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BA (Hons) Childhood: Primary Education with QTS

University of Suffolk
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
University of Suffolk

About this program

BA (Hons) Childhood: Primary Education with QTS

Childhood: Primary Education with QTSis a new and exciting opportunity for students wishing to become primary school teachers.This program is delivered in partnership with our Initial Teacher Trainer (ITT) partners, North Essex Teacher Training and Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT.The program enables students to gain a BA Honours degree in Childhood while working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Primary Education.

The BA Childhood enables you to explore the diverse, multi-faceted experiences of children through a range of perspectives such as sociology, education, psychology, social policy and health, while also acquiring an in-depth understanding across severaleducationsubject disciplines and clearly defined core curriculum specialisms.

In year one, your academic study is situated entirely within the BA Childhood program, delivered by University of Suffolk. Additionally, from the very start of the course you will also be in a placement at one of our ITT partner primary schools for one day a week allowing you to apply your academic knowledge to practice on a continuous basis. There will also be an extended placement block where you will be able to start developing your skills as a teacher.

As you progress into Year 2 and 3, your academic study is split equally between the Childhood program at UOS and your ITT provider. You will still have weekly school placements and longer block placements. Over the course of your training, you will have placements in3different schools offering you a range and depth of experience. Throughout your placements you will receive high quality support and mentoring from your school mentor and your expert ITT tutor.

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

120UCAS tariff points (or above),BBB(A-Level), DDM (BTEC),Access to HE Diploma, minimum of 45 Level 3 credits at Merit grade or above.

Applicants are also required to have GCSE English, and Maths and Science grade 4/C or above, or accepted equivalents are:equivalency tests from restricted set of providers (contact for further information) or overseas qualifications verified by UKNARIC.Key and functional skills at level 2 are not equivalent.

No deferred entry possible.

Non-Academic Requirements

Before starting the course, students will also need to meet the following ITT Criteria set out by the DfE

  • Interview with written assessment, maths test and short presentation.
  • 2ndreference needed
  • An enhanced DBS check
  • A Children’s Barred List check
  • A Prohibition Order check
  • Occupational Health check to ensure applicants are ‘Fit to Teach’


IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Understanding University
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Child Development in Context
  • Childhood, Care and Education
  • Children in Society
  • Diversity, Rights and Inclusion
  • Professional Practice 1

Year 2

  • Children’s Ecologies
  • Safeguarding
  • Understanding Research
  • Professional Studies and Pedagogy 1
  • Core Subjects 1
  • Foundation Subjects 1
  • Professional Practice 2

Year 3

  • Independent Project
  • Decolonisation and Difference
  • Professional Studies and Pedagogy 2
  • Core Subjects 2
  • Foundation Subjects 2
  • Professional Practice 3

Scholarships & funding

  • Vice Chancellor's Global Impact Scholarship: £4,000
  • International Merit Scholarship: £1000-2,000
  • Suffolk Executive MBA Scholarship: £4,000


  • The full tuition price for local/EU students is £9250.
  • The price for International/Non-EU students is £13,992.


Upon successful completion of the program students will have obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will allow them to take up a qualified teacher position in a primary school.

Career paths

Employability has always been central to the Childhood program here at the University of Suffolk. We encourage all students to undertake work/practice experience in whatever form is most accessible and appropriate for the individual student. The Childhood program enables students to go into a range of careers working with children and their families as well as completing post graduate qualifications in order to work in the education, health and social care fields.

Careers including Primary Teacher Training, Family Support and Social Work, Nursing and related disciplines, Early Year’s settings, International, National and Regional Aid work with children and their families, post-graduate study and research.

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IP4 1QJ Ipswich Suffolk
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