Newland St John Primary

BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching (Primary Education) top-up

About the course

If you wish to be a primary school teacher and you have achieved a relevant Foundation Degree then this course allows you to top-up to a full Honours degree as well as be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Key Stages 1 and 2.

The course is taught usually on a Tuesday evening and is a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials. You will undertake a combination of academic and practical elements, including two assessed school placements. You will be required to spend at least 120 days in a school.

Which course should I apply for?


You will study the skills required to teach at Key Stage 1 and 2, along with the underpinning theory and knowledge. You will study 120 credits at Level 6, over three semesters.

 Modules have a focus on:

  • The main curriculum subjects (English, mathematics and science)
  • The other curriculum subjects
  • General aspects of primary education (teaching, learning and assessment)

School experience

A minimum of two assessed school placements must take place within the period of the course. It is preferable to gain as much experience in different schools as possible so it is highly recommended that one or both of the assessed school placements is in a school other than your own.

Absence from your employment for school placements will have implications for an employing school, you will therefore need the full support of your headteacher and governing body in order to embark on this programme. In extreme cases, students may have to seek permission to take unpaid leave during school placement periods, although this happens rarely.

The assessed periods of school placement do not have to total 120 days. Appropriate time spent working as a primary school teaching assistant, or in a similar role, can count towards the 120 days, alongside the mandatory school placements. For those who are not employed in a school at all, the requirement to spend at least 120 days in school will still have to be met before the end of the course.

Gaining QTS

To gain QTS you must:

  • Meet the QTS Standards at both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  • Teach the core subjects competently and independently at both Key Stages
  • Teach a range of foundation subjects across the age range for which you are trained
  • Teach lessons and sequences of lessons to whole classes of pupils
  • Have experience of teaching in at least two schools
  • Spend at least 120 days in school, the vast majority of which must be spent working with pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Learning Support or a similar foundation degree (similar refers to level and content)
  • Successfully passing the national Professional Skills Tests for trainee teachers prior to starting the course (see www.
  • GCSE grade C or above, or equivalent (e.g. O Level or CSE Grade 1) in English language, mathematics and a science subject (NB Some GCSE equivalent qualifications are not considered equivalent for teacher training purposes. Please check with the university by contacting the Professional Education Office – see section on how to apply)
  • Experience working with children in primary school (paid or unpaid)
  • A satisfactory Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • A satisfactory Health Check
  • Successful performance in further university selection procedures for trainee teachers

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University, please contact us at or telephone +44 (0)1482 465974.


Home/EU: £9,250

You can apply for student finance and any student loan you receive to cover the cost of tuition fees does not have to be repaid until you have graduated and are earning at least £21,000. For more information, please visit

Start dates

Open for applications for entry in September 2017 and 2018

Duration: 18 months, part-time