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Becoming a primary teacher

Everyone remembers their first teacher. Enthuse and inspire the next generation with a primary teaching qualification from the one of the country's top three providers of teacher training.

As a primary teacher you will work with young children aged 5-11. This creative and incredibly rewarding career gives you the opportunity to shape young minds; helping them to develop socially, emotionally and intellectually.

At the Institute of Education we offer several different routes to qualifying as a primary teacher. All our courses give you the skills and knowledge you need to teach across the different primary age ranges, and one of our undergraduate degrees also gives you the opportunity to specialise in one of four subject areas.

We have a vast breadth of experience in the Institute of Education, and all our academics have experience of teaching in the classroom. You will benefit from lots of high quality placement opportunities as we have strong partnerships with over 300 local schools.

Don't yet have a degree?

If you have A levels or equivalent qualifications, you can train to become a teacher at university and gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

We offer four undergraduate courses with QTS as an outcome, each with their own specialism.

Graduates: want to qualify as a teacher?

If you have already completed an undergraduate degree, you can choose to study on either a university-led course or on a school-led course to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

The university-led course gives you a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and QTS, whereas with the school-led training you are able to complete with either one qualification or both.  The school-led route, also know as Primary School Direct, can be salaried or non-salaried.   

Already teaching but need QTS (Qualified Teacher status)?

If you have relevant experience and are already teaching, you may need to obtain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Our Assessment Only route can help you with that.

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