Plymouth Institute of Education

BEd (Hons) Primary (Science)

Get hands-on with this practical course designed to help you become a standout primary science teacher. Experience teaching methods shaped by our own research expertise and learn on the job in educational settings across the South West. With much of the course taking place in local primary schools, you’ll develop your skills in the real world and get the preparation you need to take on responsibilities as a subject-lead in this dynamic and exciting field.

You will launch your career through getting integrated Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which means you can begin your teaching career immediately. You will boost your employability through getting support in preparing for interviews and entering the workplace throughout the program.

Key features

  • Launch your career – integrated Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) means you can begin your teaching career immediately.
  • Gain invaluable practical experience teaching in schools, equipping yourself with the professional skills you need to be a successful, confident primary school teacher.
  • Stand out from the crowd: your subject specialism will enable you to be a subject leader in schools.
  • Boost your employability – throughout the programme you’ll be supported in preparing for interviews and entering the workplace.
  • Expand your horizons, enhance your practical experience and set yourself above the competition by taking the opportunity to teach and study abroad.   
  • Benefit from studying a course rated 'Good' by Ofsted (2013/2014) and learning from an academic team who are leading the way in their subjects, carrying out research that turns heads worldwide.
  • Learn through interactive workshops and with no end-of-year/semester exams.
  • 80 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing and 96 per cent of those in employment six months after the course were in a professional/managerial job (source: 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*).

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding to teach children and explore how children learn and develop. You’ll study modules in your specialist subject, core and foundation subjects, and education studies. You’ll gain practical experience of the classroom with two-week and five-week school placements across the primary age range, working beside a fellow BEd student, as well as a one-week 'saturation placement' linked to the foundation subjects.
    Core modules
    • ECBC424 An introduction to Broader Curriculum

      This composite module will introduce students to Foundation Subjects in the Primary Curriculum (History, Religious Education, Geography, Physical Education, Music, Art & Design, Personal, Social and Health Education, Design &Technology, Computing and Languages) and is linked to practice during saturation week.

    • ECSM422 An introduction to Mathematics and Science

      During the course of this module, students will become familiar with both the subject knowledge and elements of curriculum design and delivery, which will equip them for the teaching of the core subjects in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

    • EEES413 Education Studies 1

      This module introduces the student to how children learn, aspects of good teaching and learning in Primary and Early Years and to Year 1 School Experience.

    • EESX425 Year 1 paired School Experience and English

      Students work in pairs to begin taking a leadership role in classrooms. The emphasis is on team teaching in the core and non-core subjects of the National Curriculum. This experience will complement campus-based work in Education Studies and non-core modules. The paired experience provides opportunities for supportive critical appraisal of work undertaken. Alongside this module students will become familiar with both the subject knowledge and elements of curriculum design and delivery, which will equip them for the teaching of English in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

    • ESSP421SC Education Subject Specific Pathway 1

      This module will facilitate the acquisition of subject knowledge within the subject specific pathway. All students will be expected to undertake the assignment for the specialist subject pathway on which they are enrolled.

    Optional modules
    • EDU401PP Digital Reputation and Digital Literacy

      This module explores living and learning in the digital age, with a particular focus on digital reputation, e-safety and digital literacies. All students will be expected to undertake projects and directed study to explore a range of digital environments, and gain an understanding of the threats and opportunities these might present to them, their students and their organisation.

    • EDU402PP Knowing Inside Out: Learning outside Formal Education

      This module will facilitate students conceptualisation of learning as something that does not only happen in designated educational settings. All students will be expected to undertake a practical assignment to experience and support life wide learning and consider what supports and obstructs learning outside formal education. (This module is subject to availability)

    • EDU403PP Philosophy into Practice: Enquiry, Reflection and Dialogue

      This module provides a democratic forum for thoughtful critical exploration of pressing philosophical or ethical questions and issues brought by participants. These will be addressed through collaborative engagement with philosophical texts and through philosophical questioning, reasoning, meaning making and dialogue. Students will keep a log and engage in a reflexive assignment on participation in a community of philosophical enquiry. (This module is subject to availability)

    • EDU404PP Researching with, not on - participatory research with children

      This module will challenge students to consider the implications of working with children in research projects.  The module will support students in addressing issues around ethical balance, children's voice and appropriate research methodologies. Examples of research studies involving children at multiple levels of engagement and participation including as co-researchers will be considered and a short project intended for local schools developed.

    • EDU405PP Global Futures

      This module will facilitate students' conceptualisation of issues around education for sustainable development. The module will explore and facilitate the development of active learning approaches to be carried out and evaluated in designated educational settings. Students will be expected to develop, implement and critically review a learning activity in context to the wider issues related to learning for sustainability. (This module is subject to availability)

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll build on your growing knowledge and expertise, particularly in science and special educational needs. Classroom experience will come from a four-week 'paired' school experience, a three-week school experience linked to the core subjects, and a one-week 'saturation placement' related to science, allowing you to develop your understanding of professionalism and professional identity.
    Core modules
    • ECBC524 Building on Broader Curriculum

      This composite module will build on from ECBC404, developing students' ability to plan, teach and assess foundation subjects in the primary curriculum (History, RE, Geography, PE, music, Art & Design, PSHE, Design &Technology, Computing and Languages).

