Primary education

Thinking about studying a primary education degree at university?

Studying a primary teaching degree will prepare you well for a career in primary teaching. Most primary teaching courses will give you specialised skills and knowledge which you can then put in to practice on placements in schools or other educational settings. 

Upon completion, you will graduate with a degree and a primary teacher qualification. You will then be required to complete 1 year as a newly qualified teacher before becoming a fully qualified primary school teacher.

Why choose the University of Gloucestershire for your primary school teacher training course?

There are a lot of primary school teacher courses available in the UK, however you can only become a primary school teacher by completing a primary school teaching degree. You don’t have to complete your degree at a university but most primary school teacher university courses are taught at Universities.

We have been training teachers since 1847 and our primary education degrees were rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015.

You will not only graduate as a qualified teacher, but you will also have the skills to become outstanding in your chosen career path.

We provide our students with exceptional support, specialist subject expertise and a network of over 400 schools for first-rate placement opportunities. We are also rated at 100% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019) and we boast high graduate employment rates.

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What is included in our primary education university degree?

During a three year full-time degree you will study different modules and be assessed on what you have learnt in a variety of ways including, essays, presentations, group projects and exams. Modules are studied through a mix of whole cohort lectures and smaller group workshops and seminars.

You will spend a minimum of 120 days in a school or early years setting, putting theory into practice. School placements are a core part of the course. A large proportion of our partner schools are graded Ofsted ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. This means you will benefit from working alongside teachers of exceptionally high standards.

Alongside work placements and lectures, you will develop skills through field trips and off-campus activities, exploring creative lesson planning in the locality.

What are the qualifications needed to be a primary school teacher?

The primary school teacher qualifications needed vary at each institution. We ask for 112 tariff points to study our Primary Education degrees​ at the University of Gloucestershire. 

Typical offers are BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or you can use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total. Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.

What are the primary teacher training course fees?

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a primary teaching university course at the University of Gloucestershire.

​The next steps

We can help you apply for a primary education degree and will support you throughout the application process. Most full-time courses are applied to via UCAS. There are deadlines for submitting your application.

Find out more about applying for a primary education undergraduate degree