Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) with QTS at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Learn from expert colleagues in local and regional primary schools and early years settings.
  • Develop subject expertise through both university and placement-based training.
  • Study teaching and learning in both the early years and primary phases.
  • Apply theory, research and evidence to meet the Teachers’ Standards and develop as a critically reflective practitioner.
  • Explore an area of individual specialism to enhance your expertise and practice.
Join our dynamic community of students, researchers and academics at the Sheffield Institute of Education. On our BA Early Years and Primary course, you’ll learn about the key aspects of a teacher’s role – including theories of learning, pedagogy, assessment and behaviour management. You’ll also study inclusive practices that promote positive outcomes for all learners. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Our Sheffield Institute of Education is one of the UK’s largest providers of teacher training, supporting 1,000 new teachers every year. Because we partner with more than 600 schools and colleges in the region, you’ll have every opportunity to gain experience and network with leading educational providers. We’ll help you grow your profile, develop professional skills and build your confidence as a work-ready graduate and teacher. You learn through:
  • On-campus lectures and seminars
  • Workshops and teaching simulations
  • Guest speakers
  • Individual reflection and goal-setting
  • Peer engagement
  • Class debates
  • Group tutorials
  • Research-informed practice
  • Collaborative projects
  • Real-world projects and placements
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Essays and presentations
  • Lesson plans, teaching and evaluation
  • Independent research projects
Key themes We’ll help you champion equality, diversity and inclusivity – you’ll gain a range of skills to support positive learning behaviours and positive outcomes. You’ll study the curriculum and teaching strategies you’ll need to teach the subject you want to teach – as well as understanding how children learn and the stages of child development. The teaching and learning on this course fully integrates university-based and school-based learning with placements in all three years – amounting to at least 24 weeks in schools. You’ll also develop skills in planning and assessment while engaging in current debates about education. As the course progresses, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in your own area of classroom enquiry, enabling you to develop your expertise and classroom practice in an area of individual specialism or interest. Course support You’ll be taught by a close-knit community of qualified and highly experienced teaching staff who take the time to get to know you. Throughout your time, you’ll receive personalised support, such as:
  • Specialist Hallam tutors and school-based mentors.
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources.
  • Career support for up to five years after you graduate.
Placements You’ll complete placements in all three years of the course, with the opportunity to undertake at least 120 days in school – across both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. This will enable you to apply and further develop your growing knowledge and skills as you progress through the course.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules An Introduction To Teaching And Learning How Children Learn: 3-7 Introduction To Curriculum And Pedagogy: 3-7 Subject Focus: Early Reading And Early Maths Year 2 Compulsory modules Designing Learning Sequences: 3-7 Developing A Specialism Inclusive Environments For Behaviour And Learning: 3-7  Placement 2 The Teaching, Learning And Assessment Cycle: 3-7 Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Adaptive Teaching Across The Curriculum: 3-7 Debates In Education: 3-7 Educational Enquiry Placement 3 Reflecting On Professional Practice And Development

Assessment method

Coursework Practical

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 accept Grade B from CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to starting your course.


Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable. We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present-day UK society.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7With a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/fees

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) with QTS at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS