Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

Primary Education degree (BA)

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What is this Primary Education degree about?...

This 3-year Primary Education degree 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 (www.ucas.com). The code for Bangor University is B06 and the course code is X120.

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Entry requirements...
  • GCSE grade B in Mathematics, English Language and GCSE grade C in Science; for X122 Welsh-medium course – grade C Welsh required.
  • 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.

Please also read our Entry Requirements section.

For joint honours degrees you should also look at the entry requirements for your other chosen subject.


Why choose Bangor for your Primary Education degree?
  • Following a year-long inspection by Estyn, her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, we received an excellent report on the standards and quality in initial teacher training, and were awarded a Grade 1, the top grade, for the effectiveness of the teaching, training and assessment of trainee teachers.
  • 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.

What will I study?

This section provides an outline of the content of this Primary Education BA (Hons) Leading to Qualified Teacher Status course. Each year you'll study a series of modules, some of these are compulsory and others can be selected from a range of optional modules.

You will study all aspects of the Primary Curriculum.

Course Structure

Year 1

Modules:

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

LITERACY AND NUMERACY 1: (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

Modules:

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

CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Welsh

NON-CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)

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

Year 3

Either

LOWER PRIMARY (3-7)

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

LITERACY AND NUMERACY 2: (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

Or

UPPER PRIMARY (7-11)

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

CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Welsh            

NON-CORE SUBJECT STUDIES: (30 credits)

  • 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 our students are currently studying...

If you'd like a closer look at the content of the modules our current students are studying this year please click on the links below;

Primary Education with QTS degree (BA/PELQTS)

* Please note that due to the dynamic nature of our degree programmes specific topics of study/modules are occasionally subject to change.

Please also note that some degree programmes have placements or study periods in other institutions, and during those years no module content is listed.


How will I learn?

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.


Student Experience

Gethin Phillips - Primary Education BA (Hons) Graduate

The course was excellent with regards to lectures. There was a variety of opportunities to do practical work, and to share ideas and knowledge in the lectures. There were also many opportunities for me to go out on school experience to schools across north Wales, and the experience was excellent in each school. By the time I graduated, I had a permanent post in a primary school where I teach children in years 3 and 4. I believe the course has benefited me, and my friends, who have also found employment straight from university.


Enhance your Employability at Bangor Want to know more?

Gwyn Ellis BA (QTS)
Admissions Administrator
School of Education
Tel: 01248 382845
E-mail: g.ellis@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/education


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