Course Overview


This course prepares trainee teachers to teach within the primary age range (3-11) on your chosen route: 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to have a rewarding and challenging career at one of the country's foremost centres of teacher education, set in a stimulating multi-cultural environment. The degree fulfils the latest National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) criteria for teacher training and has strong partnership links with local schools throughout West Yorkshire and beyond. At the heart of the degree is school experience, and we provide an extensive programme of school placements throughout every year of the course, giving you the opportunity to practise your teaching skills.

We also use extensive contacts with local schools for day visits during modules in all three years of the course and have a series of visiting speakers to enhance your understanding of all aspects of primary school life and learning.

Course Structure

This course progressively leads you to the standards required of a newly qualified teacher. In the first year, you will have a general introduction to all curriculum areas. During the second year, you will have the chance to undertake more specialist study in a specific subject.

In the second year you will do a special placement that will enable you to explore the education sector. You will arrange this yourself with support from the Placement Office. Students have used this as an opportunity to teach abroad, work in special schools, in education departments of hospitals, in outdoor education or in museums.


Modules Covered

We cover all subjects that form part of the primary National Curriculum to ensure you are a strong candidate for teaching. You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to deliver English, mathematics and science in creative and engaging ways.


Other Modules include:

Early Years Principles and Practice

Becoming an Effective Teacher

Exploration of the Creative Arts & Humanities

Addressing the Special Educational Needs Continuum.

You will also learn about computing in the primary curriculum and enhance your personal skills. Teaching children how to be healthy through physical education and teaching food and nutrition is part of your academic study as well as your teaching practice.

Learning Methods

Learning and Teaching studies run throughout the course to ensure your professional development.

Teaching Methods

These mirror the kind of approaches used in schools and combine a wide range of resources including video, ICT and field visits. We encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and offer you high quality support from personal tutors. You will be assessed through coursework assignments, oral presentations and a small number of written examinations. Your practical teaching skills will be assessed by your performance in school at each stage of the course.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

Training must enable trainees to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to teach within the phase for which they are training. Typically, primary training will take place across the 3-7, 5-11, or 7-11 age ranges. No training programme should cover fewer than four school years. (Initial Teacher Training criteria and supporting advice, Department for Education, March 2016). Placements will be organised according to your chosen route.
We have strong partnership links with several schools, whose staff make a significant contribution to your training. Partnership schools are situated in Bradford and the neighbouring local authorities to give a wide range of experiences and to meet the needs of students from across the region.
Each year includes a school placement with serial visits and a block attachment. This lets you develop sound professional relationships with staff and children. You are never 'thrown in at the deep end', but supported by school staff and College tutors until you develop confidence. We have strong partnership links with schools whose staff make a significant contribution to your training. Partnership schools are situated both in Bradford and the neighbouring LEAs to give a wide range of experience and to meet the needs of students from the West Yorkshire region. There may even be an opportunity for a placement in America, Pakistan, China, Africa or Europe as part of your Year 2 programme.

What's Next?

We anticipate a continuing need for teachers of primary children in the foreseeable future, particularly in meeting the needs of different communities. This course will give you the training you require to fulfil these needs.

Did You Know?

Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of the highest academic standards of teaching and learning – as many of our teaching staff are experts in their fields.

You will be treated as an individual, with degrees often tailored to suit you individual experience, knowledge and interests – helping to support your personal growth and development.

Entry Requirements

96 UCAS tariff points with two A level passes at Grade B/C (5/4) or BTEC National Diploma at Distinction grade or completion of an Accredited Access course, preferably with a Merit profile or equivalent.

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You must have GCSE at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics and Science and preferably Grade B/5 or above (or equivalent) in English when applying. 

At interview, a written assessment may be used to evaluate your strengths and needs.

An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and a health check are required and you must also pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy & Numeracy before starting on the course.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

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