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  • There are a number of placement* opportunities, and the course is designed to give you three main placements with 120 days in school.
  • Taught in modern classrooms by educational professionals with extensive experience.
  • Roehampton has been training teachers, via its colleges, for 180 years, longer than any other higher education institution in the UK.
  • We are in the top three universities in London for graduate earnings in education (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings one and five years after graduation).
  • For the past three years Roehampton has been ranked in the top two universities in London for Education (Complete University Guide 2020, 2021 and 2022).
  • 91% of Roehampton Primary Education students are satisfied with the teaching on the course (NSS 2019)
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.


Do you want to inspire young people and help change lives, get a great starting salary and have a rewarding career?

Teaching offers you all of this. Being able to educate and inspire future generations, and seeing young children grow and develop with your help, is unlike any other job. Watch this short video of current students summing up how they feel about studying BA Primary Education at Roehampton.

As one of the UK’s most highly-rated and longest-running providers of teacher training, we can offer you a strong foundation for a successful career in the profession, with excellent teaching. The course is designed to include and at least 24 weeks’ school placement* experience. Roehampton's vast network of 700 partner schools across London and the south east means we are able to ensure your placements are all within a reasonable commute, and that they include a diverse range of school types. 

Completing this teacher training degree will give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You will be taught by a supportive, highly driven team of academic staff, who will ensure you receive the very best preparation for going into teaching, and will encourage you to become a confident and successful practitioner.

You will focus on the subject of your choice, giving you the tools to teach in an area you are passionate about, and enjoy. Roehampton is one of the only teacher training providers in the UK to offer every subject on the primary curriculum as a specialism.  We offer:

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Science

NB: the availability of a subject specialism is dependent upon a minimum number of students opting for it.

The Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) awarded to graduates is, first and foremost, a qualification to teach in England. Many other countries will recognise it but, if your plan is to teach overseas, we recommend you contact the relevant authorities in your country of choice beforehand to check your eligibility.

Coronavirus restrictions may affect the availability and duration of placements.

As well as your subject specialism, you will explore all the National Curriculum Core and Foundation Subjects, alongside religious education, on this degree.

You will examine learning across the curriculum, the interrelationship of these areas of knowledge, and how the Foundation and Core Curriculum subjects fit together.

You will also study modules to hone your expertise and effectiveness as a teacher – learning how to manage a classroom, how planning and preparation contribute to the effectiveness of your teaching, how best to work with parents and other adults, and how to understand childhood behaviour.

You will be taught by staff with extensive teaching experience in schools themselves. Many have also worked in local authorities or subject associations as advisory teachers, Ofsted inspectors or consultants. It means our teaching is firmly based on the realities of the classroom and the current education system. Many staff also work at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, so you’ll have access to some of the latest ideas in the field.

Your placements at our large range of partner schools across London and southern England will offer you invaluable hands-on work experience, giving you confidence for your future career and a better understanding of how teaching works in practice.

Our subject rooms are set up to include the modern resources you will find in a primary classroom environment. You will get a real taster of what it is like in a school, and understand the way classrooms are structured, and the type of resources you are likely to need, to be able to teach confidently on a daily basis.

Please note that the course is subject to some changes at present due to coronavirus restrictions. We are working hard to ensure that students have a positive experience and have every opportunity to successfully complete the course.

During your three years:

  • Spend increasing amounts of time in different schools, moving from support teacher (first year), to sharing teacher (second year), to lead teacher (final year).
  • Study modules to develop both your subject knowledge and your understanding of the art of teaching.
  • Gain a solid grounding for working with children, and develop the skills you need to support their learning in practice. Our pedagogic and professional studies modules cover learning theory, child development, behaviour management, classroom management, special educational needs (SEN) and English as an additional language (EAL).
  • Cover all the National Curriculum subjects. In English, for example, you will look at language development, and the teaching of reading and writing; and in maths, you will explore how to develop children’s mathematical understanding.
  • Choose from a wide range of subjects to specialise in, and be equipped to teach your chosen specialism across the primary age range.
  • As well as professional placements and university-based studies, choose to spend some time abroad on a trip organised by the School of Education, as well as going on field trips, and visiting museums and art galleries, to explore learning beyond the classroom, and how to pass these experiences onto your pupils.

