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Primary Education (5-11) QTS BA (Hons)

This programme develops highly committed, creative and reflective teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) who are capable of maximising children’s learning in Key Stage 1 (aged 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (age 7-11) contexts. 

The programme supports teacher trainees in developing the skills, knowledge and understanding required to demonstrate the professional standards for teaching 5 to 11-year-olds as required by The Department for Education. On successful completion graduates are recommended for, and awarded, Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Trainees undertake a total of five placements across two National Curriculum key stages to provide a breadth of teaching experience. Trainees study a subject specialism in-depth (presently English, Mathematics, Science, History, or PE).

Our achievements include:

  • among the highest newly qualified teacher (NQT) employment ratings nationally
  • praised by the NCLT for our teaching of Phonics

The Faculty of Education and Humanities received an Ofsted Grade ‘Good’ in November 2014 and they concluded “This reflects the strongly cohesive training programmes between the University and school based learning. Individual students are very well supported during their training and into their teaching posts. Trainees are well prepared to teach the early years or national curriculum and prepare their pupils for life in modern Britain. The high level of employment demonstrates the value placed on the trainees in the Partnership of over 300 diverse schools/settings.”

There are opportunities to engage with an international experience. Year Two students may visit Germany as part of our exchange programme and Year Three students have the opportunity to apply to participate in a summer school in Hong Kong.

Hear from one of our Primary Education graduates in this short video:

Please note, the title of this course/award is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation.


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Overall student satisfaction*
*The National Student Survey 2015
Student satisfaction with teaching*
*The National Student Survey 2015
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Three years full-time.

A typical offer would be BCC at A Level, DMM at BTEC or 112 UCAS points.

Applicants must have GCSE grade C (a higher grade is preferable) in English Language, Mathematics and Science before application. If you have a GCSE result pending, please contact study@northampton.ac.uk for advice.

Applicants must have a minimum of five days recent experience in a UK maintained Primary school (KS1 or KS2). It is preferably that these have been completed before interview.

Offer subject to checks and broader disclosures including Occupational Health Screening are required.

You must pass the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy prior to enrolling on the programme. We will provide support once you have confirmed your place. Please contact study@northampton.ac.uk for advice.