University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Primary Education with QTS

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Course summary

  • Become an ‘Outstanding’ Teacher – Ofsted rated our teaching as 'Outstanding'
  • Join our top 10 course in the UK for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019)
  • Ranked in the Top 20 education courses in the UK by the Guardian’s University League Table 2018
  • Opportunity for a 'sandwich year' to engage in a self-directed work placement
  • Benefit from our extensive partnerships with over 400 schools giving you excellent opportunities to gain experience and develop as a skilled practitioner
Anyone already in education will tell you that teaching is one of the toughest jobs out there. It's also one of the most rewarding. To make sure you’re a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century, we have devised a vibrant programme informed by research and constantly reviewed to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education. Graduates from the BA (hons) in Primary Education with QTS are reflective, respectful educators and learners, equipped to thrive in their chosen profession. You will be training within an Institute of Education recognised as Outstanding by OFSTED, at a university with a long heritage in and commitment to teacher education. The programme effectively blends theory and practice, providing you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for your future teaching career. You will develop strong research literacy enabling you to critically appraise literature and research and engage in an enquiry and research-based approach to teaching. You will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to analyse educational policy, theory and practice and gain a systematic understanding of how children develop and learn and the application of pedagogical skills in the primary classroom. Your work on campus and on school placements will combine to develop a reflective approach to your own practice and the ability to work flexibly, creatively and thoughtfully in the classroom, taking account of the diversity, needs and responses of all your pupils. There’s ample scope for you to personalise a professional portfolio in both breadth and depth to meet your own needs and follow areas of particular interest. The teaching team encourages this and combines plenty of hands-on experience, expertise and enthusiasm to nurture you through your academic and professional journey. By the end of Year 1, with experience of both the taught programme and teaching in schools, you can opt to take a Sandwich Year between years 2 and 3, to engage in a self-directed work placement in an educational setting to enrich your experience and understanding of different educational environments and cultures. The Institute has strong international connections and offers a range of opportunities for international study and educational visits of varying durations, as well as opportunities to welcome visiting students and staff to our campus.

Course details


For detailed information on modules you will be studying please click on the 'View course details' link at the top of this summary box.

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

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are required to provide transcripts. confirming the module titles and grades they have already achieved, as well as module handbooks and/or programme specifications showing the learning outcomes of the modules completed.

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The Department for Education has withdrawn the requirement for applicants to complete literacy and numeracy Skills Tests. During the selection process and as part of your training, you will be required to demonstrate competency in Fundamental skills in English and mathematics. Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants to this course are expected to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to beginning the course at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about when and how to obtain this clearance after an offer has been accepted. Please note, the cost of the check is covered by the applicant. If you have already have a DBS check and are signed up to the Update Service we will ask you to provide the original DBS certificate after an offer has been accepted. If you have lived or travelled abroad in the past five years, we will also need you to apply for an Overseas Criminal Records check for each country in which you have spent six months or more.

Health checks

Applicants to this course will undergo an occupational health assessment to ensure that they are fit to teach. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about when and how to obtain this clearance after an offer has been accepted.


Applicants to this course are expected to attend an interview at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about the format of the interview if your application is shortlisted.


We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career. Applicants will be expected to complete a period of two weeks school experience after interview, and prior to joining the programme.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7An overall score of 7.0, including 7.0 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

Unistats information

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Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Applicants to this course are expected to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to beginning the course at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about when and how to obtain this clearance after an offer has been accepted. Please note, the cost of the check is covered by the applicant (currently £38). For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (
Primary Education with QTS at University of Winchester - UCAS