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Primary Teacher Education (Campus-Based)

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020


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

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


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

Other typical offers include:

  • CACHE diploma in a relevant field of study at B
  • Access to Higher Education qualifications in a relevant field of study.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English Language, mathematics and science at grade C / grade 4 or above, or equivalent

You will need to pass the Department for Education's professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you can start the course. 

You should send your application to UCAS and when you receive your welcome letter, you need to book dates to take the Department for Education skills tests.

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 qualification 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.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

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
International full time

International full time

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

International full time

International full time

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+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.

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.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading this is by their own discretion. Travel to and from your placement is self funded.

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

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

Exploring Learning 1*

Learning to Talk, Talking to Learn*

Thinking Mathematically and being Mathematical*

English in the Earlier Years*

Science in the Primary Curriculum*

Becoming a Researcher*

Child Development and Learning*

Developing Reflective Practice*

Work placements*

In the first two terms you will be introduced to Phonics teaching in school through serial placements, one day a week for five weeks. Placements are arranged by the university and we try to ensure that you are located within a reasonable distance from your term-time address; this is dependent on your mode of transport. The cost of travel to and from your placement is self funded.

Year 2

Science and Technology in the Primary Curriculum*

English in the Primary Curriculum: Developing Understanding*

Developing the Mathematics Curriculum*

Enquiring in the Humanities*

School Based Training 2*

Exploring Learning through the Arts*

Becoming a Researching Teacher and ICT*

Understanding the Inclusive Classroom*

Independent Study in Education and Employability, Term 1 + 2 or 3 + 4*

Work placements*

Year 2 has a substantial paired teaching placement of eight weeks. This builds upon the first-year placement and allows you to continue to develop your teaching, planning and assessment skills. The cost of travel to and from your placement is self funded.

Year 3

Literature in the Primary School (Honours Component)*

Exploring Learning through Culture Buildings People & Places (Honours Component)*

Extending Mathematical Understanding and Pedagogy (Honours Component)*

Dissertation (double Honours Component)*

School Based Training 3 (Honours Component)*

Developing Outstanding Professional Practice (Honours Component)*

Choose 1 of these compulsory modules*

Inclusion (Honours Component), Health and Well-Being (Honours Component), Outstanding Practice in English (Honours Component), Outstanding Practice in Mathematics (Honours Component), Outstanding Practice in Science (Honours Component).

Work placements*

The final school experience is an individual placement of eight weeks duration, which occurs in the summer of the third year. The cost of travel to and from your placement is self funded.

* = Required

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. 
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 8%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 74%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 12%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 72%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 14%
  • Placement - 12%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 74%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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. The approximate cost for the Gambia trip in 2018 is £1200.


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.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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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