Newland St John Primary

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Primary Teaching

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: X120

What you'll study

This degree gives you a direct route into entry-level primary school teaching. And you'll gain extensive teaching experience in one of our many partner primary schools.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

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.

The first year of the BA Honours course provides a strong focus on the core subjects of the curriculum. Working in small groups, you are introduced to innovative classroom practice supported by experienced specialist staff. In addition you are able to choose a subject specialism which you follow throughout the programme.

Core modules

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

  • Primary English

    Explore how children learn to read and write, using a range of resources and techniques to apply theory and guidance to practice. The lectures and workshops will also examine dialect, standard english, phonics, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

  • Primary Maths

    Develop your understanding of core aspects of the primary maths curriculum. You'll explore engaging methods for teaching children in a manner that reflects what we know about how children learn. Sessions will include opportunities to solve problems, discuss strategies and solutions, and justify mathematical reasoning.

  • Primary Science

    This module will enable you to develop your science subject knowledge and learn some pedagogical strategies to teach science in the primary classroom effectively. Lectures are combined with practical investigative seminars as part of the course.

  • Teaching and Learning in the Primary School 1

    This module introduces you to key pedagogical approaches to support the teaching of the National Curriculum. You will undertake a placement in a school, divided into three weeks in the autumn and four weeks in the summer, when you will teach a class for up to fifty percent of the timetable.

  • The Early Years Foundations for Learning

Compulsory modules (you'll study one compulsory module according to your specialism)

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

  • Learning in the Outdoor Classroom

    This module will explore how children can learn effectively from being immersed in an outdoor learning space, or environments other than the classroom. You will gain insights into planning safe learning opportunities for children and be able to link with local industries or attractions.

  • The North Face: A Literary Landscape

    An examination of a range of literary texts from the north of England suitable for use with older primary school pupils. The module also explores key historical and cultural factors that impacted on the production of these texts.

  • Creative Maths 1

    Creative Maths 1 focuses on two important aspects of primary maths: problem solving and algebraic reasoning. Through group explorations of intriguing problems, you will develop your own content knowledge as well as an understanding of how and when to incorporate problem solving and algebraic reasoning into your own teaching.

Second 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.

Year 2 develops your subject knowledge, extending to the wider curriculum, which includes: Special Education Needs, Inclusion and Behaviour Management.

Core modules

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

  • The Core Curriculum

    This module focuses on key skills in the teaching and learning of English, maths and science in the primary school. You will study the importance and impact of questioning, inclusion, teacher subject knowledge, pedagogy, as well as specific aspects of these core subjects in primary school, such as phonics, problems solving and investigating.

  • Teaching and Learning in the Primary School 2 (QTS)

    Examine the educational needs of different groups of children and develop your understanding of how to promote an inclusive learning environment. This module will also prepare you for further school experience.

  • Foundation Subjects in the National Curriculum and Religious Education 1

    Learn about teaching and learning strategies in the foundation subjects with a particular emphasis on medium term planning.

  • Foundation Subjects in the National Curriculum and Religious Education 2

    Explore the range of teaching and learning strategies in the foundation subjects. Particular emphasis is placed on critical engagement with issues relating to planning.

Compulsory modules (you'll study one compulsory module according to your specialism)

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

  • The Play's the Thing: Drama in Education

    In this module, you will be introduced to the pedagogy of drama and its transferable value across the whole curriculum. Practically, you will develop a repertoire of drama techniques and approaches, learning where these can be effectively employed to promote learning and engagement in the classroom.

  • Creative Maths 2

    Creative Maths 2 enables you to build the knowledge and confidence to teach rational numbers, such as fractions, decimals, and percentages, as well as proportional reasoning. Sessions will focus on teaching these topics through a problem based approach, with a focus on how to plan for mathematical discussions that will help you recognise and respond to children’s mathematical thinking.

