Birmingham City University

Primary Education with QTS with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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We're ranked 3rd in the UK for our undergraduate Education programmes, including BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS (Guardian League Tables 2020)

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses, not just one particular BA degree.
So although you apply to study a BA in a specific course – in this case BA Primary Education with QTS – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category Society, Childhood and Education; it allows you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best. You will be assessed for progression on to your second year, which would be the first year of your BA-level degree.

Do you have a passion for inspiring and educating young learners, and want the best possible career opportunities after graduating? This exciting degree provides you with a variety of opportunities to explore your interests and develop core skills and experience in Primary and Early Years teaching.

You will have a variety of dynamic and diverse opportunities that will equip you to engage, motivate and inspire young learners in a wide range of schools. Our innovative programme is responsive to new initiatives in primary education and will enable you to become a highly effective and reflective teacher. In addition you will have the opportunity to pursue a subject study to deepen your understanding of an area of primary practice.

Our course offers you the chance to gain the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as a degree, helping you walk into your dream job as a primary school teacher immediately after graduating from university.

Studying at our recently-extended, state-of-the-art £71 million City South Campus, you will have access to excellent facilities, such as our Primary Science Lab and Primary Innovation Room, to enhance your understanding and knowledge.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code X12F
Institution code B25
Campus name City South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus code E

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

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level CDD Accepted with BTEC Diploma/ Sub Dip,OCR Sub Dip, Welsh Baccalaureate and Ext Project accepted if differ from A-Level Subjects
General Studies and COPD not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Must achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.
Access to HE Diploma Full Award 45 at Level 3 of which 30 merits and distinctions
including GCSE English, If no Maths and Science at grade 4 or above, then credits must also include English, Maths and Science at Level 2.
Scottish Higher BCCC Minimum of 4 subjects to a total of 80 UCAS points.
AS Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 grade 4 must include Maths, English and Science subjects equivalent accepted other 2 GCSEs must be actual GCSEs
BTEC/OCR/IGNVQ Science at Merit or above or equivalency testing.com
HNC (BTEC) P Relevant Subject
HND (BTEC) P Relevant Subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates
For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR English Language Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in three level subjects.  This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Irish Leaving Certificate under Level 3 entry
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM Can be counted alongside one or two A-Level's or BTEC Sub Dip, OCR Sub Dip totalling at least 80 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP Can be counted alongside one A-Level
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Can be counted alongside one or two A-Level's or BTEC Sub Dip, OCR Sub Dip totalling at least 80 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Can be counted alongside one or two A-Level's or BTEC Sub Dip, OCR Sub Dip totalling at least 80 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.

In Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D* Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.

In Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.

In Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent
Scottish Advanced Higher CC Minimum of 2 subjects to a total of 80 UCAS points.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Only in combination with other acceptable level 3 qualifications
Can be counted alongside one or two A-Level's or BTEC Sub Dip, OCR Sub Dip totalling at least 80 UCAS tariff points

More about foundation year programmes

By studying a foundation year in either Health and Life Sciences, Children, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc or BA degree.

So although you are studying a BA or BSc in a specific course – for example, Children’s Nursing, Health Studies, Midwifery among many of possible options – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about foundation year categories (Health and Life Sciences, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science), allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Important Note:

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.

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

http://bcu.ac.uk/courses/primary-education-with-qts-ba-hons-2018-19

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no sub-test below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

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