University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Primary Education

The course offers an in-depth and high quality qualification in primary school teaching, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The 38-week, three-unit course is run in partnership with local schools and prepares you to teach the 5-11 age range. The course starts early in September with an intensive induction programme where you will be introduced to the University; learn about the use of ICT for personal and professional development; be introduced to the foundation subjects and science; and start your sessions on research methodology. During this time we will start to prepare you for your first placement.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a UK 2:2 Honours degree above or equivalent in any subject; all applicants must have GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and science; all GCSE requirements must be in place at the time of application; applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C English language must hold a valid IELTS certificate with an average score of at least 6; at least 10 days recent and relevant experience of working with children across all areas of the National Curriculum in a UK mainstream primary school before candidates can be considered for interview; the 10 days observation experience should be split between Key Stages 1 and 2: 5 days in Key Stage 1 and 5 days in Key Stage 2.

Course modules

The course is divided into three units. It is a Masters level course. Two of the units carry 30 credits each. All three units are assessed for QTS. The taught elements are made up of the following: Perspectives, Values, Principles and Beliefs in Education (PVPB), The Reflective Journal (Professional Development Planning - PDP),Learning and Teaching the Curriculum. The sessions run weekly throughout the course. The content of the course presents issues that relate to learning and teaching, classroom management, assessment and reporting, as well as topics such as behaviour and inclusion.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through successful completion of the placements, and through a written research project and the online reflective journal. Additionally students are required to be secure in all the national standards set out for QTS, including passing the QTS skills tests in mathematics and English.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 11 months
PGCE Full-time £ 9,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 11 months
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 11 months
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 11 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bedford Campus Bedford MK41 9EA South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01234 793279