Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 Honours degree from a recognised higher education institution; GCSE grade 4/C in English, mathematics and science; and be working in an early years setting. For all PGCEs - safeguarding checks including Enhanced DBS and Occupational Health. All applicants will also be interviewed.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop as a creative, innovative and reflective teacher, specialising in working with the youngest children in primary schools (aged 3-7), on a course that meets the requirements for Qualified Teacher Status. Through a specialist placement in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, you will develop a secure understanding of early years teaching and learning, supported by experienced early years and primary teachers. Your University-based sessions will develop your awareness and understanding of general professional issues; the content of the National Curriculum; and aspects of teaching such as lesson planning and assessment.

Key features

  • Study at our Bedford campus, home to the largest provider of teacher education in the region, with a largely consistent 100% graduate employment rate
  • Benefit from our well-established links to schools across the eastern region, a network that puts us at the forefront of educational developments
  • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings

Career opportunities

On graduating, you achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to work in as an early years or primary teacher. You may also like to progress to further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

Areas of study may include:

  • Evidence-informed primary teacher
  • School experience at two different placements
  • School experience in two primary early years’ settings
  • The reflective primary teacher

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0300 3300 073