Bachelor of Education Honours Degree Primary with QTS

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • Ranked 11th for Education in the 2022 Guardian University Guide
  • 100% coursework and practice-based assessment
  • Top uni for 'Overall Satisfaction' in 2021 NSS for Teacher Training

You’re full of ideas and have a passion for teaching. You want to be a positive influence.  You want to create a stimulating and inclusive learning environment. Primary school teaching puts you in a unique and powerful position to enrich young lives. We’ll launch you on a journey to become an inspirational teacher. We’ll unlock your potential so you can unlock the potential of the children you teach.You’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status, which means you can join a school as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).

Be the best you can be 

Most of us remember our favourite teacher. Maybe they had a great sense of humour, were kind, patient or had a way of explaining things so that suddenly everything seemed possible. We’ll teach you how to use your strengths, skills, and personality to motivate pupils with different abilities from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

Show don’t tell 

Learning happens best through practical experience. Try out different teaching approaches in small seminar groups. Go on field trips to museums. Learn about Forest Schools. How do outside environments increase engagement? Experience learning from the perspective of young pupils. Not only do we showcase a range of innovative teaching styles, but you’ll also immerse yourself in school-based training throughout your degree. You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days working in our partnership schools. You’ll have the opportunity to observe professional teachers. You’ll experience school life in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 so you can try different techniques and observe a range of age levels. This is your chance to put theory into practice.  

 ‘Our school warmly welcomes the high-quality trainees from the University of Hertfordshire. The support they receive from the University is second to none and all our staff and pupils benefit hugely from having such vibrant and enthusiastic trainees working and learning alongside us. It is no coincidence that a large percentage of my teachers trained at the University of Hertfordshire’  

Judy King, Head Teacher, St Andrew’s CE Primary School and Nursery 

We believe in you 

You’ll be taught by a team of energetic and friendly teachers who will be with you every step of the way. We’ll give you opportunities to thrive. You’ll have the platform to succeed. There will be advice if you want it. We’ll inspire you to develop imaginative approaches to teaching. Together we’ll help you build your teacher identity. We’ll give you the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach all subjects in the primary curriculum.  

Become a teacher of the future 

You’ll learn modern teaching techniques to engage young people today. You’ll develop a diverse range of skills such as creating videos, delivering presentations, and designing apps. You’ll be able to try new things, take risks, be brave. We’ll expand your technical knowledge, so your teaching style is relevant and engaging. You’ll enter a rewarding and fulfilling teaching career, feeling confident because you studied at Herts. 

The course also offers the opportunity to partake in a residential visit to experience aspects of learning in the outdoors. In the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS), 100% of BEd Primary Education students said the course provided them with opportunities to apply what they've learnt.

What's the course about?

This course is available to Home and EU applicants only.

In the first year, you’ll develop a genuine interest in a broad range of subjects, including English, Mathematics, Science, RE and PE. You’ll deconstruct how children learn to read and write. You’ll focus on the role of phonics. You’ll explore the link between reading, writing and the spoken word. We’ll teach you arithmetic skills, so you feel empowered to teach others. We’ll show you different methods to teach mathematics. You’ll extend your knowledge of science and enjoy practical experiments. You’ll reflect on your personal experiences of learning and think about what that means for you as a teacher. You’ll observe how children learn and how teachers teach. You'll start to make the links between theory and practice as you go on school-based training. You’ll work with small groups of children, as you plan and deliver a range of classroom activities. Every step of the way you’ll have the support of University tutors and school mentors. By the end of this year, you’ll be able to reflect on your practice by analysing your strengths and areas for development. As a teacher, you are always learning.  

In the second year, you’ll develop a strong understanding of the English language. You’ll extend your knowledge of mathematics and science. Together, we’ll discover new ways to teach these subjects. You'll produce engaging lessons. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of your role as a teacher. You’ll recognise the impact different teaching styles can have on different learners. Just as we all teach differently, we all learn differently too. How can you adjust your approach to bring the whole class with you? You’ll gain an understanding of the different barriers to learning. You’ll find ways to overcome them. You’ll focus on lesson planning, so you don’t leave anyone behind. You’ll continue your school-based training with confidence. You’ll have more contact time and more responsibilities. You’ll teach a wide range of subjects, adapting to the needs of your pupils. You’ll critique your classroom practice honestly, objectively and with compassion. We’ll nurture your passion to teach. We’ll guide and support you. This is your journey and we’re right behind you. 

