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Primary Education

Why study at Roehampton

  • The chance to specialise in a particular subject 
  • A large proportion of our students find jobs within six months of graduating
  • Spend 120 days in three schools with supportive teachers

Roehampton is home to one of the largest education departments in London and is one of the principal providers of Initial Teacher Education nationally

This nationally-recognised course is a direct route to becoming a primary teacher, as successful graduates are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will learn about the teaching profession and gain the skills to be a great primary teacher.

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What we offer

Roehampton is the longest established teacher education provider in London and each curriculum subject is taught by subject specialist tutors in fully equipped teaching facilities. At Roehampton we are committed to developing students in diverse London settings who have high expectations of all pupils, who respect their social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds, and who are committed to raising their educational achievement.

Recent Ofsted inspections have highlighted the strength of the programme, citing:

  • "the high quality of training, which models primary practice very well and enthuses and motivates trainees"
  • "the increasing intellectual and professional challenge for trainees as they progress through both programmes".

Roehampton provides a school-focused primary teaching course within which students elect to specialise in one of two age ranges:

  • Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (3–7 year old children)
  • or Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (5–11 year old children).

Professional studies modules underpin and develop curriculum studies, which include study of the National Curriculum Core Subjects, the Foundation Subjects, Religious Education and an introduction to Modern Foreign Languages in the primary school.

Students at Roehampton have a period of school-based experience in each academic year and are able to develop an elective subject specialism from a wide range of subjects.  


Professional Studies modules

These modules aim to develop your expertise and effectiveness as a classroom teacher. Central to the modules is your own understanding of children, of what constitutes and promotes effective learning, and of the knowledge, skills and understanding required of primary and early years teachers. The modules look at how planning and preparation, assessment and recording contribute to this effectiveness, alongside developing expertise in classroom management, ensuring equal opportunities and inclusion, working with parents and other adults, and the use of a wide range of strategies and approaches to teaching and learning. 

National Curriculum Core Subjects

This section of the course gives you an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum Core Subjects – English, Mathematics and Science – and you will also learn how to teach these subjects at Primary and Foundation stages.

National Curriculum Foundation Subjects

These modules introduce you to the National Curriculum Foundation Subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Modern Foreign Language Teaching.

You will also examine learning across the curriculum, the inter-relationship of these areas of knowledge, and their relationship to the Core Curriculum subjects. Additionally the study of Computing shows how it supports teachers' wider professional role. You will become familiar with the course of study for citizenship and the National Curriculum framework for personal, social and health education (PSHE). These modules consider how the subjects contribute to children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Specialist Subjects

Students' subject specialisms develop their knowledge, skills and understanding as a basis not only for classroom teaching but also for potential curriculum management and leadership in schools. There are specialist subject modules in each year of the course and all subject specialisms are taught in well-resourced specialist rooms. Each subject is taught by highly qualified and experienced tutors who are involved in research, professional writing and training.

The programme currently offers the full range of subjects detailed below, which relate directly to the demands of the National Curriculum and the standards laid down by the Department for Education (DfE). Course content is kept under regular review but specific details of all modules currently offered within the programme may be found on the programme details page.

Click on the links below to find out more information regarding suitable subject backgrounds for each specialism:

School experience

School experience is the most important aspect of the course. It is this school-based training that enhances the taught course and brings it to life. You are placed in a different school each year. The length of time spent in school will be at least 24 weeks across the three years of the course. During each academic year there are participant observation weeks in which you spend your time teaching and observing primary school practice. In addition, in each year there is a period of block school experience ranging from four to 11 weeks in length.

During the school placements, you progress from participant observer, via support teacher and sharing teacher, to lead teacher. Individual needs analyses identify your strengths and prior achievements and help you set targets. The assessment of professional development takes place at regular intervals throughout the programme and is a collaborative exercise involving you, your class teachers and your university tutors. The assessment is based on criteria set out in a profile of professional development, taking into account the Professional Standards for the award of QTS.

Throughout the course you work in a variety of schools and experience aspects of the whole primary and foundation age ranges. Block school experiences are normally undertaken within your specialist age-range (either 3–7 years or 5–11 years).

Gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

All trainees need to pass the National Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy before they start the course and in order to gain QTS and take up a post as a fully qualified teacher.

If you complete the skills test successfully and meet the relevant standards for QTS, you will be recommended for QTS, which is awarded by the DfE.

Selecting your UCAS code

The BA Primary Education programme at Roehampton is a comprehensive blend of theoretical and practical knowledge that prepares you to teach across the full primary range.You will cover both Core and all Foundation subjects with a sound grounding of the theories of teaching and learning included within professional studies modules. You will have school experiences in each year of your programme. At the end of the programme, when you have been successful, you will be recommended for QTS. 

Both UCAS codes relate to this primary education programme. You will identify the age phase you would like to specialise in through application but will be qualified to teach across the full age range of the primary school.
Once you arrive at Roehampton you can also choose a curriculum subject or professional area as a subject specialism.

The two UCAS codes for this programme are as follows:


  • Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 = 4D22
  • Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 = 4N56

 **This programme is currently under review for entry in 2015 and the programme details above are subject to change.


    Example modules

    • Year 1 My Language World QTS020C002Y – English Language, literature and Modern Foreign Languages.
    • Year 2 Settlement Worship and The Past in a Local Area QTS020N015Y – History Geography and RE.
    • Year 3 Connecting Worlds QTS020X112S – a cross-curricular option where students work in school to prepare workshops across a given theme.

    Career options

    Graduates from this programme are qualified to teach across the primary sector including early years settings, independent and maintained schools, academies and also in SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools.

    UCAS code

    4D22 (Foundation and Key Stage 1) or 4N56 (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)




    Single honours

    Entry tariff

    320 points

    Specific entry requirements »

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    Education »


    3 years (full-time)

    Tuition fees

    £9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

    £12,000 (2015; International) »

    Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

    Programme outline

    View the full details »

    View Key Information Set »

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