University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Primary (Early Years)

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 3-7 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 should possess a UK 2:2 Honours degree or above in any subject, or equivalent; 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 a valid IELTS certificate is required with an average score of at least 6; at least 10 days recent and relevant experience of working with children in UK mainstream schools before candidates can be considered for interview; a minimum of 5 days experience is required in Early Years settings and 5 days in Key Stage 1.

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 teaching is made up of lectures, seminars, workshops, technology-enhanced activities and tutorials with additional support from mentors and professional staff when out on placements; 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.


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

Campus details

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

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