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