Primary Education (Wales and beyond through the CaBan partnership) BA (Hons) with QTS

UCAS CodeX131
QualificationBA (Hons) with QTS
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

Noder: Nid y cwrs Addysg Gynradd cyfrwng Cymraeg yw hwn. Mae disgrifiad y cwrs yma mewn Saesneg gan mai cwrs cyfrwng Saesneg yw X131. Cliciwch yma i weld disgrifiad y cwrs cyfrwng Cymraeg.

Note: This is not the Welsh-medium Primary Education course. This course description is in English as X131 is an English-medium course. Click here to see the description of the Welsh-medium course.


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 and our partners at University of Chester. Together we are called the CaBan (Chester and Bangor) Partnership.

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 which has its own library and resource centre housing an extensive range of bilingual primary and early years resources and in network schools across the region.
  • We provide a stimulating learning environment and you will meet staff and students 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?

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2

  • 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

Year 3

  • 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

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 (Wales and beyond through the CaBan partnership) Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

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.

Employability and the School of Education and Human Development

Courses at the School open up a range of opportunities for those who are interested in teaching, product design and working with children. 

Graduates can also 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
  • industry


Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Skills 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.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.


Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

TARGETconnect - Working while you Study

The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.

    TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities

Entry Requirements

For 2020 entry:

  • Typically 120 tariff points from GCE A Levels or equivalent.*
  • Students will need English Language and Mathematics/Numeracy at grade B (grade 5 for applicants holding the reformed GCSE in England) and Science (or a standard equivalent) at grade C/4. Students studying through the medium of Welsh will also need a GCSE grade C or above in Welsh (First Language). Grade B in Welsh (First Language) will be accepted in combination with a grade C in English Language for entry to the Welsh medium programme. GCSE grade B equivalency tests are available for English Language and Mathematics for candidates who already hold a grade C. There are many qualifications accepted as equivalent to grade B in Mathematics and English Language – please contact us for information.
  • A willingness and positive attitude towards seeking to improve personal use of the Welsh language.
  • Applicants are required to undergo a DBS check and to confirm they are not disqualified by association (Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 (updated 2015). 

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).

*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

For 2019 entry:

  • Typically 120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent (AS tariff points, additional qualifications carrying UCAS tariff points and Welsh Baccalaureate are accepted)

  • OCR National Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

  • Minimum of 4 passes for Irish Leavers Cert (H1-H6)

  • Minimum of 5 Scottish Highers (Adv Highers have a 1.5 weighting)

  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points  

  • QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma, Open College Units or Open University Credits

  • The Advanced Diploma: acceptable on its own

  • Grade B/Grade 5 in the GCSE examination in any of the following: English Language, English Literature, Welsh Language (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.

  • GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 in Science.

  • GCSE grade B equivalency tests in English and mathematics are available to applicants for admission to the teacher education courses for the next academic session at Bangor University. Applicants wishing to undertake the equivalency test must already have a grade C in GCSE standard.
  • A willingness and positive attitude towards seeking to improve their personal use of the Welsh Language.  

  • IELTS Level 7 overall (with no element below 6.5)

General University entry requirements

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.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see

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 help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on 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.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

Home/EU Student Tuition Fees (2019–20 & 2020–21)
  • Full time: £9,000 per year
  • Part time: £750 per 10 credits

International Student Tuition Fees

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mandatory Costs:

  • DBS check £44

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

  • Travel to School Experience placements 

Optional Costs:

  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Child Protection course
  • Additional training courses

How to Apply

How to apply for Undergraduate programmes

You can apply to study at Bangor directly by using the online application form or through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.)

Option 1 – Applying directly to Bangor

Apply online – Direct to Bangor
  • Read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form

Once you have read the guidance notes...

Need help applying?

If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email

Option 2- Applying to study at Bangor through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS is an online application system allowing students to apply for up to five courses in the UK through one application. You can apply for more than one programme at a specific university, for example you could apply to study BA Psychology and BSc Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology at Bangor. Find out more about how to apply to Bangor University through UCAS

If you have applied through UCAS already then you may wish to visit the International Student pages of UCAS website for further information.

Further Information

Contact us

Tel: 01248 382408

Studying within the School of Education and Human Development

  • 1st with 100% Student Satisfaction for Product Design – NSS 2019 
  • Top 20 for Graduate Prospects – Guardian Good University Guide 2020 
  • 9th for Research Quality – Complete University Guide 2020
  • Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019)
  • 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 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

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) 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 with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.

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’.

Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019).

Investment in facilities

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

Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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