Children require enthusiastic, passionate teachers who will encourage them to grow and learn. Does this sound like you? Then we're here to get you started on an exciting career as an early years/primary school teacher.
During the course you'll explore how children learn between the ages of 3 and 11, you’ll learn about the curriculum, specialisms and pedagogy, so you can make a positive contribution to young children's lives.
Want to find out more about this course? Watch our on-demand Getting into Primary Teaching Webinar for Undergraduates where we will discuss career prospects, the course options and the routes you can take straight after Sixth Form, College or anytime afterwards to become a primary school teacher. You will also find out what our academics look for in a future teacher and what you can do to boost your application to university. Register via the bottom below and follow the link on your email to watch the webinar.
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You Career with a Teaching Degree
You will be provided with the skills to progress into a successful role as a primary school teacher in the early years and primary classroom (Foundation Stage, Key Stages 1 and 2).
A choice of specialisms is available on different campuses to develop your knowledge and understanding of a specific subject or areas of school practice. By studying a specialist theme you can expect to emerge as a leader in your field, making you highly valued by employers. The skills you gain will open up a wide variety of careers in the education sector, and in the care of children in their early years.
“I have enjoyed my time at the University of Cumbria. I have developed massively over the three years and feel like I am a competent and confident teacher. I would recommend the course to other people and look forward to my career, starting in September” BA Hons Primary Education with QTS (3-11 Years) Student (Carlisle Campus)
“I have had a fantastic time at the University of Cumbria and within the Primary Education course. I feel the learning has truly set me up to be the best teacher that I can be. The lecturers and staff are approachable and supportive and I have no complaints in their practice. Overall, I would truly recommend the course to anyone who is wishing to pursue teaching. Thank you very much for a brilliant three years” BA Hons Primary Education with QTS (3-11 Years) Student (Carlisle Campus)
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Why Choose University of Cumbria
We’ll prepare you for working with primary and early years children in a variety of schools and other settings and will build your confidence so you can move with ease into your first teaching post.
Yes, you’ll learn the theory, but work-based placements in schools sit at the heart of our course to equip you with first-hand experience to bolster your CV and prepare you for a rich and successful life in teaching.
- You get qualified teacher status upon completion of your degree
- Our students are highly regarded by schools and employers
- You'll spend at least 24 weeks working with children in school-based placements, both locally and farther afield
- We have a strong partnership with schools and educational providers to ensure you experience a range of placements and enhance your job prospects
- All tutors have a wealth of experience in teaching and have good links with local schools and educational organisations
- Study in small class groups, so we get to know you well
- Your personal tutor will support and guide you through your studies
- Use of our educational facilities – including our Early Years classroom
- Opportunities to personalise your degree through a work-based placement, elective option, and a choice of specialism
- Opportunity to do your placement abroad
- Optional international trips each year bolster your organisational and planning skills
- Students are eligible to claim some assistance with the costs of travel to placements
If you don’t have your statutory skills test before you come on the course, don’t worry, we'll support you in taking the test with personalised sessions.
So, for a degree to springboard your teaching career, this is the course for you.
Course Study Options
You can also specialise in teaching children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).