School of Education

Primary Education BA (Hons) with QTS

Course facts

  • UCAS code: X120
  • Bangor code: BA/PELQTS
  • Course length: 3 years

This course is also available through the medium of Welsh.

Location: Normal Site, Bangor

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School of Education
Tel: 01248 382408

Course Overview

This 3-year course will qualify you to teach in a primary school. It is designed to respond to the government's criteria for initial teacher training. You will gain a broad grounding in the whole primary curriculum, choosing to specialise in the Foundation Phase (3-7), or Key Stage 2 (7-11) in year 3.

FAQs can be viewed here.

Making an Application

You must apply for the course through UCAS (

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • You will be based at the University's Normal Site which has its own library and resource centre housing an extensive range of bilingual primary and early years resources.
  • We provide a stimulating learning environment and you will meet staff and trainees working on a variety of curriculum development projects and research.
  • The University's partnership schools provide a varied and supportive training environment.

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will spend an average of 20 hours per week in lectures/seminars. You will also need to read, prepare for seminars, complete coursework and prepare teaching resources.

The University-based elements are assessed through coursework and examinations. Your school practice will be monitored by school mentors and link tutors.

What will you study on this course?

You will study all aspects of the Primary Curriculum.

Course Structure

Year 1


  • Professional Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (8 weeks) (30 credits)


  • Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
  • Mathematical Development

THE CHILD'S WORLD 1: (30 credits)

  • Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity,
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
  • Religious Education
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Year 2


  • Professional Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (8 weeks) (30 credits)


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Welsh


  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Year 3



  • Professional Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (8 weeks) (30 credits)


  • Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
  • Mathematical Development

THE CHILD'S WORLD 2 : (30 credits)

  • Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity,
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
  • Religious Education
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World



  • Professional Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (8 weeks) (30 credits)


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Welsh            


  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Please download the Course Handbook for a detailed overview of this Course.

School Experience

You will work alongside, and with support from, experienced teachers to develop as a class teacher. This will help you to become familiar with the Foundation Phase Framework and National Curriculum and you will learn how to plan appropriate schemes of work and consider assessment and reporting strategies. There are eight weeks of school experience in each year.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Primary Education Modules page.

Programme Specification

Careers & Employability

Employability and the School of Education

BA Primary Education, BSc Design and Technology Secondary Education, BA Childhood Studies

The BA Primary Education, BSc Design and Technology Secondary Education and BA Childhood Studies courses opens up a range of opportunities for you who are interested in specialising in a teaching career. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in the primary, secondary, tertiary or higher education sectors. Many of our BA in Childhood studies students have applied for our PGCE course.

But, our graduates can look forward to opportunities in a range of other career pathways. These interesting career opportunities could include :

  • social work
  • child care
  • youth and community work
  • publishing, journalism and the media
  • museum and gallery education
  • libraries
  • public services
  • human resources

FdA in Early Childhood and Learning Support Studies

This course is ideal preparation for progression to QTS Primary, HLTAs Primary, specialising in Foundation Phase, and supervisory or managerial careers in nurseries and childcare establishments.

Careers and Employability Service

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Student Volunteering

Student Voluteering is both worthwile in itself but also improves your employbility and widens your experiences. The Students' Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office - Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) within the Students' Union which has over 1,500 members, 600 of whom volunteer on one or more of our community based projects. SVB volunteers currently contribute a total of 600 hours each week which promotes a close relationship between the university and the local community.



Entry requirements for this course

  • GCSE grade B in Mathematics, English Language and GCSE grade C in Science; for the Welsh-medium course – grade C Welsh required. If you do not possess the desired GCSEs then it may be possible to take one of our standalone tests. Please contact the School for further information.
  • At least 240 points at GCE/VCE-level with a minimum of two Cs at A Level preferably in curricular subjects.
  • BTEC National Diploma with a minimum of 3 Merit credits in relevant units
  • Access qualification – a minimum of 60 credits with at least 45 credits at level 3. If applicants do not possess the requisite GCSE qualifications they will need to ensure equivalence while following the Access course.
  • Scottish/Irish Highers with 240+ points
  • We consider mature students with the relevant qualifications or experience.
  • All trainee teachers must apply for an 'Enhanced Disclosure' from the Criminal Records Bureau and this must be judged to be satisfactory by the School before the start of school experience
  • Personal Statement suggestions
  • Interview day
  • Sample tests: English and Maths.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Studying within the School of Education

  • We have well-established partnerships with Primary and Secondary Schools to provide varied and supportive training environments
  • We have a purpose built Design and Technology Centre to train Design and Technology teachers and to teach Product Design degree students. The centre comprises a well equipped IT/lecture room, a fully equipped workshop with a comprehensive range of CNC machinery and equipment, stores and offices.

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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