We are outstanding!
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.
Why study Primary Education with QTS ?
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 at Wrexham Glyndŵr University?
We are a renowned institution and have close connections to many leading primary schools in the Wrexham area on the border between Wales and England. 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.
- 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
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UCAS points required
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Additional requirement information
Grade C or equivalent in GCSE English, mathematics and science are required.
Physical and mental fitness to teach and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are required.
Applicants will need an awareness of how learning and teaching is managed in a primary classroom in KS1 and KS2 (not Reception).
Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email Karen Rhys Jones: email@example.com
To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.
We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).
For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non- academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.
The Department for Education has announced that applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses from April 2020 will no longer need to take Skills Tests in numeracy and English. The responsibility for assuring trainee teachers have met an appropriate level of skill in these important areas has been passed to the ITT provider.
At St Mary's University we therefore require, that by the end of your teacher training programme, you can demonstrate you are competent in English and mathematics. For St Mary's to be assured of this, and as part of the recommendation for QTS, you will be able to seek guidance in developing these fundamental skills as required.
The module explores children's literature, how children learn to read, phonics and reading routines in schools. You examine how children learn to write. You are taught how to plan effective English lessons and to understand strategies to develop reading for pleasure and a positive literacy environment in schools.
This module encourages you to develop positive attitudes to mathematics so you can teach it with confidence and enthusiasm. You explore the use of resources in the teaching and learning of key mathematical concepts number, shape and space. You learn how to plan interactive lessons and how to secure children's progress.
Modern Foreign Languages
The module encourages you to develop a positive attitude to the teaching of languages and aims to demonstrate the potential benefits to the children of this subject.You participate in a range of activities in French and Spanish and explore practical ideas and appropriate resources for effective teaching and learning.
You study how to structure, plan and teach a PE games lesson and about effective organisation and safety. Pupil management strategies and how to meet individual needs through differentiation are taught.You consider the unique contribution PE makes to children's social, creative and cognitive development and physical literacy.
The module unites university work with time spent in school ensuring you understand the links between theory and practice. It focuses on the ways children develop and learn effectively. It considers the roles and responsibilities of a teacher, key learning theories and some of the major educational thinkers. You explore the cycle of planning, teaching and evaluating and the importance of creating a stimulating and safe learning environment for the children in their care.
School Experience One
This is for three days a week for four weeks and four weeks full-time early in the year so you can contextualise what you are learning at university. You are given the opportunity to observe good classroom practice and are supported by your class teachers in the preparation of teaching activities to meet the needs of all children. Later in the year, an enhancement placement allows you to spend time in Key Stage 1 and explore early literacy and mathematics in depth.
The module introduces you to the value of using a cross curricular approach to provide meaningful contexts for learning. Keynote lectures from experts in their fields, including classroom practitioners inform and stimulate you to work in small teams to develop a cross-curricular plan based on a current theme. You present your work at an exhibition that encourages debate and shared learning.
There is a focus on grammar features examining how children are taught grammar and how they learn it and use it. The use of Standard English and the importance and value of non-standard dialects are explored. Spoken language, phonics, shared writing and strategies for the teaching of spelling, writing and reading are also studied.
This module focuses on problem solving and the role it plays in the development of mathematical thinking. You explore a variety of mathematical challenges and research theories that supports how children learn through practical engagement and collaboration. You develop practical strategies to challenge children with a range of different abilities and needs.
Modern Foreign Languages
The module develops your understanding of best practice in MFL teaching through practical examples in French and Spanish. It aims to demonstrate the cross-curricular potential of MFL as a tool for teaching and learning across the curriculum.
This module develops your confidence, competence and commitment to teaching high quality PE lessons with enthusiasm. Specific focus is given to recognising and meeting individual needs and you are introduced to teaching gymnastics and dance activities.
The module focuses on inclusion. You gain knowledge of equality and inclusion policies, whilst improving your knowledge and skills for curriculum planning, delivery and evaluation using differentiated strategies. The module includes input and discussion on dyslexia, autistic spectrum disorder, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, bullying, English as an additional language and gifted and talented learners. The SEN Code of Practice, Closing the Gap and Safeguarding requirements and other key government guidance are also explored in detail.
You develop creative approaches to teaching fiction, non-fiction and poetry and your understanding of literacy difficulties, personalising learning, SEND and extending more able children. Best practice in supporting children with English as an additional language is explored. You learn how to assess children and progress their learning in English, examining tests, statistics and national trends.
This module focuses on the importance of using real, meaningful contexts and cross curricular links to make planning more purposeful and effective. You will collaborate to research and plan for progression in teaching and learning in a particular area of statistics or measurement. You use your research and experiences to develop a personal philosophy for teaching mathematics.
Modern Foreign Languages
The module develops further your understanding and knowledge of good practice in foreign language teaching, through practical examples of lessons in French. It focuses on the importance of cultural input and demonstrates how the teaching of languages can raise cultural awareness and help children appreciate diversity.
This module consolidates and develops the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at Levels 4 and 5. Specific consideration is given to the processes of assessment for learning to realise the maximum potential of pupils and you are introduced to teaching athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities.
The module introduces you to a range of assessment strategies, including the statutory requirements of National Curriculum. You will understand the purposes of the different types of assessment and how formative assessment impacts on learning. The module equips you with a range of practical assessment strategies, including giving effective oral and written feedback and setting appropriate targets for learning. The module ensures you are confident in using summative assessment methods, including assessing pupils' learning against end of year expectations.
The module establishes the importance of undertaking research, the purpose of research methodology and the benefits of writing a literature review. It gives an insight into the philosophy of education. You conduct a small-scale research through your chosen theme and in so doing you are able to bring together theory and practice in a way that enhances your understanding of teaching and learning. The module establishes the importance of teachers taking responsibility for deepening their understanding of teaching and learning thus improving what they do. The module provides a taster of and springboard for Master's level work.
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.
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 Wrexham Glyndŵr University careers has more information on graduate careers.
How the degree is taught
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.
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.
Fees and funding
* 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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