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Course summary

Are you a teaching assistant currently working in a primary school, or working in an equivalent educational setting? If you’ve recently completed a relevant Foundation Degree and are looking to pursue a career in primary teaching, then this course could be a perfect next step for you. The course is a stimulating and challenging degree at honours level, developing the qualities required in 21st century teachers. A combination of practice-based learning, campus-based sessions and private study will allow you to continue in work whilst studying, and use of the Virtual Learning Environment will enable you to access course materials and undertake tasks in your own time. A combination of practice-based learning, campus-based sessions and private study will allow you to continue in work whilst studying, and use of the Virtual Learning Environment will enable you to access course materials and undertake tasks in your own time. You’ll examine current theory, with each module containing teaching, assessment and independent work, all of which are directly relevant to the primary classroom. School placements will ensure the knowledge and skills you acquire are also strongly anchored in practice. This is a stimulating and challenging vocational degree course that also leads to a professional qualification. To make the most of it you’ll need to be highly motivated and well-organised, and equally confident in learning with others as learning independently. In return, you’ll benefit from the opportunity to equip yourself with the academic and professional qualities required in 21st-century teachers. This course is aimed at teaching assistants working in primary schools. It allows you to combine your work in a school with study towards an honours degree. There is weekly attendance with sessions running from 1-8 pm on Thursdays. You will examine the National Curriculum and other initiatives with a view to practical applications in the classroom. Specialist tutors from across the University College are encouraged to contribute to distinct subject sessions and you are fully briefed on your professional role. This course ensures that theory is firmly anchored in practice. This is particularly relevant to the small-scale research project you will be asked to complete. School placements are an integral part of the course and you will be assessed against the national Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) standards. The final teaching placement will usually occur during the autumn term of the second year. There is a range of assessments built into this course including an individual presentation, assignments small-scale research, reports and work-based portfolios. Teaching placements are also assessed against the current national standards for qualified teacher status. All assessments are marked by a range of tutors and you will receive detailed feedback. Former graduates of the progression route with QTS have become successful teachers in a range of primary settings. Many have become subject co-ordinators after as little as one year of teaching. Find out more:

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You will normally have satisfactorily completed the University’s FdA in Applied Studies (Learning Support) (or previously called FdA Educational Studies for Teaching Assistants or FdA in Learning Practitioners) and possess GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent). If you have a Foundation degree obtained at another institution we will closely consider the content to confirm whether it is a suitable match. Please see the entry requirements section of our course page for our accepted English equivalents, Mathematics equivalents and Science equivalent qualifications. An academic reference will be required before interview. Please ensure that your HEI is able to provide this either on your UCAS form or before attendance at an interview. Applicants are expected to be currently employed or volunteering in a primary school setting and have written support from the setting. At least two year’s experience is desirable.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Entry Test 1. Numeracy and Literacy tests at interview

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Primary Teaching Studies with QTS at Bishop Grosseteste University - UCAS