Why study this course

Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) while continuing to work as a Teaching Assistant

Build on knowledge gained on your Foundation Degree, and the experience you have from your work in primary schools

With over 150 years of experience in teacher education, and our long-standing national reputation within the field, you will develop an understanding of how practice and theory are linked by working in small teaching groups with a range of expert leaders

Our excellent pastoral support can enable you to feel at ease, relaxed and supported both academically and personally

Course summary

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 honours level, developing the qualities required in 21st century teachers.

Key facts


BA (Hons)

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16 months

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Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

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Course details

About this 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.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

In this module students will explore inclusion, with a particular focus on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). It will also cover English as an Additional Language (EAL) and managing behaviour. Planning, assessment, organisation, working with others and the learning environment will also be introduced.

This module is designed to provide support for the development of subject specific knowledge and the interaction between areas of the curriculum, ensuring that the students are able to develop the skills and knowledge, linked to relevant and current practice.

Students will design their own research in education, formulating questions, choosing appropriate methods for the methodology, collecting and analysing data, taking responsibility for ethical practice. The module requires students to be intellectually curious and accept ambiguity.

This module comprises a solo school placement, usually of at least 7 weeks, in the student’s chosen age phase. Students will develop their knowledge, understanding and application in a chosen age phase. Students will also have opportunity to broaden their experience in a shorter school experience in another setting.

This module supports students to identify their own needs in terms of subject knowledge, experience and skills. Initial subject audits and personal tutorials will develop a structure to support the personalised development of skills and knowledge through taught sessions, independent learning and school based tasks. Students will build on their initial starting points, regularly reflecting on progress and building a future plan for after completion of the programme

The final school placement module comprises a solo school placement, usually of at least 8 weeks, in your chosen age phase, allowing you to develop your knowledge, understanding and application in that age phase.

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 4 (previously 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 years' experience is desirable.

Further information

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

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).

If you are a school looking to support a learner on this course, please make use of our information and Discussion Form available here.

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

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 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 at the end of the course. 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. 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.


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

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 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.