Foundation and Key Stage 1

Course Overview

KS1 Classroom


The Foundation Stage curriculum provides children with a wide range of knowledge and skills that establish strong foundations for their future progress through school and life. The curriculum is planned and taught to meet the needs of all pupils and enables children to become confident, independent and curious learners. Key Stage 1 builds on this by offering a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school.

Trainees will gain an understanding of how children develop and learn. They will be supported in the planning, delivery and reviewing of lessons by experienced practitioners enabling them to move their own practice forward and providing the opportunity for pupils to become ‘life-long learners’ and achieve their full potential.


Entry Requirements

 To be accepted onto the course you will need:

  • a relevant degree.
  • advanced level qualifications, or equivalent experience.
  • GCSE grade C or above in English, Science and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • have passed the QTS skills in English and Maths by 1st September 2018.
  • the ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
  • a good state of physical and mental fitness
  • confirmation that you have not been excluded from teaching nor from working with children, nor have been registered with the Criminal Records Bureau as unfit for working with children or young persons.
  • The suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in primary schools.

It is beneficial that you also have: 

  • experience of working with primary-age children.
  • recent experience of your subject in a primary school.
  • a competent level of ICT skills.



Course Details

The course structure for most students will consist of:

  • A main placement in a primary school.
  • A shorter second placement in another partnership primary school.
  • Gaining experience of teaching within the Secondary sector.
  • Experiencing SEND teaching at Brackenfield School.

Throughout the year students will:

  • Have full access to The University of Nottingham services.
  • Enjoy full student entitlement of The University of Nottingham, including use of the library, on-line support and SU membership.




 We are pleased to offer the following places for 2018/19:

  • Provider-led places in Primary Key Stage 1 (ages 3-7) 
  • School-direct (unsalaried) places in Primary Key Stage 1 (ages 3-7) 

For provider-led places apply on UCAS to EMTTP.

For school-direct places apply to our lead school (The West Bridgford School) via the UCAS teacher training application website. 

If you are successful in gaining a place via either of these pathways you will undertake your main placement through one of these partner schools:

Burton Joyce Primary

Cropwell Bishop Primary School

Crossdale Primary School

Heymann Primary School

Jesse Gray Primary School

John Clifford Primary School

Oxley Primary School

Richard Bonington Primary School

West Bridgford Infant School