Newland St John Primary

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

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

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

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)

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

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core module

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • School Experience

    Complete two assessed school placements, working towards the standards required for a qualified teacher. You will have the opportunity to plan, prepare and deliver extensive teaching programmes in two schools and be able to assess, record, report and analyse pupils' progress, as well as critically reflect on your own performance and professional development.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Integrated Core Subjects I

    In this module, alongside Integrated Core Subjects II, you will be introduced to approaches to teaching English, mathematics and science in primary schools. The module will cover key knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable you to successfully teach those subjects. 

  • Integrated Core Subjects II

    This module introduces you to approaches to teaching English, mathematics and science in primary schools. The module will cover key knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable you to successfully teach those subjects.

  • Foundation Subjects in the Primary School

    This module introduces you to approaches to teaching a range of foundation subjects in primary schools. You will explore theoretical and practical perspectives on the primary curriculum beyond the core subjects, including how the curriculum is organised, as well as being prepared for teaching across the curriculum.

  • School Based Study

    Design and conduct a piece of small-scale educational research with guidance from an allocated supervisor. You will be expected to show initiative and responsibility throughout the research process, evidencing your capacity for critical reflection and making links between research theory and practice.

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment

    Build on your existing knowledge and understanding of teaching, learning and assessment.You'll have the opportunity to explore theoretical and practical perspectives on aspects of the role of a teacher. You will explore a range of topics, considering current thinking related to teaching, learning and assessment in primary schools.

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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

  • 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
  • GCSE grade C/grade 4 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 using the contact details in the ‘How to apply’ section
  • 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

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: £14,000 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.