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Course summary

Our 2 year accelerated degree will prepare you to join postgraduate Initial Teacher Training. Taught primarily online, with on campus days to help you consolidate your learning. You needn’t be limited to primary school teaching, though. You might have your sights set on a career in the wider education sector, cultural institutions and NGOs, or related fields such as health and social work. On this degree course you’ll develop your understanding of primary education, and gain the knowledge and skills to work collaboratively in a range of settings. At ARU, we're proud to be ranked fourth in the country for Education in the Guardian League Table 2022. Our Primary Education Studies degree also scored over 90% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020. Our Primary Education Studies course is designed for those looking for a career working with children aged 3-12 and their families. It’s also a great option if you already work in education but want to learn more about the subject or progress in your career. We focus on education history, policy and the way children are taught today. You’ll graduate with a thorough understanding of classroom management, lesson planning, National Curriculum subjects, and the three Key Stages in primary education. We’ll also touch on special educational needs provision. Throughout the course there’s a strong focus on the core subjects that all primary-aged pupils study: reading, writing, maths and science. You’ll become familiar with teaching approaches and how to make adjustments to suit learners of all abilities. Of course, anyone working with children and families knows that it’s important to support the ‘whole child’ and so, as well as looking at education and teaching, we’ll explore related areas such as health, welfare, child psychology and children’s rights. While studying at ARU, you’ll have opportunities to observe teaching in local schools. We offer our Primary Education Studies course as a three-year degree or an accelerated degree, which you’ll complete in two years. When you graduate, you’ll be ideally placed to join a postgraduate teacher training course with one of our partners and return to us to complete your PGCE.


Year 1 • Key Paradigms 1: History and Philosophy of Primary Education • Perspectives on the Child 1: Childhood as a Construct - Physical and Social Development of Children • Primary Pedagogy 1 The Curriculum and Primary Teaching • Subject Knowledge for Teaching 1: Early Language, Reading and Writing and Early Mathematical Concepts • Primary Pedagogy 1: Research Foundation • Key Paradigms 2: Sociology and Politics • Primary Pedagogy 2: Creativity, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods • Subject Knowledge for Teaching 1: Science and Technology 1 Year 2 • Perspectives on the Child 2: Childhood Cognitive and Language Development • Subject Knowledge for Teaching 2: English and Mathematics 2 • Perspectives on the Child 3: Inclusion • Perspectives on the Child 3 SEND and Developmental Difficulties • Primary Pedagogy 3: Contemporary Issues in Education, Specialist Focus Project • Subject Knowledge for Teaching 3: The Wider Curriculum • Key Paradigms 3: International and Global Perspectives in Education • Key Skills for Effective Primary Teaching

Assessment method

We start the course by looking at the history of education and some of the main issues at play today, such as equality and human rights. As this is an accelerated course you’ll be taught over three trimesters. Alongside this, we focus on the National Curriculum, exploring subject areas such as reading, writing, science and technology, and maths. We’ll look at how these subjects are taught in primary schools and how, as a teacher, you can engage children with a range of abilities and needs. Assessments happen in a number of ways and include: poster presentation, group presentation, essay, reflective log or commentary, report, and your Specialist Focus Project (dissertation by literature review). There are also opportunities for informal (formative assessment) to give you the necessary support and opportunities to be an active learner and to make contributions to our learning community in lectures, seminars or online groups. Your tutors will monitor individual, group and cohort learning in order to personalise teaching approaches so that you learn in the way that is most suited to you. Modules are subject to change and availability.

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:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not available to international applications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

UCAS tariff points 112 or equivalent level 3 study and experience in practice. GCSEs grade 4/C or above; including Maths, English or Science (or equivalent). Working in a Primary School setting.* DBS (Evidence of existing DBS for current school setting will suffice/or online update service). * You need to be in a school setting for at least 0.5 of any school term week You’ll be required to provide evidence in the form of a letter from the school confirming that you are employed by the school and will have a maximum 0.8 (full-time equivalent) contract with the school which can be paid or unpaid.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £11100* Year 1
Northern Ireland £11100* Year 1
Scotland £11100* Year 1
Wales £11100* Year 1
Channel Islands £11100* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £11100* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
Primary Education Studies (Accelerated Blended Learning) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS