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Year of entry:

Single

Honours

X122

UCAS code

1 year (foundation)
+ 3 years (degree)

Attendance

72-48

UCAS points
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72-48

UCAS points
View all requirements

Dr Kim Salmons

Programme Director - Foundation Year

kim.salmons@stmarys.ac.uk
020 8240 4199

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Following our inspection in February 2019, we are delighted to announce that Ofsted have graded St Mary’s University as ‘outstanding’ in all areas of teacher training. Read more...

This course combines a degree with a qualification to teach (QTS). We are currently judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

Primary Education with QTS (with a Foundation Year) video

Why study Primary Education with QTS (with a Foundation Year)?

Primary Education leads to one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers.

Our degree programme trains you to teach children aged 5 to 11 years old. It teaches you how to educate and inspire future generations, and gives you the perfect foundation for future pathways such as educational leadership. 

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of primary education with three years to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills needed to be an outstanding teacher.

Why St Mary's?

We are a renowned institution and have close connections to many leading primary schools in London. School experience is an integral part of the course. You spend a minimum of six weeks in school each year where you progress from teaching small groups to whole classes. 

Your school experience will be with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Placements are organised by us to ensure that you receive the appropriate level of support. We promote international links and there are opportunities to study abroad during the course. 

You will be supported by a passionate and caring team of experienced tutors who strive for excellence in the theory and practice of teaching. By studying with us fantastic resources and support systems will be available to you throughout your degree. 

In line with our Mission Statement, we seek to prepare teachers for both religious and secular schools with special provision for those intending to teach in Roman Catholic and other Christian schools.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

To transition onto the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS programme, you must successfully complete the Education Foundation Year pathway. You will also be required to successfully complete the government skills tests in numeracy and literacy, pass an interview process and  gain a fitness to teach check. Applicants must satisfactorily gain an enhanced DBS check prior to be registered onto the programme

For students who do not meet these requirements, there is the opportunity to progress onto one of the other undergraduate degrees offered in Faculty of Education and Social Science.

Key facts

  • 100% of Primary Education with QTS students are employed or in further study (or both) within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2016/17)
  • One year after graduating our education students are, on average, the second highest paid across the sector earning £3,300 more per year (on average) than the median salary. Five years after graduating this figure goes up to £6,100 (Department for Education LEO data, 2017)
  • Primary Education with QTS scored 97% for overall satisfaction, 96% for learning opportunities and 94% for teaching satisfaction and academic support in the 2018 National Student Survey
  • Our Primary Initial Teacher Education courses are judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ - the highest grade attainable in an Ofsted inspection
  • You will choose four elective subjects in the second year, allowing you to showcase your talents and follow your particular interests
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus in West London

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergradaute degree.



Foundation year

  • Functional and Interview Skills 
  • Personal Learning Competencies 
  • Sociology of Education 
  • Taking a Professional Approach 
  • The Individual Project 
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically 

Year one

  • English (Year One) Core
  • Maths (Year One) Core
  • Modern Foreign Languages (Year One) Core
  • PE (Year One) Core
  • Professional Studies (Year One) Core
  • School Experience One Core

Year two

  • Cross-Curricular Project Core
  • English (Year Two) Core
  • Maths (Year Two) Core
  • Modern Foreign Languages (Year Two) Core
  • PE (Year Two) Core
  • Professional Studies (Year Two) Core

Year three

  • English (Year Three) Core
  • Maths (Year Three) Core
  • Modern Foreign Languages (Year Three) Core
  • PE (Year Three) Core
  • Professional Studies (Year Three) Core
  • Research Project Core
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

St Mary’s graduates are very successful in securing teaching appointments at the end of their studies. Many take up employment in one of our partnership schools and go on to inspire and mentor students who follow them through St Mary’s.

Many students continue on to study one of our Master's degrees in education.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Primary Education students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Teaching takes place in purpose-built classrooms that mirror those found in primary schools. Tutors model good practice in the use of ICT and use lectures, seminars, and group activities to stimulate and encourage you to become reflective practitioners.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through essays, rationales, portfolios, lesson plans, presentations, resource innovation and one formal examination. School experience is assessed against the government’s standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Facilities

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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact kim.salmons@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information

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