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Primary Education (two-year accelerated degree) - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Prepare yourself to become a teacher with London Met’s accelerated degree in Primary Education. This two-year long, full honours degree equips you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to build your professional career, including access to Qualified Teacher Status.

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If you’re passionate about educating the next generation, London Met’s Primary Education BA will provide you with the skills and experience to join the education workforce in rapid time. This accelerated course will allow you to graduate in just two years, instead of the traditional three years.

You'll build a sound foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding from which to launch your career. This course will help you form the ability to think clearly, act decisively and exercise intelligence, which you'll achieve through research-based innovation, ethical judgement and a capacity to work in collaboration with others.

The internationally recognised staff at London Met will help you gain an abundance of experience. The curriculum is designed to aid you in becoming an effective teaching professional and build your understanding of educational systems.


You will be assessed through a range of methods based on coursework. These include presentations, portfolios, posters and essays.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of three A levels with grades BBC (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above/grade 4 (or equivalent grade)

The course is designed to equip you to progress to a postgraduate programme offering QTS and therefore the expectation is that you possess the necessary qualifications before commencing the degree. If you don't hold a GCSE grade C or above in both Mathematics and a Science you will need to gain this in order to be considered for a PGCE.

If you graduate from the degree and hold a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English, Mathematics and a Science you will be guaranteed an interview for a PGCE or equivalent route to QTS at London Met.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

The degree may be accelerated, but it offers full access to all of the University’s sports, social, and scholarly networks as well as expert careers and other advice, including support for disabilities and recognised special educational needs. Opportunities to work and study abroad may be available within the programme. Whether work or social, opportunities for collaborations across our diverse student body will make your experience at London Met unforgettable.

If your goal is to teach in primary schools, this course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a confident and critical professional. You'll acquire extensive practical experience and the critical knowledge to make sense of it.

The first year of the course introduces studying in higher education, along with an exploration of key educational themes, policies and issues, with a particular emphasis on the challenges and opportunities found in London’s globalised classrooms. Further engagement is provided through the extended work-based placement over the summer period. Preparation for the skills-tests leading to admission to post-graduate QTS study is included.

In the second year you'll continue your critical study by examining a range of cross-curricular themes. Finding your identity as an educator is supported by exploration of the historical evolution of primary education in England and Wales, as well as consideration of the future of schooling in globalised societies, characterised by rapid technological, social, and environmental change.

You'll bring the elements of your professional and academic understanding together in an extended work-based placement that is the culmination of your degree and that serves as an excellent springboard for progression to QTS.

Exploring the history of primary education will give you a strong understanding of teaching, both past and present. An extended work-based placement will be the culmination of your degree, helping you to progress to QTS.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Understanding education: policy, themes and issues
  • Succeeding in HE: criticality in reading, writing and argument
  • Curriculum, Learners and Learning I: knowledge, assessment and pedagogies
  • Global Challenges: inclusion in practice
  • Working with Children and Preparing for Professional Practice (includes WBL and placement/DL/ Study Abroad as well as preparation for the QTS skills tests)

Year 2 modules include:

  • Curriculum Learners and Learning II: enhancing and enriching the curriculum
  • From Elementary Schooling to ‘Good Primary Practice’
  • Teachers, Learners, and Schools in the 21st Century
  • Education and Children’s Lives: social worlds of childhood
  • Action Research for Practitioners: placement and project

Our two-year Primary Education BA is primarily focused on progression to the role of classroom teacher for children aged between three and 12, following subsequent completion of QTS.

This course also supports those wishing to enter para- or alternative professional roles within the primary school, including those offering support for specific needs, mentoring, skills coaching and more. As a full honours degree, it opens up options for postgraduate study and career development across a number of fields concerned with children and their well-being beyond the classroom.

Our graduates pursue careers in:

  • Primary teaching [after completing a one-year PGCE]
  • Social work [after completion of a two-year MA Social Work]
  • Education settings in a variety of roles
  • Charities and local community projects
  • Further and higher education lecturing
  • Government, private and voluntary sectors

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

These fees and the fee waiver are subject to confirmation of government student funding for accelerated degree students. At present, the University is waiting to find out how much government funding will be made available per year to accelerated degree students from the 2019-20 academic year

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University, you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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