BA (Hons) Education: Primary and Early Years; PGCE – Bath Spa University

Education: Primary and Early Years

BA (Hons) + PGCE

Undergraduate degree - single or combined honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Education: Primary and Early Years; PGCE
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Four years full time (one plus three).
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: X301 or X311 (with professional placement year)
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

A specialised bachelor degree in Primary Education, leading to a PGCE in Primary and Early Years.

  • Gain the classroom experience employers are looking for through placements in schools each year.
  • Join our long-standing and highly respected School of Education, and benefit from strong partnerships with schools.
  • On successful completion of this BA, you'll qualify for a guaranteed interview for our PGCE Primary and Early Years.

Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.

This is more than a primary teaching course. BA (Hons) Education: Primary and Early Years sets primary education in a broader context of debates around education, professional practice, teaching and learning - both nationally and internationally. 

This bachelor degree in primary education is ideal if you intend to qualify as an early years or primary school teacher, and it helps formulate your professional skills and career identity through experience of working with children in schools.

The course offers a guaranteed interview for our PGCE Primary and Early Years course, but is flexible; we'll support you in achieving your aspirations as a professional educator - however they develop during the programme.

You'll benefit from our tutors' wealth of research and practice-informed expertise when you join this community of learning and practice.

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I believe that completing the Education degree prior to starting the PGCE has provided an invaluable ‘foundation’ to the PGCE course.

Samantha-Jayne Moore, graduate

What you'll learn


We offer a wide range of modules for you to choose from. You’ll be able to explore education from many theoretical and ideological perspectives, which could give you that all-important edge when you begin your education career.

Course structure

Year one
The first year introduces key concepts and skills that underpin the subject of Education Studies. In addition there are a range of modules that enable you to explore your interests in education as an agent for change. The core module offers an introduction to primary schools and a school placement.

Year two
You’ll consider more deeply the current issues in education, such as pedagogy, pupil voice, special needs, assessment and classroom organisation. You’ll undertake a second primary school placement, this time with a focus on developing your professionalism. 

Year three
This year, the Teaching and Professionalism module prepares you for the PGCE. For your dissertation, you'll explore an issue of your choice and use your creativity and the skills you've gained so far to develop a classroom resource to address it. You'll also have opportunities to engage with PGCE staff and students; this eases your transition to initial teacher training.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework includes essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. There are no examinations. We’ll provide you with prompt feedback and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

How will I be taught?

All modules are led by experienced and respected university staff. Many staff are active researchers and authors in the field of education studies; from the outset they’ll introduce you to their particular specialisms and research interests, through a range of optional modules. You’ll also benefit from regular visiting speakers – these include headteachers, practitioners, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Education for Change
  • Changing Schooling
  • Introduction to Primary Schools
  • Working with Young People in the Community
  • Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Philosophical Enquiry and Education
  • A Case Study of Catalonia: Education, Space and Society
  • Educational History and Heritage

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Issues in Education Studies
  • Professional Practice in School
  • Understanding Classrooms
  • Literacy Learning in a Multi-media World
  • Supporting Learners with Additional Needs
  • Critical Approaches to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties in Education
  • Environment and Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Youth in Society: Power, Politics and Participation
  • Values, Philosophy and Education: Dialogicality in Action
  • Teaching ENglish to Speakers of Other LAnguages (TESOL)
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation Project: Part 1
  • Dissertation Project: Part 2
  • Teaching and Professionalism
  • Building Bridges: the Team Around the Child/Young Person
  • Learning in Mathematics
  • Creativity and Digital Technologies in Education
  • Education, Policy and the State
  • Childhood, Reading and Children’s Literature
  • Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education
  • Young People, Identities and Subcultures
  • Professional Practice: Supporting the Dyslexic Learning in the Classroom
  • Learning in Science
  • Culture, Creativity and Society: Perspectives in Art Education
  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood
  • Identity, Philosophy and Education
  • How to Teach University
  • Social and Educational Inclusion
  • Symbolic Representations: Young Children Making Meaning


Schools and placements

During this primary and early years degree, you'll do more than develop an understanding of teaching - you'll gain firsthand experience of it that could give you that all-important edge at the start of your career.

You’ll attend a placement in each year of the programme, with optional modules short placement opportunities to work with children and young people in diverse settings both locally and internationally. By the time you graduate, you'll already have three to four years of real teaching experience, working knowledge of schools and classrooms, and a developed identity as a teaching professional.

Alongside your experience, you'll also gain a critical understanding of and reflect on the context of teaching, and what it means for children and teachers in school.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.


Successful completion of the undergraduate degree leads to a guaranteed interview for our Oftsted Outsanding rated Primary and Early Years PGCE course. 

Our students often enter the teaching profession in local schools and a range of other settings, and benefit from continued participation in School of Education community of research and practice.

Flexibility is key; this course is designed to inform a range of education careers - from classroom teaching, to advisory roles that inform policy and practice both nationally and internationally.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is based on Newton Park campus. You'll also undertake placements in schools in each year of your studies.

You'll benefit from access to a wide range of excellent facilities, including:

You'll have access to the PGCE team, particularly in your final year as you transition to intitial teacher training, and you'll also benefit from talks by guest speakers and incoming experts. Access to our research centre, TED-W, will give you the opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest in teaching research and excellence.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,910
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Your personal statement must indicate clearly at least ten days of recent experience of observing or working in a primary school. You need to write about this experience and reflect on what you've learned from it, and also discuss why you're applying for this primary education degree. 

Note: The entry requirements for subsequent interview to the PGCE programme may alter (for example, if the DFE changes entry requirements for PGCE courses). You’ll be advised of any changes during the degree.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below. All applicants will also be required to hold GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science.

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC in any subjects.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in any subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

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Course leader: Eleanor West

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