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Course summary

Link theory to practice as you discover more about the development of children from birth to eight years old in a range of early childhood settings. At the heart of this course is a vision of transforming you into a teacher, ready to enter the profession with confidence as a skilled professional and equipped to make a significant contribution to the education of children now and in the future. Our course offers you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and extensive experience in schools with at least 24 weeks in at least four schools or settings. Our most recent Ofsted inspections have rated our Early Years – Primary Education provision as ‘Outstanding’. You will gain experience in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, with enhancement in age-phases either side, and an excellent coverage of primary curriculum subject areas and Early Years Foundation Stage Areas of Learning and Development, which will enhance your skills, confidence and potential employment prospects. You will also have the opportunity to develop an area of personal and professional interest. Subject to achieving a 2:1, you will be guaranteed an interview for one of our postgraduate teacher training courses and a range of other courses.


For the latest example of curriculum availability on this degree programme please refer to the University of Chester's Website.

Assessment method

We use a wide range of formal and informal formative assessment strategies. These can include essays, small group assessment, semi-structured discussions, presentations and peer assessment. There are observations of your teaching and professional practice.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please note that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs. All candidates must have GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Maths and Science (Grade Bs preferred). We will normally invite to interview only those applicants who have already gained these qualifications at the time of application. However, we waive this time requirement for applicants: •Applying via Access Courses (providing the required GCSE equivalences have been completed within the Access HE Diploma) •Where mitigating or other exceptional circumstances apply All successful candidates who receive an offer of a place for this course and choose the University of Chester as their Firm choice will be required to apply for a certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
Early Years - Primary Education (3-7) with QTS at University of Chester - UCAS