Primary Education with QTS (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. Specify your preferred route on your UCAS application, choosing from the options below:

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

Not only will you graduate as a qualified teacher, but you will also have the skills to become outstanding in your chosen career path. You will 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 that lead to 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. As you progress through the course, you will 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.

You will also have 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.

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 school or early years setting, 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 school placements and lectures, you will develop skills through undertaking collaborative, specialist teaching in the locality and exploring creative lesson planning and delivery. A range of additional experiences are available to you during your studies, for example, gaining certificates in areas such as Forest Schools and FA Primary Coaching, volunteering in local primary schools, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and with Waterstones bookshop providing story time sessions for children.

Course modules

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

102 tariff points

Typical offers

BCC at A levels, BTEC MMM 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 Language, 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-time
FS/KS1 (ages 3-7)
BEd (Hons) - 3 years full-time
KS1/KS2 (ages 5-11)
BEd (Hons) - 3 years full-time
Maths Specialism (ages 5-11)


  • Primary school teacher
  • Specialist in special needs teaching
  • Work 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

There are 250 schools in our partnership and 90% of Gloucestershire schools take students from this university. The partnership also includes schools in the Swindon area, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Bristol and Wales.

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Rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted

Study for a degree that's rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. This is reflected in how our students are trained and supported throughout the course.

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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.

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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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