In the third year, you’ll develop your professional practice. You’ll express your vision, values and philosophy based on a sound theoretical and practical foundation. We’ll invite you to critique current initiatives, so you can use them to strengthen your own practice. You’ll develop a deep understanding of children’s learning. You’ll feel confident to teach English and literacy across the curriculum. When it comes to mathematics, you’re on your way to becoming an outstanding maths teacher. You’ll excel in your final school-based training as you take on more of the class teacher’s role. We’ll encourage you to be creative in your cross-curricular approach. You’ll develop a higher level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. You’ll have the skills and subject knowledge required to teach the full National Curriculum at Primary level. This is the year when you’ll really start to feel like a teacher. 

Your main campus is de Havilland  

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends.  Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.  

For more information about the course, take a look at our BEd Primary Education pocket guide.

What will I study?

Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each. 

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Elizabeth - My week at a glance

My week at a glance

Hi! I’m Elizabeth, I have just finished my Second year of Primary Education at the University of Hertfordshire. I am going to give you a little insight as to what my typical week looks like on this course.

If you chose to study primary education there are two types of typical weeks that you will come across, firstly you will have a typical week at university and secondly there will be a typical week on placement. These two types of weeks have huge differences in the time spent working and the time spent socialising.

During a typical university week, I would be in lectures and seminars most days, however, I would only usually be on campus for a few hours each day. During these hours on campus, I attend one hour long lectures with my entire class, and then two/three-hour long seminars. It is typical that you will spend more time in seminars than lectures as these are where you get more hands on with your learning. You are in a smaller group and will be given more practical examples and learning opportunities to combine the learning from the lectures.

My face-to-face learning time varies from week to week, about timings of lectures and seminars. Although, it is very typical to only be in lectures and seminars for half days of Wednesday, as there are often sporting events and competitions that happen then.

I have a fair amount of free time during a typical university week, and I aim to split this time wisely to ensure that I have time to do any university work that needs doing as well as reading around a topic (which will come in very handy when it comes to writing assignments). It is also important to set some time aside for things that you enjoy doing, such as socialising, doing a hobby or anything that keeps you relaxed so that you can focus better when learning. For instance, I like to spend weekends seeing my friends and family, as well as spending some of my evenings attending gym classes.

On the other hand, whilst you are on placement, it will often feel like you don’t have a lot of time, as you will be working in schools typically from 08:00 to 17:00 every day. Although this seems a lot on top of all other university work and extracurricular activities, it is such a valuable experience, and will you enjoy it. There is a fair amount of work to be doing whilst on placement, including planning for lessons and meeting all the assessment points. However, this does give you valuable experience as this is a picture of what life may be like when teaching full time.

Although this sounds like it is a busy course, which it is, you will have the best time studying it because of the experiences that you get from it.

I wish you the best of luck with university and your course.

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Elizabeth - Things you should know

Things you need to know before studying Primary Education with QTS at Herts

Hi! I’m Elizabeth, I have just finished my second year of Primary Education at the University of Hertfordshire. I am going to give you a little insight as to what I think is important to consider when starting university.

It is important to know that if you chose a course and do not get on with it, then it is ok to look at other options that might suit you better. This happened to me, I initially started my university experience enrolled on a physiotherapy degree. Soon after my first placement on this course, I started feeling that this wasn’t right for me and I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I thought I would. To begin with, I thought I might just be homesick or finding it hard to be on my own when I only had a few friends, so I bottled it all up for a while. However, after this had gotten too much for me and I really wasn’t feeling the course and dreading my second placement, I finally built up the courage to talk to someone about it and they were helpful! It is always important to talk to people if you don’t feel right or something is bothering you, whether this is your family, friends, course tutors or the student wellbeing team on site. It is always best to get things out that bother you, so others can help you find a way to move forward that is best for you. After talking to lots of people and taking time to think about what I wanted, I chose to change courses the following year and now and absolutely loving my time at university. I have made such good friends and have had the best experiences because I finally decided to talk to someone about what was bothering me and found a way that suited me much better.

With all this in mind, it is vital that you consider your wellbeing and take time for yourself. It is important to manage your time well, by splitting this between university work, socialising and taking some time out for yourself. If you manage your time well, your university experience will be so much better as your prioritising the right task at the right time. Consider what makes you feel best if you don’t feel in a good headspace to work, take some time off for your wellbeing, but ensure that university work is done before deadlines!

University life can be different from what you might be used to. It is a positive step if you chose to do what helps you the most. University life will encourage you to take on responsibilities about looking after yourself as well as managing a budget (something I am not the best at) It will be one of the best experiences you will ever have, aside from the challenging work, as you will meet lifelong friends and have experiences you will never forget!

I wish you the best of luck with university and your course.

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Elizabeth - Why I chose Herts

Why I chose Herts

Hi! I’m Elizabeth, I have just finished my second year of Primary Education at the University of Hertfordshire. I am going to give you a little insight as to why I chose to study at the University of Hertfordshire.

