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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 with QTS.

  • Our Primary Initial Teacher Education courses are judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ - the highest grade attainable in an Ofsted inspection.
  • 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).
  • Each module is delivered by specialists with a background in the primary classroom.

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). 

Our partnership office will help you to find a placement. Though we will try and place you near to where you live, you may be required to travel up to one hour each way.

Why St Mary's?

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

  • BA (Hons) Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education (Work-based Route) with QTS specialising in SEND

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 faith and secular schools. Your block placements (one in your home school, a second one in one of these schools) will be arranged by our Partnership office.

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.

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Entry requirements

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You must have already gained a Foundation degree in Education.

An A Level, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent is required, as is a GCSE level 4 (grade C if taken before 2017) or equivalent in English Language. You will also need to have successfully completed a Foundation degree in Education.

To undertake the two-year QTS pathway, you will need to have gained GCSE level 4 or above in English, mathematics and science (or equivalent).

You will need to be employed in work with children and young people for at least half of the week (in either a paid or voluntary capacity). At least three years' experience working in school (either paid or voluntary) is also required prior to the start of the programme.

Skills tests

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.

Please note: your head teacher will need to complete the Supporting Statement Form in order for us to confirm your place on the course. We will notify them of your application, but feel free to send them the link.

For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

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

Year two

  • Primary Science Core
  • Professional Studies: Assessment and Pupil Progress Core
  • A critical literature review of primary pedagogy and practice Core
  • Professional Studies 2 Core
  • Spiritual and Moral Development Core
  • Learning beyond the classroom Core

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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. 

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Primary Education with QTS (Work-Based Route) students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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.

Class sizes range from 25 to 35 students.

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)

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 10%
  • Work-based route: 11%
  • Guided learning: 27%
  • Independent study: 52%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

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.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2021/22 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • 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 starting in 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.

You can claim help with travel expenses during your school placement, but there will be no costs around coursework or additional materials.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Further information


Teaching staff

Catherine Balfour-Roberts Catherine Balfour-Roberts
Senior Lecturer - Primary

catherine.balfour-roberts@stmarys.ac.uk

Liz Berry profile photo Liz Berry
Primary Education Lecturer

liz.berry@stmarys.ac.uk

Mandy Byrne Mandy Byrne
Lecturer - Primary Education

mandy.byrne@stmarys.ac.uk

Sarah  Green profile photo Sarah Green
Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (RE)

sarah.green@stmarys.ac.uk

Carolyn Porter Carolyn Porter
Programme Director - Work-Based Route Programmes

carolyn.porter@stmarys.ac.uk

Susannah Robert profile photo Susannah Robert
Senior Lecturer - Creativity (Primary Curriculum)

susannah.robert@stmarys.ac.uk

Natasa Rutherford Natasa Rutherford
Senior Lecturer - Primary and Early Years Education

natasa.rutherford@stmarys.ac.uk

Christine  Sellwood profile photo Christine Sellwood
Lecturer - Primary Education (English)

christine.sellwood@stmarys.ac.uk

Viki  Veale profile photo Viki Veale
Senior lecturer: Early Years and Primary Education

viki.veale@stmarys.ac.uk

Joanna Woodbridge profile photo Joanna Woodbridge
Coordinator - Education Foundation Year

joanna.woodbridge@stmarys.ac.uk

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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