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FD Progression Top Up - Primary Education 3-11 (with recommendation for QTS) BA (Hons)

Undergraduate, Top-up Degree, September 2024

Key Details

  • 1X2P Course Code
  • 1-2 Years
Teacher showing word cards to group of primary pupils sat in front of her

The Foundation Degree Primary Progression route enables students, who are suitably qualified, to enter the final year of the BA Primary Education with recommendation for QTS course.

Students will normally be expected to have gained at least merit in a relevant Foundation Degree, or equivalent, and to evidence that they have recently spent the equivalent of 80 days teaching in primary schools in the key stages relevant to the course and to demonstrate an understanding of and progress towards the Teachers’ Standards (2012). Students will be expected to have GCSE in English language, mathematics and science.

Once enrolled FD progression students will be able to choose their pathway, either 3 – 7, 5 – 11, or 7 – 11 years.

To ensure that the course content is as up-to-date and relevant to current teaching theory and practice as possible, this course will be re-validated at least every five years, or sooner if external changes require it.

School placements may be up to 1 hour 30 minutes radius from a student’s term time address.

The course draws on your experience and links this with a research-informed approach, which allows you to develop a critical understanding of primary education. You can expect to be introduced to a wide variety of disciplines, including aspects of pedagogy, curriculum subject knowledge and classroom management.

Through the range of modules, you will develop many skills and your understanding of how children learn, which will be transferable to a primary education setting. Modules will cover study skills, the development of learners, and approaches to teaching and learning in both theoretical and applied contexts.

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations, role play, seminars and practical sessions. Assessment is varied and includes a mixture of coursework, practical outcomes, individual and group presentations, reports and observed lessons in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 settings, depending on your chosen age pathway.

English, Maths and Science. 

ITE Applicants who do not have the required GCSE qualifications can sit an equivalency test in the subject required.

Applicants need to pay an admin fee of £25.00, the fee remains the same whether an applicant applies for one or two subject areas.

Therefore if you have already paid the £25.00 fee for one subject, you can over-write the price to “£0.00” for other subject to avoid paying the fee again.

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Birmingham Newman Initial Teacher Education graduates have a high employment rate; and are well respected in the region and beyond. Most students take up a position in teaching, although some pursue other careers using the range of transferable skills gained during study.

On completing the course and reaching the required teaching standards; upon graduation you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status with the Department for Education, who confer QTS, and ready to start  your first teaching job right away.

CCRS (Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies) is a national certificate validated and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Anybody wishing to be involved in Catholic education and formation may apply for this course. CCRS seeks to ensure that all participants have a basic knowledge and understanding of the beliefs of the Catholic Faith.

In a recent study (CCRS Twenty Five years on: One size fits all?) 90% of participants nationally agreed that the course has informed their knowledge and understanding of Catholic teaching.

At Birmingham Newman the two year course is offered within the normal undergraduate timetable where possible and also delivered on Tuesday evenings in Semester’s 1 and 2. For the Foundation Progression route there will be an opportunity to return to Birmingham Newman and complete CCRS the following year or alternatively attend one of the many other centres available nationally. The course provides an important opportunity to study and discuss the teachings of the Catholic Church and the implications for Catholic education. It is a highly desirable qualification for anybody considering teaching in a Catholic school. For further information please go to the CCRS web page.

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Entry Requirements

Students will normally be expected to have gained at least merit in a relevant Foundation Degree (e.g. FdA Early Years or FdA Teaching and Learning Support), or equivalent.

Candidates must be able to evidence their classroom experience against the Teachers’ Standards, including a minimum of 80 whole days classroom experience. You will need to provide evidence of assessed experience of whole class teaching rather than working in a support role with groups or individuals.

The evidence provided needs to include for example your understanding of the role of the teacher, planning and assessment to ensure pupil progress, national assessments, child development and learning, managing behaviour, early reading including phonics, SEN and disability, and evaluating teaching.

These requirements are in line with the DfE ITT criteria.

Students will be expected to have GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 (or C), and by enrolment.

Students will also be required to be assured against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of their initial teacher training.

GCSE equivalency information

A minimum Merit grade is required for FD, BTEC Lv 5 or HND. See Overview section for additional GCSE Equivalency test information.

For further information about the Interview Process see our ITE Interview page.

You will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and meet the requirements for fitness to train to teach prior to starting the course. For more information on your DBS application please visit the How do I complete my DBS form advice page.

International Students
Birmingham Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Birmingham Newman University for the full-time route for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

September 2024 Direct Application Link

September 2024 Direct Application Link (part-time)

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

Course Fees

The full-time course fees for 2024 is £9,250.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).


Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes of Module Changes page.

Modules  shown are for the full-time route, please contact the course leader (see Contacts section for part-time route module option)