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What will I learn?

Gain an in-depth understanding of how young children aged 5–11 think, develop and learn. Offering three different placements during the programme, you will combine practical, real-world learning with the study of children’s communication, thinking and relationships. Supported by our inspirational staff, you will satisfy the standards for qualified teacher status and start your journey to becoming an outstanding primary school teacher.

Careers with this subject

Leads directly to Quali?ed Teacher Status with a specialism in teaching 5–11-year-olds. Our graduates enter the teaching profession as newly quali?ed teachers and gain posts in mainstream, academies, free schools, the independent sector, international schools and many other educational settings.

Key features

  • Choose a programme with a national reputation for its quality.
  • Learn to teach and assess all the required subjects of the national curriculum for children ages 5-11 with confidence and creativity.
  • Benefit from the high-quality teaching of our experienced tutors, who provide inspirational learning opportunities for you, based on pedagogical research and innovative current practice.
  • Engage in your own research and gain up to 60 credits at masters level.
  • Become an outstanding teacher as you progress through 24 weeks in three different placements, supported by expert mentors.
  • Connect with a number of high-quality teaching schools across the South West with the University of Plymouth's School Direct Programme.
  • Benefit from close partnerships with a very diverse range of schools and educational settings across the whole of the South West of England, London and internationally.
  • Learn in a supportive environment and receive high-quality support from your lecturers, link tutors and school-based staff teams.

You’ll learn to teach the core subjects of the national curriculum for children aged 5–11 in primary schools, as well as being introduced to the non-core subjects through lectures, seminars and workshops on campus and independent study. The programme consists of 14 weeks campus-based lectures and seminars interspersed with 24 weeks of three different placements. Throughout the year you'll reflect upon your professional development as a teacher, as you bring together your understanding of educational theory with your developing knowledge of outstanding practice to enhance children’s learning. In the final placement, which is in a different age phase than the previous one, you will take on – as closely as possible - the full responsibilities of a qualified teacher. You will be supported with your preparations for your first teaching post as a newly qualified teacher (NQT).

Which department am I in?

Plymouth Institute of Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
To be confirmed

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Plymouth University

Drake Circus,

Plymouth,

PL4 8AA, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a good (3.0 / 4.0 min GPA) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a regionally-accredited American university. Postgraduate programmes: ILETS 6.5 overall with Minimum component scores 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

For international students

GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject; An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university (masters and PhDs also count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international applicants). It is not necessary for the degree to be in a national curriculum subject; If you have overseas qualifications you can check your compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service. There is also a requirement to pass minimum standards for literacy and numeracy. If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English as follows: IELTS at level 7 with 7 in all four components or GCSE in English Language at grade C or above; If you have gained an IELTS at level 6 to meet the undergraduate entry requirement for an undergraduate degree in the UK, and then completed the degree, this meets our entry requirements; If you have gained an IELTS at level 6.5 to meet the postgraduate entry requirement for a postgraduate degree in the UK, and then completed the degree, this meets our entry requirements. The TOEFL Score would be 90 and Component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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