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Cardiff University QTS

BA (Hons) Primary Studies with QTS

This three-year teacher training degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to support your delivery of effective teaching and learning in a primary school. School-based study is at the heart of this teaching course. This combines with University-based elements to develop a range of teaching skills, together with subject knowledge, understanding and skills. We work in partnership with schools to incorporate national priorities in what you learn.

Experiences and opportunities build throughout the teacher training course to produce confident and competent primary school teachers. As part of this primary teacher training degree, you can undertake some of your school experience in the USA or Europe to help expand your educational understanding. This course takes the distinctive nature of education in Wales into account. However, on qualification, you can apply for posts in Wales, the UK or internationally. To see what our students are doing this term, follow Primary Teaching on Twitter.

Year One: Teacher Training Degree

  • Initial Professional Development 1
  • Curriculum Studies 1 A
  • Curriculum Studies 1 B
  • Curriculum Studies 1 C
  • Professionalism and Pedagogy 1
  • Skills for Teaching 1
  • Initial Professional Development 1

Year Two: Teacher Training Degree

  • Initial Professional Development 2
  • Curriculum Studies 2
  • Curriculum Studies 2
  • Professionalism and Pedagogy 2
  • Skills for Teaching 2

Year Three:Teacher Training Degree

  • Initial Professional Development 3
  • Curriculum Studies 3 A
  • Curriculum Studies 3 B
  • Professionalism and Pedagogy 3


The teacher training degree is taught in English, but if you’re fluent in Welsh, you may undertake some elements of University based work in Welsh and school experience in a Welsh-medium school. Alternatively you may wish to consider the BA (Hons) Astudiaethau Cynradd Gyda Statws Athro Cymwysedig.

The teacher training course is organised into two distinct areas – school-based study and university-based study.

School-based study: You have school experiences in each year of the course. In total, you will spend 24 weeks on school placements in a range of educational settings. These experiences are in carefully selected primary schools that work in partnership with the University, both in the UK and abroad. Your ability to plan, manage and teach a class and monitor learners’ progress while being an effective part of the school team, will develop incrementally.

University-based study: You will gain knowledge of the curriculum in the Foundation Phase (for learners of 3-7 years) and Key Stage 2 (for learners of 7-11 years). Other key elements of University-based study will be the consideration of a teacher’s role and responsibilities, and effective classroom practices to promote learning, underpinned by theory.

You will also receive Apple Professional Development training to give you the most up to date digital teaching skills, including how to create e-books.

Entry requirements

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Interview and other requirements
An interview is required for this teacher training course. Prior to starting, students are required to undertake 10 days observation in primary schools. See Primary school experience forms and guidance

You’ll need an enhanced DBS check, additional cost applies, and successful completion of literacy and numeracy tests at the interview.

If you wish to apply for the course and you currently hold GCSE C grades in Mathematics and/or English, you may apply to study the new B grade equivalence modules.

Information for Applicants
This guidance will assist you as you prepare to apply for teaching courses at the University of South Wales.

Typical Access to HE Offer

60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes.
Where Maths and English GCSE requirements have not been met, 15 credits with a minimum of 3 credits at Level 3 within mathematical units and 15 credits with a minimum of 3 at Level 3 within English units. Where the Science GCSE requirement has not been met, 12 level 2/3 Science credits are required.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBC to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BB at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level

Additional Requirements

Five GCSE passes to include B grades in Mathematics and English Language and a grade C in Science or equivalent qualification.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.

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