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BA (Hons) Childhood: Primary Education with QTS


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Full-time: Three years


Course Options: 
Professional Placement
Typical Offer: 

120 UCAS tariff points (or above),
BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC)

This particular programme is delivered in partnership with local Initial Teacher Training (ITT) partners and combines a full time academic programme with a placement in a school setting.

This programme is unique in the region as it allows students to gain the professional status of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in combination with a BA Honours degree. 

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study. 


Childhood: Primary Education with QTS is a new and exciting opportunity for students wishing to become primary school teachers. This programme is delivered in partnership with our Initial Teacher Trainer (ITT) partners, North Essex Teacher Training and Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT. The programme enables students to gain a BA Honours degree in Childhood while working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Primary Education.

The BA Childhood enables you to explore the diverse, multi-faceted experiences of children through a range of perspectives such as sociology, education, psychology, social policy and health, while also acquiring an in-depth understanding across several subject disciplines and clearly defined core curriculum specialisms.

In year one, your academic study is situated entirely within the BA Childhood programme, delivered by University of Suffolk. Additionally, from the very start of the course you will also be in a placement at one of our ITT partner primary schools for one day a week allowing you to apply your academic knowledge to practice on a continuous basis. There will also be an extended 4-week placement block where you will be able to start developing your skills as a teacher.

As you progress into Year 2 and 3, your academic study is split equally between the Childhood programme at UOS and your ITT provider. You will still have weekly school placements and longer block placements. Over the course of your training, you will have placements in 4 different schools offering you a range and depth of experience. Throughout your placements you will receive high quality support and mentoring from your school mentor and your expert ITT tutor.

The academic team draws on years of academic and professional expertise in teacher training, childhood, child health, development and therapeutic working. You will benefit from close working relationships with a highly motivated teaching team who will support you in your journey to becoming a primary education teacher.

This academically challenging route is designed especially for high performing, motivated students as it combines a full-time academic programme with school placements throughout each year of the course. Entry into the route is competitive and subject to a selection process.

Course modules

Introduction to academic skills and university life
Child development
Childhood, care and education
Society and the child
Diversity, rights and inclusion
Health and wellbeing
ITT delivered Practice
Research methods
The ecology of the child
ITT delivered – professional studies module 1
ITT delivered – professional studies module 2
ITT delivered – professional studies module 3
ITT delivered - Practice
Independent project
Global childhoods
ITT delivered – professional studies module 4
ITT delivered – professional studies module 5
ITT delivered – professional studies module 6
ITT delivered – practice

Career opportunities

Employability has always been central to the Childhood programme here at the University of Suffolk. We encourage all students to undertake work/practice experience in whatever form is most accessible and appropriate for the individual student. The Childhood programme enables students to go into a range of careers working with children and their families as well as completing post graduate qualifications in order to work in the education, health and social care fields.

Careers including Primary Teacher Training, Family Support and Social Work, Nursing and related disciplines, Early Year’s settings, International, National and Regional Aid work with children and their families, post-graduate study and research.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International Tuition fee: £12,150 p.a. 


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
  • Full-time International tuition fee: £13,000 p.a

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements


Course Leader for Childhood routes Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Associate Professor

Course Leader in MA Childhood Studies and Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Social Policy specialising in childhood

Lecturer in Education and Childhood Studies

Lecturer in Childhood Studies

Facilities and Resources

Most of our teaching takes place at our Waterfront Building situated on Ipswich marina. The Waterfront Building has modern seminar rooms, lecture rooms and an auditorium. It’s also home to several flexible open-study spaces available for students to use as well as picturesque views across the waterfront. The Atrium Building is another location for our teaching and again contains modern seminar rooms with AV equipment and a café on the ground floor.