Teaching student leading a primary school class

BA (Hons) Primary Teaching (QTS)

Fulfil your ambition to become a primary school teacher

3 years full-time
Bognor Regis Campus

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Qualify as a primary school teacher with the opportunity to personalise your journey by selecting from a range of exciting subject study choices

Our BA (Hons) Primary Teaching (QTS) course provides quality training to teach in the 5-11 age range (Key Stages 1 and 2) and enables you to graduate as a qualified teacher at the end of your three-year degree.

Learn the art of teaching

You will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by the teaching profession, as you learn the fundamentals of the national curriculum to fully prepare you for working in primary schools.

As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to pursue a subject study, where you will develop deeper knowledge in a subject area of your choice.

In addition, you will gain vital hands-on experience of working within the classroom through our school experience modules, which develop your confidence and competence to teach effectively.

Proud history of teacher training

The University of Chichester has been training teachers for over 180 years and we look to train employable professionals who will make a positive difference to children’s education.

You will be taught by experienced primary education specialists and our dedication to small teaching groups allows you to develop strong professional relationships with the University teaching team.

On this course you will:

  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status that will allow you to teach in primary schools in England and Wales.
  • Develop your competence and confidence working within the classroom environment.
  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the teaching profession.
  • Understand the cornerstone of the national curriculum for primary education, with the opportunity to pursue a subject study.

The Course

Learn how to teach the full range of primary subjects and develop children’s holistic needs

As a Primary Teaching student, you will learn the national curriculum and how to deliver it to young children in exciting and engaging ways.

You will also learn about the key issues in primary teaching through our professional studies modules.

You will learn the fundamentals of teaching English, Maths and Science, as well as how to teach subjects that form the wider curriculum, including aspects of ICT/Computing, PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art, History, DT, Geography, RSHE and RE.

You will also learn the key theories of learning development to better understand how to ensure that all children can succeed and thrive in school.

Alongside these areas, you will have the opportunity to take modules that allow you to pursue a subject study within Primary Teaching that will be included on your final degree title.

Our suite of on campus modules is complemented by modules that will take you into school where you will practise as a student teacher.

Curriculum studies

As part of the programme, you will study curriculum modules that develop your pedagogic and subject knowledge within these areas.

Modules explore each subject within the core curriculum (English, Mathematics and Science), alongside modules that look at the wider curriculum (music, physical education, art etc.) to provide you with a thorough grounding in the full National Curriculum.

The course will equip you to take a critical and reflective view of each subject’s curriculum and pedagogies. You will develop a detailed understanding of the distinctive features of each subject area and explore relevant research concerning children’s learning in that subject.

By linking your learning to school experience, the module will promote the necessary understanding you need to plan, teach and assess the core curriculum effectively.

Professional studies

The professional studies modules 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 educational landscape. Through this, you will develop and articulate a personal philosophy of education that has built over the three years.

Please see below the list of compulsory modules for this course. This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

School Experience 1: Becoming A Teacher

Preparation for this school experience will begin in University through student participation in all elements of the taught course. You will engage in practical work-based learning experiences and complete directed tasks, supported by a University-trained Mentor and Link Tutor who will guide and assess student progress.

Becoming A Teacher Of English

On this module you will openly model effective teaching and learning strategies and techniques e.g. the substantive (what to teach) syntactical (how English is done) and pedagogical (how to teach it) aspects of English. Students will be encouraged to develop their substantive knowledge of English throughout the module. The content of this module may differ from above in order to reflect government policy or national priorities.

Professional Studies: Learners And Learning

This module will enable student teachers to develop an understanding of how learning is influenced by a diverse range of factors. There will be a focus on the implications of this on the role of a teacher in areas such as assessment, behaviour management and planning inclusive, adaptive teaching as well as establishing a safe and stimulating learning environment.

Exploring The Nature of STEM

This module will allow you to explore the nature of STEM in the modern classroom. You will be taught through a balance of tutor and student-led activity including seminars, group discussion, micro-teaching, independent learning and opportunities for collaborative work.

Becoming A Teacher Of Mathematics

This module will support students to develop their understanding of how they can provide opportunities for all learners to access mathematical learning and engage with appropriate challenge. The content of this module may differ from above in order to reflect government policy or national priorities.

Becoming A Teacher Of Science

On this module you will openly model effective teaching and learning strategies and techniques e.g. the substantive (what to teach) syntactical (how science is done) and pedagogical (how to teach it) aspects of science. The pedagogical aspects of science teaching will be made explicit in order to support the learning of science to students who are less science-orientated.

Year 1 Wider Curriculum – Good Foundations

This module explores active and creative teaching and learning approaches in order that student teachers understand how to engender creative responses in children.

Professional Studies 3 – The Inclusive Classroom

This module aims to enable student teachers to understand and apply principles of equality and inclusive practice to their teaching. It will enable you to understand how to establish a classroom environment that actively promotes and provides equitable experiences for, and inclusion of, all learners.

Year Two Wider Curriculum – A Creative Curriculum/Creative Teaching in the Wider Curriculum

In this module students will continue to develop and apply their pedagogical understanding, subject knowledge and skills in the wider curriculum. This module will also demonstrate how to teach in a thematic, cross-curricular manner. Drawing upon key theoretical ideas related to pedagogy and the wider curriculum, students will analyse the opportunities and challenges associated with a cross-curricular approach to teaching the foundation subjects.

