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BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Early Years (QTS)

Shape the minds of children aged 3-7

3 years full-time
Bognor Regis Campus

Top 10

UK university for Education

1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2022

Top 25

best university in the UK

2. National Student Survey 2021

5 Star

rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities

3. QS Stars University Rating


Qualify as a primary school teacher with the knowledge and skills you need to work with younger children

Our BA (Hons) Primary Teaching course provides quality training to teach in the 3-7 age range (Nursery, Reception and Key Stages 1) enabling 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 alongside student teachers working on BA (Hons) Primary Teaching.

In addition, you will pursue the advanced study of Early Years, where you will develop deeper knowledge and understanding of pedagogy and practice for teaching younger pupils and how this relates to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

As a key part of the programme, 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, as well as un understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

The Course

Learn how to make a difference for children in this crucial stage of their development

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

You will learn the fundamentals of teaching English, Maths and Science, as well as the key theories of learning development to better understand how to ensure that all children can succeed and thrive in school. You will also learn about the key issues in primary teaching through our professional studies modules.

You will also learn how to teach subjects that form the wider curriculum, including aspects of ICT/Computing, PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art, History, and Geography.

As an Early Years student teacher, 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.

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

Advanced Study of Early Years Subject Study

Year One

The specialism module in semester 1 provides a grounding for early years practice. It considers the principles of the EYFS, how these can be embedded in practice and their relevance to KS1 teaching and learning. A visit to an outstanding setting allows for effective theory to practice links.

Year Two

In semester 1, early years student teachers explore the topic of child development and implications for teaching practice. Semester 2 focuses on the concepts of play and pedagogy and their value and place in primary classrooms.

Year Three

Your third year allows you to investigate a topic of your choice related to early years through the final independent project.

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

Select a year

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.

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.

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.

Professional Studies: Teachers And Teaching

Foregrounding links between theory and practice, this module will enable student teachers to develop an understanding of the statutory frameworks relating to the primary curriculum and EYFS and how these can be used in planning to help ensure continuity and progression in learning.

The Early Years Curriculum In Its Professional Context

This module will consist of seminars, workshops and reflective, interactive discussion groups supported by appropriate reading and informed by reflection on previous work / school experience. During the module, where possible, you will visit an early years setting to see both the statutory frameworks in practice. Seminar sessions will also enable you to receive feedback about your assignment plans and preparation.

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.

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.

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

This module meets the aspiration in the University of Chichester’s Vision Statement that our students should become Global Citizens. You will have the opportunity to to critically engage with some of the key global issues of our time and learn to to think beyond your immediate locality about how you are connected with people and environments that you may never have seen. You will examine the link between values, equality, rights and education.

Child Development

This module will support you to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of theories relating to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of children and young people. It covers key learning theorists and how their ideas have influenced pedagogy and practice.

Exploring Early Years Specialism – Play And Pedagogy

This module aims to develop student teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the role and purposes of play in an educational context. The module will consider the impact of play on children’s social, cognitive, emotional and linguistic development and the role of adults in facilitating play within different educational settings. The focus will be on helping student teachers to develop an understanding of the pedagogical importance of play in the EY setting.

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.

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.

Core Curriculum English: The Effective Teacher of English

In this final year module, you will learn to become an effective teacher of the core curriculum subject of English.

Core Curriculum Mathematics: The Effective Teacher of Mathematics

This module allows you to understand what makes an effective teacher of the core curriculum subject of Mathematics.

Core Curriculum Science: The Effective Teacher of Science

This module focuses on how to become an effective teacher of the core curriculum subject of Science.

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.

School Placements

Gain vital experience as you develop your confidence at the heart of Early Years and Key Stage 1 classrooms

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.

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, course work, and the creation of creative stimuli.

Classroom Resources

Over 20,000 classroom resources available to use on placement

As a Primary Teaching with Early Years 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


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 with an early years focus, 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

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.

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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