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Undergraduate Primary Education – University of Reading

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    Strong relationships with over 300 schools

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Undergraduate Primary Education

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

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.

Our BA Primary Education courses help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to teach across the different primary age ranges; you will also have the opportunity to specialise in one of four subject areas.   

These programmes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) .


How you'll learn

Our BA Primary Education courses blend academic and practical learning through a combination of school placements and university-based sessions. You will develop an understanding of children's learning and at the same time focus on your specialist subject.

Your tutors are from a diverse and incredibly experienced community and the content of your degree draws on their knowledge and research. You will benefit from their expertise and proficiency in a wide range of educational settings and learning environments, and the passion they have for their individual subjects.

You will investigate the changing role of the classroom teacher, the intellectual, emotional and social development of children and the context of the school. Interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.

We will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills which will ensure you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.   

Specialist subjects
The BA Primary Education with subject specialism courses enable you to develop your teaching practice alongside studying your chosen subject at university level. Your tutors engage with research and have experience of teaching your chosen subject at primary age and beyond.

You will explore your chosen subject through a series of workshops, taught lessons, school-based opportunities, seminars and independent study, helping you to develop the knowledge and skills to teach your chosen subject. There is also the opportunity for you to gain training as a subject leader in your specialist subject. Alongside your core learning, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to investigate and reflect on your own practice.

“Trainees are universal in their view that the training they receive provides them with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective teachers.”

Ofsted, Initial teacher education inspection report – September 2016


At the Institute of Education we have created an open and inclusive environment for everyone, a community which promotes a sense of wellbeing and belonging. You will enjoy high levels of individual support and your tutors are on hand to offer regular guidance and support.

Our students often comment on the incredible levels of support they receive at the Institute of Education; in the 2019 National Student Survey, 96% of students were satisfied with the academic support they received in Education, and Ofsted have also recognised the strength of our pastoral support and the care we provide.

Whilst in the University, our world-class academics will support you, and whilst you are on a placement, you will be fully supported by University-trained subject mentors.

As well as your University tutors and school-based mentors, there is a Specialist Support team on hand at the London Road campus to offer guidance and support. A peer support network is also available - which benefits you both during your studies and throughout your career.

Our relationship with you continues beyond your training and graduation. We recognise the demands placed on our new teachers in their first NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) year and therefore continue to support you throughout the transition.

Facilities and resources

Our location in Reading gives you the benefits of a vibrant town with the convenience of excellent transport connections both nationally and internationally.

The Institute of Education is based at our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.

The education centre consists of a suite of rooms, studios and laboratories created for subjects such as music, PE, drama, the sciences, ICT, and art. New facilities include:

  • Modern laboratories
  • Musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio
  • Individual studio-space for art students
  • Well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media
  • Studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen

The London Road campus also boasts cafes for staff and students, and plenty of green space.

The Learning Hub

We have an incredible collection of teaching resources housed in the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers, the Learning Hub contains every type of teaching aid imaginable for loan or for reference, including a substantial collection of children's literature, teaching schemes, reading schemes, big books, puppets and posters. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.


As well as those at the London Road campus, further facilities are available just a 15-minute walk away at our award-winning Whiteknights campus.


Placements provide you with the perfect opportunity to apply your developing skills in real-life settings. On our BA Primary Education degrees you will complete three placements ensuring you experience a range of age groups and different settings.

We are renowned for our relationships with local partner schools; we have over strong partnerships with over 300 local schools. These schools value our trainees for their responsiveness and excellent personal and professional conduct.


Our students have excellent employment prospects - in fact many of our trainee teachers are employed before they graduate. The majority of our graduates go into schools and have rewarding teaching careers.

Other alumni bring their educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.

During your degree course, you will build relevant, desirable and transferable skills and knowledge ensuring you are well placed to pursue a career in a variety of sectors.

The blend of academia and practical learning we offer all our students ensures you are highly attractive to prospective employers. Studying with us also enables you to further your career - our focus on leadership skills and emphasis on professional studies helps many students successfully gain promotion and subject leader roles.



​Come to an Open Day

Get a real feel for the Institute of Education, meet our staff and students, join a subject specialism session, and explore our London Road campus.

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