Study on a course that received ‘Outstanding’ results from the latest Ofsted reports

·         In the 2015 Good Teacher Training Guide we're rated 3rd for undergraduate teacher training

·         In the latest Newly Qualified Teacher survey, our students rated their training as amongst the best in the country


·         We have strong links with local partnership schools, and offer a range of diverse placement experiences. Placements will help to develop your professional skills and enhance your employability

·         The course offers a choice of specialist modules which will enable you to tailor your study to your personal and career interests.


·      Course length: 3 years. Or 4 years if choosing to develop a subject specialism, with the opportunity to gain 40 credits at masters level (level 7).


This course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), so you'll be able to go straight into your first teaching position when you graduate. The course is delivered by an experienced, lively and caring team, and is matched to the needs of teachers across the primary phase. We believe that teaching should be enjoyable, interesting and challenging. We'll work with you to ensure that you become the best teacher you can be.


Exciting and varied placements

We're passionate about making sure you're ready for your new career in teaching, so you will undertake a placement in a different school at each stage of the course. This will help to build your skills and experience within different year groups and better understand the whole primary phase. During these placements, you will receive ongoing mentor support from experienced teachers.


It is important that you appreciate, and can respond to, the diverse needs of the children you'll be teaching. Everyone will have the opportunity to experience a special educational needs setting during stage two of the course.

To enhance your placement experiences, you’ll have access to a facility through Derby Library Services that allows you to borrow classroom resources, including, for example, a full suit of armour, Chinese dragon, and story boxes, for a small fee per item.


At each stage of the course, you'll have the opportunity to:


·      develop your subject knowledge in all National Curriculum subjects

·      broaden your understanding of the different theories of primary teaching

·      become a highly reflective practitioner through mentor support in school and through a dedicated module at the University

·      expand your professional skills through focused school placements

·      enhance your academic abilities through carefully planned support right from when you arrive in stage one through to undertaking your own research.


A breadth of opportunities

There are opportunities to personalise your degree:


·      You can choose a specialist pathway - current choices include English, Maths, Science, Humanities, and Creative Arts.

·      You will undertake an Independent Study in stage three which allows you to research an area of your own interest.


A course built on values


Values which run through this course include:


·      working with our community and charities

·      working with children in settings outside school

·      providing you with a range of teaching experiences in university and beyond the classroom, including fieldtrips to multi-faith centres and sites of interest. In previous years, students have visited  Castle and the Thornton’s factory

·      appreciating and responding to the diverse needs of children

·      enabling you to make informed choices, in order to become the teacher you aspire to be

·      aiming for excellence - placing the child at the centre of all you do.


This three-year course, which can be extended to four years, leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).




On the three-year route, you'll study modules such as:


Stage one

·                Reflective Teaching 1: Introduction to Effective Pedagogical Practice

·                School and the Curriculum

·       Introducing the Principles and Practices of English and Mathematics with Computing

·       Developing the Principles and Practices of English and Mathematics with Computing

·                Wider Curriculum: Subjects in Focus

·                Developing an Understanding of the Wider Curriculum


Stage two

·                Reflective Teaching 2: Principles and Practice

·                Acknowledging Diversity in the Classroom

·                Enhancing the Principles and Practices of English and Mathematics with Computing

·                Extending the Principles and Practices of English and Mathematics with Computing

·                Extending the Understanding of the Wider Curriculum

·                Alternative Setting Elective


Stage three

·                Reflective Teaching 3: Enacting Professional Accountabilities

·                The Professional Teacher in School Communities

·                Excellence in English, Mathematics and Sciences

·                Independent Study

·                Subject Pathway


If you choose the four-year route, you’ll study the stage one and stage two modules previously outlined, then the stage three and four modules below. The fourth year includes a named subject pathway, the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement in an alternative setting, such as a special educational needs setting, and the chance to take modules at masters level.






Stage three

·                Reflective Teaching 3: The Accountable Professional

·                The Professional Teacher in School

·                Excellence in English, Mathematics and Sciences

·                Independent Study

·                Subject Pathway


Stage four

·                Reflective Teaching 4: Professional Identities of The Reflective Teacher

·                Wider Role of the Teacher

·                Enriching the Curriculum

·                Subject Enhancement

·                Understanding the Learning Community





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