Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status BEd (Hons)

Primary school teacher engaging with child
Mode of Study
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

If you want to qualify as a Primary teacher while you earn an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree, this is the perfect course for you.

You'll learn to enthuse, engage and inspire young people in their learning of all subjects while you develop your teaching practice. You'll gain professional experience in Primary schools and have the chance to do placements in different educational settings, such as in a special educational needs (SEN) school or the education department of a zoo.

When you graduate, you'll have a Bachelor of Education degree and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to the Teaching Regulation Authority.  

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

Typical offers
  • A levels – to be confirmed
  • UCAS points – 104 points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – to be confirmed
  • International Baccalaureate – to be confirmed
Selection process

Applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Earn Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) while you achieve a Bachelor's degree
  • Tailor your studies in years 2 and 3 to focus on subjects that interest you, such as technology in education, play and teaching children with learning difficulties
  • Be taught by expert researchers and practitioners in education
  • Deepen your understanding of issues in related childhood and youth studies fields
  • Get mentoring from experienced teachers when on placement
  • Join sessions with guest speakers from outside the University, where you'll learn from their practical expertise and knowledge in their field
  • Take advantage of free student membership of the Chartered College of Teaching (CCT), giving you access to additional training resources, career guides and networking opportunities
  • Get access to our network of partner schools for your teaching placements, including specialist educational environments such as pupil referral units, hospital schools and museums

Careers and opportunities

You'll graduate with all the skills you need to begin your career as a classroom teacher in a Primary school. As a Primary teacher, you can have a huge impact on our society, creating and developing interests in children that can set them on a successful course for their future.

Primary teaching isn't your only career option. You could also choose to work in other educational settings, such as an outdoor education centre or educational department in hospitals, museums or zoos.

You could also do further study at postgraduate level.

Career progression

In a school setting, you can progress to roles such as education officer, subject lead, or a specialist education leader.

You could also move into senior roles, such as deputy head, assistant head or head teacher.

CCT membership

You'll be eligible to become a member of the Chartered College of Teaching (CCT) when you graduate.

CCT membership allows you to use the post-nominal letters "MCCT" after your name, which highlights your professional status. You'll also get opportunities to shape the profession and educational policy through consultations, as well as access to networking events, online courses and the latest teaching research.


You'll be offered at least 120 days of placement in schools and other educational settings. As well as gaining experience in different Primary settings, you'll have the opportunity to spend three weeks in an alternative educational setting to gain a broader view of education and develop your practical skills.

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can help, advise and support you for up to 5 years after you graduate.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements you do alongside your study.

​What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.


Core modules:

  • Core Primary Education
  • Foundations of Primary Education
  • Introduction to Educational Contexts
  • Child and Youth Development

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules:

  • Classroom practice in Primary Education
  • Professional Studies in Primary Education
  • Alternative Educational Settings
  • Educational Research and Theory

Optional modules:

  • Gender Race and Education
  • Technology in Education
  • Just Playing

Core modules:

  • Primary Teaching 
  • Teachers and Researchers
  • Leading Learning

Optional modules:

  • Children and Young People With Severe Learning Difficulties
  • Behaviour Matters
  • Education and Society 

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you take on any assessments that impact your final marks, with feedback from your lecturers so that you can improve in the future.

You'll be assessed through:

  • academic work including essays, reports, journals and case studies
  • a research project
  • work-based projects
  • oral presentations
  • posters
  • written exams
  • observation of teaching
  • a digital portfolio evidencing how you meet the current teaching standards


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • practical sessions and problem-based learning
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • independent study
  • work placements

You'll also experience "flipped learning". This is where you're introduced to the learning material before the teaching session and then deepen your understanding through discussion with peers and problem-solving activities, facilitated by lecturers.

Teaching staff are qualified teachers with extensive experience with diverse experience and knowledge, including experience of leading curriculum subjects.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning. At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your degree, when you're not on placement.

In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and practical sessions for about 16 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Your working hours on placements will depend on your role. You'll probably work the same hours as the teachers you're working with - typically this means being in school from 8am until around 4pm, plus any extra time required to carry out your duties as a teacher..

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,500 a year (subject to annual increase)

Note these fees are based on courses starting in 2021. We'll publish 2022 fees here in autumn 2021.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – X320
  • our institution code – P80

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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