BA Education Studies: Primary

Ed Stud Primary

97% of UWTSD’s BA Education Studies: Primary students were satisfied with their course – NSS 2018.

This degree gives you an opportunity to develop your skills, understanding, and knowledge about education in a primary school context. The degree focuses on education in a wide context including the importance of inclusion issues, how children learn and the professional values and practice involved in primary education.

Why Choose UWTSD 

  • BA Education Studies: Primary is one of the very few degree programmes in the UK which focus on studying education in the primary school sector.
  • The programme is available through the medium of English, through the medium of Welsh, or bilingually
  •  All lecturers are bilingual
  • Two observational placements are undertaken by all students
  • An opportunity to spend a semester abroad

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: 36H5
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

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

School of Social Justice and Inclusion
Contact Name:
Lynwen Roberts
Contact Email:
Language Choice:
English   Welsh

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The programme will provide you with the understanding and skills that are relevant for working with children of a primary school age. The link between theory, policy and practice in primary education will be explored, drawing on pedagogy, psychology, and sociology.

There is an emphasis on contemporary issues in primary education, and the programme enables students to engage in small scale research in an area that interests them, as well as an extended essay in their third year.

The programme will explore issues such as:

  • Where and how do children learn?
  • What are the barriers to learning that children experience and how may they be overcome?
  • What are the key factors that have an impact on primary education in Wales today?
  • How do adults work most effectively with children in an educational setting?
  • What are the benefits of a bilingual education?
  • What are the most important skills that learners need for the future?

Also, this programme will enable students to develop key transferable skills including problem solving, team work, communication and critical thinking.

Exemplar Modules

  • Enabling Environments
  • Mapping the Curriculum
  • The Developing Child
  • Lines of Enquiry
  • Dissertation

This programme is an interesting, varied and relevant programme if you wish to work with children of a primary school age.  The programme focuses on the relevant underlying values and principles which are relevant to primary education. It focuses on education in its widest sense.

Tutors have significant professional experience in working in education, prior to becoming higher education tutors, and thus bring a wealth of skills, understanding and contemporary understanding of primary school settings to the programme. The tutors are very approachable and supportive, and the campus is small and friendly – you won’t get lost in a crowd.  

You have the opportunity to study through the medium of English, Welsh or bilingually. Studying through the medium of Welsh or bilingually furnishes you with an additional skill to be offered to employers in an increasingly competitive bilingual job market in Wales.  Learners’ courses are available on campus. 

Students present work in numerous ways to enable them to develop their team skills as well as independent learning skills. Assessments include problem learning based scenarios, group presentations, academic poster presentations, portfolios, written assignments and individual seminar presentations. There are no examinations.

Typical Offer: UCAS points= 88 and above.

Students apply for the course from a variety of backgrounds, both from A level or other Level 3 courses (e.g. CACHE) or from having left education and wish to return.

No specific A level subject is required. If students wish to train to become teachers in Wales following graduation, they will need B grades in English, Mathematics and Welsh - if they wish to train through the medium of Welsh. They will need a C grade in Science.

The course very much welcomes students from non-standard entry backgrounds, where we would consider experience, relevant life skills and academic potential to join the course.

During the first semester, all students undertake a study skills module, which helps prepare all students for the requirements of study at higher education. 

Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings. The nature of the degree and the skills that are developed mean that our graduates have the skills, the attributes, the understanding and the abilities to work in a variety of sectors including the education sector, social care, health and similar professions as well as the voluntary sector.

Our degree is very relevant for those graduates who wish to train to become teachers through the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) route, as the degree gives the background and the depth of understanding regarding issues that are relevant for primary school children. Other graduates have continued their studies with a variety of Masters programmes.

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.

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

  • Stationery
  • Books
  • Fieldwork
  • Clothing
  • Printing and copying
  • DBS Check