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BA (Hons) Primary & ELT

Primary Education Studies & English Language Teaching - BA (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​​​UCAS Code: 2D5K

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education

Course Length:
Three years full-time

Course Overview

​Primary Education Studies 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. 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. 

English Language Teaching combines the theoretical aspects of language analysis, lesson planning and teaching methods with practical teaching skills for learners of English as a second language, at all levels. The second year of the programme embeds the industry standard CELTA TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) qualification, which provides you with practical skills, knowledge and experience in English language teaching. 

The course will cover a broad range of different practical contexts from teaching young learners overseas to learners of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the UK. With shifting demographics within and beyond the European Union, the opportunities for graduate employment are very good for qualified English language teachers. The academic team have practical experience of working in Asia, the Americas and Europe, as well as working extensively with learners from the Middle East and Africa.  As part of a Joint Honours degree, the programme encourages students to make connections across the curriculum and become well-rounded professionals within their chosen career.

Please note: This undergraduate course 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.

Primary Education Studies is also available as a single honours degree. You can also combine English Language Teaching with the following subjects and graduate with the following named degree:

  • BA (Hons) English Language Teaching (ELT) and English (853R)​

  • BA (Hons) English Language Teaching (ELT) and Education Studies (56D2)

​​Course information on this page relates to September 2019 entry,

Course Content

​Year One

The first year aims to improve English first language students' language awareness and classroom skills so that you are able to undertake the CELTA qualification.  For those students' whose first language is not English, the aim of the first year is to bring the English language skills from the entry requirement of 6.5 to IELTS 8.0. Undertaking the CELTA qualification in the second year would require you to evidence your competence in written and spoken English equivalent to an IELTS of 8.0 or above. Students who cannot take the course due to these requirements will be offered the same modules without the Cambridge CELTA Certificate.

Passport to TESOL (10 credits)
This module introduces you to key theoretical approaches to the study of TESOL at degree level. It focusses on three core thematic areas which are; the context of English language teaching, an introduction to methods and approaches and the qualities of a good English language teacher. You will be encouraged to engage with, and examine a variety of popular teaching methods to develop understanding of the practical aspects of English language teaching from the perspective of both teachers and learners. 

Characteristics of the English Language (20 credits)
This module provides you with a linguistic foundation for teaching English and will take you through the various metalinguistic terms that are used in English language teaching. You will explore the meanings of grammatical terms as well as the nuanced pragmatic meanings of using different syntactical structures such as the passive voice or conditional forms. You will also study the basics of phonology, as well as the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and how they can be assessed. 

Preparing for TESOL (20 credits)
Preparing for TESOL is the practical element of the first year. During this module, you will design, develop, deliver and reflect upon a short practical teaching session. You will be guided in selecting appropriate aims and objectives, sourcing appropriate resources, as well as basic classroom management techniques including organising the learning environment and giving feedback.

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. 

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.

Core modules:

Skills for Success in Higher Education (10 credits)
This module will help you develop an awareness of the essential skills required for successful academic engagement, including the skills of writing for different audiences, presenting, referencing and accessing/using academic sources. You will be encouraged to develop critical self-reflection skills which will enable you to set targets for further academic development.

Developing Work-Based Skills (10 credits)
Using lectures, e-lectures and workshops you will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for graduate level employment, including self-employment and entrepreneurship. You will evaluate your own skills and related career intentions and investigate opportunities and challenges with respect to your own employability.

Year Two

The second year of the programme embeds the industry standard CELTA qualification, which provides you with practical skills, knowledge and experience in English language teaching. Students who cannot take the course due to these requirements will be offered the same modules but without the CELTA Certificate.

TESOL in Theory (20 credits)
This module builds on the knowledge from the first year and covers the theoretical aspects of English language teaching in greater detail. The module has a focus on the learners, language awareness and professionalism. It complements the second TESOL module in this year and feeds directly into the practical nature of English Language Teaching.

TESOL in Practice (30 credits)
This is the practical element of the degree and provides students with a total of six hours of supervised teaching practice. It also incorporates a minimum of three hours of observations of ELT professionals (live and pre-recorded), peer feedback, tutor feedback and reflection. The teaching practice itself will be conducted with language learners in the local community and classes will be delivered at two different levels.
Education and Equality (20 credits)
This module provides a critical understanding of research and practice in education and equality. Key issues relevant to education and equality will be examined (such as English as an additional language, additional learning needs, socio-economic disadvantage, gender and ethnicity), and these will be related to contemporary educational policy and practice.

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.

Core modules:

Work-related Placement:  Managing Yourself and Others (10 credits)
Linked to a week-long placement in a work setting and building on the first year Developing Work-based Skills module, this 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.

An Introduction to Research Skills (10 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 to generic content relevant to all students, you will receive support tailored towards psychological research.

Year Three:

By year three, if you have qualified as a CELTA teacher you will have had the opportunity over the summer break to work as an English language teacher, either overseas or at home. The third year of TESOL is designed to further your knowledge and skills beyond that of the CELTA training and equips you with working knowledge of materials design, arranging syllabi and teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Designing Materials and Syllabi for ELT (20 credits)
During this third year module, you will cover aspects of English language teaching on micro and macro levels. On the micro level, you will engage in designing unique  exercises of potentially publishable quality, which will embed learning that is appropriate to specific lessons. On the macro level, you will engage in full course planning and scheduling, working towards the learners’ assessments. This will provide you with skills and knowledge that enhance your employability prospects for work in writing English Language Teaching (ELT) materials or at Director of Studies level in private language schools.

Theory and Practice of EAP (20 credits)
​English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a subset of English for Specific Purposes, which covers lexis germane to the goals of the learner. In the context of EAP, you will explore methodology pertinent to EAP and have the opportunity to design, deliver and develop sessions in order to build upon your t​eaching skills that were developed in the second year. This teaching practice will provide you with experience of teaching English in an academic context and working towards specific academic assessments.​

Alternative approaches in Education (20 credits)
This module considers 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 and Montessori schools. Outdoor learning approaches will also be examined, such as Forest Schools and Beach Schools. 

Learning and Teaching 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)
This module will allow you to examine primary education assessment techniques and evaluate their effectiveness. Formative and summative assessment app​roaches 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) 
This module requires students to design and complete an independent research or enquiry-based project of a practical or theoretical nature. It enables students to demonstrate independence in their approach to research and enhance project planning experience with guidance and support from a supervisor.

Learning & Teaching

All modules are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods. These include seminars, workshops, practical projects, group work, lectures, tutorials, field work; and placements in schools. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). All students are also supported with access to a personal tutor who will assist with academic and pastoral issues.​


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.

The English Language Teaching programme provides students with strong communication, analytical and practical skills that are highly valued in today's employment market, skills which are reinforced by the opportunity for student work placements. The second year of the programme embeds the industry standard CELTA qualification for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This provide you with the essential language teaching skills you need to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Progression to PGCE Teacher Training: We are pleased to guarantee entry to the selection process for the PGCE Primary Course at Cardiff Met for all graduates of the Primary Education Studies and English Language Teaching programme.  An honours degree classification of at least 2:2 is currently required, and the statutory entry requirements (including B grades or equivalent at GCSE for English and mathematics, 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 A level grade C. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma grade 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 the Scottish Advanced Highers to include Advanced Higher 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 these pathways is also subject to a satisfactory DBS check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at​

Please note that there are statutory requirements for GCSEs in English, Maths and Science for those wishing to progress to PGCE Primary.

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 should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages 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.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email​ or tweet us @CMetAdmissions

For course specific enquiries, please contact, Dylan Adams
Tel: 029 2020 5952

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