About This Course
This is the English-medium course. The Welsh-medium course has a different UCAS code.
This exciting degree with QTS qualifies you as a primary teacher especially equipped to teach in Wales, and is also transferable to other countries, including England. The course has been written in collaboration with teachers in Lead Schools in North Wales.
Committed schools with well-trained mentors will support Associate Teachers’ progress towards Qualified Teacher Status in accordance with Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership in Wales.
Experienced tutors and researchers in university and school based staff will provide excellent support and stimulating sessions, and the qualification gained will equip students to teach within and beyond Wales.
Students on this English medium course will be placed in English Medium Schools only and you do not need to speak Welsh, or live in Wales, to apply for the course. However as part of our commitment to bilingualism we will support you in your understanding of Welsh culture and your Welsh language learning, whether you are a complete beginner or a fluent user of the language.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
You will be based at the University’s Normal site campus 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. Understanding and learning to conduct educational research will be a key focus.
The University’s partnership schools have co-constructed the course and provide a varied and supportive learning environment.
This is an exciting time to train to be a teacher at Bangor as the curriculum has been updated to fit the modern teaching environment
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?
- Professional and Pedagogical Studies 1
- Core Studies 1
- School Experience 1: Fundamentals in Learning, Teaching and Assessment
- Fundamentals in the development of language and mathematics
- Developing Health and Well-being
- Exploring the World
- Professional and Pedagogical Studies 2
- Core Studies 2
- School Experience 2: Progression in Learning, Teaching and Assessment
- Creativity and Expression through language and the arts
- Progression in the development of mathematics, science and technology
- Identity and Citizenship
- Professional, Pedagogical and Core Studies 3
- Close to Practice research: (Dissertation)
- School Experience 3: Innovation and Leadership in Learning, Teaching and Assessment
- Subject Studies: Innovation in Curriculum Design and Delivery
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 the new developing curriculum for Wales. You will learn how to plan appropriate schemes of work and consider assessment and reporting strategies. There are at least eight weeks of school placement each year in a wide variety of settings.
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 (English-medium course) Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
- DBS check £44
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
- Travel to School Experience placements
- Graduation Ceremony
- Child Protection course
- Additional training courses
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 96- 120 tariff points from GCE A Levels or equivalent.*
- Grade B/Grade 5 in the GCSE examination in any of the following: English Language, English Literature, Welsh First Language, Welsh Literature. Where an equivalent to a grade B in either English Literature or Welsh Literature is achieved, a minimum of a grade C/grade 4 must be achieved in the corresponding GCSE examination in English or Welsh First Language.
- Grade B/Grade 5 in the GCSE Examination in Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy must also be achieved.
- Candidates who hold Grade C in maths and/or English/Welsh First Language will be eligible to apply and commence the course. These students will be given the opportunity and support to take GCSE grade B equivalence tests during the programme. QTS will not be awarded until the equivalency has been achieved. There are also many qualifications accepted as equivalent to grade B in Mathematics and English Language – please contact us for information.
- GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 in Science.
- A willingness and positive attitude towards seeking to improve personal use of the Welsh language.
Applicants are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check for the child workforce including a check of the children’s barred list. Applicants who have lived or worked outside the UK are also required to undertake a criminal records check in their countries of residence.
Applicants should reflect carefully on their ability to meet the rigours and demands of the profession. Refer to the considerations for applicants to Initial Teacher Education Programmes.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements - IELTS Level 7 overall (with no element below 6.5)).
*Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and 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.
We also consider applications from mature 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 information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS (3-11) is recognised across Wales and England and is often transferable* further afield for entry into the teaching profession. It fully prepares you for the demands of teaching in Wales and beyond.
The CaBan programmes prepare you for a wide range of roles within education and develop essential leadership skills. There is a growing body of evidence that school leadership has an impact on student outcomes second only to the influence of teachers in the classroom. Within the CaBan partnership we have international expertise and experience of the latest leadership theory and research. This expertise impacts on both the content of this programme and the significant developments across the region and national level with respect to developing strong and effective leadership teams in our schools.
The programme offers short/full placements in Primary and Special Schools, Outdoor Centres and other education related settings to ensure you have enhanced experience specific to your individual interests.
The programme is co-constructed, delivered and assessed with a network of excellent partnership schools across the region.
*Those seeking to teach outside Wales and England should check recognition and transferability of Qualified Teacher Status with the respective country’s Teachers’ Professional Body.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The BEA is a comprehensive online course that you can work through at your own pace, taking you through all the steps you need to take to explore, prepare and apply for your dream career.
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.