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BA (Hons) Primary Education (Top-Up)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

After graduating, you will be able to gain a position as a Teaching Assistant within in
Primary or Secondary schools.

You will also be able to apply for a PGCE in Primary or Secondary Education, or apply for an MA in a field related to education.

Previous students have also been offered places in the School Direct and Teach East programmes, and have progressed to teaching roles via this route.

Other career options related to Education can include working in the Education Department of a local council or going on to work in education based research.

Who is it for?

Embark on a transformative journey in education with our BA (Hons) Primary Education programme, where you will gain the skills to inspire young minds and shape the future. Join a dynamic learning community dedicated to fostering innovation in teaching, and become a catalyst for positive change in the classroom and beyond. You will turn your Level 5 qualification – such as a diploma, teaching apprenticeship or foundation degree – into a full Bachelor’s degree.
Education has a fundamental role to play in personal, social and professional development. Through education, you can make a difference in the lives of many learners from different and diverse backgrounds. This degree offers you the opportunity to develop the professional knowledge, skills and understanding required to follow a career in education. You will become aware of the factors affecting learners’ achievement so that you can promote continuous improvement and educational achievement among all students in a wide array of learning institutions.

Within the course you will explore topical issues relating to education and society; raising achievement through inclusion and looking at the underlying principles of pedagogy.  Alongside lectures, you will learn on the job through participating in placement activities. Therefore, you are required to have a position (paid or voluntary) in a Primary School setting. You will have the opportunity to personalise your studies via a research project. This project will allow you to select an educational topic of interest and explore it in detail. The course will also give you the tools to become a reflective practitioner and an independent, critical problem-solver. There will continue to be a very high demand for teachers in Peterborough with a 19% increase in 5 to 14-year-olds from 2015 to 2036 (Source: Cambridgeshire Research Group, 2015 Based Population Forecasts). This makes education a growing sector offering good employment opportunities for students studying locally.
The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

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What is covered?

You must take modules worth 120 credits at Level 6. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one /final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Communication, Behaviour and Classroom Management (30 credits)
  • Individual Needs and Educational Psychology (30 credits)
  • Advanced Professional Practice in Primary Education (30 credits)
  • Undergraduate Research Project in Primary Education  (30 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

•        A minimum of 400 hours pre-entry work experience within an education setting
•        A confirmed placement of a minimum of 40 days per academic year, including identification of a Workplace Mentor
•        A 240-credit Level 5 Qualification (Foundation Degree or equivalent)
•        An enhanced DBS check

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be: Full-time: £8,250 per year. There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 1 year (1 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Each semester is 12 weeks.

Part-time: 2 years

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