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X120 Primary Education with Foundation BA Undergraduate 2016


UCAS code X120
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 4 years
Location Queen's Campus
Alternative qualifications

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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 0172

Course Content


Foundation Centre (Year 0)

The Foundation Year contains a number of compulsory and discipline-specific modules. Compulsory modules are designed to develop higher level learning skills and familiarise students with studying and assessment at degree level. Discipline-specific modules help lay a foundation of knowledge that students will build upon as they progress to their chosen degree courses.

Foundation modules

  • Reflective Skills for Teachers 
  • Psychology of Thinking and Learning 
  • Maths for Teachers with Statistics 
  • Extended Research 
  • Introduction to Science
  • Academic Practice in Social Sciences 
  • Core Foundation English.

Years 1, 2 and 3

As per years one, two and three of X101 BA Primary Education.

Learning and Teaching

This course is focussed on non-traditional and international students and the modes of teaching and learning are designed to provide and facilitate high quality teaching and learning in a supportive and productive environment which encourages self-awareness, reflective practice and cross-cultural awareness.

The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials/workshops and practical classes. Typically, lectures provide key information on a particular area and this is consolidated through tutorials and/or workshops and practical classes where appropriate, particularly for laboratory and IT skills. The course provides up to 18 contact hours per week, but further consolidation takes place through independent study and/or voluntary workshops provided outside the course’s formal contact hours. Emphasis is placed on developing confidence and classes are generally small, normally with 25 to 35 students to ensure individual needs can be met.

Students who require additional language and academic support are normally provided with an additional 4 hours of seminar/ tutorial contact time and opportunities to take part in additional small group and individual tutorials as appropriate beyond the formal contact hours.

Towards the end of the year, greater emphasis is placed on independent study, not just in preparation for classes and reading around the subjects, but also with students completing an individual project related to their future progression route.

Throughout the programme, all students also have access to an academic adviser who will provide them with academic support and guidance. Students will meet formally with their adviser two to three times a year. However, in addition, academic advisors and teaching staff are normally available to meet with students at certain times each week on a ‘drop-in’ basis.

After the initial year, students should refer to the teaching and learning information for X101 BA Primary Education.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

We welcome applications from:

  • UK and EU students
  • Mature learners (over 21) with no formal qualifications*
  • Mature learners (over 21) with A-Levels (or equivalents) which were obtained over three years ago
  • Young learners (under 21) with adverse circumstances which could not be mitigated by their academic provider (evidence will be required)
  • Young learners (18 to 21) who have not engaged in post 16 education
  • Learners with strong A-Level (or equivalent) results in subjects that are not suitable for their chosen degree subject (Conversion students)
  • EU and Overseas learners who have not had the opportunity in their home country to study qualifications suitable for direct entry to their chosen degree course at Durham University
  • Native English speakers (from UKBA approved countries)
  • Non-native English speakers with suitable IELTS (or University recognised equivalent)

*some programmes require GCSE Math at grade C

Formal qualifications are not normally required for UK students. Evidence of academic qualifications is required for EU and Overseas students. Recent experience of working/helping in a primary school classroom with Key Stage 1-3 students is essential. Experience of working in a UK primary school is desirable. For a complete list of subject requirements visit

All students are requested to contact the Foundation Centre for an Information, Advice and Guidance discussion before applying.

English Language requirements

IELTS score: 6.0 (no component below 5.5) or University recognised equivalent

Requirements and Admissions

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Information relevant to your country

Fees and Funding


Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding 

Career Opportunities

Foundation Centre

Students successfully completing a Foundation Year course will progress directly to their chosen degree programme at Durham University. Our graduates enter a wide range of occupational areas both in the public and private sector, including science, teaching, business and finance. Durham has an excellent graduate employment record, and the skills acquired during study serve as a valuable preparation for life after university.

We have been expanding the range of progression routes to other Durham degrees for Foundation Year students and provide routes into all Durham University departments. 

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place

Campus tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

Foundation Centre


Realising potential and delivering higher education without barriers.

We offer specially tailored study programmes to prepare students for degree level study, specialising in helping mature learners return to education and preparing EU and international students who are unable to study to a sufficient level in their own country for direct entry. We can also support students who are changing between academic fields.

Our students come to us from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds; many have had a long break from formal education. We help students to realise the skills and personal qualities they each possess and apply these in developing the academic knowledge they will need as they progress through their studies.

Foundation Centre programmes are fully integrated with Durham University degree programmes, counting as Year 0 of a full undergraduate degree. Students will progress directly on to their degree at Durham once they have successfully completed their Foundation Year.


NB: Information contained on the website or in the literature with respect to the fee is correct at the time of publication but the University reserves the right to change the course information or fee at a later date.