When I first started looking at universities, I was looking at studying physiotherapy, however, after a few months of studying, I decided that this wasn’t the course for me. I then began the transition of changing my course. The staff were so helpful with this and I am now having the best time at university.

I live about 2 hours from the University, which for me is a good distance from home as it meant that I was far enough away from home so that I was independent, but also not too far so that family and friends could come and visit or vice versa.

When I was looking at universities, the University of Hertfordshire had the best vibe about it, I felt like I would enjoy being there. Just from open days, I got the sense that people here enjoyed being here and I wanted that feeling. The looks of the campuses and the resources were brilliant with there being a lot of new buildings and work being done to make it even more appealing.

I really wanted the chance to live in halls and experience what they were like. When I was looking around them, I really liked what they looked like and could picture myself living there. It is important to be able to picture yourself living there and spending a lot of time on campus and the surrounding areas.

Admittedly, for me, there is not a lot to do in Hatfield itself where the campus is based, however, there is a lot to do in the surrounding towns. Many places are a short drive or bus ride away so that in your free time you can do things like mini-golf, shopping or going to get food with friends (although if you have the right friends you don’t always need to go out and do things, their company is enough!) I also loved the fact that London was only a short train ride away and there are endless possibilities of things to do there. I often spend a lot of free time in London with my friends.

Overall, I chose the University of Hertfordshire because I liked the vibe I got when I was there, how it looked, what they had to offer and the places that I could go from there. It is important to find a university that suits your needs and wants but for me, this was all done at the University of Hertfordshire.

I wish you the best of luck with university and your course.

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Alumni Stories

Rebecca Shelford

Meet Rebecca Shelford who plans to take her love of nature into the classroom

Read more stories Bachelor of Education Honours Degree Primary with QTS
Current job roleMaster's student
Year of graduation2021
Course of studyBEd (Hons) Primary
Rebecca Shelford

Rebecca (Becky) has always had a keen interest in working with children so saw it as a natural step to study Primary Education.

Why choose Herts

When it came to ‘the where’ Becky says, ‘I chose to study at UH because the School of Education was the best out of all the unis that I looked at. The friendly staff and well-stocked library made it the top choice for me.’

Speaking about the course and the opportunities it presented Becky says that it helped her immeasurably, ‘There were so many opportunities for co-curricular achievements, such as a Science Enhancement Award, that helped to build my confidence and competence in the classroom and will definitely help me to stand out when applying for future positions.

'I had such a wide variety of placements – they were all so different! My mentors were lovely, and the classes were great. I think my favourite thing though was the change I felt between my first and last placements. When I was standing in front of the whole class, teaching lessons I had planned myself, feeling confident in a way I couldn’t have imagined during my first placement – that was amazing!'

Best memories

Like many students, Becky’s favourite memory revolves around completing her course. ‘My favourite memory is of graduation. It was such an emotional day and being in St Albans Cathedral made it so special. It was great to see everyone graduate as qualified teachers after working so hard!’

Words of advice

Becky has some thoughtful and considered advice for anyone looking to follow her path into teaching. 'Go for it! Teaching can be tough, but it’s definitely worth it. If you’re still unsure, spend some time helping out in a school, it will give you an idea if it’s for you.'

The future

Whilst on placement, Becky enjoyed taking classes out into nature and has decided to further her interest in this. She has just completed a Master's in Outdoor Learning in the Lake District, where she undertook research exploring how storytelling can be used to connect children with nature. 'The staff at Herts instilled the importance of literature in children's education and development, so it was fantastic to be able to take this further. I'll be moving to Australia at the end of the year, where I hope to continue working in environmental outdoor education.'

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Alumni Stories

Jake Garwood

Meet Jake Garwood who discovered his passion for teaching and education while studying. He currently works as a Year 4 teacher in a junior school near the University.

Read more stories Find out more about this course
Current job roleYear 4 teacher
Year of graduation2016 / 2017
Course of studyBA (Hons) Education
PGCE in Primary Education

Sparking a passion

Jake decided to go to the University of Hertfordshire based on our 'excellent reputation for teaching training.' His time as a student did not disappoint as his course sparked his passion for education and he says the 'engaging modules at the University and inspiring tutors played a key part in making me the teacher I am today.'

The variety of modules on both of my degrees, from contemporary issues in education to educational technology, from philosophy of education to equality and inclusion, put me in the best possible position to begin my teaching career.'

Aspirations for the future

Jake finds teaching an extremely rewarding career, therefore he does not intend to leave the profession. He says, 'I think it is one of the most rewarding profession available and if you care about the future, then teaching the next generation is one of the best things you can do.'

However, he adds that his ultimate goal is to work towards a Masters in Education, followed by a PhD in the same field. He'd like to keep his options open as to future career paths.'