BEd (Hons) Primary Education (with QTS)X120

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full time.
  • The versatile and dynamic primary education degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the ideal preparation for a successful and rewarding career in primary teaching. The University of St Mark & St John is widely praised by Ofsted and the National Student Survey for providing a comprehensive and enriching teacher training programme. Building on long established partnerships with a diverse range of schools all students have ample opportunities to learn with experienced practitioners. From the start of the course students work in a range of schools gradually building up confidence and expertise.

    This comprehensive course is carefully structured to provide you with the skills and subject knowledge required to teach all the National Curriculum subjects through working with experienced and passionate tutors in interactive and practical teaching sessions. Along with these subject studies, you’ll develop a thorough grounding in all the major skills and issues of education including special educational needs and disabilities, behaviour management, setting high expectations and identifying pupil progress, planning and assessment, managing the teaching and learning of a classroom team, child development and learning through play.


    Throughout the course, students will take part in creative assignments to demonstrate their understanding and appreciation of putting theory into practice. As a participant, you’ll receive ample opportunity to highlight your own qualities through making resources, partaking in discussion seminars, giving presentations and writing essays.

    You’ll also be given the chance to select a specialism in a curriculum subject in years two and three and select a focus for your final-year research dissertation.

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All modules are compulsory.

1st Year
  • Curriculum Studies: Foundation Subjects & Religious Education*
  • Foundations of Learning*
  • Child Development & Early Learning*
  • Professional Studies & First Teaching Practice*
  • Professional Skills of the Teacher*
  • Curriculum Studies: Core Subjects*
2nd Year
  • Inclusion & Primary Education.
  • Professional Studies: Developing as a Teacher.
  • Curriculum Studies: Developing Foundation subjects & RE.
  • Curriculum Studies: Developing Core Subject Knowledge.
  • Managing Medium-Term Teaching & Learning.
  • Second Teaching Practice.
  • Specialism: Enhancing Knowledge & Understanding.
  • Curriculum Studies: Deepening Core Subject Understanding.
  • Enhanced Placement.
3rd Year
  • Final Teaching Practice*
  • Dissertation*
  • Specialism: Critical Application of Knowledge and Understanding*
  • Professional Studies: Current Issues for the Teacher*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The reputation of our trainees, both within and outside of immediate partnership schools in the South West, has resulted in high employability rates, with the University ‘seal of approval’ being recognised by headteachers across the country. Ofsted (2104) praised the University’s ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’. Many students undertake their teaching practices in London or abroad, therefore your qualification from The University of St Mark and St John will enable you to be a serious consideration for any first post.

Over 90% of our trainees go on to secure teaching posts locally, nationally or abroad which is above national rate. Others go on to further postgraduate study or research posts within Higher Education. Some of our trainees have gone on to establish themselves as freelance specialist teachers in their field of expertise.

Current Students


Course Leader

This course is led by Sally Eales, Anne Bradley, Clare Shaw and Dr Paul Foster. This enthusiastic and dynamic team brings decades of experience to the classroom, as well as thought-provoking research specialisms including teaching reading, developing children’s writing techniques, reflective practice and music composition.