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BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Early Years

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Institution C58


Bognor Regis campus

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary): 

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BCC (plus English Language, Maths and Science GCSEs at grade C/4 or above)
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: Early Years DMM
  • CACHE Technical Level 3: Grade B 
  • QAA-approved Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit level 
  • GCSEs: English language, mathematics and science at grade C/4 or above
  • International Baccalaureate: 30 points (to include English Language, Maths and Science at grade 4 or higher) 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5
  • Interview, enhanced DBS and occupational health checks required 
  • ​All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector

GCSE Equivalency: 

  • We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course  however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.


Student view

Hannah Nunn
BA Hons Primary Teaching
"I could not have asked for a better place to study at uni. Before visiting Chichester I went to 10 other open days and Chi Uni ended up high above the others because of its friendly, peaceful and welcoming environment. I study Primary Teaching and the course is great! It’s really supportive, interesting, engaging and challenging with loads of opportunities to work with children. I would definitely encourage people to study here if you want to come out of university with a great knowledge of teaching."

Course content


8th out of 80 institutions for our Education courses (The Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course overview

  • Picture yourself with your own primary school classroom, lighting the fire of learning with the next generation of children. This programme will help you fulfil your ambition to become a primary school teacher with specialism in Early Years education.  
  • As a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programme, you will acquire the knowledge and skills to enter the profession of teaching.
  • Learn how to teach the full range of primary subjects and develop children’s holistic needs.
  • The Early Years route provides specific training in the Early Years and lower primary age range.

Why this degree?

  • We have been expertly educating teachers since 1839.
  • Our experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools, will support your development.
  • University of Chichester works in partnership with the University of Chichester Academy Trust to enhance the opportunities afforded to those on teacher education programmes.
  • You will experience innovative modules, such as ‘Making Change Happen’ where you will work with a range of stakeholders to transform the educational opportunities for young people.
  • Our programme offers four integrated elements of teacher education: school experience, professional studies, curriculum study and Early Years subject study. 

Work-based / School-based placements

  • You will receive substantial teaching experience in schools and other settings in every year of the programme.
  • School Experience is structured to help you progress from planning, teaching and managing the learning of a group of children in the first year of study to meeting the needs of a class of pupils in all curriculum areas in the final year of the programme.
  • You’ll get the opportunity to practise in a school early in the course whilst being supported by our expert tutors.
  • Placements will provide distinctive opportunities through which you can develop your professional knowledge and teaching skills.
  • Typically, experiences will be in schools with different organisational characteristics and in contrasting socio-economic catchment areas.
  • In addition to the main suite of placements, you will experience a two-week Special Interest Placement, enabling you to follow an educational area of interest and extend your learning about a particular area of education.
  • There are also opportunities to study abroad and experience schooling in another country.

Learn more

Do you want to find out more information about this course? Come along to an Open Day. You’ll get the chance to meet our Education team, ask them questions and explore the campus. 

Read our Primary Teaching brochure for more information. 

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.

Where this can take you

  • 98% of our graduates who studied BA (Hons) Primary Teaching are in employment or further study within six months after finishing the course (DiscoverUni, 2019)
  • As this is a degree in Primary Teaching, we expect that all students completing the degree will go on to work in primary schools as a Reception or Key Stage 1 teacher.
  • You will be well placed to further your career in education at a later point through leading year groups and subjects or joining the senior leadership team.
  • Alumni have progressed into headship, consultancy roles, initial teacher training lecturing and more.  
  • You will also be eligible to join our Masters degree in Education should you wish to return to study.

Work placements

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 practise in a school early in the course.

You will receive substantial teaching experience in schools and other settings in the following pattern:

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

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 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 working in a special school.

Course accreditations

Your details will be passed to the government’s Teacher Regulation Agency who will award you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on completion of all programme elements.

Indicative modules

All Primary Teaching students undertake the following:

Primary English, Mathematics and Science modules

  • Each subject has its own module to explore the aims, breadth, progression and associated pedagogies with these core curriculum subjects.
  • You will move from developing an understanding of the subject matter to developing your personal philosophy for the teaching of these subjects, grounded in theory and research.

Professional Studies modules (including a module on Inclusion)

  • You will be introduced to key theories related to learning development so as to better understand the way in which early years and primary teaching seeks to educate the ‘whole child’ to ensure that all children can succeed and thrive in school.
  • The modules of professional studies will explore the teaching skills that are required for the classroom, including behaviour for learning, planning for progression and assessing pupils effectively.
  • You will explore effective inclusive practice and recognise how quality first teaching can support the progress of all children.
  • The final professional studies module explores your position as a teacher in the contemporary education landscape. Through this, you will develop and articulate a personal philosophy of education that has built over the three years.

Wider curriculum modules in Year 1 and 2 of the programme which include ICT/Computing, PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Drama, Art, Design & Technology, History and Geography.

  • Through exploring the wider curriculum, you will experience the aims, breadth, progression and pedagogic approaches found in each national curriculum subject.

A Global Citizenship module

  • This module will fulfil the aspiration in the University of Chichester’s Vision Statement that you should become Global Citizens.
  • It will enable you to critically engage with some of the key global issues of our times and prepare you to think beyond the immediate locality.
  • It also examines the link between values, equality, rights and education, and enables discussion on how to promote empathy and intercultural understanding – skills increasingly essential in schools in the UK, and highly sought after by employers around the globe.

A Year 3 module which focuses on ‘Making Change Happen’ in our partnership

  • This module provides a context through which you will develop your skills and confidence in creative problem-solving in their professional world.
  • You will be engaged in the development of an appropriate and novel end product, from conception to completion. In doing so, you will ‘make change happen’ within a school or alternative educational establishment.  

An independent research project in the third year focused on Early Years

  • You will develop a clearly expressed research question, supported by a review of the current literature in the field of education.
  • Through a critical discussion of appropriate research methodologies, you will devise a research project that will enable you to answer your question.
  • On school placement, you will conduct field work, enabling you to analyse results and draw conclusions which should impact on future practice.

Early Years subject study

  • As an Early Years specialist, you will complete a suite of modules in the advanced study of Early Years enabling you to be awarded a BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Early Years degree.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


  • To reflect primary practice, you are taught in a range of ways.
  • You will join lectures and small seminars where discussion and debate are key to unlocking your understanding.
  • Primary school resources will be shared and you will have the opportunity to try out teaching strategies at university with other students.
  • When on placement, you will be guided through the practice and become the teacher.


  • To reflect primary practice, you are assessed in a range of ways.
  • Assessments include essays, presentations, 1:1 discussions, course work, the creation of creative stimuli, and more.


Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

DBS and School experience 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.

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 East & 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 an hour 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. 




The interview is designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for the teaching profession, as well as academic ability.

All applicants will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of professional requirements and an awareness of current educational issues.