Primary Education Studies

Undergraduate Degree with Foundation Year School of Education

Learn the knowledge and skills to foster the academic, social, and emotional development of young learners. This programme includes timetabling options to suit working Teaching Assistants and others with professional or personal commitments.

Primary Education Studies
Entry Tariff

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Foundation Year entry: 64 UCAS points (or equivalent)

UCAS Code

X112

X120 (if choosing Foundation Year)

Duration

3 years (full-time)

4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

4 years (full-time) if opting for Foundation Year entry

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type

BA (single honours)
Course also available with Foundation Year

Modules

These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change.

This course is offered as a degree with foundation year – a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.

£2,000 Foundation Scholarships for all home students  

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This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

Why take a placement?

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.

How we support you

The University's Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.

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We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.

Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.

 

Skills

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Make a difference to young children’s lives with a degree in Primary Education Studies.

The only course of its kind in London and informed by our unique 183-year heritage in teaching and learning, this course gives you the knowledge and skills to carve out a sustainable career in the education sector or working with young children.

On our BA Primary Education Studies, our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset. This incorporates;

• A hands-on, practical route into the education sector.

• Gain a deep understanding of working life in schools, the education system and the issues faced by classroom practitioners.

• Those with Teaching Assistant experience, can become an accredited Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HTLA), formally recognised as a graduate level outcome.

• These three strands will ensure that you are ready for the practical realities of the education sector.

A strong vocational degree: This newly developed, strongly vocational degree is ideal for students seeking a fulfilling career in education, while not wishing to immediately gain qualified teacher status.

We offer flexible timetabling options to suit Teaching Assistants - an option to attend lectures one day per week in person, and one evening online.

You’ll also develop the attributes you need to succeed in the workplace, including:

• Written and spoken communication

• Problem-solving

• Teamwork

• Attention to detail.

Your employability is our priority from day one. An optional paid work placement gives you the opportunity to gain professional experience, or study abroad between Years 2 and 3.

How you'll learn

Experience a dynamic, contemporary curriculum working with leading experts.

Working in both small groups and individually, you’ll enjoy a mix of lectures and seminars as you work through progressive modules, including:

• Education contexts: Uncover the contexts for education in the UK.

• Engaging Learning (Applying Froebel 1): Learn about the principles of early years pioneer, Friedrich Frobel, and about his connection with the University of Roehampton.

• Understanding Inclusion: A hands-on approach to understand inclusion and inclusive education.

In Year 3, you’ll have the chance to shape your own studies by conducting research on a self-selected topic. This enables you to explore and develop current knowledge in a chosen area of primary education studies before you graduate.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by a dedicated and passionate team of lecturers and sector professionals.

Enjoy a personal and practical approach to your studies. You’ll work in exceptional learning facilities, including:

• Access to the Froebel Archive, containing rare books, toys, and photos, collected over the past 200 years.

• The world-class University of Roehampton Library, which is staffed by friendly and dedicated staff who are here to help you. As soon as you join us, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of our state-of-the-art resources.

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Distinctive Froebelian approach:

Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in early childhood studies. This course takes a distinctive Froebelian approach to the study of early years, grounded in the following principles:

• A holistic view of babies, young children, their families and the communities they are part of, making links with past, present and future.

• The centrality of play and (outdoor) environments for wellbeing and learning.

• Inclusion and connectedness, and a commitment to social justice in the field of early childhood.

• A commitment to recognising and responding to the individual experiences and understandings of children.

• Continued development of understanding of professionalism and professional reflection and action, linking theory, research and practice.


This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

How you'll be assessed

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Push yourself further with real-world assignments.

Throughout the course, you’ll experience a wide range of assessments that enhance your understanding and practical skills, while giving you a taste practices within the workplace. These include:

• online tests

• presentations

• essays

• practical assessments

You’ll leave Roehampton with an in-depth understanding of both the theory and the hands-on applications of working with young children, ready to take the next step.

In school of education, we prepare our students for enriching careers within the modern education system. We have a rich 183-year history and have been providing higher education to women for longer than any other university in the country.

 

 

Career options

If you’re ready to learn, we’ll help you gain the confidence and opportunities to achieve.

Our Careers team is on hand to help from the start of your studies until after you graduate. Under their guidance you’ll benefit from a wide range of support, including:

• CV building

• Interview preparation

• Mentoring

• Industry connections

• Work experience

• Volunteering opportunities

• Job fairs

• Introductions to future employers.


Many take on roles in the education sector including:

• Education professional in primary and nursery care (teaching, administration or management)*

• A special needs professional in schools, children centres and the community

• A children’s charity undertaking policy and research, in community support, welfare or housing

• An NGO or central or local government department

*This is an academic degree – further study may be needed to gain professional qualifications.

With our BA Primary Education Studies degree, you can also continue to postgraduate study – researching topics including SEN, disability and inclusion and more. Or taking courses that prepare you for teaching professions.

 

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Application Info

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

 

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of qualifications, including BTECs, A-levels and T Levels.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential. In some cases, we will make you a contextual offer. Contextual offers ensure that all applicants have a fair opportunity of gaining a place with us, regardless of their background. Find out more about contextual offers.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available on our How to apply page.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £15,750 £998

Entry tariff

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Foundation Year entry: 64 UCAS points (or equivalent)

We welcome applications from students studying T Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.

General entry requirements

UK students

Contextual offers

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements.

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