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Course summary

Primary education is a fundamental part of any child’s development. Through primary education, children learn the skills that equip them for their future. By studying this BA (Hons) Primary Education degree at NTU, you’ll be prepared for a career as a Primary or Early Years teacher - making a real difference to young learners. This is one of the most highly regarded courses in the country, with an enviable employment record. Our close relationship with partnership schools means you gain a wide experience of teaching in many different kinds of educational settings, from large inner-city academies to small, rural schools. With this comprehensive four-year degree, you’ll develop the depth and breadth of your subject knowledge. Our expert tutors will support you so that you can begin your career as a confident and innovative teacher with the skills and experience demanded by schools. Why study this four-year course? We don’t take a three-year course and stretch it out over four years. We build in enrichment opportunities and a greater depth of study which would not be possible on a three-year course. We can provide you with more time in school – at least 160 days, but this is likely to be higher depending on your specific choices. Each placement ranges from five to eight weeks and helps you to become an excellent and highly reflective primary teacher. Our students appreciate the extra time to develop their skills before beginning their careers in primary education. Our students appreciate the extra time to develop their skills before beginning their career in primary education.


In Years One and Two, you will focus on your professional development and learn about how children learn in educational contexts. The broad base of these two years allows you to learn to teach areas of the curriculum and to work in schools with children across the 3-11 age range. Year One modules include: Professional and Educational Development One; Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies One; and Residential Trip. Year Two modules include: Professional and Educational Development Two; Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Two; and SEND / Making a Difference Fortnight. In Years Three and Four, you opt to specialise in either Early Years or Primary Education. Whichever option you take, you are still qualified to teach across the whole of the 3-11 age range. Year Three modules include: Professional and Educational Development Three; Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Three (3 – 7 years strand); and Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Three (5 – 11 years strand). Final Year modules include: Professional and Educational Development Four; Leading Early Years Practice (3 – 7 years strand); and Leading Primary Practice (5 – 11 years strand).

Assessment method

Assessment focuses on assignments, group presentations and observations of your 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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees for 2024 entry are yet to be confirmed. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances, the fees for Home undergraduate students for 2023 are £9250. The current expectation is that the University may increase this for future and subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
Primary Education (QTS) at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS