Bachelor of Education Honours Degree Primary with QTS

About the course


This course is available to Home and EU applicants only.

Why choose this course?

The BEd (Hons) degree for Primary Teaching (with QTS) is a three-year full-time programme offering professional and academic training leading to recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status. It is structured to allow you to develop the skills and subject knowledge required by primary teachers to teach the full National Curriculum, and develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to primary practice.

School based training will be offered in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2. You will be qualified to teach across the 3 – 11 age range.

Teaching in primary schools is a demanding, but satisfying and fulfilling career, and this BEd degree is designed to ensure you meet these demands with growing confidence. Our students are intelligent and resourceful, communicate well, and have a wide range of interests. The teaching quality and excellent provision in the School of Education have been consistently recognised by Ofsted inspections.

Take a look at our BEd Primary Education pocket guide.

Professional Accreditations

Qualified Teacher Status


Opportunities for BEd graduates are excellent with many obtaining first teaching posts in local schools.

Teaching methods

You will be supported in thinking critically about education, learning and teaching in a variety of contexts, including lectures, seminars and practical workshops. There is an expectation that you will engage with on-line materials and you will be encouraged to take responsibility for studying independently. In school, there will be enquiry based tasks to complete as well as opportunities to observe professional practice.

The BEd (Hons) programme has an ongoing 100% coursework assessment structure. Assignments are varied and encourage a wide range of knowledge and skills to be assessed. All teaching placements must be successfully completed for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)  to be recommended.

Work Placement

There are twenty four weeks of assessed school based training spread over the three years of the degree. In each year you are placed in a partnership school under the guidance of a class teacher who has received mentor training from the University. Curriculum courses are closely linked to work in school through a series of directed tasks undertaken with class teacher support. This enables your learning to be based in professional practice. The excellent partnerships with primary schools enable you to benefit from the range of expertise of local teachers.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • School Placement 1 - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Foundation Subjects and RE - 15 Credits
  • Children's Development in English - 15 Credits
  • Developing Professional Practice Induction 2 - 15 Credits
  • Science: Learning and Teaching - 15 Credits
  • An introduction to mathematics learning - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to English - 15 Credits
  • Developing Professional Practice Induction 1 - 15 Credits


  • Alternative to School Placement - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Developing Professional Practice Consolidation 1 - 15 Credits
  • School Placement 2 - 15 Credits
  • Developing classroom practice in mathematics - 15 Credits
  • English: Children's Experiences of Texts - 15 Credits
  • Developing Professional Practice Consolidation 2 - 15 Credits
  • Creative Enquiry in Science and the Foundation Subjects - 30 Credits
  • English: Diversity and Inclusion - 15 Credits


  • Alternative to School Placement - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • School Placement 3 - 30 Credits
  • English Across the Curriculum - 15 Credits
  • Developing Professional Practice Enrichment 2 - 15 Credits
  • Becoming an outstanding maths teacher - 15 Credits
  • Developing a creative curriculum - 15 Credits
  • Developing Professional Practice Enrichment 1 - 30 Credits


  • Alternative to School Placement - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry 

112 UCAS points 

UCAS points can be gained from any combination of the following:

A Levels in:

  • Art including Textiles, Fashion, Photography
  • Business Education including Economics
  • Design Technology
  • English including Language, Literature, Language and Literature, Media Studies, Drama
  • Foreign Language - any 
  • Geography including Geology
  • History
  • IT including Computer Science
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Music including Performing Arts
  • PE
  • Philosophy including Philosophy and Ethics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • RE including Critical Thinking, Philosophy and Critical Thinking
  • Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Additional Science, Applied Science, Zoology, Environmental Science
  • Sociology

A level General Studies and A level Health & Social Care accepted if accompanied by one or more of the subjects above.

Or: Level 3 BTEC in:

  • Applied Science
  • Art & Design (inc 3D Design, Design Crafts, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Photography, Textiles)
  • Business
  • Children’s Care, Learning & Development  
  • Children’s Play, Learning & Development
  • Computing 
  • Creative Media Production 
  • Creative Digital Media Production Information Technology
  • Music (inc. Music Technology)
  • Performing Arts
  • Production Arts (inc Design and Technical)
  • Sport Science
  • Sport and Exercise Science

BTEC National Diploma in a subject not previously stated (i.e. Health & Social Care, Travel & Tourism) plus 1 A level from the list above.


  • Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education
  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
  • Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)
  • Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

Or: Access to Higher Education qualifications are welcomed (subject dependent) with a profile of 45 Level 3 credits at merit or above.

Equivalents acceptable: 

  • Welsh Baccalaureate 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate to include English, Maths and Science 
  • At least 2 Scottish Advanced Highers, one must be in a National Curriculum subject 

We do accept:

  • Extended projects, music/dance exams, ASDAN, COPE etc. and any AS subject not carried through to A Level (i.e any UCAS tariff bearing qualification to support reaching required number of 112 points)

You will also be required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the programme.

Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview. We recommend that applicants undertake observation time in a state primary school prior to interview but this is not essential. We have created some activities to support observation in school that applicants - either before or after interview - may find useful. Download task details.

During registration on the programme, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check, and a Disqualification by Association.

GCSE Maths, English Language, and Science at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure)

Subject to interview and DBS check and Skills Test Pass.

IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. 

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply


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