Course Comparison

BA (Hons) Primary Education BA (Hons) Education with Foundation
Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons) Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons)
2 years 4 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time Full-time
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Society and Culture School of Society and Culture
Entry requirements
English and one of Mathemtics or Science at grade 4 / C or equivalent. 
Normal minimum entry requirements are BBC at A-level excluding General Studies.
BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
All applications to be referred to the Admissions Tutor.
Welsh Baccalaureate
Can be accepted as add-on points, in addition to 2 A-levels. Refer to Admissions Tutor.
Scottish Qualifications Authority
48 Points. All applications to be referred to the Admissions Tutor.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Normal minimum entry requirements are 3334.
International Baccalaureate
28 overall. English and Mathematics accepted within. Higher Level = 4   Standard Level = 5 
If overseas and not studying English within IB – MUST have IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all other elements. 
Don’t have 32–48 UCAS tariff points? We will consider ‘non-standard’ applications on a case-by-case basis.
A levels: For Level 3 entry the Tariff points entry level will normally be 32–48 points from A level or equivalent. Non-standard applicants will normally be interviewed.
BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended 
All Access courses: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (preference to education/ social science/health and social care, but all considered) with at least 33 credits at Merit/Dist.
T levels: Pass (preference to education, social science, health and social care, but all considered)
Welsh Baccalaureate: Refer to the Admissions Tutor.
Scottish Qualifications Authority: 32–48 points at Advanced Highers – refer to Admissions Tutor.
Irish Leaving Certificate: Irish Highers, H5 in five subjects equivalent to 32–48 points.
International Baccalaureate: 24 overall
GCSEs: Applicants are recommended to have GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at Grade C/Level C or above. If applicants do not have the equivalent, completing this during this degree will be promoted.
Proficiency in English: Students for whom English is an additional language will need to demonstrate ability in spoken and written English equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 and/or successfully complete the university’s special test before entering the Foundation Year.
We are looking for applicants with good potential including with non-standard qualifications and background, so will consider every application on a case by case basis.
Alternatively, if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on +44 1752 585858 or email, where a member of the team can offer you further advice.
Non-academic requirements
  • All candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form.
  • We also ask all applicants to complete a self-disclosure form so that the University can consider suitability for programmes that involve contact with children and vulnerable adults. This form offers the opportunity to declare any criminal convictions prior to completing a DBS application.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.