Primary - general (KS1/KS2, ages 5-11) (BEd Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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.

All of our undergraduate primary initial teacher training courses prepare you well for a career in primary teaching, and your choice of route enables you to graduate with a distinctive set of skills.

You will not only graduate as a qualified teacher, but you will also have the skills to become outstanding in your chosen career path. Covering all aspects of the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 National Curriculum, you will also 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 are passionate about.

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 92% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019) and we boast high graduate employment rates.

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 will 'Gain deeper understanding about how children learn, behave and develop'
  • We have an 'Impressive range of teaching methods, strategies and approaches'.

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.

From city to village schools, you will experience a range of classroom environments. You will make a difference to young people, supporting children with individual and diverse needs as well as developing good practice in promoting positive behaviour. This includes developing children’s communication skills including speaking, reading, writing and mathematics, as well as advancing their abilities across the whole primary curriculum.

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

Our education community includes a network of school teachers and personnel. You will 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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Study style

Academic 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 primary school, putting theory into practice. This will be through 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.

Alongside work placements and lectures, you will develop skills through field trips and off-campus activities, exploring creative lesson planning in the locality. A range of additional experiences are available to you during your studies, for example, volunteering in local primary schools, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and with Waterstones bookshop providing story time sessions for children.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules like 'Promoting Inclusion Through Understanding Individual Needs'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science subject (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BEd (Hons) - 3 years full-timeX102


  • Primary school teacher
  • Special needs specialist
  • Working in multi-agency teams for children's welfare
  • Subject Leader
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordination

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Student Focus

Andrew Shelton

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

Industry links

You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a school or early years setting, starting from the second week of the course. Our network of over 400 schools based in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Bristol, Wales and Swindon means you will have a range of placement experiences, from small village to big city schools and including special educational needs (SEN) settings.

School placements are structured progressively – you will begin in groups then pairs and, when your confidence and skills have developed, you will be supported to work as an independent teacher. A large proportion of our partner schools are graded Ofsted Good or Outstanding. This means you will develop your skills to a high standard. 

You’ll benefit from excellent workshop and IT facilities including interactive whiteboards, laptops, ipads and digital cameras.  You will use industry hardware and software, as used in schools, such as SMART, Prometheum World and Scratch. The software we use changes in line with what schools are using so you will graduate with up-to-date skills and well-prepared for the real world.

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Specialise in two subject areas you’re passionate about

You will specialise in two subject that you’re passionate about: a core (English, maths, science) and a foundation (history, art, geography, religious education, physical education (PE), computing or primary languages). You will then be able to progress to a subject leader in one of these areas.

Study Philosophy for Children and graduate a step ahead

All students receive training in Philosophy for Children (P4C) to develop enquiry skills. Schools are becoming increasingly interested in this approach as they recruit new teachers so this knowledge will help you to stand out from the crowd when looking for a graduate role.

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Start your professional practice in your second week

You will start learning with children in schools right from your second week. You will begin planning and delivering lessons in groups and, when your confidence and skills have developed, you will work as an independent teacher.

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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