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BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

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Our BEd (Hons) Primary Education with QTS will make sure you become a 10/10 teacher. As one of the best Education training providers in the UK, ARU trains the highest quality teachers in the country.

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The gold star of teacher training

At ARU we don't just train people to teach - we develop real teachers for life-long careers. Based in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough, our Primary Education with QTS degree offers flexibility to study - and teach - in a location that suits you.

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Study at an award-winning university

We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

  • Study at a university ranked seventh in the country for Education in the Guardian League Table 2024
  • ARU is the only new accredited University provider of teacher training in the UK
  • Designed and taught by primary school teachers – who took the QTS route – for primary school teachers
  • We have over 20 years’ experience of training education professionals
  • We’re in the top 10% in the country for graduate employment (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2024)

Our BEd (Hons) Primary Education with QTS combines three years of academic study with three high-quality assessed placements in primary schools across the East of England and in London. It’s an exciting, intense, and competitive route into teaching – challenging - but you’ll develop the experience, understanding and confidence to excel in the classroom. We’ll work with you to secure placement that meets your needs and ambitions and you’ll receive a bursary of £10 per day of placement.

You'll be part of a smaller group of trainees at ARU, meaning you'll receive a much more personalised training experience that considers your individual needs. You'll have the opportunity to shape your own training, so you can learn in the way that suits you and develop your own areas of focus.

We're looking to select the most dedicated and ambitious future teachers which is why we interview for all places on our BEd Primary Education with QTS. It also gives you the chance to get to know us and explore all that we have to offer too.

Find out more about our Initial Teacher Training, including selection events and partnership opportunities.

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Join our education community and:

  • learn from primary school teachers and leaders with a wealth of experience
  • be guided and mentored whilst on placement in primary schools that are hand selected to give you the widest range of practical experiences
  • work with research-active lecturers who’ll support you carry out your own research in an area of interest
  • make use of learning facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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This is the course for you if you know you want to be a primary school teacher, with your undergraduate degree and QTS in one programme, we’ve designed it for the next generation of primary school teachers. Once you graduate from the degree you’ll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and will be eligible to begin your Early Career Teacher (ECT) journey.

You’ll have experience a range of placements, fully preparing you to take on your own class. If you prefer to work outside of the classroom, you’ll be ready to take on various role in education and training.

Graduation doesn't need to be the end of your time with us, of course. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a range of postgraduate degrees in education. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

Apply now for BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

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Choose where you study: we offer this degree course in the heart of Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough.

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