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Primary Education with QTS BEd (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Primary Education with QTS BEd (Hons)?

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)

Our Primary Education with QTS BEd (Hons) course scored 95% for academic support in the National Student Survey 2023 and our education courses are ranked in the top 15 in the UK for teaching and student satisfaction by the Guardian Good University Guide 2023.

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.

We were founded as a teaching college 175 years ago, and were reaccredited for the delivery of Initial Teacher Training in 2022 following the introduction of new quality requirements by the government.

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.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level..

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • 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.

    • If you are offered a place on the programme you will be required to complete a health declaration, which will be assessed by the University Doctor.

    • The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.

      If you are offered a place it will be subject to:

      • Satisfactory Safeguarding checks including the receipt of a ‘satisfactory’ Enhanced DBS return including children’s barred list information
      • Satisfactory completion of suitability form
      • Verification of two references
      • Satisfactory Certificate of Good conduct, where applicable, for those who have lived or worked abroad
    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X163 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X163 TBC TBC

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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.

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.

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.

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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Ranked in the top 15 in the UK for student and teaching satisfaction

Our education courses are ranked in the top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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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