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BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning in the Primary Phase with QTS (Top-up)

Qualification Gained
BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning in the Primary Phase with QTS (Top-up)
Study Level
University, Level 6
2 years Full-time
Start Date
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The BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning in the Primary Phase with QTS (Top-Up) is one of very few qualifications in the country designed to enable you to gain qualified teacher status (QTS) alongside a degree level qualification.

This initial teacher education (ITE) programme ultimately enables you to teach in a primary or Early Years Foundation Stage setting as you can choose to be trained to teach across one of three nationally recognised routes (3-7 years, 7-11 years or 5-11 years).

An innovative and creative combination of teaching and learning results in a less intensive pathway into teaching than other routes.

This programme has been designed to facilitate you to continue to working by minimising attendance in College and utilising online teaching pedagogy. Your academic load and multi-week placement experiences are equally split across both years of the course.

  Key Info

You will be involved with School Experience Sessions throughout your course which will involve preparing for working in school as a qualified teacher by developing an understanding of planning, assessment, classroom management, child development and many other aspects of the role of a teacher.

This programme is structured so you spend one full day a week in College, during which you will undertake four core 20 credit modules as well as a 40 credit independent study module. The programme has been designed to facilitate you to continue working by equally spreading the academic load across both years of study. It encompasses a blended learning approach, combining face to face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. The learning and teaching methods typically used by tutors include: lectures; external experts; tutorials and practical activities. We will also join other programmes for some generic and enrichment sessions. You will be required to undertake a significant amount of independent personal study, for example, background reading and assignment work. This will be further enhanced by a social learning community, including a peer support network and enhanced personal and academic tutoring.

Year 1:

• Education and Professional Studies Sessions
• Teaching Primary English
• Teaching Primary Mathematics
• Teaching Primary Science

Year 2:

• Global Dimensions
• Dissertation

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

• Primary

The minimum qualifications requirements for this programme are:

  • Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Degree (HE Level 5) or equivalent
  • Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE level in Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject and/or their equivalents (Potential international students’ qualifications will be checked by UK ENIC for appropriate equivalency)
  • A successful health check
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS records check

If your application is successful you will be invited to an interview.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work or voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the Admission Team for further information and support.

In order to meet the professional requirements of the programme and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will:

  • attain the academic award;
  • successfully meet the Teachers’ Standards by passing all school placements;
  • present high-quality evidence to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards.

The academic and professional aspects of this programme are assessed discreetly via two different processes;

Academic Assessment

You will complete half the necessary academic credits in your first year by undertaking three assessments. In your second year you will complete two assessments, one worth 20 credits. The other assessment in your second year is your dissertation, an independent study worth 40 credits.

Your assessment activities are linked to the key learning outcomes of the programme and individual module outlines. Forms of assessment across the modules are wide ranging, including oral presentations, making resources and written pieces.

Professional Assessment

You will receive formative assessment information at the end of your first placement which you can build on during your second placement. You will be assessed and awarded summative grades against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of your second placement.

Placements in educational settings are a context in which you can translate theory into practice. College and partnership schools work together to develop your expertise in relation to the many elements of a teacher’s role.

Placements also provide you with an opportunity to develop transferable skills, attitudes and behaviours. A multi-week placement in a different educational setting is provided in each year of your programme. Your time in school is structured to prepare you for your teaching experience. The time and roles in which you are primarily responsible for a whole class increases gradually over the duration of each placement. In school you are supported by a College-based link-tutor as well as designated staff in your host setting.

The combination of College and school-based provision produces a firm foundation upon which you can build your future career.

Graduating from this programme will provide you with the necessary subject and pedagogical knowledge, professional tool kit and behaviours to operate as an effective primary or EYFS teacher. You could also work in other areas of the education sector, such as the Museums Service.

Graduates from this programme have progressed into many teaching posts across a variety of settings within and beyond West Yorkshire. They have successfully operated in many different types of educational establishments ranging from mainstream primary settings to those which specialise in Early Years or special needs provision.

We work with some of our graduates who have progressed to strategic management positions such as SENDCo and leadership roles in schools.


Full-time: £8,750 per year.

Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service ay any time.



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