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Primary Education Studies (Non QTS Accelerated Degree) BA(Hons)

2024-25 (also available for 2025-26)

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Start date

16 September 2024


2 years full-time

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. This course offers a fast-track route (in two years) to completing a Primary Education degree, giving you the knowledge and skills required to then apply for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or for other roles and careers within education. 
  2. Your work placement in a primary education setting will provide relevant classroom experience and valuable insight into teaching.  
  3. You’ll also grow in confidence and develop the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills needed to work with children and young people. 

This course is designed to help you develop your knowledge of primary and early years education, equipping you with the skills you’ll need to progress towards becoming a teacher in a primary or early years setting, or for other roles and careers within the field of education.

Completion of this course does not result in a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a requirement for becoming a primary school teacher. However, following successful completion of the course, Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) can be achieved through completion of a postgraduate teacher training course (such as a Primary Education PGCE).

If you aspire to become a primary school teacher, this course offers an accelerated route to completing an Undergraduate degree. In just two years, you’ll gain the requirements needed to apply for a Postgraduate teacher training course. From there, you can delve into further study and potentially look forward to a career in early years, primary schools, or higher and further education.

Why study Primary Education Studies (Non-QTS Accelerated Degree) BA(Hons)

The BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies (Non-QTS Accelerated Degree) will support you in preparation for employment in the primary education sector, but the course content also reflects the skills and knowledge useful to those wishing to work in education-related roles in, for example:

  • School management
  • Social work
  • Health and social care
  • Counselling and mentoring

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in a primary school and, as part of your placements, you’ll be able to observe experienced teachers and gain practical, hands-on experience in contributing to classroom practice.

Please note: This course follows an accelerated delivery pattern across all three terms of the academic year. This means you’ll complete the same number of modules and assignments as students on a three-year degree course.

Course detail

Core modules:

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module introduces you to a variety of key skills intended to support your transition into higher education. The module encourages the development of academic study and communication skills necessary for success on your course along with academic tenacity and resilience. It encourages you to harness your organisation skills, have aspirations and develop self-efficacy.

Perspectives in Learning and Development

This module introduces significant theories and research which underpin development and learning for children, young people and adults. It considers a range of key concepts to explain the basis of development and learning. It identifies the different dimensions of development (cognitive, linguistic, social, moral) and locates these aspects of development in their cultural and social context and in an international context. It focuses on different transitions that children and young people must make as they develop into adulthood and introduces students to different perspectives on the processes involved in learning and development.

Introduction to Core Curriculum Studies - English, Maths and Science

This module will help prepare you to teach English, mathematics and science across the early years and Key Stage 1. The module will be taught jointly by subject specialist tutors and school-based trainers. Training sessions will take place both in schools and in the University. Assessment is typically via a series of practical assignment tasks examining English (including Phonics), maths and science in the EYFS or primary classroom, exploring and synthesising theory into practice.

Curriculum Matters in Primary Education

This module will introduce you to social, theoretical and political influences on the construction of a curriculum for the primary phase of education. You will explore the historical context from which the current national curriculum has evolved, and learn about the aims and content of the current curriculum. Assessment is typically via a group poster presentation and a written report.

Safeguarding Children and Young People

This module will help raise your awareness of current legislation, policies and procedures which exist to promote children and young people’s rights and to keep them safe from harm. It emphasises the knowledge, skills and qualities required to work with children, young people, their families and carers and other professionals in safeguarding contexts; and critically explores broader concepts of child abuse. Assessment typically involves the completion of an oral assessment and a timed test.

Culture and the Curriculum

On this module you will consider the relationship between curriculum and culture. You will develop your understanding of the wider curriculum and learn about the rationales for a range of approaches. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own observations of practice to inform and further your understanding. Assessment is typically via a presentation and a written assignment.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2024 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2025, please view the 2025-26 course information.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, you will also need:

You will need to provide an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances.


You will complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement in your first year and 120 hours of work placement in your second year of study. This placement will be in a relevant primary education setting and will enable you to develop your skills in supporting learning and gaining a critical understanding of the working of a primary education establishment. The identification of an appropriate placement setting will be coordinated through the Placement Unit in the School of Education and Professional Development.

Having the opportunity to do a placement during my degree really opened my eyes to how the theory and research I'd studied related to practice. Spending time in school has helped me to see the real purpose behind assignments and has definitely contributed to my decision to pursue a PGCE

SEPD Student Leonie Hatfield, Primary Education Studies

Leonie Hatfield, Graduate, Primary Education Studies (Non-QTS Accelerated Degree)

Your career

If you aspire to work with children and young people in a primary school setting, this course will help you develop the professional knowledge and skills you need. To gain qualified teacher status (QTS) to become a primary school teacher, you will need to complete a PGCE qualification after completing this accelerated degree. This course also equips you to consider non-teaching roles in education and other areas of the children's workforce.

*Percentage of graduates from this subject who are in work and/or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020/21, UK domiciled, other activities excluded).

95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Education and Professional Development, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Support Office (iPoint): a one-stop-shop for students, studying within the School. Here you can get help and advice, including checking your timetable, finding a tutor, handing in assessments. We can also refer you to other departments within the University such as, student finance, student services etc.

Academic Skills Tutor: provides guidance about how you can develop your academic skills in order to improve your grades. We provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness. 

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Placements, Employability and Partnerships An enormous part of your learning takes place whilst on placement.  To help you get the best possible experience we operate an extensive professional network giving you the opportunity to access a wide range of high quality placement providers. Our professional network includes links with local authorities, schools, colleges, early years settings, voluntary organisations, youth services and youth offending teams to offer you real-life experience whilst you study. Our placements team offer you help to find your placement and support you through it.

Important information

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by our terms and conditions, Handbook of Regulations and associated policies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan.

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

Changes to a course you have applied for but are not yet enrolled on

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment. We may occasionally have to withdraw a course you have applied for or combine your programme with another programme if we consider this reasonably necessary to ensure a good student experience, for example if there are not enough applicants. Where this is the case we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and we will discuss with you other suitable courses we can transfer your application to. If you do not wish to transfer to another course with us, you may cancel your application and we will refund you any deposits or fees you have paid to us.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

Changes to option modules:

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have an equivalent range of options to that advertised for the course. We will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes:

We will only make major changes to non-optional modules on a course if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change is a change that substantially changes the outcomes, or a significant part of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum. For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators or a commissioning or accrediting body. We may also make changes to improve the course in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback or to ensure you are being taught current best practice. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment, or pandemics.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but may happen sooner in an emergency. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed in accordance with the student protection plan.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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