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Primary Teacher Education (Campus-Based)

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022


Harcourt Hill

Course length

Full time: 3 years


School of Education

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Primary Teacher Education (PTE) course is for those who:

  • want a career where you can really change children’s lives
  • are curious about how children learn
  • want to become an outstanding teacher who improves children’s prospects.

Our innovative degree develops your individual expertise as a teacher. We provide experiences to deepen your understanding of how to teach effectively. And they will be underpinned by current and relevant educational research, and theory about how children learn. 

You will be taught by dedicated primary teaching specialists, most of whom are former primary teachers themselves.

You will:

  • gain an understanding of the full range of subjects in the primary school national curriculum
  • gain the skills to become a teacher recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • be well-informed about current practice
  • prepare to become a future professional leader. 

Ofsted recently recognised our Primary Teacher Education course as preparing trainees well to teach across the full primary curriculum.

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English Language, Mathematics and Science (or Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at grade 4 or above

Before applying for the course, it is strongly recommended that you gain school experience. It is highly desirable for interview candidates to already have insights into the primary classroom, gained through their experience in a school.

All candidates whose application forms indicate appropriate qualifications and experience will be invited for interview.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.


All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Selection process

If your application is successful you will be invited to our Harcourt Hill campus for an interview.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, November 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Nov 20)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, November 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Nov 20)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

On this course you’ll be going on placements in schools; you'll self fund travel to and from your placement school.

You’ll also need a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This costs about £50. You may also need to pay an extra fee of about £15 to keep your DBS up-to-date.

A Voluntary Outdoor Education Residential for 3 days in the February half term takes place in South Wales. The cost is £180, this covers your food, accommodation, travel, equipment and tuition.

As a 3rd year student on the Health and Well Being pathway, you can take the voluntary Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) specialism - the cost is £40. Optional kit is available to purchase for those following the PESS specialism only - Polo shirts are £20 and Fleeces are £30.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

You will understand primary schooling across the age ranges. We will teach you in various educational contexts, including:

  • the university
  • local schools 
  • museums
  • field trips
  • galleries 
  • outdoors. 

In Year 1 we introduce you to different ideas in teaching and learning, particularly English, Mathematics and Science. You will explore:

  • how you learn
  • how children learn in primary school. 

Year 2 will develop your knowledge of the curriculum. You can study a pathway module with a range of learning environments and teaching practices. 

In Year 3 you can specialise by choosing an area you wish to develop in your future career. You will also produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

You will undertake placements in primary schools, which run for a day, a week or several weeks. We spread these placements out over your degree, and they take place in Oxfordshire and other neighbouring counties. We try to ensure that they are within reasonable distance of your term-time address. Travel is self-funded.

Primary Teacher Education

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

An Introduction to Educational Research (15 credits)

You’ll develop the core research skills you need to succeed in your Primary Teacher Education degree.You’ll acquire critical skills in education as a trainee, as you assess the validity of current evidence on primary school teachers and their knowledge. You’ll gain the tools to succeed in your future career, as you learn how to discover and communicate key research findings.

Child Development and Learning (15 credits)

How do developmental issues impact on children’s learning? In this module, you’ll examine the core ideas of child development, and build your knowledge of child development theory. You’ll acquire fantastic analytical skills as a trainee, as you learn how to observe and analyse children’s learning. You’ll also look at educational settings which help children to learn, and gain an understanding of those that hinder learning.

Introducing Professional Practice- SBT1 (15 credits)

You’ll develop the attitude, skills and expertise core to the expectations of the Teachers’ Standards (Department of Education, 2012). You’ll kickstart your career in education as you develop your professional knowledge through a placement in a school. You’ll gain a strong grounding in the skills and knowledge you need to excel as a professional teacher. You’ll get to grips with the key issues and challenges in the latest theories and practice of teaching and learning.

Primary English: Teaching Reading in Key Stage 1 and 2 (15 credits)

You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of the English curriculum, particularly the teaching of reading. As well as the required subject knowledge, you’ll learn how to create an effective learning environment. You’ll become established in patterns of study and learning, based on high expectations, that will provide the foundation for your development as a teacher in this curriculum area.

The Wider Curriculum: Humanities, DT and The Arts (15 credits)

You’ll draw on your own experiences to develop your understanding of factors that affect learning. You’ll explore your own learning, looking at:

  • the use of story and language, with a focus on factors that affect learning and the learning environment of the classroom 
  • the creative and performing arts curriculum, with a focus on creative projects in and out of the classroom
  • humanities and DT beyond the classroom. 

