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Primary Initial Teacher Education (with QTS) BA (Hons)

What makes training to teach at Worcester special?

It is a great responsibility and an immense privilege to be one of the first teachers to guide a child as they take their first steps in education.

This course will develop the skills and experience you will need to provide both a first class educational experience and a positive, safe environment where children can flourish. At Worcester we realise that this is your future and theirs.

Key features

  • Successful completion of the course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Designed in partnership with schools to ensure course content is best suited to your future career and to create rewarding placement opportunities
  • Opportunities to participate in areas such as primary languages, special educational needs, teaching beyond the classroom and teaching in challenging environments
  • Over the last 3 years, 46 students have been awarded scholarships from the University to do voluntary work overseas in countries including Madagascar, Mexico, Uganda, Ecuador, the USA, Bali and Nepal
  • Specialise in either 3-7 years or 5-11 years
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

A minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points from a maximum of 3 ½ A Levels (or equivalent Level 3 qualifications). Plus at least 6 GCSEs at Grades A-C, including Maths, English Language and Science

Post-16 qualifications should, for preference, have some National Curriculum relevance. It may be beneficial if qualifications reflected the likely choice of curriculum focus, for example, A Level Science.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available at the Home Office website.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. The NCTL requires all trainee teachers, prior to starting the course, to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach, to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Candidates will be expected to have had some recent experience in a primary school setting and to include this as part of the supporting statement in their application. Currently candidates, as a condition of entry, provide a report from a primary school head teacher where they have completed a minimum of two weeks’ work experience (or the part-time equivalent).

Non-Standard Entrance Mature students undertaking an Access course will need to demonstrate subject knowledge in a National Curriculum area. These students will be asked to pass the Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, of which at least 25 should be at merit or distinction. If candidates require further information about appropriate study they may request advice.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for this yourself. The pass mark depends on the difficulty of the test. Please note that after your third attempt you cannot retake for 24 months. Once you have passed the skills tests they are valid for three years from the date passed.

You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have booked the skills tests.

If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.

For more information visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website or why not register for one of our ‘Skills Tests Workshop’ dates?

Saturday 10th December 2016: 9.30 – 12.30
Monday 20th Feb 2017: 9.30 – 12.30
Saturday 13th May 2017: 9.30 – 12.30

To book a place, or for further information. please email Jane Sacree: Please note: Those attending the workshop must have accepted a place at the University of Worcester.

You may also find this book a useful resource to help in your planning and preparation for the tests.

It is a terrific course, staffed by phenomenally hard working and talented staff and undertaken by committed and reflective students who will be a credit to the profession

External Examiners (2016)

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Term One
Common programme spanning 3-11 years.
Professional Studies; Core Subjects 1 (English, Mathematics and Science); ICT.
Serial school experience - opportunity to work in all age phases.

Term Two
Age phase programme to be pursued for duration or course: 3-7 years or 5-11 years.
Professional Studies; Foundation Subjects 1 (Art, History, PE).
Block school experience (4 weeks).

Term Three
Professional Studies; Core Subjects 2 (English, Mathematics and Science); ICT;
Foundation Subjects 1 (DT, Geography and Music).

Year 2

Term One
Professional Studies; Core Subjects 3 (English, Mathematics and Science); Foundation Subjects 2 (Art, Geography, History and PE).
Block school experience ( weeks).

Term Two
Professional Studies; PSHE and Citizenship; Core Subjects 4 (English, Mathematics and Science); ICT; Foundation Subjects 2 (DT and Music); Religious Education 1.

Term Three
Professional Studies; Religious Education .
Block school experience (7 weeks).

Year 3

Term One
Professional Studies: Initial preparation for NQT; Core Subjects (English, Mathematics and Science – cross curricular module); ICT; Professional Development Research Project , Research Methods.Serial school experience. (1 week) plus block placement (8 weeks)

Term Two
Block school experience (8 weeks) including classroom-based, small-scale research project.

Term Three
Completion of: Professional Studies: Final preparation for NQT; Core Subjects 5 (English, Mathematics and Science); ICT; Professional Research in Specialist Subject (including Research Methods and Curriculum Area option).

An absolute pleasure and could not have spent a better 3 years of my life. It was a joy to be here and I only have fond memories of UW. I'm sad to leave.

Year 3 Student

  • Top Teaching Award for Two University Lecturers


    Top Teaching Award for Two University Lecturers

    Two lecturers at the University of Worcester have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships by the Higher Education Academy, it has been announced today

    This is the top award for those teaching at universities across the country – with only 55 awarded nationally each year.

    Maggie Andrews, Professor of Cultural History, and Rachel Barrell, Course Leader for the University’s Primary Initial Teacher Education programme, have both been successful in receiving the award.

    Read the full story

  • parliament-day-news-photo


    Parliament Day Organised by Primary Teaching Students and Staff

    Schoolchildren got a taste of life in Westminster during a special Parliament Day hosted by the University of Worcester.

