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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



    Year of entry: Sept 2020  Sept 2019 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Are you excited by a career in which you can encourage young children to enjoy learning and make daily progress?

The early years environment in primary schools and early years settings is 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.

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.

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

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


Are you a Year 12 students looking to start a degree in September 2020? Subject Focus Days are designed as taster days of what it's like to study each subject at Leeds Trinity.

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Course Information

About this course >

We'll work with you to ensure that the emotional and social development of the children you work with is embedded in all that you do, helping you to understand your influential role in young children's lives.

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.

Leeds Trinity University courses terms and conditions

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.

Learning and Teaching >

There are four key strands which structure your learning and professional experience at university and in school:

Professional Standards and Practice

In this strand, we support you in understanding what it means to be a teacher. You will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the statutory frameworks that teachers work within, which includes the Teachers' Standards that all teachers work towards, current Ofsted and Department for Education guidance, and best practice in meeting your legal and ethical obligations in key areas such as safeguarding, child protection and special educational needs.

Curriculum Knowledge and Pedagogy

Teachers need to be confident in working with all aspects of Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. We will support you in building a strong knowledge base, particularly in the core subjects of English and Maths, and guide you in developing further subject knowledge independently.

We understand that we can't teach you the whole curriculum – and no teacher ever knows the full curriculum! Our focus is on preparing you with the understanding of how to develop your knowledge to teach a broad and balanced curriculum, and provide you with an understanding of subject and age-specific pedagogy which will equip you with the skills to plan, teach and assess across the curriculum confidently.

Theory into Practice

Teaching, and working with young children, is a complex profession. As teachers, we are surrounded by 'top tips' and 'quick fixes'. Sometimes the choice and advice given can seem bewildering. An important aspect of training to teach is developing your understanding of why we work in certain ways.

Why do we choose different assessment types? Why do we ask different types of questions? Why do we group children in different ways? Understanding the theory behind what works helps you to reflect professionally on these types of questions and sets you up to be confident in your own practice and decision making.

Teaching in the Primary School

You can't become a primary teacher without experiencing the classroom. In each year of the programme you will spend a substantial block of time working alongside excellent practitioners in our partnership of Early Years and Primary settings.

We support you to build your skills gradually: from working with individual children at the start of your training, to planning and teaching sequences of lessons, to taking on the role as class teacher in your final placement. Along the way you are always supported by a school mentor. #expand#

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.


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 >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points from 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

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.

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.​

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. You will need to attend an Interview Day before we can offer you a place on this course. Read more about our Interview Days here.

Applicants who are offered a place and accept will be contacted regarding the DBS application, which will be completed via an external company.

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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

School-based Training

In each year of the programme, you'll benefit from a minimum of seven weeks training in an early years or primary school setting. At each stage of training, you will be supported by an expert school mentor, as well as a University link tutor.

In the first year, you will gradually take on some of the teacher's role by working with small groups of children, setting activities in areas of provision and moving on to teach whole group lessons. Throughout the second and third year, you will build up the amount of time you spend planning, teaching and assessing children until you have gained the independence needed to be successful in your first year of teaching.

Learn more about your School-based Training.

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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