Primary Education Studies degree - BA (Hons)

Based in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough our course will prepare you to join postgraduate Initial Teacher Training.

Course details

You needn’t be limited to primary school teaching, though. You might have your sights set on a career in the wider education sector, cultural institutions and NGOs, or related fields such as health and social work. On this degree course you’ll develop your understanding of primary education, and gain the knowledge and skills to work collaboratively in a range of settings.
  • Mode of study: 2 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 2 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Our Primary Education Studies course is designed for those looking for a career working with children aged 3-12 and their families. It’s also a great option if you already work in education but want to learn more about the subject or progress in your career.

We focus on education history, policy and the way children are taught today. You’ll graduate with a thorough understanding of classroom management, lesson planning, National Curriculum subjects, and the three Key Stages in primary education. We’ll also touch on special educational needs provision.


Entry requirements

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

You’ll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting a course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

We don’t accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they’re combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.


The chances are you’ll be drawn to working with primary-aged children and their families. Our BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies is the first step on your career path. If you’re interested in teaching, our degree will prepare you for postgraduate initial teacher training programmes. We work with local ITT providers who actively recruit our students to School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITTs) and you’ll be prepared for interviews throughout your degree.


Assessments happen in a number of ways and include: poster presentation, group presentation, essay, reflective log or commentary, report, and your Specialist Focus Project (dissertation by literature review). There are also opportunities for informal (formative assessment) to give you the necessary support and opportunities to be an active learner and to make contributions to our learning community in lectures, seminars or online groups. Your tutors will monitor individual, group and cohort learning in order to personalise teaching approaches so that you learn in the way that is most suited to you.

  • Key Paradigms 1: History and Philosophy of Primary Education
  • Perspectives on the Child 1: Childhood as a Construct – Physical and Social Development of Children
  • Primary Pedagogy 1: The Curriculum and Primary Teaching, Research Foundations
  • Subject Knowledge for Teaching 1: Early Language, Reading and Writing and Early Mathematical Concepts
  • Subject Knowledge for Teaching 1: Science and Technology 1
  • Perspectives on the Child 2: Childhood Cognitive and Language Development
  • Subject Knowledge for Teaching 2: English and Mathematics 2
  • Primary Pedagogy 2: Creativity, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Key Paradigms 2: Sociology and Politics
  • Subject Knowledge for Teaching 3: The Wider Curriculum
  • Key Skills for Effective Primary Teaching
  • Primary Pedagogy 3: Contemporary Issues in Education, Specialist Focus Project
  • Perspectives on the Child 3: Inclusion, SEND and Developmental Difficulties
  • Key Paradigms 3: International and Global Perspectives in Education