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Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons)

UCAS code: 0P59

Inspiring and nurturing young minds is one of the most rewarding careers you could have. Build your experience teaching children aged 5-11 and choose a focused subject to study. Gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status on our primary education degree.

Closed to international applications for September 2023.


Course length: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2023
September 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Education and Teaching
Faculty: Education
Department: Primary and Childhood Education
A trainee teacher talks to three pupils in a primary classroom.

What will be your teaching style? How would you like to see the curriculum develop? What can you do to drive change in schools? On our BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree, you’ll learn the essential skills you need to become a teacher, while looking at your work with a critical eye to keep improving.

There’s a strong focus on values and social justice throughout the course to help you learn how to change lives. Out on placement, you’ll work together with schools and their pupils to uncover solutions to challenges they might face.

Your time with us will not only shape you as an individual, but help you leave feeling confident you can make a difference to wider society, whatever career path in education you choose.

You’ll learn professional skills that will last your whole career as a teacher. You’ll look at different theories of education, examine the curriculum, explore your own choice of subject and carry out your own research project. As well as learning from your lecturers here at Edge Hill University, you’ll have opportunities to learn from experienced teachers in the schools you train at.

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Professional accreditation

  • Professional practice placements

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What you'll study

  • Studentship – we’ll help you develop the study skills you need to succeed at university and take ownership of your own academic development. You will develop and carry out your own small-scale, practice-based research project to see how research impacts education policy and in practice.
  • Values in Education – you’ll consider the values that underpin primary education and consider historical, political and social influences. As you develop your own values as a professional teacher, you’ll begin to understand how these might influence your approach to teaching and to leadership in education.
  • Professional Studies – you will spend a significant amount of time on professional practice placements in key stages 1 and 2 in schools and other educational settings. Academic modules that connect directly to your professional placements will support you in meeting the Teachers’ Standards.
  • Curriculum – curriculum modules will help you develop essential knowledge across all subjects in the national curriculum for primary education. You’ll choose a subject specialism to explore in more depth and personalise your programme by selecting options for focused study. We’ll also explore wider issues such as creativity, working beyond the classroom, and curriculum design.

Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree will introduce you to the skills you need to succeed in your degree and later on in your career. You’ll begin learning about the curriculum subjects as well as exploring child development and different learning theories. You’ll go on your first school professional practice placement, seeing theories in action and linking your work to your studies.

Compulsory modules:

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Transition into Higher Education
Children and Childhood
Teaching, Learning and Child Development
Introduction to Primary English, Mathematics and Science
Introduction to Primary Computing, History, Geography, RE and Languages
Introduction to Primary Music, Art, DT, PE and PSHE

By Year 2 we can start to look at more advanced skills like research and critical analysis. You’ll look at how different curriculum subjects fit together and why it’s important to look beyond the curriculum too. You’ll also go on a professional practice placement where you’ll start to think about inclusive education – its legal and ethical implications and how you can promote equality.

Compulsory modules:

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A Critical Understanding of the Foundation Subjects
Developing an Understanding of Primary English, Maths and Science
Understanding Educational Research
Schools, Schooling and Curriculum: Values in Education
Diversity and Inclusion in Primary Education
Focused Subject Study

Year 3 includes a research project where you’ll review literature and form your own opinions on a topic. You’ll discover how you can influence the curriculum and be creative in your own teaching of it. We’ll also help you prepare for your future role and learn how you can develop leadership skills to drive change. You’ll go on your final professional practice placement where you’ll reflect on what you’ve learned and prepare for life as a teacher.

Compulsory modules:

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The Research Project
Values for Leadership
Preparing for Employment: The Reflective Practitioner
Approaches to Curriculum Design
Creativity and Curriculum
Elective Special Study

How you'll study

During the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree, your learning experience will include lectures, seminars, workshop sessions and tutorials delivered on campus, complemented by use of the virtual learning environment. Independent study will be supported by materials provided through the virtual learning environment using a range of online teaching tools and applications. Your university-based experiences will be underpinned by reference to current research with some modules giving you the opportunity to engage with your tutors’ current research interests and projects.

You will spend a significant amount of time undertaking professional practice placements in key stages 1 and 2 in schools and other educational settings. During these experiences you will have opportunities to observe the work of expert practitioners. You will reflect on and discuss this practice with those practitioners and your trained school-based mentor. As you take on increasing responsibility for children’s learning and development, you will start by working with small groups under the direction of the class teacher, sometimes with a student teacher partner, and progress to planning for and working with the whole class for significant periods of time, managing the learning of every child.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment strategies will include submitting portfolios of school-based work, written assignments, in-class tests and audits, poster presentations, and group and individual oral presentations.

During professional practice your school-based mentor will assess your development through reflective conversations, reviewing and discussing your planning and assessment records, observing your teaching, and gathering the perspectives of other adults and the children who work with you.

In all cases, you will be given clear assessment guidance. The assessment criteria will be shared with you and you will be given constructive feedback to help you to set targets and identify actions to help you make further progress.

You will compile an electronic portfolio throughout your BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree that builds to become a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your professional development and your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching you

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for 135 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

You will be taught in University and on professional practice in schools by a range of highly qualified and experienced teachers and tutors who are dedicated to excellence in primary education and who will model high quality practice to enable you to develop your own teaching style.

You will be supported throughout your programme by a personal academic tutor who will help you to manage your workload, engage with your academic studies, prepare for professional practice placements and secure your first teaching post.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Science at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

You are expected to have a commitment to, and understanding of, primary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.

An interview forms part of the selection process, which can be conducted online or face to face.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

Discover our accommodation


Faculty of EducationHoused in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Education


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


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The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

This BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree is accredited by the Department for Education. This means that successful completion of the course will enable you to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Before the end of your degree, you’ll complete a portfolio and a professional VIVA, providing a solid foundation to take with you into your two-year induction as an early career teacher.

Edge Hill’s graduates are working in schools across the UK and abroad. They have a great knowledge of the curriculum and a strong understanding of primary education for key stages 1 and 2. We’ll support you in your job search and when you’re finding your feet as a newly qualified teacher.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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