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Education Studies: Primary (BA)

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Develop your understanding and knowledge of education in a primary school context, and expand your skills, through our Education Studies: Primary degree programme.

This degree focuses on education in a wide context, including the importance of inclusion issues, how children learn and the professional values and practice involved in primary education. BA Education Studies: Primary is one of the very few degree programmes in the UK which focus on studying education in the primary school sector.

This course is also available through the medium of Welsh.


Education Studies: Primary (BA)
UCAS Code: 36H5
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Applicants to full-time courses can apply through UCAS. Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.

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Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  • BA Education Studies: Primary is one of the few degree programmes in the UK which focus on studying education in the primary school sector.
  • The programme is available through the medium of English, through the medium of Welsh, or bilingually.
  • Two observational placements are undertaken by all students.
  • An opportunity to spend a semester abroad.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The programme will provide you with the understanding and skills that are relevant for working with children of a primary school age. The link between theory, policy and practice in primary education will be explored, drawing on pedagogy, psychology and sociology.

There is an emphasis on contemporary issues in primary education, and the programme enables students to engage in small-scale research in an area that interests them, as well as an extended essay in their third year.

The programme will explore issues such as:

  • Where and how do children learn?
  • What are the barriers to learning that children experience and how may they be overcome?
  • What are the key factors that have an impact on primary education in Wales today?
  • How do adults work most effectively with children in an educational setting?
  • What are the benefits of a bilingual education?
  • What are the most important skills that learners need for the future?

This programme will also enable students to develop key transferable skills including problem solving, team work, communication and critical thinking.

Module Topics

Year One - Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Development Across the Lifespan (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Education: Past, Present, Future (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning Theory and Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Respecting Rights and Supporting Inclusion (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two - Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • All Means All (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Alternative Learning Environments (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Becoming a Primary Educator (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Educational Research (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three - Level 6 (BA)

  • Curriculum and Assessment Studies (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning Climates (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Making a Difference Together (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Well-being in Education (20 credits; compulsory).

Students present work in numerous ways to enable them to develop their team skills, as well as independent learning skills.

Assessments include problem learning-based scenarios, group presentations, academic poster presentations, portfolios, written assignments and individual seminar presentations.

There are no examinations.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Typical Offer: UCAS points = 88 and above.

Students apply for the course from a variety of backgrounds, both directly from A-level or other Level 3 courses (eg CACHE) or from having left education.

No specific A-level subject is required. If students wish to train to become teachers in Wales following graduation, they will need B grades, at GCSE level, in English and Mathematics, and a B grade in Welsh - if they wish to train through the medium of Welsh. They will need a C grade in GCSE Science.

The course welcomes students from non-standard entry backgrounds and we consider experience, relevant life skills and academic potential when assessing applicants.

During the first semester, all students undertake a study skills module, which helps prepare them for the requirements of higher education. 

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings.

The nature of the degree means our graduates have the skills, the attributes, the understanding and the abilities to work in a variety of sectors, including the education sector, social care, health and similar professions, as well as the voluntary sector.

Our degree is relevant for those graduates who wish to train to become teachers through the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) route as the degree gives the background and the depth of understanding regarding issues that are relevant for primary school children. Other graduates have continued their studies with a variety of master's programmes.

Additional Costs
  • Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, printing and copying and stationery and of producing such essays, assignments and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

  • Students are required to apply for, and obtain, a UWTSD Enhanced Disclosure Barring Check (DBS). The fee for this is dependent on the DBS and is approximately £44.

  • Students are required to gain the equivalent of 80 hours practical experience in places such as schools, in voluntary settings or with other agencies such as health or social care, or outdoor learning settings. This will incur travelling costs and refreshment costs.

  • Mandatory study experiences and enhancement activities are organised for students. The cost of travelling and the study on offer is covered by the Discipline. However, students would need to supply their own refreshments, and appropriate outdoor clothing for some visits.
Student Quotes

"Education Studies: Primary enables you to strive for progress, not perfection. It’s a really friendly course, where you get both practical and theoretical experience, with expert lecturers always on hand. Lifelong friends have been made. Remember, goals are dreams with deadlines!"
Ryan - BA Education Studies:Primary graduate

"As well as a great course, it is taught by great people, and has enabled the best life experience."
Dion - BA Education Studies: Primary graduate

 "I had lost who I was before this course. I originally trained as a dancer but I became injured. I thought I would never love what I was doing again until I enrolled on this course. The teachers and modules are amazing." 
Lauren - BA Education Studies: Primary graduate

"Friendly lecturers, welcoming environment, positive ethos!" 
Jess - BA Education Studies- Primary student

"Best University, fantastic courses, friendly lecturers and brilliant support."
Ella - BA Education Studies: Primary student

"This course is amazing. The lecturers are so welcoming and helpful. After experiencing Uni elsewhere before, I can definitely say UWTSD is the best!"
Lauren - BA Education Studies: Primary student

"Fun and enjoyable course which provides a pathway for a range of various careers"
Luke - BA Education Studies: Primary student

"An eye opening course that gives an insight to a variety of educational issues"
Georgia - BA Education Studies: Primary student

"Brilliant lecturers, very supportive and approachable."
Chelsey - BA Education Studies: Primary student

"Broad in-depth content, with very supportive, personable lecturers."
Catrina - BA Education Studies: Primary student

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Further Information

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