You’ll work independently to create a personal learning journal, which will record your experiences throughout the academic year.


Thinking Mathematically and Being Mathematical (15 credits)

You’ll gain the core skills you need to teach mathematics. You’ll dive into key mathematical processes, including reasoning, problem solving and communicating. You’ll also understand concepts and conceptual development in mathematics. You’ll be given the vital training you need to think mathematically at your own level, and understand what this means for the students you’ll teach. You’ll focus on the mathematics subject areas for the first years of primary education (Years 1-2), drawing from the National Curriculum for Mathematics and other relevant curriculum documentation. You’ll explore how students can learn through play, problem solving and digital information.

Thinking, Talking and Doing Science (15 credits)

You’ll build up your knowledge and your confidence in science. You’ll gain the skills to help children progress well in science at primary level. You’ll evaluate your own knowledge, and become well-versed in core science concepts and scientific enquiry. You’ll understand the importance of evidence and the underlying research behind how we think, talk and do science in education. You’ll enjoy challenging, practical sessions, while discussing the key concepts and skills of primary science.

Understanding Pedagogical Approaches (15 credits)

You’ll get to grips with the range of teaching (pedagogical) methods we use in primary classrooms. You’ll understand the importance of a child’s socialisation and interaction with others to their learning, and that we learn through communication. You’ll grasp the concept that learning is enquiry-led, and discover how to impart knowledge in the most inclusive way.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Critical Analysis of Educational Research (15 credits)

You’ll build on the core educational skills you gained in Year 1. You’ll develop essential skills for succeeding in your dissertation as you increase your knowledge of effective research methods. You’ll gain fantastic research skills for your future career, as you learn how to identify relevant research from the wide literature of educational research, and relate it to pressing, current issues. You’ll discover how to critique other people’s research and develop your ability to write critically.

Inclusive Pedagogy (15 credits)

You’ll discover how to teach in a way that helps all children to learn. You’ll investigate four themes from the six ‘pillars of inclusion’, which are:

  • access
  • attitudes
  • choice
  • partnerships
  • communication
  • policy.

You’ll develop rich learning opportunities, giving all learners the potential to thrive and excel in classroom life. You’ll consider how to support learners with special educational needs, English as an additional language or who experience other barriers to learning. You’ll also discover how to create a positive classroom atmosphere through behaviour management and motivating your students.


Primary English: Teaching Writing in Key Stage 1 and 2 (15 credits)

You’ll deepen your knowledge of teaching English in primary school. You’ll build on your skills and knowledge from your Year 1 English module. You’ll focus particularly on the teaching and learning of writing across Key Stages 1 and 2. You’ll tackle key areas such as the following: 

  • techniques and strategies for writing barriers to writing
  • contexts and purposes for writing
  • the importance of talk to supporting children as writers
  • investigating how to deepen and develop children’s vocabulary, and how this supports them as writers
  • spelling and phonics at Key Stage 2 multimedia approaches to teaching English, including digital literacies.

Science and Technology in the Primary Curriculum (15 credits)

You’ll apply the science skills you gained in Year 1 to creating an exciting science and technology curriculum for students, based around projects. You’ll increase your knowledge of how children learn best, as you combine science and technology objectives and learn how to help pupils solve problems. 

You’ll enact scenarios which apply to primary school settings, and learn how to represent advances in science and technology in our rapidly changing world. You’ll gain fantastic teamwork skills, key to your career as a teacher, as you work with your peers to discover the skills and techniques that develop children’s scientific and technological knowledge. You’ll also use ICT resources to support students with science.


Developing the Mathematics Curriculum (15 credits)

You’ll develop a strong grounding in the primary mathematics curriculum. You’ll build on the mathematical knowledge you gained in your Thinking Mathematically and Being Mathematical module. 

You’ll enhance your knowledge of the mathematical processes of:

  • reasoning
  • problem solving
  • communicating conceptual development in mathematics.

You’ll also gain crucial knowledge of the subject areas in the mathematics curriculum for Years 4 to 6 of primary education. You’ll draw on information from the National Curriculum for Mathematics primary programmes of study, and other key information. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of how to teach mathematics effectively, through strategies such as: 

  • interactive teaching
  • open-ended questioning
  • assessment strategies
  • the appropriate use of digital and information literacy.

