When does the programme begin?
The part-time route commences on Wednesday 24th April 2019, assessed school placements are full time.
What is a typical day at the University?
The programme is taught at University on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during term time. The part-time route provides flexibility to balance the demands of career and home whilst studying to become a teacher.
Typically a day at St Mary's will be a combination of small group working, lectures and seminars. The day usually starts at 9am and ends at 1pm, however timetabled sessions will also take place in the afternoons. Further details will be available as soon as possible, but trainees should expect to attend university until 4pm. Timetables are given in advance.
Throughout the programme there will be periods of self-directed study when trainees are encouraged to research a topic, complete online learning materials and meet in pairs or groups to prepare an assessment or presentation.
Do I have to find my own school placements?
Not at all - the School Partnership Office will arrange the two school placements you complete on the course – one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2. School placements are full-time with dates given in advance to students.
Trainees also complete a 12-day Enhancement Placement that they can choose for themselves (with guidance).
I have not studied for a while – will I get help and support during the course?
Absolutely! You will have a designated Personal Tutor and staff will provide academic and professional support throughout your studies. In addition, there are learning support strategies available for students with a learning needs.
What are the entry requirements?
Course entry requirements are the same as the Primary Generalist programme and students should refer to this.
How much does the course cost? Is there any financial help?
The course fees are £4,625 for each year ie. two instalments each year - April 2018 and September 2018; £4,625 in April 2019 and September 2019. Total fees £9250.
All applicants can apply to Student Finance England for a Tuition Fee Loan. The University has a Student Finance Officer who can provide more support and advice on this important matter.
After completing the PGCE Primary course what are the job prospects for a Newly Qualified Teacher?
Excellent! In 2016, over 98% of graduates were employed within six months. The PGCE Primary programme at St Mary’s gives students the skills and experience necessary to succeed as a primary teacher.