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Teaching and Learning in the Primary Phase*

Bradford College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Bolton

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The BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning in the Primary Phase with QTS offers you an intensive two-year full-time route into teaching, with the emphasis on school experience. This course prepares trainee teachers to teach within the full primary age range (3-11) on your chosen route: 3-7, 5-11, or 7-11. Successful completion of the course leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status, as well as an Honours degree. 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. We have strong partnership links with local 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. 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. The course also allows the students to gain the Chartered Teacher of the PSHE Association which is a nationally recognised framework for developing effective practice in PSHE education and excellent professional development. 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. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21. Periodic Review is a monitoring and review activity undertaken by all universities/colleges delivering HE programmes. Any changes to the existing programmes as a result of this process will be fully communicated to all applicants as soon as possible after conclusion of the reviews.

Course details


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 five core 20 credit modules as well as a 40 credit independent study module. 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.

Assessment method

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 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.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • National College for Teaching and Leadership

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

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeX123
Institution code B60
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Pass in a Foundation Degree, HND, or Diploma of Higher Education.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 minimum (grade B/5 in English preferred). Please contact the College directly for advice regarding acceptable equivalent qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Enhanced DBS certificate required for the Child Workforce prior to enrolment on the course.

Health checks

Successful candidates will be required to complete an online health questionnaire.


Individual interview and group presentation, plus a written assessment and maths test will be used to evaluate applicants strengths and needs.


Successful candidates must pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy & Numeracy prior to enrolment.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8750 Year 1
Scotland £8750 Year 1
Wales £8750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.
Teaching and Learning in the Primary Phase* at Bradford College - UCAS