Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Primary and Early Years Education (5-11)

With options to specialise in English, Science, SEN/D and Modern Languages.

This course has been planned and developed in partnership with schools and early years settings to provide high calibre new teachers for the 21st Century; together, the University and partnership schools support the development of new teachers and enhance the quality of the teaching profession; the programme is designed to develop characteristics that ensure students are well equipped to meet the demands of this challenging but rewarding profession; the characteristics have been developed around 5 themed areas: Professionalism; educational philosophy; policy and purpose; equality and diversity; pedagogy and practical skills; knowledge transformation and learning;

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In addition to the general entry requirements, you’ll need a good honours degree (preferably 2:1 or above); your degree can be in any subject. We only accept candidates with GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

We advise that you gain at least two weeks of experience in an educational setting; this will provide you with a good foundation for the programme.

Course modules

University-based training
We’ll encourage you to think critically about research, national initiatives and classroom practice, as well as supporting you in the process of reflective evaluation.

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following key strands:  English, Maths, Science, Professional Studies, Teaching in a Diverse Society and Teachers as Researchers.

School-based training
You’ll be placed in at least two schools or settings, meaning you’ll become familiar with their work and the nature of teaching.

This is your opportunity to practise your developing teaching skills. During school training you’ll be able to reflect on your university training in the context of children’s learning environments.

We’ll help you monitor and track your progress; offering you advice on how to improve your performance as a teacher. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will regularly meet with you to review your progress, as well as visiting you during your assessed school training. During school training you will also be supported by a training mentor, who is usually the class teacher.

Assessment methods

You’ll be required to undertake a range of assignments which assess your understanding of theories and practices relating to teaching.

In addition, you’re required to pass two assessed school/setting phases which will demonstrate your skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,500 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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