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Bradford College

BA (Hons) Primary Education Early Years (3-7) with QTS

Qualification Gained
BA (Hons) Primary Education Early Years (3-7) with Qualified Teacher Status
Study Level
Level 6
Course Type
3 years
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Lister Building


This is the perfect opportunity for you to work towards a rewarding and challenging career at the McMillan School of Education, an established centre for teacher education set in a stimulating, diverse environment.

The degree fulfils the minimum entitlement of the ITT: Core Content Framework for teacher training alongside an ambitious and innovative curriculum designed by Leeds Trinity University. Opportunities to develop clear links between theory and practice are evident through school-based training, intensive training and practice weeks and a series of visiting speakers to enhance your understanding of all aspects of primary school life and learning.

At the heart of the degree is school experience, and we provide an extensive programme of school placements throughout the course, giving you the opportunity, to practise your teaching skills. We have strong partnership links with local schools and nurseries throughout West Yorkshire and beyond.

Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of the highest academic standards of teaching and learning, as our teaching staff are experts in their chosen field and outstanding practitioners.

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) at Bradford College is delivered in partnership with Leeds Trinity University as the accredited provider. Find out more on our partnership page.

This partnership will enable Bradford College to continue to deliver qualified teacher training qualifications in Bradford.

The ITT partnership agreement is currently being finalised, as such, Bradford College will be open to provisional applications for the 2024-25 academic year via UCAS and will reserve the right to make any formal offers until the contract is formally in place.

  Key Info

Our Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course is based on and goes beyond the Core Content Framework and progressively leads you to the standards required for recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the programme. You will then begin your Early Career Teacher (ECT) phase in your first and second year of employment.

Learning and teaching pedagogy runs throughout the course to ensure your professional development is based on a solid theoretical foundation and is built on as you move through each year of study. Course content covers subjects within the National Curriculum and all other relevant statutory frameworks and guidance to enable you to meet the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards and ensure you are a strong teaching candidate. We encourage you to take responsibility for your own personal and professional development and offer you high-quality support from personal tutors.

School-based training

School experience is a vital part of your teacher training programme. A key strength of the course is how theory and practice are related by working with children in placement schools -with support provided by experienced mentors.

School placements are compliant with DfE criteria and will be arranged for you within the Early Years and Primary age range. Every effort is made to ensure that the most appropriate placements are chosen for each trainee to enhance their professional development. We have strong links with local schools, whose staff make a significant contribution to your training. Placement schools are situated in Bradford and the neighbouring areas to give a wide range of experience and to meet the needs of students from across the region.

Entry to this course requires GCSEs in English Language or Literature, Maths and a Science at grade 4 (C) or above.  Please note that in accordance with DfE guidance, qualifications in key and functional skills at level 2 are not equivalent to GCSEs in terms of content and therefore do not meet the minimum entry requirements of the course.

The entry tariff for this programme is 112-136 UCAS tariff points, a variety of level 3 qualifications are accepted.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, applicants must also meet the additional entry requirements set by the DfE for selection.  This includes a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks and a health check prior to commencement of the course.

Applicants also need to demonstrate the commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a primary teacher and the potential to train as a teacher. Strong applicants often have experience in primary schools but this is not a requirement.

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview.  At the interview, a written assessment may be used to evaluate your strengths and needs.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

During each stage of your school-based training, you will be formatively assessed and your progress mapped against core competence statements. A summary judgment will be made at the end of each stage. This summary will provide you with further information about your areas of strength and targets to develop moving forwards. By the end of your training in school you will be expected to have met the Teachers’ Standards and a Summative Assessment will be made using the standards as a benchmark.  

When you meet the Teachers’ Standards, you are then recommended for QTS by Leeds Trinity University as our accredited ITT training provider. 

Career and progression opportunities in the Early Years and Primary sector are plentiful and rewarding. Completion of the BA (Hons) Primary Education: Early Years (3-7) with QTS will give you the relevant training and expertise so you can continue to build the skills and knowledge you need to feel confident and empowered in the classroom as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).

You can apply for our full-time undergraduate courses through UCAS.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa. 

Once you have submitted your application, it is sent to the Leeds Trinity University Admissions Team. Once their team has received your application, they will conduct a check of your application to make sure that you have the correct entry requirements for the course you have applied for. 

Your application will then come back to us at Bradford College, where we will arrange your interview and assessment (if required). If successful at your interview, our curriculum team will make you an offer to study with us. This offer will then be received by Leeds Trinity University who will update the UCAS application as well as sending out formal confirmation of the offer. If you accept the offer, Leeds Trinity Admissions will be in touch to begin the process for the non-academic entry checks.

Because this programme is run in partnership, you will hear from the Admissions teams at both Bradford College and Leeds Trinity University. Any communication regarding interviews will come from Bradford College while final decisions and any contractual information will come from Leeds Trinity University.

For information about how Leeds Trinity University and Bradford College use your application data, we encourage you to read Bradford College privacy policy and Leeds Trinity University privacy policy.

For this or any other questions regarding your application, please email [email protected].

Full-time: £9,250.00 per year for 2024/2025.

Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.

Tuition fees for 2025/26 entry will be set in summer 2024.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

For additional information on fees and funding your studies, visit Fees.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Our Students Say

Kim Hart
I had a great relationship with my tutors. Go into teaching with your eyes open. You need to be prepared for a lot of hard work because it’s a massive change coming from a steady job where I could come home in the evening and leave it, but it is definitely worth it when I see the progress the children are making. Kim Hart BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS Alumnus
Misbah Kauser
Other universities can be on a larger scale and you don’t get the same one-to-one support; that’s what I wanted and that’s what I got from Bradford College. Misbah Kauser BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS Alumnus

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

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