University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Primary Teacher Training (Early Years and Key Stage 1)

The course offers students the opportunity to learn about all the National Curriculum subjects and the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, with a focus on teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (age range 3 to 7).

Entry requirements

Applicants require minimum GCSE grade C English language, mathematics and a science subject (or equivalent), although a grade B is preferred; acceptable science courses at GCSE level include physics, chemistry or biology; a dual award science is also acceptable; Core and Additional science each at grade C and a merit or higher in OCR science is also acceptable; in total a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A-C are required. Applicants must have been awarded (or be about to be awarded) a 1st degree (upper 2nd Class or above) in a relevant subject; this could be a National Curriculum subject or an area relevant to early childhood education; however other subjects at degree level are considered. Applicants also require a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check There is a charge for this which is currently �44 (subject to change). Applicants must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children and must not have a criminal record. Applicants must: meet the Secretary of State�s requirements for health and physical capacity to teach; demonstrate the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the required QTS standards; have passed skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the initial teacher training course and must have registered for the tests before being offered an interview; demonstrate that they can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English; possess the appropriate professional qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher. Prior to application applicants should have spent at least one week in an early years setting (0-5 years) and at least 1 week in a Key stage 1 (5-7 years) setting for the 3 to 7 age range course or the same length of time but with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children, preferably in the 5 - 9 age range. Each week of experience should be a continuous block and applicants must obtain a reference from one school and present it at the interview. Provide 1 academic reference; applicants about to graduate or who have graduated within the past 3 years the main referee must be a university or college lecturer who can comment on academic ability. Applicants who acquired a degree overseas will need to provide a full transcript of the award, along with details of the marking scheme used. Interviews will take place at a school and at the University.All conditions must be met by 31 August 2015 (please allow extra time for Skills Test retakes).

Course modules

Students study the core national curriculum subjects as well as the foundations subjects. All students study modules in special educational needs and practical teaching modules as well as having the opportunity to develop a subject specialism.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through coursework and assessment of practical teaching.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01484 478249