Enquiring in the Humanities (15 credits)

This module introduces you to geographical, historical and social understanding and to religious education in the primary curriculum. You’ll discover how children’s learning can be developed through the curriculum requirements for geography, history and relevant aspects of citizenship, as well as the model syllabuses for religious education. You’ll work on an extended project on a cross-disciplinary humanities theme, giving you space to explore imaginative and creative ways of teaching these subjects.

The Broader Curriculum Through the Performing Arts (15 credits)

You can build on the skills you developed in The Wider Curriculum: Humanities, DT and the Arts. Through exposure to a rich range of resources and experiences, you’ll deepen your own confidence and enjoyment of these parts of the curriculum, while exploring opportunities for learning through the performing arts.

SBT2: School Based Training 2

You’ll continue your progress towards becoming a primary classroom teacher on this placement. You’ll  have the opportunity to observe experienced specialist teachers, where you’ll gain insight into specialist areas of the curriculum. You’ll begin to implement teaching strategies and practise skills such as planning, assessing and behaviour management - to meet the needs of children within your specialist area. You’ll further develop purposeful, professional and collaborative relationships with your teaching partner and placement school staff.

Optional modules

Independent Study: Education and Employability, Term 1 + 2 or 3 + 4 (30 credits)

Only available to students who have been unsuccessful in School-based Training 2 and/or 3

This module will draw on your knowledge and experience of primary education as a basis for exploring employability routes both in education and beyond. These might include the role of the classroom Teaching Assistant, links to the role of ICT in primary pedagogy, and leadership and management roles in a non-teaching professional context. The structure of the independent study allows you to explore a wide range of potential career options. You’ll be able to review your learning and experience in areas such as:

  • how children learn
  • subject knowledge in the primary curriculum
  • planning, teaching and assessment.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Curriculum Design through Thematic Planning (15 credits)

You’ll extend your understanding and critical analysis of learning outside the classroom. You’ll work with education officers and university tutors in a selection of venues in order to plan a scheme of work with children outside the classroom. You’ll also study and research the theory behind learning outside the classroom. Your planning might include themes such as: 

  • global citizenship
  • cultural diversity
  • cultural heritage.

Extending Professional Practice (15 credits)

You’ll receive the support you need for your final assessed school-based placement and moving into your induction year. You’ll develop your professional knowledge, pedagogical skills and the ability to evaluate classroom practice. You’ll encounter such questions and issues as: 

  • how do we understand good teaching?
  • how do we inspire pupils and develop their thinking skills?
  • the value of critical evaluation and target setting in your ongoing professional development
  • how to establish priorities and manage your workload to ensure your personal well-being.

Literature in the Primary School (15 credits)

How can we put stories at the heart of children’s learning? In this module, you’ll build on your knowledge of children’s reading and literature from Years 1 and 2. You’ll enhance your knowledge of children’s literature across a range of reading materials. You’ll develop fantastic sensitivity to your own learning, core to being a successful teacher, as you consider the gaps in your own reading and enhance your skills in critically evaluating texts. You’ll acquire the skills and confidence to support the needs and tastes of all children in their reading.

Extending Mathematical Understanding and Pedagogy (15 credits)

You’ll consolidate and extend your mathematical understanding and pedagogical knowledge. You’ll develop your ideas on how to plan, teach and assess primary mathematics effectively. You’ll also look at the wider context of progression from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2. With this learning in place, you’ll be able to undertake a critical and informed evaluation of current and pivotal issues in primary mathematics, including curriculum innovations.

Dissertation (30 credits)

You’ll conduct independent research on a topic that fascinates you. Enhancing your expertise as you create and manage your own project. You’ll gain core research skills using appropriate research methods such as interviewing, observation and questionnaires. You’ll also acquire useful data analysis skills as you use the data from your research to investigate your dissertation topic.

SBT3: School Based Training 3

You’ll fulfil your potential to meet the Teachers’ Standards (DFE 2012) at the level required for you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Throughout the placement, you’ll receive guidance and support from trained school mentors, teacher mentors and university tutors for your final successful completion of your school based training. This includes guidance on teacher’s legal rights and responsibilities, child protection and the importance of the wider school community.

Envelope Module (15 credits)

For your envelope module, you'll choose one module from the five optional modules listed below.

You'll gain specialist teaching knowledge in the area you choose.


