Primary Education at University of Buckingham - UCAS

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Home of the two-year degree, the University of Buckingham, based in the South East of England, is ranked 6th for Student Satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey, 2020). Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, we are only 20 minutes’ from Milton Keynes central station and a short drive from Bicester, Aylesbury, Banbury and Northampton. There is free parking on-site and we are within easy reach of London and Oxford. Our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors. This three-year BA degree course is designed for those working as teaching assistants in schools who wish to become primary or prep school teachers. To become a qualified teacher you have to have a degree and the most relevant degree to take is one in Education. While the number of teachers in schools in England has remained steady over the past decade or so, the number of full-time equivalent TAs has more than trebled since 2000, from 79,000 to 262,800. Teaching assistants now comprise more than a quarter of the workforce in mainstream schools in England, rising to 35% in primary schools. Our degree has many significant advantages: 1. It is designed to enable you to work in a paid job while taking the course. 2. The course is online and this enables you do the work and complete tasks at times you can manage. The course is delivered with our partner, Anspear, whose system is already being used to deliver a very similar course online to prison officers – so we know it works. The course materials are written by academics and leading primary school head teachers in England. 3. The course is excellent value. Every student will need to find out whether their employer is happy to pay, or whether they will take a student loan. 4. You will have your own University of Buckingham tutor who will support you throughout the course. 5. The degree course is integrated with your work because much of the study is based on you reflecting on your school and what happens there. 6. The BA can be followed by the 12-month Qualified Teacher Status course at the University of Buckingham which is free of charge (at the time of writing) because it is paid, through your employer, by the apprenticeship levy. QTS is needed to teach in many schools in England. 7. A typical teacher training course is only 10 months long, so adding a three-year degree to that will ensure you have a much higher level of knowledge. 8. You will have opportunities to come to the University of Buckingham and meet fellow students and on passing the degree will attend our graduation ceremony in 2026. Teaching assistants should not embark on this course unless they are determined and can find a good amount of time each week to do the necessary reading and writing. Part-time teaching assistants are welcome. Start date: July 2023. The compulsory induction day is in July 2023, online. Finish date: June 2026 (October 2027 if you add the teacher apprenticeship QTS course).


There are 10 modules of 30 credits each, and a final 60 credit Enquiry module. The modules are: Child development 1 and the purposes of education School organisation and regulation and successful primary schools The science of learning and successful primary pupils The role of play and creativity in primary education Child development 2: barriers to learning, classroom culture and managing behaviour Early Years learning and an introduction to oracy and phonics Literacy and numeracy Foundation subjects and statutory RE Teaching primary science and assessment in primary schools Literacy and numeracy throughout the curriculum Enquiry module

Assessment method

You will study one of the modules in each of the terms of the programme (four a year) , using the online platform. You will be sent readings and talks to work through and you will be assessed via computer-marked tests and reflective writing during the term and submit an end of module assignment of 3,000 words. These will be based on your study and in-school observations and experiences. The final Enquiry module is assessed in part by via computer-marked tests throughout the module as well as reflective writing and a larger piece of research based on an area of your choice from the programme that will involve a literature review of 2000 words and a research project of 6000 words, written over two terms.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

1. You must be in employment in a school and your school will need to write a letter supporting your application 2. You cannot have a university degree already 3. Ideally you should have passed two A-levels or equivalents 4. You must apply by May 31, 2023 5. You must pass an interview 6. You must be determined and organised. To teach in a primary school you need to have passed GCSE English, Maths and Science. So at some point before the QTS course you need to have done that.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £15000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £15000 Whole course
Scotland £15000 Whole course
Wales £15000 Whole course
Channel Islands £15000 Whole course
EU £15000 Whole course
International £15000 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £15000 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website:

Primary Education at University of Buckingham - UCAS