Northumbria University QST

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Northumbria University QST

Northumbria University is a centre of excellence for initial teacher education, the BA (Hons) Primary Education course gives you the opportunity to work with the whole primary age range of 3–11, with the opportunity to specialise in either the 3-7 or 7-11 age range. The degree is underpinned by a philosophy that has at its heart the right of every child to have the opportunity to the best education possible.

As a teacher you will be in the position of influencing the learning and development of the next generation. These children will need to be able to meet the changing environment of this century and become creative, innovative and flexible life-long learners.

We believe that to enable children to thrive, you, as a teacher in charge of the learning environment, must be creative, motivated, flexible, sensitive to and eager to learn from and with the children in your care.

On this fast-paced degree course, school-based placements form a significant part of your learning. From day one, we will equip you with the skills to inspire and educate young children, combining theory with professional practice that will enhance your critical and reflective abilities.

Your time at Northumbria will enable you to develop your own thinking, learning and creativity, and in just three years you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership of the Department for Education.

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths, English Language and a Science at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels normally with one subject which reflects the content of the Primary National Curriculum. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates holding appropriate qualifications in Early Years and Childhood Studies education.

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit from subjects normally which reflects the content of the National Curriculum.

Scottish Highers:
BBBBC at Higher level, BBC at Advanced Higher normally with one subject which reflects the content of the National Curriculum.

Irish Highers:
ABBBB from subjects normally with one subject which reflects the content of the National Curriculum.

IB Diploma:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level normally with one subject which reflects the content of the National Curriculum.

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 level 3 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit. Applicants without the required GCSEs must ensure these subjects are covered in the Access course. Normally one subject should reflect the content of the Primary National Curriculum.

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types – for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.

Applicants from the EU:
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here

International applicants:
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British Council      International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or      above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing,      Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson Academic      score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading,      Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office.

Plus one of the following:

  • Additional:
    Non-standard entry qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis.

    Applicants should have both awareness and understanding of current educational issues and the ability to critically discuss these. It is advantageous to have experience of working with children in an informal setting, e.g. Sunday School, Guides or Cubs. Other factors that may enhance an application include:

    • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
    • Charity work
    • Leadership responsibilities, e.g. prefect; sporting achievements
    • Music qualifications and theatrical involvement
    • Sport coaching

    Mandatory Skills Tests

    All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Applicants to ITT courses which start after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.

    The numeracy and literacy skills tests:

    • cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism;
    • do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement;
    • are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher; all questions use real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter; and
    • are computerised and can be taken at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK.

    Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes from September 2013 entry need to be aware of the Government regulations regarding mandatory ‘Professional skills tests for trainee teachers’, in numeracy and literacy. These will be taken immediately after application and prior to any offer being made.

    Applicants are advised that they will receive one free test and two resit opportunities which will be self-funded. If applicants fail three tests, resits will not be allowed within a 24 month period, therefore it is strongly advised that applicants visit the Department for Education website to obtain further information and sample practice papers.

    If you’d like to find out more about what is required, please visit the official Skills Tests page at

    In addition we also offer additional support to all of our applicants, in advance of their mandatory National Literacy and Numeracy Test, which should be complete by the point of enrolment.

    For further information please contact Admissions on 0191 243 7900 or email

    Please Note: we do not accept deferred applications for this programme.




    Do I need to have passed both skills tests before I attend an interview with an ITT provider?

    You should have taken the skills tests as soon as possible after submitting an application for an ITT course. You can book your skills test appointments in advance. Providers will use the skills tests results to inform their decisions about applicants; those who have passed the tests before interview will be in a stronger position for selection.

    Why are there two separate registration systems for the skills tests?

    There are two separate registration systems to accommodate students already on ITT courses and another for those who are applying for ITT courses. Although the tests are the sam