    • EEES513 Education Studies 2

      This module gives students opportunities to analyse principles which underpin effective teaching and learning, to consider their own attitudes and values and to develop understanding of how to promote learning.

    • EESX535 Year 2 School Experience

      During the course of this module, students will become confident with both the subject knowledge and elements of curriculum design and delivery, which will equip them for teaching in the relevant age phase.

    • ESEM532 Core Subjects 2: Deepening Conceptual and Pedagogical Understanding

      During the course of this module, students will become confident with both the subject knowledge and elements of curriculum design and delivery, which will equip them for the teaching of the Mathematics, ICT, English Science, in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

    • ESSP521SC Education Subject Specific Pathway 2

      This module will facilitate the development of deeper theoretical and pedagogical understanding of the subject specific pathway. All students will be expected to undertake the assignment for the specialist subject pathway on which they are enrolled.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll develop your subject specialism and leadership skills, as well as producing your teaching dissertation. You’ll reflect on your professional identity and how to shape your teaching practice for the future. And you’ll gain significant practical experience on an eight-week school experience, where you’ll take full responsibility for the age phase in your chosen pathway. You’ll also have extensive support in obtaining, and preparing for, your first post.
    Core modules
    • EEES613 Education Studies 3

      This module will give students opportunities to reflect on their development as teachers, on their professional identities and to look at how they might shape practice in the future.

    • EEMS612 Core subjects: Assessment and monitoring, and planning for progression

      Using subject and professional knowledge to inform appropriate planning across the core subjects; approaches towards the use of data to raise attainment in English, Maths and Science; the nature of progression across the primary age range considering skills and concepts; planning for progression and the significance of cross curricular planning for progression; a range of approaches towards formative and summative assessment, monitoring and recording; differentiation and class organisation.

    • EESX635 Year 3 School Experience

      During the course of this module, students will become confident with both the subject knowledge and elements of curriculum design and delivery, which will equip them for teaching in the relevant age phase.

    • ESLR621SC Becoming a research active subject leader

      This module considers theories of leadership and management within educational settings, enabling students to develop their skills for leadership in their specialist subject. It also prepares students for a research project. All students will be expected to undertake the assignment for the specialist subject pathway on which they are enrolled.

    • ESSD630SC Extended Project

      This module enables students to use the skills, experience and specialist subject knowledge they have acquired previously to attempt a significant piece of original research. They will relate their research to pedagogy and its impact on children's learning. All students will be expected to undertake the assignment for the specialist subject pathway on which they are enrolled.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BEd Primary Programme Specification 2017 18 4430

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff


All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. Plymouth University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Academic requirements

  • All applicants are required to have GCSE mathematics, English Language and science at grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.
  • A level grade B in science.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM in science.
  • 28 IB points to include 5 points in science.
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit or Distinction including 15 Level 3 credits in science.
  • All applicants to BEd Primary programmes are expected to have a minimum of two weeks recent observation experience in mainstream, UK primary schools.
  • English language requirements.

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Non-academic requirements

  • All candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form.
  • All candidates must be deemed fit to teach.
  • All candidates must be able to reflect on some significant experience (a minimum of ten days) in a relevant educational setting(s).

ITT (Initial Teacher Training) skills tests

All applicants need to pass the ITT (Initial Teacher Training) skills tests by 1 August prior to entry onto the course.
Full details about these tests can be found on the Department of Education website. You may find the sample tests on this site useful.

An interview is a pre-requisite for entry onto this programme

All candidates apply to join a subject specialism pathway and are interviewed in depth by a representative from that subject team. Interview days are conducted by the programme lead representative and include a practising teacher who represents the wider partnership and offers an employer perspective on suitability for the profession. Find more information about interviews in the Institute's Interview pages.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £12,250 £13,000
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

QTS skills tests support

If you apply for any course leading to a teaching qualification in early years, primary or secondary education, you will have to take the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you can enrol on the course.

Find our more about the tests and discover available resources

Careers with BEd (Hons) Primary

The course's outstanding reputation means most graduates become newly qualified teachers in primary schools around Britain, and beyond.

Skills gained through the courses enable graduates to pursue careers where good organisational, communication and social skills are valued.

Learn about BEd (Hons) Primary Career Opportunities

International opportunities with BEd Primary

Our BEd Primary students have the opportunity to undertake international school experience in a number of different nations.

Spend three weeks working in a school abroad observing and teaching, plus around six weeks travelling afterwards.

Explore BEd Primary international opportunities

Interviews with Plymouth Institute of Education

For many of our courses successful applicants will need to attend an interview and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service assessment.

Learn more about your interview, with information specific to your programme of study

Interviews with Plymouth Institute of Education

*The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.