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Undergraduate courses 2024/25

Primary Education with QTS (5-11), BA Hons

Are you looking for a rewarding career where you will be able to impact some of the most crucial years of a child's development? Our BA Hons Primary Education course is for you!

We develop excellent teachers who are resilient, critical, and reflective classroom practitioners. You will benefit from the university’s commitment to inclusivity, diversity and serving disadvantaged diverse communities. The well-structured curriculums and placement-based training prepare trainees well to enter the world of teaching (Ofsted 2023).

The University of Greenwich has a long history of providing Initial Teacher Education courses. This course is designed to prepare Beginning Teachers for work in schools and to ensure that they are equipped to stay in the profession with a focus on sustainability but also to take the opportunity to explore education beyond the classroom. To be eligible to apply for teaching posts, Beginning Teachers must meet all the current Teachers’ Standards when summatively assessed against these at the end of the course. To become evidence-informed problem-solving practitioners, who can make a significant difference to the lives of the pupils they work with, their QTS* needs a sound theoretical underpinning provided by the ITT/E Curriculum.

The academic and professional dimensions to Initial Teacher Training/Education are symbiotic. The abilities to address complex issues and develop critical thinking skills are important dimensions to the University-based taught modules. Beginning Teachers have maximum opportunities to practise in the classroom and to use the underpinning theory to understand and adapt their practice. The ITT/E Curriculum and practice is unified with Beginning Teachers learning and developing from expert practitioners both at centre and in the partnership.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes


* The University of Derby has co-designed and accredited the curriculum and will recommend QTS and the University Greenwich will make the academic award.




3 years full-time

Start month


Home/international fees 2024/25

£9,250 /£17,000

What you should know about this course

  • We have research rich communities across the partnership.
  • We impact on a diverse range of areas and communities.
  • We champion reading for pleasure with a focus on social justice.
  • Our courses are representative of the students we teach and the communities we serve.
  • We develop local teachers who teach with passion and purpose for the empowerment of the children.

What you will study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • School Practice 1 (20 credits)
  • Safeguarding (20 credits)
  • Theories of Childhood: Child Development (20 credits)
  • School Practice 2 (20 credits)
  • Enrichment 1 (20 credits)
  • Sociology of Education (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice 1 (0 credits)
  • Intensive Teaching and Practice (0 credits)

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • School Practice 3 (20 credits)
  • Theories of Learning (20 credits)
  • Theories of Behaviour (20 credits)
  • School Practice 4 (20 credits)
  • Enrichment 2 (20 credits)
  • Introducing Educational Research (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice 2 (0 credits)
  • Intensive Teaching and Practice (0 credits)

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • School Practice 5 (20 credits)
  • Civic Responsibility: Community Cohesion (20 credits)
  • School Practice 6 (20 credits)
  • The Global Teacher (20 credits)
  • Educational Inquiry (40 credits)
  • Professional Practice 3 (0 credits)
  • Intensive Teaching and Practice (0 credits)

About the course team

When you join us, you will be taught by an experienced team of experts with an academic, research and primary school background. This includes academics from a range of disciplines and recent head teachers and teachers. The University of Greenwich has a long history in education and our academics are experts in their respective fields committed to sharing their expertise with aspiring teachers.

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Entry requirements

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  • 112 UCAS Tariff points. We accept A Levels, T Levels, BTECs, Access to HE and all other qualifications with UCAS Tariff points.
  • In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language/Literature and GCSE Science all at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

We make Contextual offers to this programme. Applicants that meet specific eligibility criteria will be made a contextual offer with a reduced tariff of up to 16 UCAS Tariff points. Other entry requirements such as GCSEs, Interview, etc., will still need to be met. For further information, please see our Contextual Admissions policy.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact

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Application and selection

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Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

About these requirements

How you will learn

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*

* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.


In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 100-120. Students attend all lectures. 

Teaching groups are 25-30 and personal tutor groups are 20-30.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for course work, presentation, and portfolio subject knowledge. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including Education.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job.


Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

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Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £9,250 N/A N/A
International £17,000 N/A N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from £126.35 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies (estimate, £150 per year).

Placements: you are expected to pay for your transport to your placements during the year.

University of Greenwich sets and receives fees, delivers the programme, provides wellbeing support, and makes the academic award. University of Derby co-designs and accredits the curriculum, and recommends the QTS award.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in two primary schools, with intensive training placements for an additional four weeks where you will focus on core elements of practice. This will be an integral part of your study and provides the context in which you can develop your professional skills, knowledge and understanding.

There will also be further opportunities to engage in school-based training in a range of specialist schools and educational contexts.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of this course can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.

Employment rates are outstanding and have consistently been well above national and London averages year-on-year.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews, and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

We hold an Employability Fair which is attended by Partnership schools.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics.

Support from the department

During the course, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.