Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (3-7) (5-11)

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BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

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Intensive training

You'll be able to go straight into a teaching job when you graduate

Industry links

We have connections in over 50 early years settings and schools

The BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS provides a route into the primary teaching alongside gaining an education degree, which means you'll be able to go straight into your first job as a primary school teacher when you graduate.

Our course puts learning at the heart of what we do. This means that your learning is at the centre of the course just as, when you are teaching, the learning of your school students must be at the centre of your work.

The course is distinctive because it involves a mix of university input and school experience, close attention to your individual needs and a genuine sense of partnership with the schools that we work with. You'll undertake valuable and varied placements at each stage of the course in a range of settings.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (3-7) (5-11)

Course content

Our full-time BA (hons) Primary Education provides intensive training leading to Qualified Teacher Status ('QTS') for early years establishments and primary schools in the 3-7 or 5-11 age range. The course will include theoretical foundations in: child development; learning strategies; primary curriculum and comparative education. Alongside this, throughout the award students will undertake placements in schools to develop their teaching and create links between theory and practice.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis. These modules will result in the awarding of either 20 or 40 credits. Full-time QTS students take modules worth 60 credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per Level, ultimately gaining 360 credits for the award of an honours degree. On the QTS course, the overall grade for your course and degree classification is based on the marks obtained for the modules taken at Levels 5 and 6. However, you must pass all Level 4 modules and school-based placements prior to progressing to Level 5. The BA Primary Education (QTS) course starts in late September with a welcome week where you will meet the tutor team and be introduced to the timetable for the forthcoming academic year.

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The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. It should be noted that the course is currently being revalidated to adopt the new 20/40 credit structure. This will result in the reorganisation of the current modules; however, their content will continue to be specifically aimed at providing a strong theoretical and practical base on which to develop your primary classroom practice. It should be noted that organisation and timetabling of specific modules and sessions can be changed throughout each academic year.

Entry requirements

  • For Primary, a GCSE in Science, at Grade C or 4 is required. If this is taken as a double or triple award, a minimum of a Grade 4 is required across all elements, for example a 4, 4 or 4, 5 but not a 3, 4.
  • Applicants require 112 UCAS tariff points

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

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School Setting

You will be placed within a range of different schools, working across the primary age range. You will have the opportunity to work within diverse contexts, within a variety of classrooms with experienced school-based mentors and university tutors.


You will have the opportunity to train within a variety of schools based across the region, including Stoke, Crewe, Congleton, Stafford and Tamworth. Placements will aim to be arranged to minimise travel as much as possible


After graduating with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you could find yourself working in a range of educational roles and settings, such as early years and primary schools. During the first two years after qualifying, you will be supported within the Early Career Framework. This is a package of structured training and support for early career teachers linked to the best available research evidence. During the course, you will have sessions directly linked to preparing you for your first teaching post incorporating detailed preparation for the application process and support with interview preparation.

Teaching and assessment


Student teachers learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a combination of lectures, practical sessions, workshops and school-based placements. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor, who will work with you throughout your course and training.

You will also receive guest lectures, which will focus on the key elements connected to becoming an effective and inspirational primary teacher.



The course will provide opportunities to informally test your understanding of the modules before you complete the formal assessments which count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you will receive feedback from the university tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades awarded do not count towards your final module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as written assignments, reports, teaching portfolios, presentations and, in the final year, an independent research project (dissertation) based upon the collection and analysis of primary data.

The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. The marks achieved during the Year 2 (Level 5) count towards 30% of your final degree classification. Those achieved during Year 3 (Level 6) counting towards the remaining 70%. To achieved QTS student teachers must pass both their degree and meet the Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2013).

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support, you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.

Year 1

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

21% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
79% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, school-based placement or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue to learn independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of performance and studio spaces.

Year 1

13% practical exams
88% coursework
0% written exams

Year 2

6% practical exams
94% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

15% practical exams
85% coursework
0% written exams


You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Dr Michael Burnitt

Senior Lecturer

Mike's research interests are focussed on the promotion of effective teaching and learning within the primary classroom and the overcoming of potential barriers. Mike is currently working on research which examines notions of respect from the pr…

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For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • DBS checks where required for assessed modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • The estimated cost of text books over three years. Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting:

Scholarships and additional funding

You could be eligible for a bursary when you choose to study one of our Teacher Training courses. Visit our Fees and Bursaries page to find out more:

Our students

I have really enjoyed the course so far and feel well supported by the course tutors.

I have really enjoyed the course so far and feel well supported by the course tutors and Staffordshire University as a whole. The University holds student well-being, as well as academic success in high regard and there is a real sense of working in partnership to achieve.

Being placed at the same school for the academic year enables students to really become part of the school community and it is very rewarding to see the children grow and share their progress and achievements throughout the year. Over several weeks, the block placements provide a realistic school life experience and the weekly sessions in school bring the university pedagogical theory sessions to life.

Anita Smith

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

The teaching on the QTS course takes a student-centred approach as the lectures ensure that all the content is relevant and supports our time in placement. The lectures ensure that if there are specific areas we are unsure about (whether that be a curriculum area or a reflective theorist), we are directed to further readings and information is provided on Teams to support our development. I feel that the teaching in this course is well prepared and strongly supports our learning. 

Bethan Longshaw

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Teaching isn't easy, but it is rewarding more than you could ever believe, and you get to learn how to do it with support from people who understand your struggles and push you to do better.

Becki Hassall

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

All of the lecturers are very approachable and supportive; they are always available to talk if you need further support or advice. 

Ammie Bradbury

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
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Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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