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BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies

Primary Education Studies - BA (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​​​​UCAS Codes: 
Primary Education Studies: D93T

Astudiaethau Addysg Gynradd (Dwyieithog): W93T

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time

Also available part-time and can take up to a maximum of ten years.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Generally students will study 60 credits per year; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the programme leader directly.

Day in the Life
Cardiff Met Primary Education Studies first year Leah shares a typical day on her course.

Mindfulness & Outdoor Creativity with Primary Education Studies
Students from Cardiff Met's Primary Education Studies degree taking part in a mindfulness and drumming workshop with local schools at the Outdoor Education Centre on Cyncoed Campus.

Student Blog Post

Primary Education Blog
Max Baron - BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies.


Course Overview

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The BA Primary Education Studies degrees will give you a good understanding of fundamental issues in education across a range of contexts and environments. The course has a specific focus on the primary sector and will provide an ideal platform for those interested in careers in primary education. In addition, this degree supports those interested in working in the wider fields of education, health and social-work.

There are two pathways of study available:

  • D93T: BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies
  • W93T: BA (Anrh) Astudiaethau Addysg Gynradd (Dwyieithog) / BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies (Bilingual)*

Regular opportunities for work-based experience in schools will enable students to be involved in current practice using the latest technologies and learning strategies. The city of Cardiff and its surrounding areas boasts a diverse range of schools that will allow you to see sector-leading practice across all areas of the primary phase​​

*The bilingual degree is focused on developing your academic and practical understanding of primary education in a bilingual context. Whilst some of the programme will be delivered through the medium of English most of the course is available in the medium of Welsh, including Welsh medium personal tutor support. Assessments can be submitted in English or in Welsh and the Welsh content can be tailored to suit your language ability. The course is designed to meet the increasing demand for graduates who have bilingual capabilities and qualifications.​

In order to graduate with the bilingual award, students must take at least 80 credits in each year through the medium of Welsh. Students following this route will also qualify for a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarship worth up to £3000 over the three years.

Please note: ​These undergraduate courses does not award 'Qualified Teacher Status' (QTS). However, the programme prepares students for various professional training routes including School Direct and PGCE routes towards QTS and other forms of postgraduate study.​

Related course:
BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies (with Qualified Teacher Status)

Course information on this page relates to September 2019 entry.

Course Content

In addition to the specialist Primary Education Studies' modules all students also undertake core modules. These are designed to help you develop academic and research skills required for successful study within higher education, and to help you both to explore future options for employment and to develop employability skills.​

All modules marked* are also available to study through the medium of Welsh.

Year One:

The Primary Education Studies' modules are:

Education Past, Present & Future (20 credits)*
This module provides an overview of historical and contemporary issues that underpin current educational systems in the UK. You will explore key social and cultural developments within education and relate these to contemporary educational issues. This includes learning about political, economic and sociological developments which have influenced changes in education.

The Developing Individual (10 credits)*
This module will develop your knowledge of child development and will cover topics such as how a child's thinking changes as it grows and how the social world impacts upon children's intellectual development.  This module will also examine the process of gender development, moral development and the development of a child's sense of self. Important developmental milestones will be considered, for example in relation to social/emotional development and speech and language development and how these relate to both normal and atypical development.

Areas of Learning and Experience (I) (30 credits)*
There will be exploration of current policy and practice related to the key areas of priority in primary education; literacy, numeracy and digital competence. The effectiveness of different approaches to these priority areas will be considered, and sessions will include hands-on, experiential learning using the latest digital technologies.

Childhood Education: Teaching and Learning (20 credits)*
This module introduces the theory and practice of primary education and aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of children's education. There will be a detailed focus on curriculum design and pedagogical approaches, and visits will be arranged with local schools and educational specialists in order to examine pedagogy in practice.

Just Playing? (10 credits)*
Interactive sessions will have provide opportunities to explore the value and importance of play in children's lives in theory and practice related work. You will study how and why children play, the role of adults and environments in the provision of play for children aged 0 to 8 and consider the possible benefits and challenges in the fun but serious business of providing for children's play.

Outdoor Play and Learning (10 credits) 
You will look at the benefits and challenges of outdoor play and learning as well as theoretical and practical approaches. There will be plenty of opportunities for practical activities, discussion and workshops based on our on-campus woodland and Outdoor Learning Centre. You will also have the opportunity to gain an accredited Forest School Level Two qualification.

​Core module:

Professional Skills (1) (20 credits)
Professional skills 1 can be considered a combination of two kinds of skill – academic skills and employability skills. Academic skills include writing like expressing yourself appropriately in written contexts, such as in essays, reports and examinations. Just as important are reading skills, note-taking and presentation skills, and the ability to work independently. 

Employability skills are those skills necessary for getting, keeping and being successful in a job. They include academic skills but also include a range of other skills such as problem solving and analytical skills, organisational skills and the ability to work with manage others. It is important early on in your course that you recognise your strengths and areas for future improvement. This will allow you to develop a plan on how to improve. This module will start the process of improving your academic and employability skills. Your success on your course and chances of subsequent employment in your chosen career area will be significantly enhanced.

Year Two:

Thinking Critically about Primary Education (20 credits)
This module questions educational myths and discusses current practice. It involves a practical introduction to critical thinking, and the application of this to contemporary debates in primary education. The latest theories in education will be contextualised with the latest research. Practical exploration of these theories will also allow for increased understanding of the issues surrounding these debates. 

Areas of Learning and Experience (II) (30 credits)*
There will be exploration of current policy and practice related to the expressive arts, humanities, languages, science and technology in primary education. The effectiveness of different approaches to these areas will be considered. Concepts such as play and creativity will be explored through practical cross-curricular approaches, and there will be opportunities to creatively explore practice.

