Newland St John Primary

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Learning and Teaching (Primary QTS) (top-up)

UndergraduateBA (Hons) Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: N/A

What you'll study

You gain the skills to teach at Key Stage 1 and 2, along with the associated theory and knowledge. You'll study 120 credits at Level 6, over three semesters.

Our modules focus on

  • the core curriculum subjects (English, maths and science)
  • the other curriculum subjects
  • general aspects of primary education (teaching, learning and assessment)

You’ll study a range of modules such as 

  • Integrated Core Subjects (English, mathematics and science teaching)
  • Foundation Subjects in the Primary School (teaching geography, music, PE etc.)
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment (broader primary teaching skills)
  • School Experience (two assessed school placements)

School experience

You must complete a minimum of two assessed school placements during the course. It's preferable to gain as much experience in different schools as possible, so we recommend that you do one (or both) of the placements in a school other than your own, if you are currently working in a school.

Being absent from your employment for school placements will obviously have implications for an employing school. So you'll need the full support of your headteacher and governing body before you embark on this programme. In extreme cases, students have to seek permission to take unpaid leave during school placement periods (although this is rare).

Over the period of the course you must spend 120 days in school.  Over half of that will be through assessed school placements, supported by school and university staff.  The remaining time can be through paid or voluntary work in schools, in appropriate roles, such as teaching assistants.

Gaining Qualified Teacher Status (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 that you're trained for
  • 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

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

More about this course

Part-time 18 months

If you want to be a primary school teacher and you've already got a relevant foundation degree or similar level 5 qualification, this course allows you to 'top up' to a full Honours degree. Successful completion of the programme also means you'll be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Usually taught on Tuesday evenings, the course is a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials. You'll tackle a combination of academic and practical elements - including two assessed school placements. You'll be required to spend at least 120 days in a school.

Our teaching staff

Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £13,500 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

On successfully completing this course, you'll be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Obtaining QTS allows you to take up a teaching post.

How to apply

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