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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 tenth in the 2017 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
You may also be interested in our four-year Integrated Masters in Education (MEdu) (in curriculum enhancement) with Qualified Teacher Status.Show All
UCAS code: X100 Start date: September Course length: 3 years full-time. 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.
This course enjoys a strong reputation locally, nationally and internationally. Supported by a large partnership of quality assured primary, infant, junior, middle and special schools, you will undertake school-based as well as university-based training as stipulated by the National College (NCTL).
Our BEd (Hons) Primary Eduation with QTS degree aims to:
- Develop outstanding teachers within the primary age phase who are resilient, critical, and reflective classroom practitioners, and who have the confidence to challenge policy, practice and ways of teaching
- Equip you with advanced teaching and academic skills to support professional and transformative practice that is inclusive and sensitive to the learning needs of children to ensure good outcomes for all
- Foster an inquiry based approach to the understanding of methods of teaching, subject knowledge and skills
- Develop an understanding of inspirational and innovative classroom practice to motivate, challenge and empower learners
- Establish your personal and professional philosophy of education which will underpin practice
- Harness knowledge, skills and understanding to effectively lead, manage and work collaboratively with other professionals, agencies and the wider community to ensure the wellbeing and holistic development of all learners
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 – possible choices may include English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, Humanities, SEND, Physical Activity 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.
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.
If you have any questions, please see our FAQs page or feel free to get in touch.
What you will cover
You'll study modules such as:
- Professional Practice 1
- Child Development
- Mathematics and English: Starting Points for Learning and Teaching
- Science and Computing: Starting Points for Learning and Teaching
- Wider Curriculum: Starting Points for Learning and Teaching
- Keeping Safe
- Educational Theory, Policy and Practice
- Professional Practice 2
- Mathematics and English: Progressing Learning and Teaching
- Science and Computing: Progressing Learning and Teaching
- Wider Curriculum: Progressing Learning and Teaching
- Diversity Matters
- Educational Settings
- Research Methods for Teacher Inquiry
- Professional practice 3
- Curriculum Enhancement*
- English, Mathematics and Science: Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
- Professional Accountability
- Educational Inquiry
- Optional module – choose from:
- Conditions for Learning
- Inclusion: Making a Difference
- Curriculum Design
Possible choices for Curriculum Enhancement may include Creative Arts, English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, SEND, Primary Foreign Languages, Physical Activity and Humanities.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
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 considered. Please contact our 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 of the National College for Teaching and Leadership entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education courses, which include completion of an Occupational Health Questionnaire; evidence of school experience by way of a 'Potential to Teach' letter on letter headed paper signed by the head teacher; and completion of the 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 for this course. Our Admissions team will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied.
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 or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.
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 approximately 26 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.
How you're assessed
There are no exams, so you’ll be assessed through essays, personal reflections, presentations, posters, 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.
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 has provided me with a wealth of placements, allowing me to experience teaching practice in a range of settings such as Special Needs Schools, multi-cultural schools and Pupil Referral Units. These placements helped me to gain a greater understanding of the varying needs children may have whilst in my care and how to approach these as their class teacher."
Leanne Rowley, graduate
"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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