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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Primary Education at Nottingham Trent University

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela

Become a Primary or Early Years teacher with our comprehensive teacher-training degree. Our expert tutors will support you to become a confident and creative teacher with the skills and experience demanded by schools.

This is one of the most highly regarded courses in the country, with an enviable employment record. Our close relationship with partnership schools means you gain a wide experience of teaching in many different kinds of educational settings, from large inner-city academies to small, rural schools.

Why choose this course?

You will develop the depth and breadth of your subject knowledge, so you can begin your career as a confident and innovative teacher.

You will benefit from:

  • accreditation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, allowing you to take a post as a Newly Qualified Teacher upon successful completion
  • the option to specialise in either Early Years, or Primary Education with a subject focus
  • excellent facilities and experienced and enthusiastic tutors.

Why four years?

We don't take a three year course and stretch it out over four years.

We build in enrichment opportunities and a greater depth of study which would not be possible if we just had a three year course. We can provide you with more time in school – at least 160 days, but this is likely to be higher depending on your specific choices. Each placement ranges from five to eight weeks and helps you to become an excellent and highly reflective primary teacher.

Enrichment opportunities include:

  • a residential fieldwork trip in Year One to the Peak District
  • the Take One Picture project, linked to the National Gallery
  • a special placement in Year Three where you chose to spend at least ten days in an educational context anywhere in the world
  • extra school-based projects including Core Week and SEND Week.

Our students appreciate the extra time to develop their skills before beginning their career in primary education.

Masters study

With a four year course, we can include an in depth Leading Primary / Early Years Practice module which can be studied at Masters level. Successful completion at Masters level will result in 60 credits towards a full Masters degree. With a growing emphasis on higher level qualifications for teachers, you will be ideally placed for your future career.

Careers and employability

Your career development

What skills will I develop?

Through their Primary Education degree, graduates develop a valuable set of skills that are transferrable to a range of careers, including:

  • knowledge of teaching and learning processes
  • thinking critically and creatively
  • initiating and challenging ideas
  • planning and organisation
  • patience and flexibility
  • knowledge of child development
  • interpretive and analytical thinking
  • problem solving skills
  • oral and written communication

Your future career

Graduates have gained positions in Primary schools in the UK and overseas. Primary Education graduates also find employment in government departments, educational publishing, social service agencies, and research fields.

Our graduates* are following a variety of career paths including roles as:

  • Primary school teacher
  • Early years practitioner
  • Family and child community worker
  • Special education teacher
  • Teaching assistant
  • Supply teacher

*DLHE Survey, 2015-16

Our close relationships with partnership schools leads to a high proportion of graduates taking up employment locally.

With four periods of professional practice and wider enrichment opportunities, such as field work and specialisation, our graduates are confident, critical and creative professionals committed to the development of all through education and highly employable. Our emphasis on subject leadership in the final year of the course ensures that graduates are well placed to lead innovative practice in school.

See where this degree could take you with our Careers Brochure.

Teaching salaries

The average starting salary for a teacher is £22,240 and experienced teachers can earn up to £65,000, with Head Teachers reaching salaries over £100,000 (NCTL website, October 2015).

From the outset of your training, you will focus on developing your teaching skills and demonstrating the impact of children's learning.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 13450 per year

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

All applicants are required to have a Primary National Curriculum subject or one related to child development from:

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent; and
  • GCSEs – five at grade 4 or equivalent including English, Mathematics and Science.

Other requirements

  • an interview and English test;
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check;
  • a Prohibition Order check;
  • a satisfactory health declaration; and
  • Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy (pass); and
  • 10 day's work experience (gained within the last two years or pending) within a UK mainstream Primary school (3-11) or an Early Years setting (0-5). This includes Nursery, Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We need you to have gained at least 5 days work experience before we will consider you for an interview, with the remaining 5 days booked in and secured.

School experience

Within your personal statement you must confirm how many full days you have spent in a UK mainstream Primary School (ages (3-11) or an Early Years setting (ages 0-5) within the last two years. Half days can be added but other work experiences such as working in a school abroad, working in a SEN classroom, lunch club, breakfast club and after school clubs do not cover the specific 10 days we are looking for, although it will enhance the overall application.  You should ideally state the dates you worked, how many days you completed and which schools you attended during this period. Failure to stipulate the work experience will result in a delay on your application form while we obtain this information.

Find out about the NCTL's School Experience Programme and read tips on how to arrange your school experience.

Alternative qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.  We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

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