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Routes into Primary teaching

We offer a range of Primary teaching degrees at St Mary’s. To find what would suit your needs best, try our "find my route" questionnaire.

University-led degrees


If you have not previously completed a degree you may choose to study our three-year Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons).


If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree, the best route for you may be our Primary PGCE programme. We also offer part-time and PE specialism routes as part of the PGCE programme.


If you currently work in a school as a teaching or learning support assistant (or many other school-based roles) you may be interested in one of our foundation degrees. These programmes are school-based with one day a week of teaching at the University.

Foundation degrees

Whilst these foundation degrees don't offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you can top-up your degree with with our Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS BA (Hons) degree. This two-year programme also offers a pathway in which you can specialise in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

If you don't require QTS, but would still like to top-up your foundation degree to an undergraduate one, we also offer a Primary Education (Work-based Route) BA (Hons) one-year programme.

Assessment only QTS

If you are an experienced teacher with a degree you can achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) without further training through our assessment only QTS programme.

Student stories

Read what our primary teaching students have to say about their St Mary's journey.

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