Taught course

Primary Education (3-7) with recommendation for QTS

Leeds Beckett University · Carnegie School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 honours degree, or a 2:2 honours degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting relevant to Primary/Early Years education.


GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science at Grade 4 (Grade C for those sitting their GCSE before 2017) or above, or an equivalent award including some equivalency tests, are required prior to the course start (Evidence should usually be provided by 1 September). Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs. .

Months of entry


Course content

Train to be a primary school teacher and fuel children's learning. You’ll develop the skills to teach both inside and outside the classroom.

You’ll choose from two training models*:


  • Study on-campus
  • Develop your theoretical knowledge informed by the very latest research
  • Supported by expert teaching staff
  • Extensive placements organised by the university
  • Placements will fit around your university lectures and seminars

School Direct

  • Learn on the job in your provider school(s)
  • Supported by experienced teachers and mentors
  • Underpin your practical learning with university study

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum
  • Ensure your teaching fulfils the requirements set out by the government
  • Embrace areas of learning and principles of best practice in early primary education across all subjects
  • Focus on developing your skill in teaching mathematics, English and science at both key stages
  • Put your theoretical knowledge into practice by completing three teaching placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
  • Develop your teaching skills across different age ranges to help prepare for future employment
  • Learn how to develop children's abilities through playful learning and creative teaching
  • Reflect on how teaching methods and opportunities and environments can influence outcomes

*Both routes lead to a PGCE with 60 master’s credits on successful completion. There will be three assignments across the year, each leading to 20 master’s level credits.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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