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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.

We'll be conducting interviews in Dublin in March 2020.

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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 Dublin on Thursday 5th March 2020. The interviews will take place at the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel.

Please note: in order to be considered for interview in Dublin you must submit your UCAS Teacher Training Application before 21st February 2020.

Applicant support sessions

We host events in Ireland throughout the year, inlcuding Q&As, training to teach presentations and one-to-ones. As well as applicants, these sessions are also open to parents, headteachers and teachers.

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