BA Primary Education with QTS


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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.

Through our Athrofa Professional Learning Partnership (APLP), we support more than 600 student teachers on our Initial Teacher Education programmes. These include primary under-graduate, and primary and secondary PGCE programmes, all with Qualified Teacher Status.

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.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: X120
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Continuing Professional Learning and Development
Contact Name:
Carys Jennings
Contact Email:
Language Choice:
English   Welsh


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

Across our suite of ITE programmes, we have a newly accredited and innovative core curriculum which includes:

  • Compulsory modules
  • Research skill development
  • Professional pathway for Qualified Teacher Status
  • Welsh Language Development Pathway
  • Bridging – activities which bring together theory and practice
  • Electives – a school-based experience following a chosen area of interest
  • Alternative setting – an opportunity to experience non-school education settings

As we work in a collaborative partnership, we offer you a wide range of opportunities from a variety of schools, including primary and special schools.

We also offer an opportunity to participate in our well-respected Athrofa Professional Learning Partnership: Aiming for Excellence Conference, write blogposts and benefit from one of our centres of research. You can find out more here:

Your time in university focuses on learning high-quality pedagogy that makes a positive impact in the classroom. Working with teacher educators who are experts in their field of education, you will become skilled in understanding how children and young people learn and how they can become ambitious and capable learners.   

Our teaching philosophy is one of engaging our student teachers in lively debate and active learning that develops your critical thinking and engagement. This will prepare you to be a research-informed and research-active teacher, ready to make a difference to young people’s lives.

Your personal skills of literacy, numeracy and digital competence are enhanced in a variety of ways, including workshops, lectures, tutorials, visits, guest speakers, discussions, problem solving activities and forums.

We also offer the opportunity to discover the educational opportunities of museums, galleries and other contexts. Additionally, in the third year through the electives experience you will be able to follow and research a theme from within the education sector that is of personal interest – giving you a unique insight to a specific aspect of education.

Your Professional Teaching Experience (PTE) will take place over 24 weeks in school, with three substantive teaching placements. These will be in an APLP network consisting of a Lead school and a number of partnership schools where experienced mentors and university tutors will support you in achieving QTS.

Each teaching experience is in different settings to give you a range of experiences and the opportunity to engage with a variety of approaches to teaching and learning.

During your school-based experience, you will be supported to integrate theory and practice so that you can develop the reflective skills needed to become a highly successful teacher.

You will have a graduated introduction to teaching to give you time to develop your confidence, knowledge of the curriculum and skills of classroom organisation. This will include working with small groups of learners before moving to being responsible for the whole class.

Seminars hosted in school and delivered by mentors and university staff will give you the opportunity to meet with other students in your network and engage in collaborative discussion. Such shared reflection is a powerful tool in moving your practice forward.

Our partnership of networks offers urban and rural placements as well as placements available in either English or Welsh-medium schools.

Each year of study contains four modules 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 university and school partners, and has been grouped under four module 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 modules 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 module 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.

The University has a familial atmosphere and global links and holds education in the highest esteem.

It is recognised as a provider of high calibre student teachers.

Yr Athrofa has forged strong links with partner schools and outside agencies that contribute to the course significantly.

The Welsh language is celebrated and encouraged and all student-teachers are  supported in order to develop the necessary skills to teach Welsh.

Additionally, Yr Athrofa is engaged in a wide range of small and large-scale research projects with key stakeholders across the spectrum of education, involving schools, regional education consortia and partners overseas. 

Further key points include: 

  • Welsh Language enhancement sessions.
  • Field trips.
  • Financial incentives (training grant).
  • Placements in either English or Welsh medium schools.
  • We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales
  • Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors.
  • Excellent subject and ICT resources available for student-teachers.
  • Post-course CPD opportunities.
  • We have the best employment rate in Wales.

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

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

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.

Student-teachers who have registered on the Welsh-medium modules will  be required to complete the assessment through the medium of Welsh. A transcript of the assessment marks will be received at the end of each semester.

We require Science grade C or above GCSE.

We also accept the Welsh Baccalaureate.

From September 2019, the minimum requirements will be 96 UCAS points at A level or equivalent.

GCSE qualifications

  • Grade B or above in GCSE English Language OR English Literature and GCSE Mathematics.
  • Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh (first language).
  • Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh.
  • BTEC (12 Units) – Required Grades – Distinction, Merit
  • (18 Units) – Required Grades – Merit, Merit, Pass
  • CACHE - Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications.
  • For further details refer to the UCAS website
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David- T80
  • BAEd (Qualified Teacher Status)

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

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 & Kualalumpur to gain valuable experiences in the field of education before deciding on where they will reside.

Employability of graduates is enhanced by a number of additional awards, e.g. Church School Certificate, Certificate in the Teaching of Welsh as a Second Language, First Aid and a variety of Sports Coaching Awards.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

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 Bursaries and Scholarships section.

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:  

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


  • Printing costs
  • Optional study trips


  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Mentoring in an Educational Context
  • MA Education
  • Doctorate in Education