BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status
Why choose this course?
Achieve your ambitions on one of the country’s top teacher training courses. We’ll work with you to ensure you become the best teacher you can be.
- Join a degree which has won national recognition for quality: we’ve received an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating and are ranked third in the 2015 Good Teacher Training Guide
- Boost your career prospects: for the past three years, 100% of our BEd (Hons) Primary Education graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of completing their degree
- Enjoy exciting school placements where you can develop your professional skills and enhance your employability
- Personalise your degree to match your interests by choosing from our range of curriculum enhancement pathways
- Learn from an experienced, lively and caring teaching team who are committed to your success: in the latest Newly Qualified Teacher Survey, our students rated their training as among the best in the country
UCAS code: X100
Start date: September
Course length: 3 years. Or 4 years if choosing to develop a subject specialism, with the opportunity to gain 40 credits at masters level (level 7).
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus
College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education
About this course
If you already know you’d like to become a primary teacher, this course is an excellent choice. It combines a highly regarded honours degree with the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – so you’ll be able to go straight into your first teaching position when you graduate.
The ideal introduction to teaching
We believe that teaching should be enjoyable, interesting and challenging. That belief runs through every aspect of our BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status degree, which has been carefully designed to match the needs of teachers across the primary phase.
We’ll help you to aim for excellence as a teacher, placing the child at the centre of all you do. At each stage of the course, you’ll have the chance to:
- independently audit and develop your knowledge in all National Curriculum subjects and the Early Years Foundation Stage
- broaden your understanding of the different theories of learning
- expand your professional skills through focused school placements
- become a highly reflective practitioner through mentor support in school and a dedicated module at the University
- enhance your academic abilities – we provide carefully planned support from when you arrive at stage one to when you undertake your own research projects at stage three.
Exciting and varied placements
We’re passionate about making sure you’re ready for your new career in teaching. You’ll undertake a placement in a different school at each stage of the course. Throughout your placements you’ll receive ongoing mentor support from experienced teachers.
You’ll build your skills working with children in different year groups so that you can understand the whole primary phase. The course also includes experience in a special educational needs setting, so that you can appreciate and respond to the diverse needs of children.
We have a dedicated Placement Unit who will help you find the right opportunities and settings, drawing on our partnerships with around 400 schools across the region.
To enhance your placement experience, you’ll have access to an array of classroom resources made available through Derby Library Services for a small fee per item. Our students have enriched their teaching by borrowing everything from story boxes to a full suit of armour and a Chinese dragon.
A degree tailored to your interests
There are opportunities to personalise your degree to reflect your professional interests and career ambitions. At the start of your studies, you’ll gain a broad foundation of knowledge so that you can make more informed choices about the kind of teacher you want to become.
As the course progresses, you can then select curriculum enhancement pathways – our current choices include English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Creative Arts – and enjoy placements in alternative educational settings. In addition, you will conduct an Independent Study where you can research an area of your own interest in depth.
You can also extend the three-year course to four years which gives you greater opportunity to reflect and grow as a professional. You’ll develop your subject specialism further and have the chance to gain credits at masters level.
Experiences to inspire you
We provide you with rich and varied learning experiences beyond the classroom. Our students have undertaken fieldtrips to places as diverse as multi-faith centres, Elvaston Castle and the Thornton’s factory, for example. There may even be the opportunity for overseas school visits.
Social justice lies at the heart of our course and all our students are encouraged to give something back to the local community. You’ll take part in community projects working with children and staff in settings such as schools, charities, museums and galleries.
You can also contribute to our annual Charity Week, coming up with imaginative ways to raise money for good causes. Our 2015 event collected an impressive £9,500 for Barnardo’s.
A vibrant community
We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. The course attracts students from all ages and backgrounds, which makes for a dynamic and lively atmosphere.
Our tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects. You’ll be taught by influential researchers and published authors whose work is helping to shape the future of the teaching profession. You’ll also hear from visiting specialists who deliver thought-provoking guest lectures.
Our impressive Kirtley Building features specialist facilities to prepare you for the demands of 21st-century teaching and learning. It includes specially designed collaborative learning spaces to replicate school classrooms and dedicated rooms for primary Science, English and Maths. The extensive Kirtley Hall is used for activities such as PE, dance and music and features a mezzanine level for observing teaching and learning in action.
If you have any questions, please see our FAQs page or feel free to get in touch.
What you will cover
On the three-year route, you'll study modules such as:
- Reflective Teaching 1: Introduction to Effective Pedagogical Practice
- School and the Curriculum
- Introducing the Principles and Practices of English and Mathematics with Computing
- Developing the Principles and Practices of English and Mathematics with Computing
- Wider Curriculum: Subjects in Focus
- Developing an Understanding of the Wider Curriculum
- Reflective Teaching 2: Principles and Practice
- Acknowledging Diversity in the Classroom
- Enhancing the Principles and Practices of English and Mathematics with Computing
- Extending the Principles and Practices of English and Mathematics with Computing
- Extending the Understanding of the Wider Curriculum
- Alternative Setting Elective
- Reflective Teaching 3: Enacting Professional Accountabilities
- The Professional Teacher in School Communities
- Excellence in English, Mathematics and Sciences
- Independent Study
- Subject Pathway
If you choose the four-year route, you’ll study the stage one and stage two modules previously outlined, then the stage three and four modules below. The fourth year includes a named subject pathway, the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement in an alternative setting, such as a special educational needs setting, and the chance to take modules at masters level.
