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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.

The course also offers the opportunity to partake in a residential visit to experience aspects of learning in the outdoors.

Take a look at our BEd Primary Education pocket guide.

What job can I get?

By successfully completing this course, you'll gain Qualified Teacher Status and be ready to start your career as a Newly Qualified Teacher of three to 11-year-olds. Employment opportunities are excellent, with many of our graduates securing first teaching posts in local schools. You also have the opportunity of gaining a higher degree by continuing your studies on our MA Education programme.

Professional Accreditations

Qualified Teacher Status

Course details

Careers

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.

Structure

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

Optional

  • 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: The Teaching of Writing - 15 Credits

Optional

  • 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

Optional

  • Alternative to School Placement - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 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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Scholarships

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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...

2019 entry 

88 - 168 UCAS points (offers below 112 based on significant work experience)

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
  • Health & Social Care
  • 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 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
  • Health & Social Care
  • Information Technology
  • Music (inc. Music Technology)
  • Performing Arts
  • Production Arts (inc Design and Technical)
  • Sport
  • Sport Science
  • Sport and Exercise Science

BTEC National Diploma in a subject not previously stated (i.e. Animal Management) plus 1 A level from the list above.

Or NCFE CACHE:

  • 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)
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

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)

GCSE or IGCSE Maths, English Language, and Science at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the previous grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. 

Prior experience in a school is not required. Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview. Contact education@herts.ac.uk if you would like further support or guidance.

You will be required to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.

If offered a place, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check, and you are required to respond to targeted and relevant health questions (DfE ITT: criteria and supporting advice October 2018).

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

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2020

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