Taught course


Plymouth University · School of Secondary and Further Education

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject. An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university (masters and PhDs also count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international applicants). It is not necessary for the degree to be in a national curriculum subject. If you have overseas qualifications you can check your compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service. You are required to have done a minimum of ten days recent observation experience in a government funded UK school or early years setting. This experience will need to have been completed either within 12 months prior to your application or within the academic year previous to the start of the course, whichever is the earliest. You are expected to arrange visits to local schools, and to be able to discuss your observations of pupils and classrooms at interview. You will need to give details of your experience within your application. A further reference from the school will be required if you are offered a place on the course. You will need to pass your professional skills tests (PST) prior to the start of the course. For more information please visit the Department of Education website.

Months of entry


Course content

This dynamic one-year post-graduate course equips you with the professional skills that qualify you to teach in primary schools. It gives you an in-depth understanding of how young children aged 5-11 think, develop and learn, and how you can work closely with them to help them grow and achieve. You will study the development of children’s communication, thinking and relationships, and increase your understanding of the ways in which children are influenced by the social contexts they encounter in family, community and school settings.

You will be prepared to teach and assess all the required subjects of the National Curriculum for children aged 5-11. The course combines study on campus in the form of interactive seminars and lectures with experience in at least three different schools where you are taught and mentored by experienced serving professionals, supported by University tutors.

Assessment is by coursework and a number of audits and skills tests to ensure that you can satisfy the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. There is the potential to gain up to 60 credits at Master’s level.

Information for international students

IELTS at level 7 with 7 in all four components or GCSE in English Language at grade C or above. If you have gained an IELTS at level 6 to meet undergraduate entry requirement for a degree in the UK, and completed the degree, this meets our entry requirements.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
01752 585858