks may incur costs (i.e. if a student needs to request a new certificate, pay for admin to process the checks, postage etc.)
Professional Skills Tests All students on Initial Teacher Training courses are required to pass Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to commencing the course. They will need to pay to get to a registered test centre to undertake the tests. They will also need to pay for any re-sits they need to sit with the maximum number of opportunities to take each test being set at 3.
Travel to campuses and other teaching locations (particularly for use of specialist facilities)

The student will need to travel to University facilities, as well as any taught sessions in schools, swimming pools and other locations as timetabled.

The dedicated mini buses which travel to Canterbury sites, such as Augustine House, Hall Placement and Polo Farm may be utilised in some instances and these are free of charge for students.

Clothing / Kit Students would need to purchase their own clothes for PE sessions including trainers and comfortable clothing.
Learning Materials

Students may wish to purchase their own materials, such as teaching resources.

There are materials available in sessions and for students to borrow from the University Library. However, if should wish to buy their own, they will need to cover the cost of this.

Social Events & Conferences

Sometimes there are social events which students are invited to book on or attend to enhance their experience. These events can also be an opportunity for students to network with their peers and/or specialists in their field. These can be held on campus or be held and run externally- either in the UK or Internationally.

For optional events, students will be expected to pay for travel, accommodation (if applicable), and any entrance/booking fees.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

The course is normally completed in four and a half years. You will complete 120 credits during each level (18 month period). Normally a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours. 50- 60 hours of this is completed via university contact days or directed tasks completed at home. The remaining 140-160 hours per 20 credit module consists of self-directed self-study that is completed in your own time.

Academic input

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

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.

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.

You will be assessed through assignments and your teaching in school. You will submit assignments for taught modules. The assessments 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 will all be designed to help you investigate in detail particular aspects of teaching strategies, 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 education settings will be underpinned and informed by an assessed record of development 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.

Canterbury Christ Church University will recommend to the Department for Education and the National College for Teaching  and Leadership that successful students be awarded Qualified Teacher Status.

All teaching sessions linked to practical curriculum subjects, such as science, music, PE, art and Design Technology, take place wherever possible in contexts which replicate the kind of environment and equipment you would expect to see in a primary school.

Placements are provided by partnership schools in and around Kent and Medway, and further afield for example 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.


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Being on the course has been an enormously rewarding experience. It has not only given me much improved career prospects, but greater confidence and self esteem. Having the opportunity to study at this level, part-time, has led to opportunities that would not have been possible otherwise.  I start work as a year four class teacher next week, and although nervous, am very much looking forward to the challenge and putting the skills learnt in this course to the test.

Emma, BA Primary Education student 2015/16.

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UCAS course code

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UCAS institution code

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  • 4 and a half years part-time


  • Sept 2019

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be BCC at A2 Level, or equivalent. More entry requirement details.

    GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C (level 4) or above or equivalent.

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

    You will also need to provide two supportive references from relevant referees and meet any additional national requirements for training to teach as set out in the current legislation and guidance. Currently there is a governmental requirement for you to have passed the DfE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

    The selection process involves an interview which must be passed prior to an offer being made.



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