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.


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.

There are many ways that you can prepare for teacher training. list 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, 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.