Primary Education

  • Prepare for your career

    You'll be trained by tutors with a wealth of experience in teaching. Our classes are small so you will have access to great tutor support

  • Gain valuable experience

    We work with over 1000 primary and secondary schools to provide you with varied placement opportunities

  • Become a qualified teacher

    Many of our courses provide you with qualified teacher status, allowing you to apply for teaching jobs ahead of and upon graduation.

Primary teachers work with children aged 3-11 and are expected to have a basic knowledge of all subjects in the National Curriculum. Learn how to become a confident and highly effective Primary teacher.

What primary courses do we offer?

Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, many of our courses provide you with qualified teacher status, allowing you to apply for teaching jobs ahead of and upon graduation.

Our primary education courses run at our campuses in LancasterCarlisle (Fusehill Street Campus) and London, with placement opportunities available at many schools across the UK.

We're also one of the largest providers of School Direct in England, with a wide range of partner schools.

View our undergraduate courses

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Have a question about our courses or university life? Chat directly with our course tutors and current education students on our interactive tool.

Why study Primary Education at the University of Cumbria?

By choosing to study a primary education course at the University of Cumbria, you will be studying at an institution built on over 100 years of teacher training through our founding institutions Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside and St Martin’s College in Lancaster. In 2015, 55% of our newly qualified primary teachers were graded as outstanding!

As a student on one of our primary programmes you'll be part of one of the largest teacher training institutions in the UK - we currently work with over 1000 primary and secondary schools across the UK.

98.7% of our PGCE graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).

You will have access to a wide range of support including an extensive library of learning resources, careers and employability advice and guidance, and health and wellbeing support.

Whichever course you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills, experience and understanding you need to make a positive contribution to the lives of children in your care.

Student Testimonial

Emma Kirby

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS graduate 2014

"From a young age I have been interested in teaching. The Primary Education course at the University of Cumbria offered some great opportunities, such as a variety of placements across Key Stages 1 & 2.

The course also gives you the opportunity to undertake an alternative placement in education, which I completed in Finland."

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