    Designed to coincide with UK Parliament Week, pupils from Pitmaston Primary School, in Worcester, got the chance to put politics into practice with a key debate on the use of modern technology.

    Year Six pupils had to vote on a motion to limit children’s time using electronic tablets and mobile phones, with pupils arguing forcefully on both sides of a mocked up ‘House of Commons’.

    Read the full story and see a video of the day.

  • times-higher-education-awards-2015-shortlist-announced-cropped


    Worcester shortlisted for Outstanding Support for Students award

    The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 recognise talent, dedication and innovation in higher education. The winners of which will be announced in November.

    The University has been shortlisted for its Working in Partnership (WiP) scheme, which was launched in September 2013 and involved giving undergraduates on Primary Initial Teacher Training course a prominent voice in the governance of their course.

    Students set up three working parties and produced action plans with measurable targets and timelines, which included designing a text message system to alert students to timetable changes, instigating mid-point evaluations to address students’ desire for more on-going feedback, and re-timetabling some lectures on the same day to reduce students’ travel time.

    Read the full story



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Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn:

  • creativity, commitment and enthusiasm for innovative classroom practice, together with the knowledge, intellectual and managerial skills required of the graduate professional in ensuring the well-being and educational development of all learners;
  • intellectual and innovative capability, critical judgement and skilled communication that can be employed in the workplace;
  • ability to pursue specialist knowledge and understanding;
  • capacity to support and contribute to the policies and practices of the workplace and to share in the collective responsibility for their implementation;
  • commitment to reflect on and improve professional practice and take increasing responsibility or identifying and meeting their own continuing professional development (CPD) needs;
  • understanding of relevant educational issues and theories and the ability to apply these in the workplace; ability to meet the Government Teachers’ Standards.

Teaching approach

  • Tutor-led workshops, lectures and fieldwork, primarily to introduce underpinning knowledge, theoretical argument, practical skills, central issues, key texts and inter-professional fields of study;
  • study of key texts and supplementary reading to enable students to identify subject matter that will enhance their understanding and intellectual ability;
  • participation in group discussion, presentation and debate, to encourage students to develop their skills of critical analysis and further increase involvement and collaboration in order to improve their interpersonal, group and communication skills;
  • case studies and problem solving tasks to provide opportunities to develop approaches that will deepen levels of understanding and professional judgement, including multi-agency approaches;
  • development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.


  • Various assessment methods, including the use of a profile of teaching competences and coursework closely linked with school experience.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to meet the DfE Professional Standards for Teachers (2014).





Where could it take you?

Student teachers recieving awardOur Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates. There are excellent employment opportunities and good promotion prospects alongside job security. At the end of the course you will be advised about suitable in-service courses to follow in your teaching career, as part of your continuing professional development.

You will be invited to enrol on the Masters programme after your successful completion of the BA (Hons).

ESCalate Student Conference 2011 Employability and Enterprise – Worcester student, Megan David, was successfully awarded a nationally recognised bursary to attend and report back to students on the ESCalate website.

University of Worcester Newly Qualified Teachers have been awarded ‘NQTs of the Year 2104-15’ in the City of Wolverhampton for their dedication and enthusiasm to the teaching profession. Congratulations to both of our graduates, Heather Proudler and Stephanie Wignall.

  • rebecca-mccann-primary-initial-teacher-education-graduation-2016

    Case study

    Rebecca McCann

    Rebecca, who was involved in a serious car accident during her second year of study, overcame the odds to graduate with a First Class Honours in Primary Initial Teacher Education in 2016.

    “As much as I might not like to admit it, the accident certainly impacted on me emotionally and physically,” she said. “I seriously considered not going back to university because I was suffering with severe anxiety and panic attacks as a result of the trauma.”

    Having decided to take the brave step of returning to her studies at Worcester, Rebecca found her degree to be an ideal antidote to the nightmare of the accident.

    “Being in school on placement was a brilliant and enjoyable experience that distracted me from what had happened,” she said. “I enjoyed it so much that I finished the placement with a rating of ‘outstanding’, and the offer of a permanent job in the school.
    “I cannot thank my tutors enough for their support throughout this process, academically and personally. I could not have got through it without them.”

    For most people, simply completing a degree under such circumstances would be challenging enough, but for Rebecca, only excellence would suffice: “I’m absolutely delighted - and a bit shocked to be honest - to have come through it all with First Class Honours.”

Quality of the reflective students who can see a clear link between theory and practice in developing their practice is to be commended. This is due to the high quality and highly relevant content of the course.

Head Teacher


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. More information and guidance  on costs are available from the Home Office. You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Primary - Early Years (3-7 years) BA (Hons) (Single Honours) X121 BA/eyrQTS

Primary - Later Years (5-11 years) BA (Hons) (Single Honours) X122 BA/lyrQTS


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


Early Years - X121 Later Years - X122

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Rachel Barrell
01905 54 2061