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BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Early Years

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training.

Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.

Studying this Primary Education pathway with us will give you the skills and experience you need to make you a professional, confident and competent teacher with specific knowledge and practice related to teaching children aged 3-7 years. 

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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

  • A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff Points (excluding General Studies);
  • BTEC / Cambridge Technical: Early Years – DDD;
  • CACHE Diploma Grade A;
  • Plus: English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSEs, at grade C / 4 or above
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.
  • Interview, enhanced DBS and occupational health checks required.

GCSE Equivalency: We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course  however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.

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Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options include PGCE and Masters:

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Course content

This three-year degree route prepares you for becoming an early years teacher (in school and nursery settings). The route provides quality training to teach in the 3-7 age range. 

On successful completion of the course your details will be passed to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) who will award you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

Our courses offer four integrated elements of teacher education – school experience, professional studies, subject specialism study and core/wider curriculum study.  Indicative modules are below.


School Experience is structured to allow students to progress from planning, teaching and managing the learning of a group of children for the core curriculum to meeting the needs of a class of pupils in all curriculum areas from the foundation stage to key stage one (3 - 7 year olds). You’ll get the opportunity to go into a school early in the course.

These placements will usually provide distinctive opportunities in which to develop your professional and teaching skills. In particular, efforts will be made to place you in schools with different organisational characteristics and in contrasting socio-economic catchment areas.

The Special Interest placement will provide you with experience of working in a nursery setting. This will enable you to follow your interest in early years and extend your learning of the continuum of education. You will see how nursery provision supports children’s school readiness and it will provoke reflections on the differences between pre-school and primary education.

We offer substantial teaching experience in schools and other settings (130 days):

  • Year One – Four weeks for three days per week in Term One and a block of four weeks in Term Three
  • Year Two – Seven weeks plus two weeks special interest placement
  • Year Three – Ten weeks in Term Two

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.  There are also purpose built classrooms for the teacher training courses, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. 

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

This degree will be the start of your Primary School teaching career as an Early Years specialist, which could lead to you heading departments, year groups or even senior management and head teaching.  

Indicative modules

Alongside the core and wider curriculum and school experience you’ll take subject study modules throughout all three levels of the course (five modules, equivalent, in total). These modules will provide the appropriate subject and pedagogical knowledge to prepare you for a professional teaching role and, as an Early Years specialist will all be focused on Early Years teaching and learning.


All Primary Education and Teaching students undertake the following professional modules:

  • English, Mathematics, Science, Global Citizenship.
  • Professional Studies.
  • Wider curriculum modules in Year 1 and 2 of the programme which include ICT/Computing, PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Drama, Art, Design & Technology, History and Geography.
  • A Year 3 Creativity module which focuses on ‘Making change happen’ in our partnership.


Early Years (3-7 age range)

  • Introduction to Early Years Specialism – The EY Curriculum in its Professional Context
  • Exploring Early Years Specialism - Child Development
  • Exploring Early Years Specialism - Play and Pedagogy
  • An Early Years based Independent Project

Teaching and assessment

You will build to your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum.

Your learning encompasses development of the knowledge and skills that will assist you in being an effective primary school teacher. 

Learning assumes a research-informed approach, valuing an understanding of educational theory and the implications of this for teaching practice whilst in school placement.  

Throughout your degree, modules are taught in a variety of ways which value the development of practical teaching skills. 


Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

DBS and School experience costs

DBS check

Primary Teacher training applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed an hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

 Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

 Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 




The interview is designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for the teaching profession, as well as academic ability.

All applicants will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of professional requirements and an awareness of current educational issues.

To fulfil this requirement, you will need to have spent, at the very least, two weeks observing or helping out in a UK state school within the two years before you apply.