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Primary Education - Early Years (QTS)

BA Honours

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Primary Education - Early Years (QTS)

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2019  Sept 2018 
  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Do you want to make a real difference to the early life of children? Are you excited by a career where you can encourage young children to enjoy learning and make daily progress? The early years environment in primary schools has developed significantly over the last few years, so make sure you have got the expertise early years professionals need.

Why study with us

  • You will gain comprehensive knowledge of education and practical teaching methods for children aged 3 to 7 years.
  • We have very strong partnerships with schools.
  • The opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • The chance to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies.
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of our Primary Education students are satisfied with the learning resources on their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)


of our Primary Education graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017)

No. 2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018)


Leeds Trinity University has an overall student satisfaction score of 87%

(National Student Survey 2018)

Course Information

About this course >

You’ll learn how experiential, play-based learning supports young children’s development and how, as an effective practitioner, you can have a positive impact on that learning. Teaching in early years is dynamic, so you will learn the professional skills related to planning, teaching and assessing, as well as how to manage a setting where children and adults work together in learning. You will gain an understanding of the transition to Key Stage 1 and develop knowledge of both the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1.

We’ll give you the opportunity for school-based training where you will gain a deeper understanding of the Teachers’ Standards, and how to apply theory to practice. You can also complete an alternative professional work placement where you explore learning in a setting other than a classroom e.g. special provision, schools abroad, museums and library services.

Read our full course terms and conditions. More course information is available from the Programme Leader, David Snowdon, at ​​​.

Further Study
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA EducationEarly Years Teacher Status (Postgraduate Employer Based) and PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Modules >


Year 1

As soon as you begin the programme you start your journey of professional development towards becoming a qualified teacher. In your first year you will become familiar with the Teachers’ Standards and the key roles and responsibilities of a class teacher. You will begin to develop an understanding of the key learning theories and aspects of child development that underpin all classroom activities. Your specialist subject tutors will introduce you to key aspects of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum supporting you in developing your own subject knowledge in preparation for teaching. You will visit school weekly in the first semester to reflect on the key principles that you are learning, and to prepare for your first assessed block of school-based training.

Year 2

In your second year you will reflect on your own progress towards becoming a qualified teacher and set targets to develop your independence in the classroom. In your professional studies modules you will continue to develop your understanding of how you are accountable for pupil progress and how best to support children with a wide range of needs. Your weekly school visits in semester 1 will help you to reflect on best practice in this area. Your specialist subject tutors will support you in becoming independent in planning, teaching and assessing learning across the whole curriculum for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. As well as a second assessed block of school-based training, you will have the opportunity to complete a placement in an alternative educational setting which might include special provision, schools abroad, museums, educational attractions and library services.

Year 3

In your final year you will make the transition from trainee to Newly Qualified Teacher. Your development tutor will support you in preparing for your final assessed block of school-based training, where you will take on the full role of the class teacher. You will learn about the key ethical and legal responsibilities of the teacher and how to establish good working relationships with colleagues in school, from a range of support services and parents. You will have the opportunity to carry out a small-scale enquiry project into an aspect of your own professional practice. Throughout your final year, tutors will support you in preparing for your first employment and beyond.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PED4302 - Teaching in the Primary School 1
  • PED4342 - Educational Project
  • PED4402 - Professional Learning and Development 1
  • PED4412 - Curriculum and Applied Pedagogy 1
  • PED4422 - Understanding Learners and Learning
  • PED4434 - Introducing the Core Curriculum

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PED5502 - Learning in an Alternative Context
  • PED5632 - Teaching in the Primary School 2 (SBT)
  • PED5662 - Educational Project
  • PED5702 - Professional Learning and Development
  • PED5712 - Curriculum and Applied Pedagogy 2
  • PED5722 - Understanding Inclusion
  • PED5732 - Developing the Core Curriculum

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PED6202 - Practitioner Enquiry
  • PED6242 - Teaching in the Primary School 3
  • PED6332 - Educational Project
  • PED6502 - Professional Learning and Development 3
  • PED6512 - Teachers for the 21st Century
  • PED6524 - Enhancing the Curriculum

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 12.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 192 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 893 hours of independent teaching; 408 hours on placement

Year 2 – 10.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 153 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 917 hours of independent teaching; 360 hours on placement

Year 3 – 10.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 161 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 974 hours of independent teaching; 344 hours on placement

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
Most of the modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars. In primary education we are aware that students learn best when able to draw on their own and others' experiences and ideas, so we include opportunities within teaching sessions for group work and discussion. We have excellent teaching facilities which include resources and ICT that would be found in schools so that there is opportunity to practise new skills with tutor support.