Education and Equality (20 credits)*
This module provides a critical understanding of contemporary evidence, research and practice in education and equality. Key theories and concepts surrounding education and equality will be examined (e.g. additional learning needs, gender issues and ethnicity). These will be related to relevant examples in contemporary educational policy and practice.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: Children's Health (10 credits)*
You will explore children's physical and mental health, learning about the varying factors which may have an impact on children's health.  You will also examine policies, strategies and initiatives related to children's health and consider how they inform practice within different primary education settings.

Families, Schools & Society (20 credits)*
An exploration of the challenges and opportunities related to engaging families and multi-agency working in primary education settings. This modules aims to critically analyse a variety of interactive methods designed to develop family partnerships and critically evaluate best practice in parental engagement.

Core modules:

Professional Skills (2) (20 credits)
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key concepts relating to academic research and the research process so that you will have the requisite knowledge to enable you to conduct the extended empirical research project in your final year. In addition, the module aims to develop key employability skills, developing core communication skills relevant to employment in professional contexts. The placement takes place in a setting of your choice (where possible). You may also have the opportunity to further develop your employability skills by extending your placement by mutual agreement with the provider.

Year Three:

Global & Comparative Education (10 credits)
This module involves an exploration of current international issues in education and the impact they have on UK policy and practice. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of a number of differing perspectives on Comparative Education. This will include drawing on your own experiences of the education system and making comparisons with different educational approaches.

Subject Knowledge in Primary Education (10 credits)
During this module you will be given an opportunity to reflect on your own skills and ability in key areas such as English, science and maths. You will explore key concepts and develop your knowledge and skills in mathematics, science and English.

Professional Practice & Wellbeing (20 credits)
This module critically examines contemporary stresses and demands facing professionals working in and with primary schools and explores strategies for dealing with them. It will allow you to develop a detailed knowledge of professionalism and professional standards within a range of contexts in primary education. There will be opportunities to identify strategies to manage challenges associated with the profession, such as stress management.

Alternative approaches in Education (20 credits)
You will consider a range of alternative curricula approaches within primary education including international perspectives. This will include pedagogical practices and their underpinning principles and philosophies such as those of Steiner-Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Te Whariki a​nd Montessori schools. Outdoor learning approaches will also be examined, such as Forest Schools and Beach Schools.

Teaching and Learning through ICT (10 credits)
This module seeks to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the use of various ICT in pedagogy, curriculum and practice in a range of education contexts. You will explore a range of contemporary applications of a variety of forms of technology.

Assessment in Primary Education (10 credits)
You will examine primary education assessment techniques and evaluate their effectiveness. Formative and summative assessment approaches and theory will be explored. This will involve: peer group learning; use of ICT; self-assessment; standardised testing; assessing pupils with special educational needs and alternatives to traditional testing.

Core Modules:

Independent Project (40 credits)
You will complete an independent research or enquiry-based project of a practical or theoretical nature. This will enable you to demonstrate independence in your approach to research and enhance your project planning experience. You will receive guidance and support from a supervisor.

Learning & Teaching

​We adopt innovative and engaging teaching approaches designed to accommodate a range of learning needs. This includes: workshops; seminars; research seminars; lectures; virtual learning environments; away days; work-based placements; field trips; and visits. All students get indoor and outdoor experiences of learning by spending time in classrooms and various outdoor settings including the University's outdoor learning centre. Pastoral and tutorial support is provided and integrated within course provision.


We are committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree, and a wide variety of assessment methods and techniques are used to assess and facilitate our students' learning. Assessments include practical assignments undertaken during work-based placements; creative group work projects; written work; poster presentations; portfolios; seminar presentations and role-play scenarios. The course also makes use of online platforms such as blogs, forums and video-conferencing as assessment tools and to further enhance learning. Students receive support for assessments throughout the course, for example academic support from tutors and Library & Information Services, and class-based peer assessment strategies are employed to engage students in their learning.

Employability & Careers

The course will cultivate a range of generic and transferable skills that meet the requirements of graduates seeking employment in the twenty-first century. This course will support students in their pursuit of careers in a variety of job markets and industries including: primary education; library and information management; heritage education; arts education; community education; media and communication services; publishing; health and well-being; government administration; the arts; tourism and leisure. Work-based experiences throughout the course give students the opportunity to gain experience within professional environments.

In their final year students will complete an independent research project in an area of their choice. Students may choose to apply to study at Cardiff Met at postgraduate level on our MA, MPhil and PhD courses. 

Progression to PGCE Teacher Training:

We are pleased to guarantee an interview for the PGCE Primary Course at Cardiff Met for all graduates of this programme. An Honours degree minimum classification of a 2:2 is currently required, and the statutory entry requirements for training in Wales (including B grades or equivalent at GCSE for English and Maths, C grade for Science) must also be met​.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants should have 104 points from at least 2 A Levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:

  • ​104 points from at least 2 A levels to include an A level grade C. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject​​

  • RQF BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma with an overall grade of MMM
  • CACHE Diploma with a grade C (minimum 96 points)
  • 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • 104 points from Scottish Advanced Highers to include a grade D
  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements​. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

If you are a mature applicant and have alternative qualifications or experience that you would like us to consider, please contact a member of staff.

Entry to this programme is also subject to a satisfactory DBS check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at​

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Offers are made based on application via UCAS with specific attention paid to the personal statement.

How to Apply:​
Applications for this course (full-time) should be made online to UCAS at For further information on full and part time applications, please visit our How to Apply pages at

Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email: ​

For course specific enquiries, please contact, Kieran Hodgkin
Tel: 029 2020 5597

For Welsh Medium enquiries, please contact:
Dyddgu Hywel ( or Angharad Williams (

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting