BA (Hons) Primary Teaching Studies with QTS


Are you a teaching assistant currently working in a primary school, or working in an equivalent educational setting? If you’ve recently completed a relevant Foundation Degree and are looking to pursue a career in primary teaching, then this course could be a perfect next step for you. The course is a stimulating and challenging degree at the honours level, developing the qualities required in 21st-century teachers.

Key Facts
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: X123
Academic School: School of Teacher Development
Duration: 15 months
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will normally have satisfactorily completed the University’s FdA in Professional Studies (Education) and possess GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent). If you have a Foundation degree obtained at another institution we will closely consider the content to confirm whether it is a suitable match.

An academic reference will be required before an interview. Please ensure that your HEI is able to provide this either on your UCAS form or before attendance at an interview.

Applicants are expected to be currently employed or volunteering in a primary school setting and have written support from the setting via the completion of a Head Teacher Pro-Forma. At least two year’s experience is desirable.

Skills Tests

All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Applicants to ITT courses which start after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course and this will be a condition of your offer if it applies to you.

The numeracy and literacy skills tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and are taken online at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK. If successful at the interview stage, this will form part of your conditions of an offer. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.

Accreditation for Prior Learning

If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However, this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.

Further Information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

About The Course

A combination of practice-based learning, campus-based sessions and private study will allow you to continue in work whilst studying, and use of the Virtual Learning Environment will enable you to access course materials and undertake tasks in your own time. You’ll examine current theory, with each module containing teaching, assessment and independent work, all of which are directly relevant to the primary classroom. School placements will ensure the knowledge and skills you acquire are also strongly anchored in practice.

This is a stimulating and challenging vocational degree course that also leads to a professional qualification. To make the most of it you’ll need to be highly motivated and well-organised, and equally confident in learning with others as learning independently. In return, you’ll benefit from the opportunity to equip yourself with the academic and professional qualities required in 21st-century teachers.

Information for Schools

Information for PTS applicants’ schools.

Is important that head teachers and governing bodies of PTS trainees’ ‘home schools’ are aware of the commitment required by the school. Below are some questions that head teachers frequently ask:

Will my TA need to be out of school every week?

Yes, on Thursday afternoons from 1-8pm, students will need to be in BGU for taught sessions. We really appreciate it if they can be here promptly for a 1pm start.

Will my TA be able to continue their TA work during the year?

Yes – in part. During the majority of the year, TA/trainees attend BGU on Thursdays from 1-8pm and continue their TA role (either paid or voluntary) in their ‘home’ school for a minimum of 2 days per week. However, during placement times, the trainee will not be able to carry out their role as a TA as they will need to be a trainee teacher for these weeks. Placement periods are all day, Mon-Fri even if the trainee only works part time as a TA.

How long and when are placements?

We are not able to confirm exact timings for the placements yet as timetables will not be confirmed until the summer. However, usually, a short introductory placement of 2 weeks (in another school, stepping up from what they have been doing to prepare for longer placements as the teacher) occurs early on in the course.

Will I have to pay my TA while they are on placement?

This is entirely at the discretion of the school. We understand that you may need to pay for cover during your TA’s absences during placement times. It helps the TA/trainee if you can have this discussion with them before they apply for the course.

What can the school do to support the TA/trainee?

We encourage schools to support their TA/trainee by allocating a mentor throughout the year, through regular mentor meetings and through encouraging them to challenge themselves and engage in as many opportunities to develop their practice as possible. BGU will support mentors in school. Mentors from the ‘home’ school will not need to support the trainee when they are in other schools.

Can we change the placement dates?

While we will be as flexible as possible to meet the varying needs of this group of trainees who will be balancing their roles as TAs alongside studying for the final part of their BA (Hons) degree, and taking into account the many pressures facing each school, there are some aspects of the programme we are unable to change due to ITT Criteria Compliance In this document you can see that trainees must teach in at least two different schools (so cannot do both longer placements in their ‘home’ school). Our trainees will train as either 5-9 or 7-11 trainees. For this course, trainees cannot do the longer placements in EYFS, but they can do their earlier, shorter placements, and their ongoing, 2 days per week work in EYFS.

Occasionally, we have been able to change placement dates by a few days, but generally, the planned placement times published by BGU must be adhered to so that we can ensure placements are planned carefully, organised in a timely manner, properly moderated and quality assured. This also ensures that trainees do not miss taught sessions.

Do schools or BGU find the other placements?

Our Partnership Services Office are responsible for organising the placement of students. If you have links with a school nearby that might be able to offer a placement for your student, please contact us so that we can negotiate the arrangements. Trainees should not phone schools themselves in an attempt to arrange placements.

Who should I contact for more information?

Please contact Admissions who will be able to direct your questions to the most relevant member of the academic team or Placement Services Office.


This course is aimed at teaching assistants working in primary schools. It allows you to combine your work in a school with study towards an honours degree. There is weekly attendance with sessions running from 1-8 pm on Thursdays.

You will examine the National Curriculum and other initiatives with a view to practical applications in the classroom. Specialist tutors from across the University College are encouraged to contribute to distinct subject sessions and you are fully briefed on your professional role. This course ensures that theory is firmly anchored in practice. This is particularly relevant to the small-scale research project you will be asked to complete.

School placements are an integral part of the course and you will be assessed against the national Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) standards. The final teaching placement will usually occur during the autumn term of the second year.


There is a range of assessments built into this course including an individual presentation, assignments small-scale research, reports and work-based portfolios. Teaching placements are also assessed against the current national standards for qualified teacher status. All assessments are marked by a range of tutors and you will receive detailed feedback.

Careers & Further Study

Former graduates of the progression route with QTS have become successful teachers in a range of primary settings. Many have become subject co-ordinators after as little as one year of teaching.

Academic Staff
Maxine Purvis
Academic Staff

Placement Leader (undergraduate)

Maxine leads the undergraduate school placement mo

Rebecca Geeson
Academic Staff

Becky Geeson lectures in the School of Teacher Development and leads our two successful primary undergradua


Studying at BGU is a student centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

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Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.