Primary Education Studies BA (Hons) (Accelerated)

This degree course is accredited by University College Birmingham.
Accelerated two-year degree.

Overview (NV)

Primary Education Studies BA (Hons)

Course length
2 years full-time
UCAS code
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Everyone in the UK has the right to education, but what does this actually mean? And what exactly is a ‘primary’ education? If you have a passion for a career working with children in schools and other learning environments or are thinking of becoming a teacher, our accelerated Primary Education Studies degree offers you the chance to gain an in-depth understanding of how children learn and how primary education has developed, both in the UK and throughout the world.

Focusing on the development of children aged 3 to 11, this two-year BA course examines four key areas: practitioner identity, the child as a learner, the learning environment and political and cultural context. Supported by our excellent teaching facilities and resources, you will learn how educational policies and curricula are developed and gain the skills needed to work collaboratively in a range of roles.

Getting out into industry is crucial. In addition to theory, our work-based learning modules will develop your employability skills and put your learning into practice on placement in a variety of real-life working environments, ensuring you have both a theoretical and practical understanding of the process of learning and teaching within a range of settings.

As an accelerated course, you will complete all the credits needed for a full undergraduate degree within two years, offering you a swift route to progress onto qualified teacher training such as our PGCE Primary Education (QTS). Completing your degree will also open the doors to a wide range of other career opportunities – from working in primary schools, museums, cultural institutions and charities to educational research or non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

What our staff and students say


Why choose this course?

  • Accelerated degree – Eager to get your future started? Our course will enable you to earn a full BA (Hons) undergraduate degree in just two years, giving you the opportunity to either progress directly onto our PGCE Primary Education (QTS) course or move swiftly into a range of careers in the industry
  • Placement experience – Thanks to our excellent network of industry contacts, you will be able to undertake invaluable placements within a variety of educational settings such as schools, charities, museums or theatres, allowing you to experience the exciting and dynamic areas where education professionals can work
  • Tailor your degree – If you are interested in exploring a particular role or specific sector within the education field, we can work with you to help provide you with relevant experience to match your interests and career aims
  • Excellent facilities – Our campuses feature a range of teaching areas offering access to a wealth of specialist resources to be utilised in self-directed learning. You will also have access to excellent digital technology to support your studies

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week will have between 12 and 18 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching – 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching – between 4 and 9 hours of seminars in small groups, discussing topics presented in lectures
  • Tutorials – up to 3 hours per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials

Please note: as this is an accelerated programme, some weeks are timetabled as intensive study modules, meaning an increase of contact hours. The indicative timings provided reflect the minimum and maximum number of contact hours expected.

Individual study 

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours per week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. Our online platform Canvas provides 24-hour access to learning and support material.


An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework/practical assessment – 100%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements  

A-level: Grade profile of 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-levels (e.g. A*A* or BBC) in any subject combination

BTEC: Grade profile of DMM from any subject. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entry. A minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points will be required from a vocationally relevant subject matter

GCSEs: GCSE/IGCSE maths, English language and science grades A*-C/9-4 (no equivalence)

Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2020/21 entry.

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page. 

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Modules (NV)


This is an accelerated degree course. As such, Level 5 study takes place in the second semester of Year 1 and the first semester of Year 2.

Year 1

This intensive first year will educate you in the theoretical knowledge and academic skills you will need to pursue a career in primary education or an associated role. Our introductory module will help you transition into degree level study, ready for accelerated progress through Level 4. During the first semester you will gain an understanding of the social and historical context of education in the UK. You will also learn about children’s physical and neurological development, as well as having the chance to explore a range of work-based opportunities. In the second semester you will move on to study credits at Level 5 in which you will develop a more complex understanding of the way theory underpins policy and impacts on practice.

Introduction to Education Studies (Level 4) The Developing Learner 1: An Introduction to Neurological and Physical Development (Level 4) History of Education in the UK (Level 4) Exploring the Learning Environment (Level 4) Early Learning and the Primary Curriculum (Level 5) Theories of Reflective Practice in Education (Level 5) Ideology and Sociology in Primary Education (Level 5)

Year 2

This stimulating year builds upon prior knowledge from Year 1 with an intensive work-based module designed to improve employability, and an exploration of language, cognition and behaviour. These modules make up the remaining credits at Level 5 needed for the full degree award. Upon successful completion you will continue on to Level 6 with the opportunity to deepen your skills of critical analysis, reflection and evaluation through the comparative study of contemporary issues and global perspectives. You will also study educational philosophy, values and ethics and be guided through the development of a small-scale educational research project.

The Developing Learner 2: Understanding Cognition, Language and Behaviour (Level 5) Developing Professional Practice in Education (Level 5) Philosophy, Ethics and Values in Primary Education (Level 6) Contemporary Issues and International Perspectives on Primary Education (Level 6) Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in Education Settings (Level 6) Research in Education (Level 6)
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

Work placement

The University both encourages and provides extensive support for you to find appropriate work experience opportunities. There are two placement modules during this course, one per year.

You will be placed in a range of settings in order to gain a wealth of experience working with children and other education professionals. This hands-on education is not only essential for the course, but enables you to experience the exciting and dynamic areas where education professionals may work.

If you are interested in exploring a particular role or specific sector, we can work with you to provide relevant experience. You will be supported in identifying settings by our hired@UCB employability team.

Work Placement - School of Education, Health and Community - University College Birmingham

What our employers say

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within your studies, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.

There are additional opportunities available too, including a recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

Employability (NV)

Graduate careers

This course provides an excellent platform for you to move onto further professional training towards roles such as primary school teacher or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher. On successful completion of the two-year accelerated degree, you will be able to move onto our PGCE Primary Education (QTS) course (subject to interview), making it possible for you to obtain both an undergraduate degree and Master’s level qualification within just three years.

Alternatively, the degree will also enable you to pursue a range of other career opportunities, such as:

  • Community education officer
  • Museum education officer
  • Education administrator
  • Education consultant
  • Further education teacher
  • Learning mentor



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  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
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