University of Reading
Primary Education with Art BA (Hons)
University of Reading

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our BA Primary Education with Arts Specialism (QTS) course will develop your talents as an artist and teacher, and champion your passion for art within primary education.

This course will enable you to get a job as a primary school teacher following graduation. There is a high demand for specialist primary school teachers and many of our graduates go on to become subject leaders. Furthermore, we are ranked 7th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2021). and have strong links with schools.

You will divide your time between studying modules on professional skills and curriculum subjects, and developing your artistic skills and knowledge. The former will introduce you to the core National Curriculum subjects, including Information and Communications Technology (ICT). You will develop skills essential to the role of a teacher, including leadership, classroom management, and evaluation and assessment. You can then put these skills into practice through professional placements, which take place throughout the course. Additionally you will study professional legal requirements, and investigate the role of the teacher and how children develop.

The Art Specialism will develop you as a skilled artist by exploring a range of different media, materials and techniques. During your three years on the specialism, you will have access to a range of excellent facilities including a large print room, ceramic and kiln space, a dark room and, importantly, your own studio bay where you can develop and research your own art-making.

At the end of your second and third year, you will produce an exhibition of your work, showcasing your developing skills and artist-identity. Tutors and technicians are skilled in all disciplines, with the additional teaching support of our artist-in-residency programme. You will also study art history, with a focus on twentieth and twenty-first century art practices. Additionally, a vital component within the Art Specialism is to develop key leadership skills in order for you to lead and inspire art in primary schools.


You will have the opportunity to carry out placements throughout this course. These will take place within local schools that the Institute of Education has active relationships with. Whilst there you will be mentored by a teacher and linked to a University tutor, who will provide you with additional support.

During your first year you will attend a weekly placement, which will familiarise you with the daily routine of the classroom and link in with your professional modules. For example, you may have to complete an observation for an assignment.

You will also complete a block placement during each year of the course. You will spend four weeks in a Key Stage 1 (KS1) setting during your first year, seven weeks in a KS2 setting in the second year, and an eight-week placement in a Key Stage of your choice during the final year.

For more information, please visit the Institute of Education website.


As a graduate of this course you will be able to work as a teacher or teaching assistant in a primary school, or move into nursery education. We will provide you with careers advice throughout the course, and can also give support when preparing for interviews.

Overall, 98% of our students are in work or further study 15 months after finishing their course [1]

[1] Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18 First Degree, Postgraduate (Taught) and Postgraduate (Research) responders from the Institute of Education.

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) for the purpose of delivering initial teacher training programmes to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 40 graduates of Primary Education with Art BA (Hons) at University of Reading for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Primary Education.

Overall student satisfaction
92 /100
40 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Primary Education with Art BA (Hons) at University of Reading

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Primary Education with Art BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26000 £25000 £30500
25-75 percentile range £25500 - £27000 £23000 - £27500 £23000 - £33000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Primary Education

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25479 £24514 £28116
25-75 percentile range £23782 - £28383 £18792 - £27897 £20130 - £32846

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Primary Education with Art, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Primary Education with Art BA (Hons) at University of Reading

95% Teaching Professionals
5% Sales occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

A level Art at grade B

Higher Art at grade B

Must include at least 12 level 3 credits in Art

Higher Level Art at 5

Modules taken must be comparable to A level Art

to include Art.

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BCC including grade B in Art.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT) 88 We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English Advanced We require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency We require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
PTE Academic 69 We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own Test Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISE We require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees Primary Education with Art BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £19500 year 1
International £19500 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Reading in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Reading in related subject specific rankings.


    • #8 
    • #9 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 24 September, 2022]
    • #7 
    • #11 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #13 
    • #94 
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #16 
    • #237 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #25 
    • #301 
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]

See all university rankings of University of Reading

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About University of Reading

The University of Reading is a publicly funded university in Reading, Berkshire, England. Reading has four major campuses; London Road and Whiteknights campus which are located in Reading itself, with Greenlands campus being found on the banks of the River Thames. The fourth campus is known as Iskandar Puteri, in Malaysia.

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