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Primary Education (Early Years 3-7) with QTS

BA Honours

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Primary Education (Early Years 3-7) with QTS

BA Honours


  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Open Days Wednesday 21 November 2018

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Course Overview

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 and early years settings is vibrant and exciting – for children and their teachers. By training to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1, you'll develop the right expertise and values to provide outstanding learning experiences for all children.

You will also ensure that the emotional and social development of the children you work with is embedded in all that you do and understand your influential role in young children's lives.

Why study with us

Learn how to deliver outstanding education in primary school and early years settings with a specialism in the age phase 3-7.

Benefit from our strong partnerships with a wide range of schools.

Stand out from other Primary Education graduates by studying for a Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies alongside your degree.

Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) when you complete your programme.

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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 children's development and learning. Teaching in early years is dynamic, so you'll 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'll 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.

Extensive school-based training will give you a deeper understanding of the Teachers' Standards and how to apply theory to practice, while your enhanced placement will give you experience of teaching in special provision, specialist subject provision, museums or library services.

Further Study

Many of our Primary Education graduates decide to further their career prospects and opportunities for career progression by completing a Master's in Education.

Aimed at people working in teaching, training, lecturing or support positions in education, our MA Education is a part-time, professionally relevant programme designed to support reflective and evidence-based practice.

As a Leeds Trinity graduate, you will be eligible for up to 50% off the cost of our MA Education.

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 curriculum for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You will develop a good understanding of early reading and early mathematics development and how this underpins learning in the core subjects in later age-phases. Your subject tutors will support you in assessing and developing your own subject knowledge so that you feel confident in teaching your first lessons in school.

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. In your school-based training, you will be placed in a class appropriate to the age-phase you have chosen for your programme. With support from a school mentor and a University link tutor, you will begin to plan, teach and assess children's learning in individual lessons or areas of provision. You will be assessed throughout your placement against teachers' professional standards and finish with targets to support your progress to year two of the programme.

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. As part of your professional development, you will continue to build your understanding of how best to support children with a wide range of needs. Your weekly school visits prior to school-based training will help you reflect on best practice in this area. 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.

Your specialist tutors will support you in developing your knowledge and understanding of the curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. You will explore in further depth how to create meaningful opportunities for learning through play in an Early Years environment and how to transfer these pedagogies into Key Stage 1.

In preparation for school-based training, you will develop your understanding of planning, teaching and assessing sequences of learning, taking into account learning behaviours of young children.

Year 3

In your final year, you will make the transition from trainee to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). Your University and school-based tutors 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, including professionals from support services and parents. You will have the opportunity to identify a specialist subject or area for study, including an independent enquiry focusing on this aspect of professional practice. Throughout your final year, tutors will support you in preparing for your first teaching job and beyond.

Building on your previous University and school-based training, you will develop your critical reflection on current national priorities related to Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 provision. In preparation for school-based training, you will review planning sequences of learning and consider in further depth how to support vulnerable groups of learners. In particular, there will be opportunity to reflect on your professional approaches to providing excellent provision for young children.

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 such as a 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 2019/20. 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

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Placement Opportunities

​In Year 1, you'll visit schools in small groups to reflect on key principles of teaching and learning in core subjects. You'll then complete a two-week induction placement followed by a six-week assessed block of school-based training.

In Year 2, you'll visit schools in small groups to reflect on best practice in supporting pupils with a range of needs. You'll spend two weeks in an alternative educational setting and complete a seven-week assessed block of school-based training.

In Year 3, you'll complete a three-week pre-placement preparation block, a seven-week assessed block, and an enhanced school placement that will support your transition to your first year of teaching.

Career Progression

As a qualified teacher, you'll open the door to a wide range of career progression opportunities that will not only increase your earning potential, but will help you to make a difference at a much higher level.

We're really proud of our alumni, whose teaching careers have taken them across the UK and the world. They're making their mark on the future generation as heads of departments, head teachers, pastoral care leaders and even as international school founders.

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