Global Citizenship: Living And Teaching In A Diverse And Interconnected World

This module will fulfil the aspiration in the University of Chichester's Vision Statement that our students 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 your immediate locality about how you are connected with people and environments that you may never have seen.

Professional Studies 4 – Developing Pedagogic Practice

This module is designed to develop student teachers’ understanding of the relationship between quality first teaching and pupil outcomes. You will look at research into a range of pedagogies enabling them to critically reflect on their practice. The link between theory and practice will be foregrounded as you use key research ideas from the module to reflect upon your own and others’ teaching.

School Experience 2 – Developing As A Teacher

Preparation for this school experience will begin in University through student participation in all elements of the taught course. You will engage in practical work-based learning experiences and complete directed tasks, supported by a University-trained Mentor and Link Tutor who will guide and assess student progress.

School Experience 3 – Special Interest Placement

Preparation for this school experience will begin in University through student participation in all elements of the taught course. You will engage in practical work-based learning experiences and complete directed tasks, supported by a University-trained Mentor and Link Tutor who will guide and assess student progress.

Professional Studies 5: Becoming A Professional

This module trains you to analyse government policy, critique theory, reflect on school practice, scrutinise data, and develop their own philosophy of education.

Independent Project With Developing Subject Specialism Option

The module will introduce and explore research approaches and design through a series of seminar sessions. You will receive Tutorial support from a designated tutor. At key points formative assessment will be given on drafts of the project. Most of the learning will be independent, making use of journals, methodological textbooks and policy developments in your field of interest.

Wider Curriculum – Making Change Happen

This module aims to provide contexts in which student teachers develop their skills and confidence in creative problem-solving in their professional world. To do so, it aims to engage student teachers in all stages of the development of an appropriate and novel end product, from conception to completion, and to enable them to select appropriate training and other resources that are required to reach their end points.

School Experience 4 – Developing As A Professional

In order to broaden your knowledge and understanding of education, you will undertake a 10-day placement experience in an education setting of their choice. Working within financial and welfare/risk assessment constraints as determined by the University, you will be able to choose your placement setting from a list provided by the School Partnership Office.

Subject Study

Pursue a subject study in depth to personalise your learning journey

Our innovative subject study modules enable you to pursue a subject discipline in depth. You may select to take all subject study modules in the same subject or may select a range of subject modules across the programme. The choice to explore one subject in depth or to generalise is yours.

If you select modules in the same subject you will be awarded, on successful completion, a degree award that reflects this (e.g. BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with English Education).

You can choose from the following subjects:

  • Early Years
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • Social Justice Education
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • STEM Education
  • The advanced study of Early Years for those that want to explore early childhood practices in more depth
  • English for students that wish to explore the joys of language, literature and literacy in the classroom
  • Physical Education for those interested in children’s physical and motor skills development through practical sessions
  • Social Justice Education for students interested in Sociology, History, Citizenship or Politics with a view of being agents of change
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability for students that want to develop further understanding of the range of needs in primary and specialist schools
  • STEM Education for students that wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Science, Technology, Computing and Mathematics

School Placements

Gain vital experience as you develop your confidence at the heart of the classroom

We strongly believe in giving you a range of school placement opportunities to provide distinctive and rewarding experiences to help develop your professional skills.

You will 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 the 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.

Classroom Resources

Over 20,000 classroom resources available to use on placement

As a Primary Teaching student, you will gain access to our dedicated library of teaching materials.

You can find thousands of classroom resources that you can borrow to use while on placement.

From posters to books, classroom kits to DVDs, our library of resources has options for all ages and needs.

You can take resources out for up to six weeks and can be taken on placement to aid with your teaching, or help you develop your skills and confidence within our classroom environments.


Discover dedicated facilities that help support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that develop your full potential as a future teacher


We use strategies that are designed to enable you to effectively master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge and understanding that will inform your teaching practice.

You will join lectures and small seminars led by experienced tutors, in which discussion and debate are key to developing your knowledge and skills.

There are opportunities on campus for you to simulate real world classrooms, allowing you to become more familiar, confident and comfortable in teaching spaces ahead of your professional placements.

All of our staff have a strong background within education and use their experience to inform their teaching, as the help your development into a professional and capable teacher.


Assessments include essays, presentations, 1:1 discussions, coursework, and the creation of creative stimuli.


Take the first steps towards your career within primary education

We expect that our Primary Teaching graduates will have a desire to pursue a career within primary schools, with 98% of our graduates in employment or further study within fifteen months of completing the course (Discover Uni 2021).

This course aims to ensure that you will be well placed to further your career in education through leading year groups and subjects, as well as joining senior leadership team.

Alumni have also progressed into headship, consultancy roles, initial teacher training lecturing and more.

Postgraduate pathways

  • MA Education
  • MA in Inclusive Special Education
  • PGCiPP: Workplace Learning Development

University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

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

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Entry Requirements

tariff points.
or better in both English Language, Science and Maths.
A Levels
26-28 points
(with Higher mathematics at 5 and Standard English and a science at 4).
Access to HE Diploma
with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit level.
7.0 overall
including 7.0 in academic writing.
CACHE Technical Level 3
Grade B

Interview and DBS

Secondary 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 course also requires you to attend an interview as part of the application process.

This gives our staff a chance to meet you, as well as giving you the opportunity for a campus tour and ask any questions you might have.

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.

Cost incurred during placements

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.

Occupational Health Assessment

A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.


Frequently asked questions

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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