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Children do not stop developing at age seven. In Key Stage Two they are learning to use key skills like working with others, problem solving and communication. It is a crucial stage for developing cognitive ability and in social and emotional development. Age-phase specialism is therefore a key feature of our programme.


Course Benefits

  • Award of Qualified Teacher Status on successful completion of three years of study.
  • The programme prepares you for specialised understanding of the teaching, learning and curriculum requirements of children aged 7 to 11 years.
  • Very strong partnerships with a range of schools.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You will learn about the impact of effective teaching on a child’s educational process and you’ll develop teaching skills informed by theory and subject knowledge. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a classroom setting working in all areas of the National Curriculum. You will develop the professional skills of planning, teaching and assessing learning, as well as how to build effective relationships with children.

You will acquire professional skills and understanding regarding the roles and responsibilities of a teacher. You will gain a deeper understanding of the Teachers’ Standards, and how to apply theory to practice. You will also complete an alternative professional work placement where you explore learning in a setting other than a primary classroom, which might include special provision, schools abroad, museums, educational attractions and library services.

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


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 National Curriculum and support 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 quality lessons across the whole curriculum. 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.

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:

  • PED4012 - Professional Learning and Development 1
  • PED4292 - Development. Learning and Teaching
  • PED4302 - Teaching in the Primary School 1
  • PED4312 - English, Maths and Computing
  • PED4322 - English, Maths and Science
  • PED4332 - Introducing the Foundation Subjects
  • PED4342 - Educational Project

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

  • PED5012 - Professional Learning and Development 2
  • PED5472 - Inclusion, Learning and Teaching
  • PED5502 - Learning in an Alternative Context
  • PED5522 - English, Mathematics and Science with Design Technology (DT)
  • PED5532 - Developing the foundation subjects and Religious Education
  • PED5632 - Teaching in the Primary School 2 (SBT)
  • PED5662 - Educational Project

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

  • PED6012 - Professional Learning and Development
  • PED6202 - Practioner Enquiry
  • PED6242 - Teaching in the Primary School 3
  • PED6272 - Evaluating Educational Practice
  • PED6292 - English, Maths and Science
  • PED6312 - History, Art and Music
  • PED6332 - Educational Project

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 18.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 279 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 806 hours of independent teaching; 408 hours on placement

Year 2 – 16.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 230 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 840 hours of independent teaching; 360 hours on placement

Year 3 – 15.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 227 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 908 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.   
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 professional work placement which can be in a setting other than a mainstream primary school e.g. special school; hospital school; school abroad; museum education centre; children's centre.

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 – 76.7% coursework; 6.7% written exams; 16.7% practical exams

Year 2 – 68.3% coursework; 8.3% written exams; 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.

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.

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.
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 required (2 weeks minimum).

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 and would like to discuss.​

​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.​

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

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
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • 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.

I would definitely recommend Lucy to another organisation as she has shown a great natural ability with the kids. She understands them and tries very hard to assist where necessary.

Jill Davidson

Class Teacher at St Andrews Junior School

Professional Work Placements

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 and maths.

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.

More about placements

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

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of youruniversity life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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97% of our Primary Education: Later Years students agree that the library resources and services are good enough for their needs (NSS 2016).


91% of our Primary Education: Later Years students agree that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (NSS 2016).

​​Top 15%​

Top 15% of all UK universities for teaching quality (according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

​2nd in the UK​

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and assessment, according to the 2016 Guardian's University Guide

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