Primary Teacher Training

You could inspire the next generation of children! At the Institute of Education we offer a variety of routes to becoming a Primary school teacher at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Training as a Primary school teacher will prepare you to teach pupils in the 3-11 age range within the primary age phase with alternative education setting enhancement. These Primary teacher training programmes both lead to recommendation to the Department for Education for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The focus is on teaching the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialising in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2 with some opportunities for enhancements.

Got a query about primary teacher training? Visit the Primary Teaching Frequently Asked Questions page, which contains answers to the most common queries that we receive. For any further enquiries about our primary courses please e-mail

Search for the full list of Postgraduate Teacher Training routes in Primary Education via the new Department for Education 'Find Postgraduate Teacher Training' service.  You can search courses/routes by us as a provider.

Start your teaching journey by seeking tailored advice at our Choose to Teach events

'Choose to Teach' offers a brilliant opportunity for you to meet university staff and schools and get one-to-one advice about your journey to becoming a teacher!

Bursary funding for non-salaried Postgraduate Teacher Training courses 2019/20 

Subject Scholarships Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's
Primary with Maths (1) None £6,000
Primary None None

General Teacher Training Information:

Preparing for teacher training

View our Preparing for ITT Application & Interviews vJuly 2019 advice document.

There are many ways that you can prepare for teacher training. We have put together a list of things that you can do and courses that you can take to support your application.

Professional Skills Tests

If you are starting ITT in 2019 you must pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training. A new process for assessing numeracy and literacy will be introduced for ITT starting in 2020, and information on this will be soon be made available.

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before the start of the course. If you are offered a place following an interview, you will have to pass both skills tests as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts.

We also offer support with the taking and passing of the professional skills tests. To find out more about the kind of support we offer, please follow this link to our webpage.


1) Bursaries are available to trainees on primary with maths courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.
* Information taken from the DfE Get into Teaching Website. Visit this site to find out more about elidgability for this funding.