Yes, Primary school applications are up whilst secondary ones are down. There are many students who have completed their courses who have still not found jobs 3 years after qualifying. Just read some of the posts on Unemployed teachers, Student & Jobseeker's forums! Getting into Primary School teaching IS tough these days! So you have to decide-is it that you want to teach so badly, you're prepared for all the heartache of studying & possibly qualifying with no job at the end of it? In which case you have to try, as you'll be unhappy unless you did it. But if the answer is no, you might want to postpone the idea for a few years until the job market for Primary teachers is a little less competitive. Remember too the government is in the process of changing rules on retirement & many teachers who thought they could retire are going to have to work until they're 65/ 66 /67!