- Reflective Teaching 3: The Accountable Professional
- The Professional Teacher in School
- Excellence in English, Mathematics and Sciences
- Independent Study
- Subject Pathway
- Reflective Teaching 4: Professional Identities of The Reflective Teacher
- Wider Role of the Teacher
- Enriching the Curriculum
- Subject Enhancement
- Understanding the Learning Community
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 120 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE
Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths, English Language and a Science (there are currently a range of equivalences which can be accepted and you should contact the admissions team if you need clarification)
Interview / Audition
Yes - please see below
Please Note: In addition to the entry requirements above, you must also have recent and sustained experience in a school or setting with children aged 3-11 years.
If you've completed an Access/Foundation course, we also accept these qualifications.
You'll be required to attend an interview at the University. You must also meet all the National College for Teaching and Leadership entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education courses; this includes suitability and fitness to teach checks, and completion of Skills Tests prior to the start of the course. This process begins upon application, but you must have registered for the tests prior to your interview. You must have passed your Skills Tests before 1 May to secure your place on an Initial Teacher Education course.
Please Note: A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.
If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.
Use our UniPoints app as a guide to calculate your UCAS Tariff points, search for courses and check entry requirements for 2017 and beyond.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
How to apply
- Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS
You must have recent primary school experience at the time of application.
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,250 per year
Fees for 2018/19 entry are still being decided, so please check back later in the year for more information.
How you will learn
93% of students were satisfied with the teaching of this course, according to the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).
You’ll learn through lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, and creative partners in our primary education facilities. Your studies will consist of both university-based and school-based education. School placements are a vital part of your development, and you’ll also have the opportunity to broaden your experiences through museum visits, overseas school visits, and visits to special educational needs settings, early years and Key Stage 3 settings.
During the course, you'll spend between 28 and 32 weeks on placement in a number of different schools. This will include a mixture of placements from EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) through to the end of Key Stage 2. You will also complete a placement in a special educational needs setting to help build your skills when working with diverse groups.
If you complete the course in four years, you may opt to complete your stage three placement in a special educational needs setting or EYFS setting.
How you're assessed
There are no exams, so you’ll be assessed through essays, personal reflections, presentations, reports, tests, and audits. There is an assessed school placement every year.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
Our newly qualified teachers are highly regarded within the education sector and our employability statistics speak for themselves. For the last three years, 100% of our Primary Education graduates have progressed to work or further study within six months of completing the course. Many go on to secure jobs at schools where they undertook their placements.
When you graduate, you could choose to continue studying with us by taking our MA Education course, which will help you to explore the wider impact of education and increase your confidence as a practitioner. The MA Education is especially valuable if you have set your sights on more senior roles such as head teacher or deputy head teacher. If you have taken the four-year .BEd (Hons) route, you may already have 40 credits to contribute to a masters level qualification.
As a newly qualified teacher, you can also benefit from the University’s continuing support as you take your career forward. We offer a range of resources, subject updates, events, conferences and development opportunities to ease your transition into professional practice.
What our students say
"The University of Derby BEd (Hons) Primary Education is an outstanding course which offers a variety of experiences to all students who attend. All the tutors are extremely supportive in encouraging their students to seize all opportunities which will enhance their interests, thus helping them to develop into excellent teachers."
Ursula Taylor, graduate
"The lecturers are inspirational role models due to their continuing professional development and close links with schools. Many are also published writers which demonstrate their serious commitment to education."
Verity Lee, graduate
"My highlight from the course was the attitude of all the teaching staff, as their interest and enthusiasm provided me with the opportunity to grow as a trainee teacher. Also, the two placements I undertook opened my eyes to the challenges and extreme highs of the profession."
Bradley Jacklin, graduate
"When my interview came around I was made to feel incredibly at ease and welcome, everyone was very friendly and understanding. The interview process was fair, and offered equal opportunity for people to show why they should be on the course."
Samantha Tomlinson, graduate
"Gaining experience in the classroom was essential for my personal development and this is why I chose a BEd at the University of Derby, as the course offered a variety of placements over the four years. The length of the course appealed to me, as I knew that four years would allow me to develop professionally and academically and lead me on the path to my goal as a teacher."
Rebecca Linsdell, graduate
"I attended four open days, of which Derby was my second. After the first day I was sure it was the place for me. The University had a friendly and welcoming feel from day one. When I was asked to attend an interview for the BEd course I was over the moon. The interview day was fantastic and made me realise this was the course and university for me."
Victoria Kilby, graduate
"I visited local universities to see what courses they offered and which was right for me, and as soon as I walked through the door at Derby I knew it would be my first choice. I remember that not only were the resources and facilities extensive, but I immediately recognised the friendliness of the staff who were extremely supportive from the outset."
Samantha Brumby, graduate
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