Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Outstanding' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • Voted in the top two universities in London with 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
  • Our students have a 97% employment success within six months of graduation
  • Upon successful completion you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status to pursue your dream career.



How a child learns in their early and primary years can have a lasting impact on their entire education.

Work placements

Your teacher training will take place in sessions at the university with our expert tutors, and with vital on-the-job placements. Our degree has a strong urban focus, partnering with many contrasting primary schools and early years settings. This will allow you to immerse yourselves in schools with rich multicultural traditions. 

Each year, you will spend approximately eight weeks observing and working alongside experienced teachers in a school, with increasing responsibility. By the time you achieve Qualified Teacher Status at the end of Year 3, you will have the confidence and skills to begin a rewarding career as a primary teacher.

Degree structure

Our degree aims to give you an insight into education in the wider context. So in addition to mainstream school placements, during Year 2 of your study, you will undertake a two-week enrichment placement. This will be in an alternative setting such as an education department within a museum or a special school.

In Year 3, you will be able to develop a personal interest or area of expertise within primary education. This will be through an option and final research project. There is also an opportunity for mainstream students to opt for a mathematics specialism. If you wish to be considered for the maths specialism route you will need to apply for the mainstream primary education and register your interest towards the end of the first year - although it is wise to note that places are limited.

Ofsted inspection

The quality of teacher training in Primary education was rated as "Outstanding" in the Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. Ofsted found that the "key strengths of the primary partnership include innovative approach of its leaders, and its quest for continual improvements.".

Student satisfaction

  • Voted in the top 2 universities in London with 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
  • 96% of our students are employed within six months of graduation.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points from A-levels, of which no more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept equivalent:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses.

PLUS GCSE English language, mathematics and science with a minimum of grade C are required or equivalent. We will accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing for Career Development and A* Star Teachers.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in English, science and mathematics equivalent to GCSE grade C. 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

Candidates will be required to:

  • Attend an interview
  • Demonstrate interest, experience, skills and commitment related to teaching
  • Pass Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Note: Recent experience of working with or observing children in a primary school classroom is encouraged

What people say

Doing my degree at Greenwich was one of the best experiences in my life! 

Maria Reader
BA Hons Primary Education with QTS

I chose Greenwich because my friend in the year above me told me very good things about the university and the primary education course in particular. The tutors are great and provide great support when any issues arise.

Johanna Fryer,
BA Hons Primary Education with QTS

I chose Greenwich due to its reputation; looking at results from previous years and talking to former students. The fact that I felt so comfortable and welcomed during the open day also played a big part in my decision.

Faye Martin
BA Hons Primary Education with QTS

I feel that my self-belief and self-confidence increased as a direct result of the work that we undertook at the university. I developed excellent time-management skills that have stayed with me throughout my career.

Angela Barry
BA Hons Primary Education with QTS

Extra information


Students are assessed in a range of modes including essays, portfolios and through practical experience of teaching in a school. Students will spend approximately eight weeks each year in school observing and working alongside experienced teachers. The level of responsibility increases each year so that by the end of Year 3 students are confident to embark on their teaching career.

Professional recognition

Qualified Teacher Status


You will be assessed through national standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. Successful graduates can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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