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Primary Initial Teacher Education (with QTS) BA (Hons)

What makes training to teach at Worcester special?

When you致e decided you want to be a primary school teacher, you値l want your degree to lead you smoothly into this fulfilling, rewarding career. At Worcester, we have excellent contacts with the schools in the region where you値l do your placements. They also keep us up to date with job vacancies, so not surprisingly, our employability statistics are pretty impressive.

You値l also experience a great sense of community on the course. You値l stay in small seminar groups throughout, and get plenty of academic and personal support from your tutors. Their doors are always open.

Primary Initial Teacher Education - Early Years received 100% student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Key features

  • Good balance between teaching and placements including a two week placement in the first term, where you値l experience school life and learn about the role of the class teacher
  • Placements at three different schools over three years, giving you a breadth of experience and the chance to specialise while you develop self-reflection, self-criticism and self-confidence
  • 腺eyond the Classroom module, offering you the opportunity to find a placement outside the classroom for example, with a museum, Brownies or Cubs, Camp America, or sports coaching and to develop a wider understanding of teaching strategy and managing behaviour
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) when you complete the course
  • Specialise in either 3-7 or 5-11 year-olds.
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

A minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points from a maximum of 3 ½ A Levels (or equivalent Level 3 qualifications). Plus at least 6 GCSEs at Grades A-C, including Maths, English Language and Science

Post-16 qualifications should, for preference, have some National Curriculum relevance. It may be beneficial if qualifications reflected the likely choice of curriculum focus, for example, A Level Science.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available at the Home Office website.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. The NCTL requires all trainee teachers, prior to starting the course, to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach, to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Candidates will be expected to have had some recent experience in a primary school setting and to include this as part of the supporting statement in their application. Currently candidates, as a condition of entry, provide a report from a primary school head teacher where they have completed a minimum of two weeks work experience (or the part-time equivalent).

We also welcome Access to Higher Education Diploma - please contact us for specific requirements.

Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for this yourself. The pass markdepends on the difficulty of the test.Please note that after your third attempt you cannot retake for 24 months. Once you have passed the skills tests they are valid for three years from the date passed.

You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have booked the skills tests.

If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.

For more information visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.

You may also find this book a useful resource to help in your planning and preparation for the tests.

It is a terrific course, staffed by phenomenally hard working and talented staff and undertaken by committed and reflective students who will be a credit to the profession

External Examiners (2016)

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Term One
Common programme spanning 3-11 years.
Professional Studies; Core Subjects 1 (English, Mathematics and Science); ICT.
Serial school experience - opportunity to work in all age phases.

Term Two
Age phase programme to be pursued for duration or course: 3-7 years or 5-11 years.
Professional Studies; Foundation Subjects 1 (Art, History, PE).
Block school experience (4 weeks).

Term Three
Professional Studies; Core Subjects 2 (English, Mathematics and Science); ICT;
Foundation Subjects 1 (DT, Geography and Music).

Year 2

Term One
Professional Studies; Core Subjects 3 (English, Mathematics and Science); Foundation Subjects 2 (Art, Geography, History and PE).
Block school experience.

Term Two
Professional Studies; PSHE and Citizenship; Core Subjects 4 (English, Mathematics and Science); ICT; Foundation Subjects 2 (DT and Music); Religious Education 1.

Term Three
Professional Studies; Religious Education .
Block school experience (7 weeks).

Year 3

Term One
Professional Studies: Initial preparation for NQT; Core Subjects (English, Mathematics and Science cross curricular module); ICT; Professional Development Research Project , Research Methods.Serial school experience. (1 week) plus block placement (8 weeks)

Term Two
Block school experience (8 weeks) including classroom-based, small-scale research project.

Term Three
Completion of: Professional Studies: Final preparation for NQT; Core Subjects 5 (English, Mathematics and Science); ICT; Professional Research in Specialist Subject (including Research Methods and Curriculum Area option).

An absolute pleasure and could not have spent a better 3 years of my life. It was a joy to be here and I only have fond memories of UW. I'm sad to leave.

