The School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary’s has been nationally recognised as one of the highest quality providers of training for primary teachers in the country.

Why study Primary Education with QTS?

Primary Education leads to one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers; preparing trainees to teach five to eleven year olds. It not only gives students the opportunity to educate and inspire future generations, but also gives the perfect foundation for future pathways such as education leadership.

Students gain three years of training to become a primary school teacher, enabling them to enhance their understanding and skills. These are attributes that can be difficult to grasp in just one year. Students are therefore at an advantage on a degree course, gaining an in-depth knowledge of the field.

Why St Mary's?

Primary Education at St Mary's provides students with a supportive, passionate and caring team of experienced lecturers and tutors who have the time and energy to strive for excellence in the theory and practice of teaching.

St Mary's is a renowned institution and has close connections to many leading primary schools in London. We offer fantastic resources and BA ITT students have full access to the Naylor Library.

Primary Education at St Mary's offers a hands-on approach to teaching, with a friendly and interactive atmosphere. This fully prepares our students for life in the classroom.

School experience is an integral part of each year of study. You will spend a minimum of six weeks in school throughout each year where progress is made from teaching small groups of pupils to whole class teaching.

Experience will be with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes with placements being organised by the School Partnership Office to ensure that you receive the appropriate level of support and opportunities. The School of Education, Theology and Leadership promotes international links and there are opportunities to study abroad during the course.

In line with the University Mission Statement, the programme seeks to prepare teachers for both religious and secular schools at home and abroad with special provision for those intending to teach in Roman Catholic and other Christian schools.

A Student View

"Before starting this degree at St Mary's the thought of standing up in front of 30 students scared me to death... However, I have become equipped with both the subject knowledge and the theory I need to become a competent and confident teacher. I have gained self-confidence and made life-long friendships."

Primary Education NSS results 2016

In the 2016 National Student Survey Primary Education scored 93% for overall student satisfaction.


93% of students also said that they thought the teaching on the course was good and 92% said the course aided their personal development.