Primary Education Studies (Accelerated) at University College Birmingham - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW Do you have a passion to pursue a career in education? Are you interested in working with children in schools and other learning environments, or even becoming a teacher? Our accelerated Primary Education Studies degree offers you the chance to gain an in-depth understanding of how children learn and how primary education has developed, both in the UK and worldwide. Focusing on the development of children aged three to 11, this primary education course examines four key areas – practitioner identity, the child as a learner, the learning environment and political and cultural context – to give you both a theoretical and practical understanding of learning and teaching within a range of settings. You will learn how educational policies and curricula are developed and gain the skills to work collaboratively in a range of roles, as well as undertaking placements in a variety of environments. Giving you a full undergraduate degree in just two years, this accelerated course offers a swift route for you to progress onto qualified teacher training. It also opens the doors to a wide range of other career opportunities, from working in primary schools, museums, cultural institutions and charities to educational research.

  • PGCE Progression with University of Warwick – Students who complete our Primary Education Studies degree course will be offered a guaranteed interview (subject to basic entry criteria) for Primary/Early Years PGCE courses at our partner institution, the University of Warwick. See our website for more details.
  • Accelerated degree – Start your future in just two years with our accelerated primary education degree, with the opportunity to progress onto teacher training or move directly into industry
  • Work placements – Test your training in the real world on multiple work placements in a variety of industry settings, from schools and charities to museums and theatres
  • Progress to PGCE – Complete our degree and you will have the opportunity to progress onto a teacher training course with our partners at the University of Warwick
  • Specialise your studies – We work with you to provide experience relevant to your career aims, allowing you to explore particular roles and sectors within the education field
PLACEMENTS Our course features two placement modules (one per year), placing you within a range of settings in order to gain hands-on experience of the different areas where education professionals may work. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Community education officer
  • Museum education officer
  • Education administrator
  • Education consultant
  • Learning mentor
  • Primary school teacher
You could also progress onto a PGCE course with our partners at the University of Warwick. See our website for full details:
  • Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course


This is a two-year accelerated degree course. Level 5 study takes place in the second semester of Year 1 and the first semester of Year 2. YEAR 1

  • Introduction to Education Studies
  • The Developing Learner 1: An Introduction to Neurological and Physical Development
  • History of Education in the UK
  • Exploring the Learning Environment
  • Early Learning and the Primary Curriculum
  • Theories of Reflective Practice in Education
  • Ideology and Sociology in Primary Education
  • The Developing Learner 2: Understanding Cognition, Language and Behaviour
  • Developing Professional Practice in Education
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Values in Primary Education
  • Contemporary Issues and International Perspectives on Primary Education
  • Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in Education Settings
- Research in Education

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: TEACHING Example of a typical teaching week (up to 12 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 6-7 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 2-3 hours
  • Tutorials – up to 2 hours
As this is an accelerated course, it runs throughout the entire academic year, from the end of September to July/August. Some weeks are timetabled as intensive study, requiring an increase in contact hours. The above reflects the minimum and maximum number of hours expected. You will also need to commit around 25 hours per week for individual study time. ASSESSMENT Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:
  • Coursework/practical assessment – 100%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

How to apply

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University College Birmingham
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected]

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

UK/EU Year 1 - September 2022 Entry Fee £9,250 Year 2 - September 2022 Progression Fee £11,100 International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Primary Education Studies (Accelerated) at University College Birmingham - UCAS