Primary and Early Years Education BA

Education, Childhood and Youth

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
ABB-BBB
UCAS code:
X300
Start date:
September 2018

This course focuses on the learning and wellbeing of primary and early years children – ideal preparation for postgraduate training and a career in schools or early years settings.

Teaching by experts and regular opportunities for professional placements mean you’ll gain a solid understanding of significant issues in education across a range of contexts, environments and age phases.

This course supports students in understanding the fascinating worlds of young children, demystifying and explaining how children learn and develop.”Dr Denise Kingston
Senior Lecturer in Education

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

ABB-BBB

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

 

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above, including 24 at Distinction.

Subjects

The Access course should be in the humanities or social sciences.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDM

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

 

 

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

ABBBB

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade B and BB in two A-levels

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 75%

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, such as a Business related course, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 5.5.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 1320.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.2 or better.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H2 H2 H2 H3 H3

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 78/100.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole- Pass with an overall average of at least 4.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 7.5.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

Whilst there are not formal GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to this course, you should be aware of the following requirements for further professional training in teaching and social work in the UK should you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

  • Our Social Work MA requires formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or higher.
  • Our PGCE (teaching) courses require formal academic requirements equivalent to GCSE Mathematics, English and Science, all at grade C or higher.
Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Disclosure and barring service checkYes
Transfers into Year 2

No

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn from experts who are advising governments nationally and internationally, shaping policy and improving professional practice.
  • Gain knowledge, understanding and skills through varied professional placements in different age phases and contexts.
  • Join a top 3 provider for primary teacher education in the UK (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015), graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2014).

Course information

How will I study?

You attend weekly lectures, workshops and small-group seminars, supported by one-to-one meetings with an academic adviser.

Through regular visits and a placement you explore schools and early years settings. Assessment is through course work and portfolios, but also learning diaries, posters and presentations.

This year introduces you to debates around the purpose, values and meanings of education alongside the latest research-informed practice in developing play, language and learning.


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

How will I study?

You build on the theoretical foundations established in Year 1, focusing on the nature of the early years and primary curriculum and how children develop their communication and language, literacy and early mathematical understanding. 

A professional placement allows you to engage in a different learning environment from that in Year 1.

You are introduced to key theories and methods in research, preparing you to investigate problems and issues in professional practice settings.


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

Study abroad (optional)

Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you.

Observational placements

This course includes three professional placements (minimum of 30 days over three years) to help you link theory and practice.

These placements guide you through observation, engagement in teaching and learning, and research.

You have the opportunity to focus your dissertation within a professional setting, and gain experience that will help you progress into primary teaching or early years education.

How will I study?

You work at an advanced level, with greater independence and specialisation. You explore the nature of scholarship, policy and practice. You also examine primary and early years education as well as perspectives on global and special education.

Your final placement in a primary or early years setting informs your dissertation.

Guaranteed interview for postgraduate study

You can apply directly – with the guarantee of an interview (subject to minimum entry requirements – to one of our professional postgraduate training routes, including School Direct and PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status, or our Education MA with Early Years Teacher Status.

Find out more at Masters courses 2017: Education and Social Work.

 

We are committed to bringing together research and practice in contexts of education, to improve the life chances of all children, young people, and adults.”Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson
Professor of Education

Fees

Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

The UK Government has confirmed that, if you’re an EU student applying for entry in the academic year 2018, you'll remain eligible for financial support. This applies even if your course ends after the UK’s exit from the EU. Find out more on the UK Government website.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018.

Careers

Your future career

This course prepares you for a postgraduate route into teaching. You’re guaranteed an interview on our PGCE and School Direct courses, or the Early Years in Education MA.

The degree also equips you for careers working with children, young people, their families and their carers, in organisations such as local government children’s services, charitable organisations, civil service, early years and primary education.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

All candidates offered a place on the course will be required to satisfactorily complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a CRB check), including a check of all cautions and warnings as well as convictions, before their place on the course is confirmed.

Return to top of page