On this programme students undertake periods of school based training in each year. In order to meet the Teachers' Standards (2012) students will be assessed in each placement and will receive detailed formative feedback and target setting with school and college staff. Over the programme of the 3-year programme students will spend 24 weeks on school based training in two partnership schools. Leeds Trinity has been graded as outstanding in partnership and has a strong relationship with over 300 schools across the region.

In addition to these 24 weeks, students have a 2-week alternative placement which can be in a setting other than a mainstream primary school eg. special school; hospital school; school abroad; museum education centre; children's centre etc.

We are aware that many students want to teach in Catholic schools, so we also offer the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies as an addition to the core programmes. Students can also request to have a placement in a Catholic school, which we aim to accommodate. Our history as a provider of teachers for Catholic schools goes back over 40 years and we are proud of our relationship with the diocesan schools from Leeds and surrounding areas.

You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to teaching. The department arranges occasional seminars and presentations from outside agencies which enhance student awareness, for example in 2012 we presented an evening related to Regio Emilia from teachers who had adapted the approach for their own classrooms. Other activities have included a forest school club; music sessions; trips to cemeteries and archaeological sites – all of which enhance the student experience and relate well to teaching.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 83.3% coursework; 16.7% practical exams

Year 2 – 76.7% coursework; 23.3% practical exams

Year 3 - 75% coursework; 8.3% written exams; 16.7% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this programme include formative assessments where you will be provided opportunities to develop new skills and receive feedback from tutors prior to completing the final assessment for the module. These will include presentations, group tasks, reports and audits. Assessments will use a variety of media and can include practical as well as purely academic elements.

The Primary Education programmes have been carefully designed to ensure that you receive the opportunity to be assessed in all skills that you will require as a professional teacher, so you do not get a choice about the style of assessment. However, there are opportunities as the programme progresses to develop areas of interest either in essays or for research.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

For entry to the programme we will normally require BBC from A Level, DMM from BTEC or 112 UCAS points from an Access course (other equivalences can be accepted).

For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language, Maths and Science. A pass in each of the Professional Skills Tests and experience in a Primary School is also recommended.

We accept the following GCSE Science equivalencies: BTEC Level 2 (Merit or Distinction), OCR Nationals Level 2 (Merit or Distinction) and​ - Science. Please contact​ if you are unsure.​

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We welcome students with a range of qualifications and treat every application on its own merit; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement. Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview.

Invitation to interview will also include a DBS Enhanced Disclosure application form to complete and bring with you. If you're off​ered a place and accept it, a payment for the DBS application (£44) will be requested usually from May onwards. You'll be prompted to pay for your DBS on our Online Store​.​​

All entrants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses are required to be declared as 'fit to train to teach', you will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs
​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

Year 1

In semester 1 and 2 you will visit schools in small groups to reflect on the key principles of teaching and learning in English/Literacy and Mathematics.

In semester 2 you will attend a two-week induction placement at your placement school, followed by a seven-week assessed block of school-based training. This may be a paired placement.

Year 2

In semester 1 you will visit schools in small groups to reflect on best practice in supporting pupils with a wide range of needs.

You will also have the opportunity to spend two weeks in an alternative educational setting, such as a specialist inclusion unit, museum, sports service, early years provision, or a school outside of the UK.

In semester 2 you will complete an eight-week assessed block of school-based training. This will be an individual placement.

Year 3

In semester 1 you will attend a three week pre-placement to prepare for your final school-based training.

In semester 2 you will complete an eight-week assessed block of school-based training. This will be an individual placement where you are expected to take on the full role of the class teacher.

At the end of semester 2 you will complete an enhanced school placement to support transition to your first year of teaching.

Graduate Opportunities

The majority of our graduates gain employment as teachers in primary schools. Some gain employment in Special Provision or in international settings.

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