Taught course

Primary Early Years

University of Bedfordshire · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Science GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check School-based experience Candidates must possess a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent. All applicants must have GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and science Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0 All applicants should have recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK school in the phases for which they are applying, a minimum require of 10 days is expected (e.g 5 days in KS1 and 5 days in KS2 OR 5 days in KS1 and 5 days in EY) All students will undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services check All entrants must have passed the professional skills tests prior to entry

Months of entry


Course content

Key features

  • The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development. In doing this you will refine, form and reform your own principles, perspectives and values in relation to professional teaching practice. On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children's and schools workforce agenda.

    Distinctive features of this course, through which you will develop these characteristics, include:

    • Partnership provision
    • Enhancements which improve personalisation and employability
    • Reflective practice
    • Frequent formative feedback
    • Integration of performance and learning outcomes
    • Webfolio
    • Differentiated achievement outcomes

About the course

Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an effective and confident teacher of children in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Partnerships with local schools give you the opportunities to put theory into practice on placements, supported by experienced Early Years and Primary teachers as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

NCTL LogoThis course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training

Choose Primary Early Years PGCE at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an inspiring teacher of young children, able to draw on secure understanding of theories about Early Years teaching and learning - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
  • Explore your understanding of teaching and learning, supported by experienced Early Years and Primary teachers, as you apply your knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and developing curricula, and hone your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement planning
  • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
  • Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
  • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in an Early Years or Primary setting, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels

Career opportunities

Tutors will help you to structure your career profile in a number of ways:

  • Career Entry Development Profile (CEDP) - this document will help you to identify the areas for continuous professional development during the NQT (newly qualified teacher) year. You are required to take this profile with you to your new place of employment in order to engage readily in a dialogue about your career development needs.
  • Webfolio helps you to monitor your progress, record your achievements and plan for future development more effectively. In addition this resource can be shared readily with all those involved in your professional development. This improved level of access allows for greater personalisation opportunities to better meet your development needs.
  • Profile Review Points (PRPs) there are four review points in total spread throughout the academic year. You will be assessed at the point in time by your placement based mentor so as to establish the progress you have made, your strengths and areas for development. PRPs provide an opportunity for the student and mentor to set personalised targets to help you improve further.

Further support and resources are available from the Centre for Professional and Career Development (CPCD) and include:

  • One-to-one career coaching on job search, applications, interviews, postgraduate study and career planning/exploration both face-to-face and through E-guidance
  • The careers website www.beds.ac.uk/careers or via the BREO Careers tab - gives access to a wide range of information sources on such topics as: finding work, careers events, subject discipline related information on employment, vacancy sources, our Jobshop for part time casual, placements
  • Full-time graduate vacancies and UoB Volunteering which enables current students to engage in a wide variety of community and employer based unpaid experience
  • Teaching Fair
  • Interview and application taught session

Areas of study may include:

  • Introducing The Primary School Teacher (Primary Early Years) (EDC192-3) Compulsory
  • The Primary School Teacher (Primary Early Years) (EDC195-3) Compulsory
  • The Reflective Primary Teacher (Level 7) (EDC139-6) Compulsory
  • The Research Informed Primary Teacher (Level 7) (EDC145-6) Compulsory

Did you know?

The majority of graduates in 2013 had secured teaching posts before the end of the course.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1234 793 279