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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 5-11 age range within the 3-11 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.

Undergraduate Education courses - Another great route for undergraduates to reach Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is to do an undergraduate degree and then apply for the PGCE Primary (below). Our undergraduate Education courses offer a variety of perspectives on the wider education arena and many are combined with a National Curriculum subject putting you in an ideal position to get on the PGCE.

School Direct Routes - For those with an undergraduate degree there is also the option to consider the school direct routes to teaching which allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your training year.

Bursary funding for non-salaried Postgraduate Teacher Training courses 2020/21 (1)

Subject Scholarships Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's
Primary with Maths (5) - £6,000
Primary - -


1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. Candidates with overseas degrees, may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. We can help you with this. Contact us on 0800 389 2500 and we can provide you with guidance on your equivalent qualifications and a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you’ve submitted your application to teacher training, if required by your training provider. 

5. Bursaries are available to trainees on primary with maths courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.

PLEASE NOTE: You don’t need to apply for a bursary. If you’re enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments automatically from your chosen teacher training provider when you begin your course.

If you’re awarded a bursary, you’ll receive this in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July. £6,000: £600 each month

* Information taken from the DfE Get into Teaching Website. Visit this site to find out more about eligibility for this funding.

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

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

Come along to one of our Open Days and Postgraduate Open Evenings, or  where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities.