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Carolyn Porter
Carolyn Porter

Programme Director - Work-Based Route Programmes
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Whilst employed in work with children and young people for at least half of the week - in either a paid or voluntary capacity - you will attend St Mary's University for one day a week to achieve a Bachelor's degree.

Why study Primary Education with QTS (Work-Based Route)?

Primary Teaching is a rewarding and challenging choice of career. We offer two degree pathways for students who have successfully completed a Foundation degree in Education that would like to achieve Qualified Teacher Status  (QTS). 

Choosing the Work-Based Route to gain a QTS meets the needs of distinctive areas of education - teaching, learning and pedagogy. 

This part-time course allows you the unique opportunity to continue to work within the education sector whilst studying with us.

Why St Mary's?

All pathways within this programme prepare you to teach children aged 5-11:

The programme includes students from a broad cross-section of society who work in faith and secular contexts, special needs, Primary and Early Years.

We have developed strong partnerships with a variety of schools including Catholic, other church and secular schools. Colleagues from these schools are involved in selecting students, supporting them during periods of school experience and contributing to University-based modules.

Our Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS pathway has a 100% successful employment rate.

As well as these two pathways, we offer a one-year, non-QTS undergraduate degree in Primary Education for anyone who has completed an education foundation degree.

Key facts

  • 100% of Primary Education with QTS (Work-Based Route) students are in professional employment, further study or both six months after graduation (HESA, DLHE 2015/16)
  • 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)
  • Our Primary Initial Teacher Education courses are judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ - the highest grade attainable in an Ofsted inspection.
  • Each module is delivered by specialists with a background in the primary classroom
  • You will be taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus one day a week
Please note: Primary Education with QTS (Work-Based Route) is subject to revalidation.

Course content

'Teaching and Learning' is the focus of all modules within the two year programme. Generic principles within Professional Studies are at the centre of the programme.

Year one

  • Creativity in Education 
  • Language and Literacy 
  • Mathematical and Scientific Enquiry 
  • Physical, Moral and Spiritual Development 
  • Professional Studies One 
  • School Experience One 

Year two

  • Assessment in Practice 
  • Meeting the needs of the individual child with SEND 
  • School Experience Two 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

The Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS pathway is suitable for you if you're working within a school setting and wish to move into teaching, but lack formal qualifications or are unable to become a full-time student.

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

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The course is taught using a range of teaching methods:

  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Small group work
  • Observations 
  • Practical-based activities

You are expected to bring your own work experiences into the discussions and to relate this to the academic theories to which you will be introduced.

A virtual learning environment will support you throughout the course with an appropriate range of resources.

Work-Based School Experience (QTS Pathway)

As part of the Training and Development Agency (TDA) requirements, you will be required to gain experience in two key stages in two different schools. Throughout the two years you will be assessed at school by tutors and your school mentor, supporting you to meet the TDA standards. On completion of a QTS award you will complete the Career Entry and Development Profile in preparation for transition to a newly qualified teacher (NQT)

Assessment methods

All work is assessed by means of a course portfolio, which may include presentations and research undertaken at your place of work. Work-based school experience will be assessed through observations and the completion of a QTS portfolio.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

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

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250 over two years (£4,625 per year)*
  • International: not available to international students
* 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 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 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

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