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Our Institute of Education has a long and distinguished history in teacher training since 1839, and is recognised as one of the leading providers in the country.

Teaching is one of the most satisfying, interesting and valued professions as well as being challenging and highly demanding. 

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College C58


Course Length:

3 Years Full Time


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

  • A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff Points (excluding General Studies) OR
  • International Baccalaureate: 30 points (to include English language, maths and science at grade 4 or higher) OR
  • QAA-approved Access To HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit level
  • Plus: English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSEs, at grade C / 4 or above
  • Plus: Recent classroom experience in a UK state primary school (a minimum of two weeks’ experience in the last two years)
  • Interview, enhanced DBS and occupational health checks required.
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Student view

Sarah Tenters
Primary Education
Choosing Chichester to study Primary Teaching was the best decision I have ever made. The course exceeded all of my expectations. The inspirational staff take a personal interest in each student and are very supportive and friendly. I felt very prepared for my career as a primary teacher. I am currently teaching at a school in Fareham and I love my job!

Course content

All BA (Hons) Primary Teaching students can choose specialist subject modules:

  • Early Years
  • Citizenship 
  • English
  • Computing 
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Natural Science
  • Physical Education
  • Special Educational Needs

On successful completion of this three-year degree route, you will be qualified to become a primary school teacher. The routes provide quality training to teach in the 5-11 age range (Key Stages 1 and 2). 

Your details will be passed to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) who will award you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Our courses offer four integrated elements of teacher education - school experience, professional studies, subject specialism study and core/wider curriculum study. 

School Experience

School Experience is structured to allow students to progress from planning, teaching and managing the learning of a group of children for the core curriculum (Year One) to meeting the needs of a class of pupils in all curriculum areas (Year Three). You’ll get the opportunity to go into a school early in the course.

The pattern of school experience is usually:

These placements will usually provide distinctive opportunities in which to develop your professional and teaching skills. In particular, efforts will be made to place you in schools with different organisational characteristics and in contrasting socio-economic catchment areas. The Special Interest placement will also provide you with experience of an an alternative educational setting.

It enables you to follow an educational area of interest and extend your learning about a particular area of education, for example: working with bilingual learners, teaching in an outdoor education setting or joining a theatre school company for a fortnight.

  • The development of your own specialist subject knowledge
  • The development of professional knowledge
  • Substantial teaching experience in schools and other settings (130 days)
    • Year One – Four weeks for three days per week in Term One and a block of four weeks in Term Three
    • Year Two – Seven weeks plus two weeks special interest placement
    • Year Three – Ten weeks in Term Two

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.  There are also purpose built classrooms for the teacher training courses, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. 

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Why choose Chichester?

  • Varied and effective model of teaching and learning, including lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, outdoor learning and practical workshops;
  • Intensive three-year programme which enables you to earn, not train, in the fourth year;
  • Continuous assessment of progress;
  • Extensive practical teaching experience;
  • Valuable support from experienced mentor teachers and link tutors;
  • Small, friendly group learning environment; and
  • Development of a range of communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills that will be invaluable in a teaching career and beyond.

Where this can take you

This degree will be the start of your Primary School teaching career, which could lead to you heading departments, year groups or even senior management and head teaching.

Indicative modules

BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with QTS

Alongside the core and wider curriculum and school experience you’ll take subject study modules throughout all three levels of the course (five modules, equivalent, in total). These modules will provide the appropriate subject and pedagogical knowledge to prepare you for a professional teaching role.

You may select to take all five subject study modules in the same subject or may select a range of subject modules across the three years. If you select all five modules in the same subject you will be awarded, on successful completion, a degree award that reflects this e.g. BA (Hons) in Primary Teaching with Mathematics Education. If you select from a range of subjects across these five subject study modules you will be awarded, on successful completion, a degree award that reflects this e.g. BA (Hons) in Primary Teaching. The choice to be a specialist or a generalist is yours.

Professional Modules

All Primary Education and Teaching students undertake the following professional modules:

  • English, Mathematics, Science, Local and Global Education.
  • Professional Studies.
  • Creativity modules in Year 1 and 2 which include ICT/Computing, PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Drama, Art, Design & Technology, History and Geography.
  • A Year 3 Creativity module which focuses on ‘Making change happen’ in one of our Partnership Schools.

Core modules:

  • Professional Studies
  • Curriculum Studies
  • School Experience

Subject Specialism modules:

Early Years (3-7 age range)

  • The Early Years Curriculum
  • The Framework of Services for Children
  • Child Development
  • The Role of Play in the Early Years
  • Childhood, Children's Rights and Approaches to Education

Citizenship (5-11 age range)

  • Inequality and Disadvantage: Barriers to Citizenship
  • Citizenship: Local and Global
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Education and Equality

English (5-11 age range)

  • Literacy through Literature
  • Teachers and Children as Writers
  • Inclusive practices in the teaching of writing
  • Talk in the primary curriculum

ICT and Computing (5-11 age range)

  • Cross-curricular use of ICT
  • Computer Games in Education
  • Computing
  • Technologies and Learning
  • ICT and Children

Mathematics (5-11 age range)

  • Problem Posing and Problem Solving
  • Teaching & Learning Mathematics with ICT
  • Probability and Statistical Literacy
  • Geometry and Mathematical Reasoning
  • Number Theory

Natural Science (5-11 age range)

  • Science Foundation
  • Green Inheritance
  • Field Course: Asking and Answering Natural Science Questions
  • Our Earth in Time and Space
  • Science Project

Physical Education (5-11 age range)

  • Motor learning and development
  • Teaching developmental games
  • Including young people with special educational needs and/or disability in physical activity
  • Aesthetic and creative movement
  • Education through movement: a cross curricular approach to learning

Special Educational Needs (5-11 age range)

  • Valuing individual differences in children
  • Principles into practice 
  • Engaging all learners 
  • Leading in SEN
  • Opportunity for special school placement in Year 3

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) 

  • Primary Modern Languages and the Wider World
  • Culture and Content                                 
  • Leading the way in Primary Languages
  • Education in France


Teaching and assessment

You will build to your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum.  Your learning encompasses development of the knowledge and skills that will assist you in being an effective primary school teacher.  Learning assumes a research-informed approach, valuing an understanding of educational theory and the implications of this for teaching practice whilst in school placement.  Throughout your degree, modules are taught in a variety of ways which value the development of practical teaching skills including:

Standard Module: a single module scheduled over one semester (15 credits).  Examples include Professional Studies and Core Curriculum English, Maths and Science.  You can select from 1 of 9 subject specialisms, and these are also taught/assessed as standard modules.

Double module: a double module is spread over two semesters.  Examples include the final year independent project (dissertation) and the final year Making Change Happen module where you will work (as part of a group) with a local school to help to implement a practical school improvement project.

Condensed Module:  a single module (15 credits) scheduled over two weeks of focussed study.  Examples include the second year optional module where you select one from a range of education-focussed modules (including an option to study Science abroad or develop skills in teaching in the outdoors).

Practical School Experience Module: Each year you will complete school experience equivalent to 15 credits.  Theory from the taught course is applied in the classroom context where you are supported by a Chichester University trained mentor.  In the first year, you spend 5 weeks on a linked school/university placement in the autumn term and 4 weeks in the summer term.  In the second year, you undertake a 2-week special interest placement in your choice of setting in the spring term and a 7-week placement in a primary school in the summer term. In the final year, you spend 10 weeks in a primary school in the spring term.  Regular observations of your teaching and weekly reflection meetings with your mentor help to inform your progress whilst on school placement.  

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

DBS check

Primary Teacher training applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

 Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

 Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.