Year 1

Core Subjects
The following modules are compulsory for all students:
Understanding Pedagogy and Professional Practice 1: Exploring Principles and Practice
Core Curriculum 1: English, Science and Mathematics
Core Curriculum 2: English, Science and Mathematics
Wider Curriculum 1: Physical Education, Geography, Religious Education, History
Wider Curriculum 2: Art and Design, Computing, Design Technology, Music

School Experience 1
The Supporting Teacher

Year 2

The following modules will be offered for the first time in 2018-2019.

Core Subjects
Understanding Pedagogy and Professional Practice 2: Developing Approaches
Core Curriculum 3: English, Science and Mathematics
Core Curriculum 4: English, Science and Mathematics

Subject Specialism 1 (the availability of a subject specialism is dependent upon a minimum number of students opting for it.)

Religious Education
Physical Education
Music Education
Art and Design
Design Technology

Compulsory module
Enhanced Learning Experience

School Experience 2
The Sharing Teacher

Year 3

The following modules will be offered for the first time in 2019-2020.

Core Subjects
Understanding Pedagogy and Professional Practice: Contexts and Connections
Core Curriculum 5: English, Science and Mathematics
Curriculum Design

Subject Specialism 2 (the availability of a subject specialism is dependent upon a minimum number of students opting for it.)
Religious Education
Physical Education
Art and Design
Design and Technology

School Experience 3
The Lead Teacher


The course is designed as a route into a teaching job. You will leave qualified to teach across the primary sector, whether you decide to work in an early years setting, independent or maintained school, academy or SEN (Special Educational Needs) school. Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate and find a job. Roehampton holds an annual jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet prospective employers from across London and the south east.

The current situation means that we are making some adjustments to our interview processes. For the time being interviews will be conducted online. Our interview processes are designed with equality and diversity in mind and adhere to the Equality Act of 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act of 2001. The interviewers and welcoming and supportive and try to put candidates at their ease as much as possible.
The interview will include the following elements:

  • A personal interview with one or more tutors designed to see if you are resilient, reflective, resourceful and respectful (teaching is a profession where respect for pupils and colleagues is essential). It is helpful to have an understanding of current affairs in relation to teaching.
  • A group task designed to see how you interact with other people.
  • Mathematics and English tasks designed to see what support and development you might need to be able to demonstrate fundamental skills in these important areas by the end of the course if you are offered and accept a place on the course.

It is essential that candidates for teacher training have sound spelling, grammar, punctuation and expression. Shortcomings here are the most frequent reason for the university declining to offer places to BA Primary Education applicants.

Anthony Barlow
Programme Convenor

antony barlow

Hi, I’m Anthony and I’m the module convener and a Principal Lecturer in Primary Geography Education. 'Open Spaces, Open Minds' is my favourite Roehampton motto because we are an open-minded, diverse and welcoming community of educators, and the university's campus, colleges, and community support this. The thing that I enjoy about my position is that no two days are ever the same. Working with teachers, schools and students is all about one thing - making the educational experience and life-chances better for all children. They are the future and we are the custodians of the present so that what they inherit can be even better. My research foci are pupils' understanding of their home and their locality. I love a building, a park as well as a forest. I am also the Chair of the Early Years and Primary Committee of the Geographical Association. I taught in schools in London and in my hometown of Bolton. I'm a walker and cyclist.

Pablo Mayora
Senior Lecturer

pablo mayorga

Hi, I’m Pablo and I’m a senior lecturer in primary mathematics. I completed a PGCE in 2007 then worked as a class teacher in south London. During that time, I also had the opportunity to take on a number of other rewarding roles, such as CPD Leader, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Year Group Leader, and mentor to NQTs and student-teachers. In my third year as a teacher, I started on a part-time MA in Mathematics Education at King’s College London, which reinforced my growing belief in the link between theory and practice. My favourite part of my job is supporting students to develop the key skills, knowledge, and confidence that they need in order to become great teachers. My research interests are children’s development of proportional reasoning and teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching.

Lynda Chinaka
Senior Lecturer

Lynda Chiyanka

Hi I’m Lynda and I’m a senior lecturer in computing education at Roehampton. I have been teaching here for four years and my favourite thing about the university is working with a staff team that supports and prioritises the wellbeing and development of students. As a senior lecturer I enjoy meeting a variety of students who have made a life affirming, and in some cases, life altering decision to pursue a career in teaching. There is nothing more inspiring then to be part of that story.

I am interested in computing education in primary settings and building confidence in teaching all elements of the computing curriculum. Ensuring practice and pedagogy that intersects with the identities and experiences of all learners. Computing creativity for everyone!

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