Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning in the Primary Phase with QTS is a top-up degree that you can take on successful completion of a Foundation Degree or HND. It offers you an intensive two-year full-time route into teaching, with the emphasis on school experience. Successful completion of the course leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status, as well as an Honours degree.

This course prepares trainee teachers to teach within the primary age range (3-11) on your chosen route: 3-11, 5-11 or 7-11.

Course Structure

The degree course is structured so you spend one or two full days a week in college and one day a week in school, which extends to two days in school after the first semester. You will undertake four core 20 credit modules as well as a 40 credit independent study module.  The College experience is rich, broad and balanced and you will be prepared to teach the diverse range of subjects throughout the primary phases. Foundation subjects are an integral part of the programme.

Modules Covered

Core Modules include:

School Experience - This runs throughout the two year programme. In these sessions you will be prepared for working in school as a qualified teacher by developing an understanding of planning, assessment, classroom management and child development.  Academic oral and written skills, enabling you to engage in and construct reasoned arguments, supported by relevant educational theory and research are also developed.

Teaching Primary Mathematics/Developing Primary Language and Literacy/Developing Primary Science - These three modules will be taken in year one and are designed to develop a firm foundation of subject knowledge, skills and understanding with which to underpin effective classroom pedagogy in line with the current National Curriculum.

Global Dimensions through the Humanities & Creative Arts - This module takes place in year two and the purpose of this innovative and creative module is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the scope and nature of the Humanities and Creative Arts across the primary age phases.

Action Research - You will begin preparation for this module at the end of year one. The aim of this strategy is to give you an explicit understanding of the requirements of effective educational research and the assessment brief.

Learning Methods

The course uses a range of teaching and learning methods which include workshops and lectures central for your effective professional development.  There are also opportunities for you to make presentations, take part in discussions, explore the application of ICT and share relevant classroom or other educational experiences.

Teaching Methods

These mirror the kind of approached used in schools and combine a wide range of resources including video, ICT and online resources. We encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and offer you high quality support from personal tutors. You will be assessed through coursework assignments, oral presentations and written examinations. Your practical teaching skills will be assessed by your performance in school at each stage of the course.


Most of the Modules are assessed by assignment and/or presentation.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

Training must enable trainees to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to teach within the phase for which they are training. Typically, primary training will take place across the 3-7, 5-11, or 7-11 age ranges. No training programme should cover fewer than four school years. (Initial Teacher Training criteria and supporting advice, Department for Education, March 2016).

We have strong partnership links with several schools, whose staff make a significant contribution to your training. Partnership schools are situated in Bradford and the neighbouring local authorities to give a wide range of experiences and to meet the needs of students from across the region.

Each year there is a school placement with serial visits and a teaching block. This lets you develop sound professional relationships with staff and children. You are never 'thrown in at the deep end', but supported by school staff and College tutors until you develop confidence. Your Individual Development Profile will be used to track your progress towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status.

What's Next?

The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and, during the final year of the degree, you will be given the opportunity to learn about applying for teaching posts, interview techniques and to address other professionally relevant issues.

Did You Know?

We were delighted that the QAA's Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review (IQER), carried out in January 2010 concluded that they had 'Confidence' (the highest judgement possible) in the quality of our Higher Education provision.

For further details read the summary report .

Entry Requirements

A Foundation Degree or equivalent tariff.

You must also have GCSE Grade C/4 or above or equivalent in English, mathematics and science or equivalent.

Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview.

Passes for both Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests are needed before starting on the course.

A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and health check are also required prior to commencement of the course.


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

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification