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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.