Primary Education - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 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: To be confirmed
Full time international tuition fee: To be confirmed

We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.

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% go on to work or further study within 6 months of graduating (Unistats 2017)
  • You will be qualified to teach all subjects within the Primary National Curriculum as well as learning about the professional and legal responsibilities of being a teacher
  • 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 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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2017 LJMU charged a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935 per year for its part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.**

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

*Based on 2017 entry.

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

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

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).*

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given 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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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.

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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