Primary Education

BA single honours Primary Education with Foundation Year 2019/20

Year of entry

Clearing places available

With recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Our BA (Hons) Primary Education will enable you to become a generalist primary classroom teacher, supporting you in reaching the National Standards to be a Qualified Teacher (QTS).

During the course you will gain a strong understanding of children’s learning and development, alongside experience of teaching the curriculum. You’ll be taught by experienced tutors and gain insight from expert guest lecturers, while your specific age range expertise will be determined by your assessed school placements.

You will explore areas including:

  • planning and assessment
  • teaching and learning across the curriculum
  • child development and behaviour
  • inclusion, safeguarding and special needs
  • philosophy and sociology of education.

This course forms part of a suite of Initial Teacher Education courses at Canterbury Christ Church University. We provide a significant proportion of the teachers in the South-East of England, with a particular emphasis on Kent and Medway. Teachers from Canterbury Christ Church University work in a wide range of education settings and schools across the country and the wider world. The University is committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers.

The BA (Hons) Primary Education offers you the opportunity to develop the key skills, knowledge and understanding required to meet the relevant professional standards required to enter into a career in teaching. During the course, a particular emphasis is placed on critical reflection, to help you to combine your understanding of theory and research in education with your professional practice. 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.

The BA (Hons) Primary Education will enable you to become a generalist primary classroom teacher, supporting you in reaching the National Standards to be a Qualified Teacher (QTS). You will also gain an Honours Degree. During the course you will gain a strong understanding of children’s learning and development, alongside experience of teaching the curriculum.

If you choose the Mathematics Specialist pathway, you will also be prepared to become a specialist teacher of primary mathematics, who leads mathematics across the school. You will study primary mathematics in depth, exploring the most effective ways of teaching mathematical ideas. This will lay the foundations for a position as mathematics specialist or subject leader at the beginning of, or later in, your teaching career. You will also gain a strong understanding and experience of teaching other subjects.

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.

Our three year primary education course will inspire you to take up a career in primary teaching. We provide an almost unparalleled range of learning opportunities for you in schools and in other educational settings, including optional opportunities to engage 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.

  • 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.

100% of Primary Education graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies

(2013-14 DLHE)

‘The students on this course are a pleasure to work with. Because we work with them for three years, we are able to help them gain in depth knowledge, skills and confidence in their teaching and build really strong professional relationships in a range of educational settings. Their enthusiasm and commitment to primary children never ceases to impress me.’
Tracy Parvin, Programme Director

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.

If you choose the Mathematics Specialist pathway, you will explore the learning of children from the early years and into Key Stage 3. There will be a focus on in-depth learning and mastery of mathematical ideas. A range of approaches, manipulatives and mathematical images will be critically examined.

The BA (Hons) Primary Education 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 also for the transition between the levels of study that are experienced as you progress through the degree.

The principles underpinning primary education are introduced 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, 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 three years of the course; observation and collaborative teaching is expected before progressing 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.

Other information

We have a wide range of specialist guest speakers from schools and other institutions who come in to talk to our students.

This course can also be studied over four years with an initial foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. It is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to this degree.

"The teaching staff are an incredibly experienced and talented group of professionals. They have a keen interest in making us the best teachers that we can be. Staff are easy to contact and supportive when they need to be. I feel fully prepared for my career as a teacher through my input on the course."

Year 0

You will take 5 core modules plus one optional module. Optional modules will be offered subject to cohort size and you may choose to take a module which relates to your overall degree choice.

 Optional module choices are made in the second semester and become the last module taken.

 However, you are not locked into the choice of overall course but may choose to change pathways at the end of the Foundation Year (Year 0). Alternatively, you may choose to take a Certificate of Completion and apply to another degree course, subject to entry criteria.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Education
  • Applied Literacy, Numeracy and Science Skills for Education
  • Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education
  • Personal and Career Development
  • Introduction to Human development through the Lifespan

Optional module 

Year 1

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 current modules are being reviewed. There may be some changes, but the course will 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 and professional placements within our partnership, you will also 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 and professional placement, you will explore specific subject areas of the early years and 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 three 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 the academic year and include two short block placements.

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

Year 2

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 current modules are being reviewed. There may be some changes, but the course will include all the content listed below:

  • During the second year of study, you will explore the issues introduced within year one 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 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.

Year 3

Indicative module titles:

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

The current modules are being reviewed. There may be some changes, but the course will include all the content listed below:

  • Throughout your final year, 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.

You will develop the key skills, understanding and knowledge to begin your career in teaching in the best possible way. A number of our students continue to develop their academic progress by registering for postgraduate study such as a Masters degree.

A student from our BA (Hons) Primary Education degree became the first ever winner of the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Student of the Year award in 2015.


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

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900

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

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course 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 the Department of Education Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to commencing the course. The first three attempts at the professional skills tests are free of charge. After the third attempt, the test centre will make a charge for each subject retaken. 

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 three years. You will complete 120 credits during each academic year. Normally a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours. 50- 60 hours of this is completed through university contact days or directed tasks. 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. The assessments for taught modules 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.

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.

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.

One of our tutor team holds a National Teaching Fellowship (2014).


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UCAS course code

  • X320 Primary Education with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time including a Foundation Year


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Applicants are invited for an interview as they are applying for a parent programme that has specific entry criteria. If you do not already hold these you will need GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent) and to have passed the DfE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you complete the Foundation Year.

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

    Further information on these requirements are available from admissions.



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