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Primary Education with QTS

BEd (Hons)

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What is Primary Education with QTS BEd (Hons)?

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015, this programme will allow you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) and become part of our long-standing heritage in training teachers since 1847. You’ll be well prepared for a career in primary teaching, with a distinctive set of skills based on the route you choose on your UCAS application:

  • Primary Education with QTS (FS/KS1, ages 3-7)
  • Primary Education with QTS (KS1/KS2, ages 5-11)
  • Primary Education with QTS (Maths, ages 5-11)

We provide our students with exceptional support, specialist subject expertise and a network of over 400 schools for first-rate placement opportunities that lead to high graduate employment rates. A large proportion of our partner schools are graded Ofsted ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ – so you’ll work alongside teachers of exceptionally high standards.

Study style

You’ll learn through lectures and smaller-group workshops and seminars – while gaining experience on school placements. From city to village schools or early years settings, you’ll experience a range of classroom environments over a minimum of 120 days. You’ll put theory into practice on blocks of placement weeks throughout the three years of the course. Lectures focus on developing your subject knowledge and pedagogy, and are carefully structured around your increasing understanding of practice from placement experiences. The emphasis on professionalism throughout the course prepares you to become an excellent teacher.

You’ll also develop skills by undertaking collaborative, specialist teaching and exploring creative lesson planning and delivery. Our education community includes a network of school teachers and personnel, and you’ll benefit from a university-based Personal Tutor and a school-based Placement mentor. We work closely with our partner schools, where our students often gain their first teaching posts, and our mentors provide excellent guidance.

Get Primary Education with QTS BEd (Hons) course updates and hear more about studying with us.

Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • GCSE English, maths and science at grade 4 (C) or above, or an equivalent qualification.

      If you don’t have a traditional GCSE, get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS check.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X163 £9,250 £14,700

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Professional in multi-agency teams for children’s welfare
  • Subject Leader.

Industry links

You’ll study for a qualification that’s rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted – this is reflected in how you’ll be trained and supported throughout the course. Here’s what Ofsted says about the course.

  • ‘The outcomes for trainees are outstanding’.
  • We have an ‘outstanding reputation for providing the quality and type of teachers that schools in the area need and want’.
  • We provide ‘thoughtfully designed, innovative training provided by the university in liaison with partner schools’.
  • You’ll ‘gain deeper understanding about how children learn, behave and develop’.
  • We have an ‘impressive range of teaching methods, strategies and approaches’.

Delve into your teaching specialism

As you progress through the course, you’ll delve deeper into your specialism of working with Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils, or Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils (with the possibility of maths as an additional focus) and become part of a distinct and rewarding teaching group.

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Become outstanding in your chosen path

Not only will you graduate as a qualified teacher, you’ll also have the skills to become outstanding in your chosen career path. You’ll specialise in two subjects – a core (English, maths or science) and a foundation such as history or art. This means you can progress to become a subject leader in the area you’re passionate about.

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Graduate as a well-rounded teacher

You’ll have additional opportunities to engage with pupils who speak English as an additional language and work with children with special educational needs. You will graduate as a well-rounded teacher, ready to inspire young minds.

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Education - Teaching Satisfaction - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Education courses rank in the UK top 15% for teaching satisfaction, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

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Education - Student Experience - The Times GUG 2021

Our courses in Education rank in the UK top 25% for student experience, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

Trips and experiences

A range of additional experiences are available to you during your studies. You can gain certificates in areas such as Forest Schools and FA Primary Coaching – and you can volunteer in local primary schools, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and at Waterstones bookshop, providing story time sessions for children.


You’ll be able to experience a variety of schools. Because of our outstanding reputation, we partner with 250 schools in village and urban locations. You’ll have the opportunity to work in schools for children with special educational needs and engage with students who speak English as a second language.


"The lecturers were all enthusiastic"

“The vast number of placements was outstanding, while the lecturers were all enthusiastic and genuinely passionate teachers themselves.”

Andrew Shelton, Primary Education graduate

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