Taught course

Primary Education

University of Greenwich · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A good honours degree (2.2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification AND clear written and spoken English PLUS grade C at GCSE in English language, mathematics and science prior to application. In addition candidates: • Attend an interview • Must provide recent evidence of ten days working with/observing children in a primary school classroom • Must be able to demonstrate interest, experience, skills and commitment related to teaching • Must pass pre-entry skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme. For more information see: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach in primary schools, particularly those in the urban inner-city.

You will be required to train in two consecutive age phases, Foundation/Key Stage 1, or Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2, or Key Stage 2 (7-9, 9-11).

One of the strengths of our provision is our partnership with schools. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, including extended experience in two schools, plus further opportunities in a range of educational contexts.

Courses of study in the programme cover the National Curriculum and take place in both the university and in school.

Opportunities are also provided for students to take an enhancement in an area of personal interest or expertise e.g. Special Educational Needs. University workshops are interactive, encouraging students to work collaboratively on practical tasks whilst also exploring theoretical perspectives. Staff are trained primary teachers and, in addition, are active researchers.

School based training is an integral part of students’ study and provides the context in which students can develop their professional skills, knowledge and understanding.

An inclusive learning environment is provided for students to enhance equality of opportunity. Students are allocated a personal tutor who supports their study on the programme and offers both personal and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding you require to work with primary school children
  • To train you to teach in two consecutive age phases
  • To provide you with an understanding of the National Curriculum and learning needs of children
  • To develop your professional values and practice so you can meet the broad demands of teaching.


  • The Child, the School and the Community (15 credits)
  • Children's Learning and Development (30 credits)
  • Professional Enhancement (Mainstream) (15 credits)
  • Creativity in Learning and Teaching (30 credits)
  • Professional Development (15 credits)
  • Initial School Experience (15 credits)
  • Final School Experience (30 credits)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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