Primary Education - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Primary Education with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 120

UCAS code: X120

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

The BA in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) qualifies you to teach children aged 5-11

  • 100% in a professional/managerial job 6 months after graduating
  • Qualifies you to teach a diverse range of subjects from English, mathematics, science and computing to music, geography, art, PE and modern languages
  • Hands-on teaching practice in NW primary schools in the region
  • Training and mentoring from school teachers as well as University tutors

Through the dedicated and supportive tutors and our extensive placements, LJMU has given me the best start on my journey to becoming an outstanding teacher

Christina Rankin, recent graduate

The programme epitomises the University's motto to 'dream, plan, achieve'. You are supported in your academic work and while on placement by staff who have outstanding subject knowledge and first-hand experience of being a primary teacher. This makes it possible to plan how you will achieve your dream.

Katherine Makin, recent graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Hands-on teaching practice is a vital element of this course and so you will be given plenty of opportunities to work with children in a variety of primary school settings in the North West region. This gives you a chance to put into practice what you have learnt during the course, develop your teaching technique and experience the rewards as well as the challenges of teaching young children.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

From the moment you join LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. Support during teaching practice is particularly important and so in addition to mentoring from one of the teachers, you will have visits from a university liaison tutor to monitor progress and observe your teaching.

Other forms of support include a Student Support Zone and library, which stay open in the evenings and at weekends during term time. The IM Marsh Campus where this course is based is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community.

Course details

The BA in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) qualifies you to teach a diverse range of subjects from English, mathematics, science and computing to music, geography, art, PE and modern languages to children aged 5-11.

The course will extend both your subject knowledge as well as pedagogical knowledge in all curriculum areas in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Professional studies modules each year form the backbone of the course and prepare you for the academic and professional role of being a teacher.

The course is delivered in partnership with our primary schools across in the North West, and will provide you a rich range of teaching opportunities in each year including a total of 24 weeks full time placements so you will have plenty of hands-on practice and training, not only from academic tutors but also from the teachers you work with in schools. Your teaching placements will be in Key Stage One and Key Stage 2 classes and will always have the support of a mentor with occasional visits from a member of LJMU staff to support and observe you.

Deciding to pursue a career in primary teaching should be based on real commitment and passion and you are expected to demonstrate your interest by completing at least two weeks' experience of working in a school or related setting before applying to study this course.

In year 1 you will have a 6 weeks block placement. In addition to this you will be in school every Monday from late October which will give you a great opportunity to build your confidence and understanding of the Primary school and the role of the teacher. In year 2 you will have a 6 weeks block placement with a one week orientation and then in year 3 your final placement will last for 12 weeks.

We would also like to see evidence of any community work you may have been involved with, for example helping at sports clubs, youth clubs, volunteering or Duke of Edinburgh Award, but not as part of your course.

We would also like to see evidence of any community work you may have been involved with, for example helping at sports clubs, youth clubs, volunteering or Duke of Edinburgh Award, but not as part of your course.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4

  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Teaching Foundation Subjects in Key Stage 1
  • Developing the Whole Child
  • Teaching Mathematics in Key Stage 1
  • Teaching English in Key Stage 1
  • Science, Design and Technology and Computing in the Key Stage 1 curriculum
  • Teaching Reading and Spelling using Systematic Synthetic Phonics

Level 5

  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Teaching Foundation Subjects in Key Stage 2
  • Understanding Specific Learning Needs of Children
  • Teaching Mathematics in Key Stage 2
  • Teaching English in Key Stage 2
  • Science, Design and Technology and Computing in the Key Stage 2 Curriculum
  • Enriching Primary Practice 

Level 6

  • Extending Professional Practice
  • Cross Curricular Practice
  • Advanced Primary Mathematics
  • Advanced Primary English
  • Advanced Primary Science
  • School-based research

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching on the course is via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, use of ICT, school experience and independent learning.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Our academic staff have years of professional experience behind them, as teachers, headteachers, department heads, inspectors and advisers. Members of the team have been involved in projects developing resources and materials for initial teacher training which have been rolled out nationally.

Their expertise includes early reading and phonics, primary mathematics and science, modern languages and early years Early Years education. Many have published work on the subject of primary education, and are well aware of the challenges you will face as a trainee teacher.

The team is committed to your development and progression into an expert and highly successful primary school teacher. Last year staff were nominated by students for the Liverpool Students' Union Amazing Course team award.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, and so we use a variety of assessment methods including coursework, assessed teaching sessions, group presentations individual presentations and some examinations.

Constructive feedback is important in helping you to identify your strengths as well as areas that may need further attention, so this will be provided regularly as you progress through each module and following teaching practice.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

120

Application and selection

​All applications must meet the minimum academic entry requirements. Deciding to pursue a career in teaching should be based on a real commitment and passion and this should be demonstrated through your personal statement.
You should have at least 2 weeks recent work experience in a school or related setting before applying. In addition, we would like to see some evidence of work in the community (not as part of your course). This may be helping in sports clubs, Brownies, youth clubs or volunteering. This experience may be linked to a hobby or interest you have.
Personal statements should have a clear structure with evidence of paragraphs and good use of grammar.
Trainees starting the course from September 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests in English and Mathematics prior to entry. Registration will be available from September and you are encouraged to take the tests as soon as possible to move your application forward. Further information can be found at the link below: www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional/b00211200/registration
All applicants who meet the entry requirements must attend an interview. You will be required to pass the Professional Skills tests prior to attending interview (information regarding registration can be found atwww.education.gov.uk)
A DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB) is a requirement of entry onto this course which involves working with children or vulnerable adults during placements. The regulations on declaring criminal convictions on a UCAS application form can be found on the UCAS website.  (Please change this info on the website)
All offers made will be conditional on a satisfactory health check and all applicants will be required to complete a medical health questionnaire prior to the start of the course.
All applicants must successfully pass the QTS skills tests in Mathematics and English prior to the start of the course.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in Science, English Language and Mathematics GCSE.

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
  • Subject specific requirements: 120 UCAS points from A2 Level
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Not acceptable
  • Average A Level offer: BBB

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DDM in a relevant subject

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Interview required

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

No

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Our primary education students enjoy outstanding career prospects. There are also excellent opportunities if you want to take on extra curriculum and management responsibilities or if you want to focus exclusively on effective classroom practice.

Professional accreditation / links

This course is provided in partnership with a number of primary schools in the North West region, ensuring that you experience a broad range of school settings when you embark on your teaching practice placements.

Once you successfully complete your course, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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