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St Mary's, Strawberry Hill has been recognised as one of the highest quality providers of training for primary and secondary teachers in the country.

Our Primary and Secondary Initial Education courses have been judged by Ofsted, the government department that regulates teacher training, to be ‘outstanding’ - the highest grade attainable in an Ofsted inspection.

In January 2020 we'll be conducting interviews in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.

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For futher information about studying a teacher training at St Mary's, please email the relevant team:

Bursaries for Secondary PGCE courses

GCSE requirements

Every subject passed at Ordinary/Standard level, where grades of O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3 up to and including 2016) have been achieved, may be considered comparable to GCSE A*-C/9-4 standard.

Grades O5-O6 (or D/D1-D3 up to and including 2016) at Ordinary/Standard level compare to GCSE grades D-G/3-1 standard.

Every subject passed at Higher/Honours level, where grades of H1-H7 (or A-D/A1-D3 up to and including 2016) have been achieved, may be considered at least comparable to GCSE A*-C/9-4 standard.

Student stories

leigh-anneLeigh-Anne Deegan

"Moving away from Ireland was a very difficult decision and not one I made lightly, and at times it is still difficult being away from home, but the support I receive at St Mary’s has made that process so much easier..."
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georgiaGeorgina Malone

"To any Irish candidates who are considering studying with St Mary’s, it is a brilliant route to take and I am incredibly glad that I have done so. Although it is a new country, it is like a home away from home!"
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Meet us in Ireland


We are holding PGCE Primary, PGCE Secondary and BA Primary Education interviews in Northern Ireland in January 2020:

  • Belfast: Tuesday 28th January 2020
    Jury’s Inn, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 6DY
  • Derry/Londonderry: Wednesday 29th January 2020
    City Hotel, Queens Quay, Derry Londonderry, BT48 7AS

Please note: in order to be considered for interview in Belfast or Derry you must submit your UCAS Teacher Training Application before 15th January 2020.

Applicant support sessions

We host events in Ireland throughout the year, inlcuding Q&As, training to teach presentations and one-to-ones. Our upcoming events in Ireland are:


  • Dublin: Monday 27th January, 10am (Presentation)
    MG10, Marlborough Street Building, TU Dublin City Campus
  • Dublin: Monday 27th January, 1.30-2pm (Drop-in sessions)
    Room TBC, TU Dublin Kevin Street Campus
  • Coleraine: Monday 27th January, 1pm
    University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus
  • Belfast: Tuesday 28th January 2020, 9-11am
    Queen's University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road
  • Belfast: Tuesday 28th January 2020, 10-11.30am
    Belfast Met, Millfield Campus
  • Belfast: Tuesday 28th January 2020, 3.30pm
    Queen's University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road
  • Belfast: Monday 27th January 2020, 6.30pm and 7.30pm
    Jury’s Inn, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 6DY
  • Belfast: Thursday 30th January 2020, 10m 
    Ulster University, Jordanstown Campus
  • Belfast: Thursday 30th January 2020, 11am-1pm 
  • Belfast Met, Titanic Quarter Campus
  • Derry/Londonderry: Wednesday 29th January, 6.30pm
    City Hotel, Queens Quay, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7AS
  • Letterkenney: Thursday 30th January, 10.30am
    Room 1103, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Port Road, Letterkenny, F92 FC93

For more informtion about what each event will involve please email

As well as applicants, these sessions are also open to parents, headteachers and teachers.

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