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.
98% of our BA (Hons) Primary Studies with QTS graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating Graduate Destination Survey 2016
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.
You will be assessed by a range of methods including course assignments, written examinations and practical teaching.
As a student teacher you will have the opportunity to enrich your experience, with time spent in alternative education settings as well as the traditional primary school classroom. This will contribute to your 120-day-block school practical experience through the three years of study. You can learn more on our Pinterest board.
Settings include local integrated children’s centres and Gwent Wildlife Trust as well as overseas opportunities at a range of European destinations.
On campus, you can learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have a new science lab and two simulated primary classrooms, which provide our student teachers with authentic learning opportunities. These learning spaces are designed to look like a primary classroom, allowing you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.
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 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.
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.
BBC to exclude General Studies
Grade C and BB at A Level
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level
Five GCSE passes to include B grades in Mathematics and English Language and a grade C in Science or equivalent qualification. See equivalence guidelines
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£15 - £25||
Year 1 - PE kit (polo shirt) £25 (sweatshirt)
|Field Trips||£500 - £1500||
Year 3 - Students can apply to undertake a placement in an international setting. Students are required to fund all costs associated with the international placement, including travel, accommodation and living expenses.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|DBS Updating Service||£13||
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
|Other: Travel to Placement *||£0 - £1000||
Year 1, 2 and 3. Cost is dependent on placement location. SEWCTET pay 10p per mile over and above travel to University
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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The University has an enviable record for the quality of its newly qualified teachers and in helping our teacher training graduates find their first teaching post. An excellent service is provided by staff and full-time careers officers.
Having a degree with Qualified Teacher Status means you can start work as a teacher soon as you graduate, and you can apply for your first teaching post in Wales or England or internationally as the qualification is recognised worldwide.
As a USW teacher training student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help.