Birmingham Newman University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Newman University, Birmingham

Primary Education (5-11) (with recommendation for QTS) FD Progression

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Course summary

This programme is a full time one-year ‘top-up’ initial teacher education programme. Student teachers study for 120 academic credits and an extended school placement. The placement equates to at least 45 days in school settings. The extended placement is undertaken individually. The placement is complemented and enhanced by a short focus week, where the students may work individually or in small groups. Only one resit opportunity is permitted for school placement modules across the programme and normally only one school placement will take place in an academic year. All academic modules and placements must be completed for the award of BA Honours Prima3y Education (5-11)(with recommendation for QTS). Content: The course is designed to ensure that students develop autonomy and confidence and excellent subject knowledge across all national curriculum subjects and RE and develop an expertise in the Early Years foundation stage. The academic, university-based modules are designed so that students gain a thorough understanding of effective practice in schools including: legislative requirements; the professional strategies used to organise and manage the classroom; the methods used to plan, deliver and evaluate teaching; to develop, monitor, assess and extend children’s learning – including removing barriers to learning, closing attainment and aspiration gaps and meeting the needs of pupils with additional needs - and develop an understanding of their broad professional role in relation to children, colleagues, parents and the community. All students teach in at least two consecutive key stages in partnership schools and settings. Additionally, students use an e-portfolio and an Academic and Professional Tutor system to develop into engaged, reflective, responsive, creative and empowered teachers who can articulate, promote and defend their own ideas and can relate these to their on-going professional development in a realistic and responsive manner. Skills: The programme allows students to develop the graduate skills of:

  • being able to construct and sustain reasoned and critical arguments in a coherent manner; being able to employ a range of social and interpersonal skills including communication within a range of contexts and with a range of stakeholders, problem-solving, information processing, reasoning and evaluating;
  • being able to undertake independent research which engages them in critical reflection, analysis and evaluation of practice and its impact on learners
  • being able to demonstrate confident and innovative early years and key stage 1 practice which includes outstanding teaching and learning, planning and assessment and behaviour management for the benefit of all learners.
This is designed to meet the specific requirements of Initial Teaching Education, demanded by current statutory professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status, and the award will allow students to be employed in appropriate school settings.


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Assessment method

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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

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

We are currently not accepting applications from international learners.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students will normally be expected to have gained at least merit in a relevant Foundation Degree, or equivalent. Candidates must be able to evidence their classroom experience against the Teachers’ Standards, including a minimum of 80 whole days classroom experience. (This is to APEL against the SE days students have to do to meet the QTS standards.) You will need to provide evidence of assessed experience of whole class teaching rather than working in a support role with groups or individuals. The evidence provided needs to include for example your understanding of the role of the teacher, planning and assessment to ensure pupil progress, national assessments, child development and learning, managing behaviour, early reading including phonics, SEN and disability, and evaluating teaching. These requirements are in line with the DfE ITT criteria (15th April 2019). Students will be expected to have GCSE in English language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 (or C) or above by enrolment. GCSE equivalency information A minimum Merit grade is required for FD, BTEC Lv 5 or HND . You will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, meet the requirements for capacity to teach prior to starting the course. For more information on your DBS application please visit the How do I complete my DBS form advice page.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Fitness to Teach



National Skills Tests for Literacy and Numeracy Following a Department for Education review of the skills test and after engaging with universities, schools, candidates, teachers and representative bodies which found that these tests do not provide appropriate assurance of the numeracy and literacy skills of trainees. The skills tests will be replaced with a new system of provider-led assurance. This new approach will see trainees being assured against a set of fundamental mathematics and English skills we would expect them to have by the end of their initial teacher training.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Whole course
England £9250 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9250 Whole course
Scotland £9250 Whole course
Wales £9250 Whole course

Additional fee information

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course, where applicable. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments. Additional cost information associated with undergraduate degrees can be found at

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Birmingham Newman University
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
B32 3NT

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Primary Education (5-11) (with recommendation for QTS) FD Progression at Birmingham Newman University - UCAS