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Primary Education with QTS (BA)

Be the difference.. teach!

Proud of our heritage, and the distinctive nature of the nation we serve, Yr Athrofa is unashamedly ambitious, drawing upon international best practice to inform our work at home and abroad.

Yr Athrofa is a stimulating and enquiring Institute of Education with values rooted in justice, equity, democracy, human rights, citizenship and encouraging high aspirations for all.  Our aim is to enable student teachers to develop into skilled creative and employable graduates who will contribute to society and be responsible citizens of the world.

The BA Primary Education Honours with QTS is a highly respected full-time degree, which takes place at our Carmarthen campus; a place where tradition and modern meet to form a unique learning environment. 

The programme focuses on professional study across the full age-range of primary education and provides a thorough understanding of the statutory curricula for primary schools. 

We are confident that our APLP model of initial teacher education will help you develop into an inspiring, professional teacher will bring about transformation for the benefit of pupils, teachers and tutors in classrooms in and beyond Wales. 

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Primary Education QTS (BA) 
UCAS Code: X120 
Apply via UCAS 

Addysg Gynradd (BA) (Welsh Medium Teaching Course) 
UCAS Code: X123 
Apply via UCAS 


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Contact Email: TeacherEd@uwtsd.ac.uk
Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course? 

UWTSD has teacher education at its heart and a well-respected heritage dating from 1848 of supporting student teachers; 

You will learn with experienced teachers and university teacher educators who are part of the Athrofa Professional Learning Partnership. All are passionate about their subjects and are dedicated to helping you develop your own teacher identity and expertise; 

You will have the opportunity to choose an elective experience in school so that you can  pursue a particular curriculum interest; 

You will have the opportunity to participate in Yr Athrofa: Aiming for Excellence Conference, supported by respected experts from the field of education. 

You will have the opportunity to develop your spoken and written Welsh Language in a supportive and differentiated learning environment. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

The BA Primary Education Honours with QTS is a highly respected full-time degree, which takes place at our Carmarthen campus; a place where tradition and modern meet to form a unique learning environment. 

The programme focuses on professional study across the full age-range of primary education and provides a thorough understanding of the statutory curricula for primary schools. 

We are confident that our APLP model of initial teacher education will help you develop into an inspiring, professional teacher will bring about transformation for the benefit of pupils, teachers and tutors in classrooms in and beyond Wales. 

The BA is a full-time academic and professional programme, broadly comprising university-based provision and at least 24 weeks based in school. 

Module Topics

Each year of study contains four topics that are carefully designed to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge and are mostly delivered during the university-based period. 

Our programme content has been co-authored by the university and school partners, and has been grouped under four topic headings: 

  • The Learner – who am I teaching? 
  • Learners, schools and communities – where am I teaching? 
  • Researching the learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on research) 
  • Leading the Learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on subject discipline in practice) 

Organising the topics in this way means that you will be able to focus on the pupil and also take full account of the wider context that impacts on education. 

You will also be able to ensure that your classroom-based practice draws on a sound research base. 

This means that our programme will challenge you both practically and intellectually at the same time. 

Each topic is assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, posters and presentations. The assignments are designed to enable you to reflect on your own practice and relate your experiences to the theory that you have learned. 

Your professional teaching experience is assessed against the Qualified Teacher Standards criteria through observations by your tutors and mentors and the submission of a portfolio of work evidencing competence against these standards. 

Assessment

The course is modular and consists of different types of assessments submitted at the end of each module. These may include: 

  • Pack of resources 
  • Portfolio 
  • Problem-based learning assignments 
  • Reflective blog 
  • Research projects 
  • Seminars 

At the start of each module, tutors will provide full details about assignments and clear guidelines on the criteria that used for marking and feedback. 

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Be the difference... Teach!

Key Information

Entry Criteria

UCAS Points 

Applicants are required to obtain 115 UCAS points. 

GCSE qualifications 

Applicants must have all 3 of the following: 

Grade B or above in GCSE English Language OR English Literature (English medium applicants) OR Grade B Welsh Language OR Grade B Welsh Literature plus Grade C or above in GCSE English Language OR Welsh (first) language. 

Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics OR GCSE Numeracy.  

Grade C or above in GCSE Science 

For further information see: Equivalency Tests 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 

If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service. 

English medium course code -X120 

Welsh-medium course code – X123 

For further information please contact dbs@uwtsd.ac.uk 

Career Opportunities

Over 80% of our student-teachers become employed within the first year of graduating. Many work within the primary sector in Wales and England, some holding permanent positions whilst others go into supply teaching in the first instance. Other student-teachers work abroad in a variety of schools e.g. Nigeria, Hong Kong, Australia & Kuala Lumpur to gain valuable experiences in the field of education before deciding on where they will reside. 

Additional Costs

Additional Costs

Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. However, it is likely that students will incur some unavoidable additional costs over and above the cost of their university tuition. These are as follows:

Mandatory Costs

  • Travel to placement schools and University
  • Travel to off-site specialist provision (including schools and other training providers)
  • Travel to schools for 'Bridging Days' and other whole-cohort initiatives as per calendar
  • Use of a laptop (MS Office is free to students)

Necessarily Incurred

  • Purchasing teaching resources
  • Travel to 'Electives' placements
  • Travel to participate in enhancement activities 

Optional

  • Optional study trips
  • Printing costs
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Student Quotes

Elizabeth Duquemin - Primary Education QTS student
"I chose UWTSD because of its beautiful location and connections with the local community. The support and feedback from staff, and the array of opportunities and experiences with integrated teaching practice and bridging opportunities offered here have equipped me to face the new exciting challenges within teaching with confidence. Joining this programme is one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Further Information

If you would like to find out more about studying in Carmarthen, you can visit us on an Open Day