Optional modules

Enrichment of Learning: Health and Wellbeing

Why is health so key to a child’s development? In this module, you’ll discover the inspirational role of a PE or PSHE teacher as you explore how physical wellbeing supports a child’s personal development, and prepares them for teenage and adult life. You’ll build on your previous knowledge of health and wellbeing, and discover how to place these factors at the heart of school life. You’ll understand the crucial links between physical activity, attainment and achievement.

Enrichment of Learning: Science

Would you like to inspire others to love science as much as you do? This module aims to make you even more curious and enthusiastic about teaching and learning this core curriculum subject. Strengthening your scientific knowledge and understanding of pedagogy, you’ll learn and practise the skills you’ll need to become a science subject leader. You’ll take part in co-operative planning and evaluation exercises, building your ability to support colleagues in their knowledge and teaching. You’ll develop insight into issues such as using external enrichment to stimulate pupils’ curiosity and awe. You’ll also have time to consider:

  • recent research on primary school science teaching
  • curriculum development
  • show to situate science theory and research in your own teaching practice
  • how to raise the profile of science in schools.

Enrichment of Learning: Inclusion

You’ll enhance your skills, knowledge and understanding of teaching children with diverse needs in an inclusive classroom setting. Including children and young people with a broad range of special educational needs and/or disabilities, social, emotional and mental health needs. You’ll investigate in depth and be able to recognise and develop appropriate strategies for supporting individual differences, particularly those with high incidence SENDs. You’ll be given the grounding to grow into an outstanding practitioner, gaining the skills for teaching in a special school or setting, and/or to become a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or Inclusion Co-ordinator (INCO) in a mainstream school.

Enrichment of Learning: Mathematics

If you’re keen to develop a specialism in mathematics, this module is for you. Building on earlier maths modules, it will give you a deeper understanding of current key issues and initiatives in the wider landscape of mathematics teaching. You’ll link theory to practice, and have time to consider the role of an early career maths subject leader. You’ll be able to take part in enrichment seminars and workshops, which could include storytelling, outdoor learning, art and music.


Enrichment of Learning: Storytelling

‘We tell ourselves stories in order to live,’ says the author Joan Didion. You’ll learn ways of developing children’s communication and language skills through stories. In practical workshops, you’ll encounter techniques for better storytelling, with input on vocal projection and variation to engage listeners. You’ll benefit from peer feedback on your performance skills, and experience professional examples of storytelling in settings such as Oxford’s Story Museum or from visiting experts. There will also be the chance to learn about:

  • oral storytelling (traditional tales and their significance in culture)
  • creating narrative environments (immersive sensory spaces to foster imagination and develop engagement with text)
  • using drama, props and objects to engage listeners
  • puppetry skillsstories through computer games
  • helping early years pupils to create their own stories.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods, including:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • giving presentations
  • fieldwork
  • creating displays
  • individual projects. 

Field trips

We are always keen to explore ways in which you broaden your experience of education and development.

All students have the option of attending a 3 day residential trip to explore learning outside the classroom, outdoor tasks and adventurous activities. This takes place in South Wales at an accredited Outdoor Education Residential Centre. This is an optional experience and the extra cost including all kit, tuition, board and meals is £150 which is exceptional value.

In the past we have visited The Gambia developing long standing relationships with schools and colleges and we are actively exploring international opportunities in other parts of the world, aiming to be responsive to students' needs and interests. Students on the Primary Teacher Education course are very welcome to apply for places on these trips.

Please note: the cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course fee, and a separate fee will apply. 


Assessment methods used on this course

Our assessment programme aims to develop your skills in:

  • teaching
  • communication
  • reflection
  • self-evaluation.

You will develop vital practical skills and complete a range of coursework assignments including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations
  • practical projects.

Your assessments for some modules include group assignments to encourage your collaborative skills.
You will receive a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) after finishing this course. You can then complete a newly qualified teacher (NQT) year to become a fully qualified teacher.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Students from the course are very successful in finding appointments in primary schools across the country. Feedback from schools indicates a high level of satisfaction with the quality of teachers from this course.

Professional accreditation

You will be provisionally registered with the relevant professional body, currently the National College for Teaching and Leadership, at the beginning of the course. Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

Further study

To support you, while working during your NQT year we offer a programme of CPD short courses which will provide informal links and support during the year. Workshop themes and areas will be adapted to the specific experiences and needs of the NQT groups that we work with.

We also offer a range of CPD short courses to give you practical ideas to help you in the classroom, as well as a range of master's level courses, such as the MA Education. 

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