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Teacher Training Degrees and Masters

Our teaching courses are delivered by experienced and expert tutors as well as practicing teachers to ensure you gain all the insight and knowledge you need to thrive.

Undergraduates can choose from our range of courses, including initial teacher training (ITT) qualifications, with the University of Northampton being recognised as one of the top 25% performing ITT providers. Postgraduates can build on their skills and expand their career options with a number of PGCE courses.

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Course Structure

Students on our undergraduate teaching degrees will take five placements in various areas during their time at the university, which can include SEN schools, giving them considerable teaching experience before they embark on their career as a teacher.

Dependent on the teaching degree you choose, you will be awarded either Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or an initial teacher training qualification (ITT) for teaching English as a second or foreign language.

If you are interested in working with children and young people, but not as a primary school teacher, please view our other education course options.

Entry Requirements

We ask that all applicants for our teacher training courses meet their chosen program’s standard entry requirements. Please read the entry requirements on each course page, as these can vary.

Applicants must have GCSE grades of C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science before applying. Standard procedures of skill tests, interviews and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will apply.

To find out more about how to apply to teach, please visit our dedicated pages for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Facilities and Research

Access to our outstanding school experience library will give you the resources you need to support you in your placements, enabling you to borrow planning materials, puppets, games, large books and much more.

The Learning Development team of the library provides opportunities to develop your academic skills, such as essay writing and critical analysis, while the Learning Technology team offers expert guidance in developing your use of technology for learning and teaching.

Our Library and Learning Service also contributes to the university’s academic output through research and embraces the Changemaker Challenges. We work with local partners to deliver a social impact through research in key areas, including Education; Health and Wellbeing; Culture, Heritage and the Environment; and Enterprise and Innovation.

Undergraduate Teacher Training Programmes

Our undergraduate teaching qualifications include primary education and CELTA courses, to impart all the knowledge you need to embark on your chosen career field.

This BA Primary Education 5-11 (QTS) is ideal for anyone who is interested in a teaching career. You will train to teach children aged five to 11 years old (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2). You will gain essential skills as well as developing the subject knowledge you need to confidently and competently lead your pupils in the classroom.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: BCC at A Level/DMM at BTEC. An Access Course must include 45 level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants must also have GCSE Grace C/4 in English Language, Mathematics and Science before application. 

Our CELTA course will help you gain all the skills and knowledge you need to graduate with an initial teacher training qualification for teaching English as a foreign language or second language (EFL and ESL). This is an internationally recognised qualification, accredited by Cambridge Assessment, which is part of the prestigious University of Cambridge.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and ideally have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) level of educational qualification, have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English, and successfully complete a series of pre-interview tasks.

Postgraduate Teacher Training Programmes

Our choice of postgraduate teaching courses at the University of Northampton will allow you to pursue your career prospects with confidence.

Our PGCE in Primary Education focuses on teaching children aged five to 11 years old between Key STage 1 and Key Stage 2. Following completion of the course, you will receive 60 credits at Masters level and a recommendation for QTS, allowing you to teach anywhere in the UK.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold an honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent) with a 2:1 or First classification whenever possible. You will need to have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics, English Language and Science before applying. You will be interviewed and will need to undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and Health Checks.

There are two routes for PGCE QTS Primary Education School Direct applicants; Salaried or Training. During this course, you will be trained to teach Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (children aged five to 11 years). Upon completion, you will be recommended for QTS, allowing you to teach anywhere in the country, and will also have 60 credits at Masters level.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold an honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent) with a 2:1 or First classification whenever possible. You will need to have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics, English Language and Science before applying. These places are aimed mainly at graduates with 3+ years of work experience. You will be interviewed and will need to undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

The University of Northampton Early Years Teaching Status (0-5) is a one-year programme that focuses on teaching and supporting childhood development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. It is the only graduate professional accreditation for the early years workforce.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold an honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent) with a 2:1 or First classification whenever possible. You will need to have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grace C/4 or above including Mathematics, English Language and Science before applying. You will be interviewed and will need to undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. All trainees must be working at least 16 hours per week in an early years setting

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