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Undergraduate

BA Primary Teaching

The direct route into entry-level primary school teaching. Gain extensive teaching experience in one of our partner primary schools.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

X120

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Start date

Course overview

This degree gives you a direct route into entry-level primary school teaching. We've got excellent links with Primary Partnership schools in both urban and rural settings – so you can gain extensive teaching experience in each year of your course.

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’.

When you graduate, you'll be recommended for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Six reasons to study Primary Teaching at Hull

  1. 98% graduate employability rating#
  2. You'll be recommended for QTS on graduation
  3. Extensive in-school experience in each year
  4. Specialise in your area of interest
  5. Study different contexts, such as outdoor learning
  6. Learn about digital innovations in education

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

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

    Primary English

    Explore how children learn to read and write, using a range of resources and techniques to apply theory and guidance to practice. 

    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 how children learn.

    Primary Science

    Develop your science subject knowledge and learn some pedagogical strategies to teach science in the primary classroom effectively.

    Teaching and Learning in the Primary School 1

    Understand approaches to support teaching of the National Curriculum. On your school placement you'll teach a class for up to 50% of the timetable. 

    The Early Years Foundations for Learning

    Trainees explore education in the foundation years, developing an awareness of children as they begin their educational journey, as well as how early childhood education prepares children for lifelong learning. 

  • Choose one

    Learning in the Outdoor Classroom

    Explore how children can learn in environments outside of the classroom. You'll gain insights into planning learning opportunities and be able to link with local attractions. 

    The North Face: A Literary Landscape

    Examine literary texts from northern England for use with older primary school pupils and explore the key historical and cultural factors that impacted on their production. 

    Creative Maths 1

    You'll develop your own knowledge as well as an understanding of how and when to incorporate problem solving and algebraic reasoning into your teaching.

Second year modules

  • Core

    Year 2 Placement

    Trainees complete an 8 week placement in a primary classroom, developing teaching practice. Trainees are assessed against the Teaching Standards.

    The Core Curriculum

    Discover key skills in the teaching and learning of English, maths and science. Study the importance and impact of questioning, inclusion, phonics, problem solving and investigating.

    Teaching and Learning in the Primary School 2

    Examine the educational needs of different groups of children and learn 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.

  • Choose one

    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 children.

    Creative Maths 2

    Explore the teaching of rational numbers and proportional reasoning, with a focus on how to plan for mathematical discussions that will help you respond to children's thinking. 

    Science Through Technological Understanding

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

    Theories of How Children Learn

    Evaluate theories of learning and development, linking theory with practice in the classroom. Consider the impact and the implications for teaching and children's outcomes.

Final year modules

  • Core

    Year 3 Placement

    Trainees complete a 9 week placement in a primary classroom, developing teaching practice. Trainees are assessed against the Teaching Standards.

    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. 

    Teaching and Learning in the Primary School 3

    In your final school placement, put your knowledge into practice. You'll have the opportunity to consider ways to support children learning English as an additional language. 

    Creating the Curriculum

    Explore different approaches to the creating of the curriculum. You'll consider the integration of core subjects and investigate how a curriculum is designed. 

    Special Educational Needs

    You will develop your understanding of a range of common disabilities and the provision of inclusive approaches for children with special educational needs.

  • Optional

    Are You Sure? Proof in Maths

    Explore a mathematical topic that interests you in order to develop your content and pedagogical knowledge. Examine big ideas of mathematics and methods of proof that support them.

    Stimulating Sustainability

    Study sustainability issues using collaborative and problem-based pedagogies. You'll work with a primary school on a project, helping them meet a sustainability target. 

    Cybertexts: 21st Century Literacy

    Experience, debate and reflect upon the extent to which literacy practices are being transformed, along with the implications for language and literacy education.

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

How you'll study

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.

Overall workload

324 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

564 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

312 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

37%
63%
  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

348 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

648 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

204 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

42%
58%
  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

168 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,032 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

5%
95%
  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

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Entry requirements

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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 

Applicants should also have

  • 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.

Any offers made are conditional on the results of an enhanced DBS check and confirmation that any health requirements have been met.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,500 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.

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. 

Scholarships

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points or above

from 3 A levels or equivalent, you could receive

£1,200 to £2,000

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Primary school teacher
  • Teaching assistant
  • Education consultant

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.

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