Taught course

Primary Education

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 You must possess a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent 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 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 entrants must have passed the professional skills tests prior to entry

Months of entry


Course content

Key features

    • 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 Primary 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 Primary teachers, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and developing curricula; honing 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 a Primary Education setting, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.
  • The University's Bedford campus is home to one of the largest education providers in the UK. In addition to offering University of Bedfordshire core PGCE places we work in close partnership schools and academy trusts to deliver School Direct routes into teaching.

    The quality of our provision is based on a long and established history of teacher education. We boast an impressive record for training teachers, and enjoy, in many cases, a 100 per cent graduate employment rate.

    You will be trained across the 5-11 age range developing the skills and experience necessary to teach core and foundation subjects in a variety of ways. You will attend subject specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop awareness and understanding of general professional issues, the content of the National Curriculum and practical issues such as lesson planning and assessment. You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective practitioner.

    Our well-established links with more than 500 schools across the Eastern Region means that we also share their expertise with you.

About the course

Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an effective and confident teacher of children in Primary Education. Partnerships with local schools give you opportunities to put theory into practice on placements, supported by experienced teachers and academic staff 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

Career opportunities

Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destination surveys show that 98% of graduate teachers will have secured teaching posts for the year of graduation.

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

Areas of study may include:

    • Introduction to the Professional Primary School Teacher
    • The Professional Primary School Teacher
    • The Reflective Primary School Teacher*
    • The Research Informed Professional Primary School Teacher*
  • *denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1234 793 279