Year 3 Student



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Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn:

  • creativity, commitment and enthusiasm for innovative classroom practice, together with the knowledge, intellectual and managerial skills required of the graduate professional in ensuring the well-being and educational development of all learners;
  • intellectual and innovative capability, critical judgement and skilled communication that can be employed in the workplace;
  • ability to pursue specialist knowledge and understanding;
  • capacity to support and contribute to the policies and practices of the workplace and to share in the collective responsibility for their implementation;
  • commitment to reflect on and improve professional practice and take increasing responsibility or identifying and meeting their own continuing professional development (CPD) needs;
  • understanding of relevant educational issues and theories and the ability to apply these in the workplace; ability to meet the Government Teachers Standards.

Teaching approach

  • Students continuallyhelp evolve the design of the course. Through student academic representatives (StARs) and a student governance group(WiP) we work with you to shape our curriculum and teaching approach.
  • Tutor-led workshops, lectures and fieldwork, primarily to introduce underpinning knowledge, theoretical argument, practical skills, central issues, key texts and inter-professional fields of study;
  • study of key texts and supplementary reading to enable students to identify subject matter that will enhance their understanding and intellectual ability;
  • participation in group discussion, presentation and debate, to encourage students to develop their skills of critical analysis and further increase involvement and collaboration in order to improve their interpersonal, group and communication skills;
  • case studies and problem solving tasks to provide opportunities to develop approaches that will deepen levels of understanding and professional judgement, including multi-agency approaches;
  • development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.


  • Various assessment methods, including the use of a profile of teaching competences and coursework closely linked with school experience.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to meet theDfE Professional Standards for Teachers (2014).


Where could it take you?

Student teachers recieving awardOur Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates. There are excellent employment opportunities and good promotion prospects alongside job security. At the end of the course you will be advised about suitable in-service courses to follow in your teaching career, as part of your continuing professional development.

You will be invited to enrol on the Masters programme after your successful completion of the BA (Hons).

ESCalate Student Conference 2011 Employability and Enterprise Worcester student, Megan David, was successfully awarded a nationally recognised bursary to attend and report back to students on the ESCalate website.

University of Worcester Newly Qualified Teachers have been awarded 鮮QTs of the Year 2014-15 in the City of Wolverhampton for their dedication and enthusiasm to the teaching profession. Congratulations to both of our graduates, Heather Proudler and Stephanie Wignall.

  • rebecca-mccann-primary-initial-teacher-education-graduation-2016

    Case study

    Rebecca McCann

    Rebecca, who was involved in a serious car accident during her second year of study, overcame the odds to graduate with a First Class Honours in Primary Initial Teacher Education in 2016.

    鄭s much as I might not like to admit it, the accident certainly impacted on me emotionally and physically, she said. 的 seriously considered not going back to university because I was suffering with severe anxiety and panic attacks as a result of the trauma.

    Having decided to take the brave step of returning to her studies at Worcester, Rebecca found her degree to be an ideal antidote to the nightmare of the accident.

    釘eing in school on placement was a brilliant and enjoyable experience that distracted me from what had happened, she said. 的 enjoyed it so much that I finished the placement with a rating of 双utstanding, and the offer of a permanent job in the school.
    的 cannot thank my tutors enough for their support throughout this process, academically and personally. I could not have got through it without them.

    For most people, simply completing a degree under such circumstances would be challenging enough, but for Rebecca, only excellence would suffice: 的知 absolutely delighted - and a bit shocked to be honest - to have come through it all with First Class Honours.

The quality of the reflective students who can see a clear link between theory and practice in developing their practice is to be commended. This is due to the high quality and highly relevant content of the course.

Head Teacher


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required.More information andguidance oncosts are available from the Home Office. You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Primary - Early Years (3-7 years) BA (Hons) (Single Honours) X121 BA/eyrQTS

Primary - Later Years (5-11 years) BA (Hons) (Single Honours) X122 BA/lyrQTS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


Early Years - X121 Later Years - X122

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Course leader

Suzanne Horton
01905 85 5272