Frequently Asked Questions
Can I come on an open day and visit the department before making an application?
Yes. Pre-application open days run several times a year. Further information and book your place
Can I transfer from another University to the Primary Education degree and start in Year Two?
Because of the integrated and progressive nature of both the academic and professional elements of the course we do not accept transfers onto Year 2 of the course.
We will, however, consider your application to Year One of the course instead.
Can I transfer to the Primary Education degree from another course within the University?
To ensure the quality of student experience, we have a target quota for our Primary Teaching Course and winning a place on this degree programme is very competitive. The University makes it possible to change degree programmes, but there is no automatic right to do so. The factors that are taken into account are academic merit as well as availability of places on particular programmes. If you wish to change one or more modules, or even the degree programme you are studying within or across departments, you must seek advice from the department(s) concerned at the earliest opportunity. Although the University wants to help students who wish to change module(s) or programme, it becomes progressively more difficult to change as time goes on, because of the amount of work which you will have missed. You will also normally need to satisfy any pre-requisites for the module(s) or programme to which you wish to change. If you are permitted to change modules or programme it is your responsibility to catch up the work which you have missed.
It is important to note that as our Primary Teaching programme is very popular and we generally recruit to quota each year, it is very unlikely that a request to transfer to Year One of our Primary Teaching course would be accepted. This is also because there are professional requirements which will not have been met. We would also wish to act equitably in relation to the many excellent applicants who have applied for our Primary Teaching course through UCAS but to whom we were not able to make an offer in light of our limited quota.
It should also be noted that as a result of module pre-requisites and professional requirements, it is not possible to transfer to subsequent years of our Primary Teaching Course.
I don't have the required entry grades - are there any other options?
In some circumstances, we are able to use our discretion and make a 'merit and potential' offer to applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic merit (usually in their personal statement) but whose achieved or predicted grades are usually one grade below the standard entry requirements.
Alternatively, you may be interested in the Foundation Programme.
I'm from a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) background and I am thinking of training to become a teacher, who can I contact for further information?
We value the contribution which all our student teachers can make to the lives of learners and to each other. We believe that the more diverse the backgrounds of the students on the course the better they will learn from each other and the more excellent teachers they will become. If you are from a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) background and you are thinking of applying to our course we'd love to help you in any way we can. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any issues or if you have any questions.
Further guidance and advice can be found at The National College for Teaching and Leadership
Where is the programme based?
The programme is based in Durham City.
Which College should I apply for?
You can apply for any of our colleges, https://www.dur.ac.uk/experience/
Will I have to attend an interview?
Yes. If your initial application is successful you will be asked to attend an interview which will include a brief presentation and written task. We will be looking to assess your potential as a future teacher able to work in the complex and challenging envoironment of 21st Century schools. For further information please see Application and Interview Process