BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies

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Do you dream of educating the next generation? If you’re passionate about helping children to reach their potential, our Primary Education Studies degree is for you.

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Our BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies course offers a thorough journey into the world of primary education.

Based in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough (two-year accelerated degree) our course will prepare you to join postgraduate Initial Teacher Training.

You needn’t be limited to primary school teaching, though. You might have your sights set on a career in the wider education sector, cultural institutions and NGOs, or related fields such as health and social work. On this degree course you’ll develop your understanding of primary education, and gain the knowledge and skills to work collaboratively in a range of settings.

At ARU, we're proud to be ranked fourth in the country for Education in the Guardian League Table 2022.

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Practical experience

We know that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. As a Primary Education Studies student at ARU you:

  • benefit from our network of primary schools
  • have a chance to observe teaching in primary schools
  • make connections between theory and practice by being actively encouraged to spend time in schools within our networks
  • create lesson plans and activities for children.

Outstanding support

Join our education community and:

  • study at a university that's ranked fourth in the country for Education in the Guardian League Table 2022
  • learn from primary school teachers and leaders with a wealth of experience
  • work with research-active lecturers who’ll support you carry out your own research in an area of interest
  • make use of learning facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

Postgraduate preparation

Our course prepares you for postgraduate initial teacher training. After you graduate, we can help you find a teacher training place with our partners in Essex and Cambridgeshire.


The chances are you’ll be drawn to working with primary-aged children and their families. Our BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies is the first step on your career path.

If you’re interested in teaching, our degree will prepare you for postgraduate initial teacher training programmes. We work with local ITT providers who actively recruit our students to School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITTs) and you’ll be prepared for interviews throughout your degree.

At ARU, our courses are designed with your future in mind. We work with schools to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Katrina Carter

“The ARU syllabus really piqued my interest. It was an excellent combination of key pedagogy (how to teach) alongside looking at why we teach what we do now – and why this changes.”

Katrina Carter

BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies student

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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