  • Science Through Technological Understanding

    Explore the relationship between science and technology, and the implications for primary school classrooms.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Theories of How Children Learn

    This module examines intelligence and the development of learning theories. You'll discuss, analyse and evaluate theories of learning and development, linking theory with practice in the classroom. You'll be enabled to consider the impact of theories on learning and teaching, as well as the implications for teaching practice and children's outcomes.

  • Encouraging Wider Reading: Children's Literature

    A critical engagement with a range of children's literature from the medieval through to the contemporary. You'll consider how these texts can be shared with primary-aged schoolchildren.

Final 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.

The final year enables you to personalise your study through a research project guided by a tutor with relevant subject expertise. You also learn about the professional roles and responsibilities of a primary teacher.

Each year includes an extensive block of school experience. In the first two years you will be in supportive paired placements with another student teacher. You are placed in our carefully selected Primary Partnership schools, where you receive excellent support.

Core modules

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

  • School Based Research Project: Driving Improvement

    Learn how to conduct educational research. Discover how to undertake a conceptual review, use different research methods and analyse findings. As part of this module, you will carry out your own project.

  • Teaching and Learning in the Primary School 3

    Undertake the final school placement and put your knowledge into practice within a primary school setting. You'll also have the opportunity to consider different ways to support children who are learning English as an additional language.

  • Critical Issues and Debates in Primary Education

    You will be studying the complexities of a range of issues currently faced in the primary school setting, offering a critical perspective on how this issue impacts on the school and those within it. Topics could include healthy schools, child protection and digital teaching. Experts in these areas will be invited to deliver sessions.

  • Creating the Curriculum

    Explore different approaches to the creating of the curriculum. You'll consider the integration of core subjects to enrich the learning experiences of all children while investigating how a curriculum is designed when the key emphasis is on the children’s learning. There will also be consideration of the national curriculum, along with curricula from other countries.

Compulsory module

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

  • Special Educational Needs

    Discover the historical background that influences current values and attitudes in practice. You will develop your understanding of a range of common disabilities and the provision of inclusive approaches for children with special educational needs.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Are You Sure? Proof in Maths

    In this module you will explore a mathematical topic that interests you in order to develop your content and pedagogical knowledge. To support you in your exploration, we will examine big ideas of mathematics, as well as methods of proof that develop and support them.

  • Stimulating Sustainability

    Improve your knowledge of sustainability issues in the local environment and in primary schools using collaborative and problem-based pedagogies. As part of this module, we will work with a primary school to complete a sustainability project and support them to achieve a sustainability target.

  • Cybertexts: 21st Century Literacy

    Engage with contemporary issues related to literacy education. This module examines the multimodal contexts of screen-based communication. You'll experience, debate and reflect upon the extent to which literacy practices are being transformed, along with implications for language and literacy education.

“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

This degree gives you a direct route into entry-level primary school teaching. We've got excellent links with urban and rural Primary Partnership schools – so you can gain extensive teaching experience in each year of your course. On graduation, you'll receiving a recommendation for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

  • 98% of our educational studies students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018)
  • Each year includes an extensive block of school experience. In the first two years you'll be in supportive paired placements with another student teacher.
  • You'll be able to specialise in your area of interest and learn about innovations in education – from digital technologies to Forest Schools.

This course is for people who have an interest in education and the ways that people learn and develop. It'll help you to understand the theories, values, policies and practices that underpin ‘education for all’.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

37%

63%

Second year

42%

58%

Final year

5%

95%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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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

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • GCSE Maths, English Language and Science at Grade 4 or C or above
  • You will require a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: C

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview. Candidates must also take Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests - referred to as NSTLN (National Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy). These tests are taken externally and applicants have to pass them before they register.  

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

We work hard to maintain a strong focus on employability within the sector and beyond.

The BA Primary Teaching course enables you to begin the induction year of teaching; on completion of this, you be a fully qualified teacher. Most of our students are employed soon after completing the course.

As a graduate, you will continue to have access to the University Careers Service which will provide a wealth of advice, information and guidance to help ready you for the world of work.

You can also choose the pathway to further study and training; we encourage our students to think about studying toward further qualification once they have embarked on their teaching career.