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Natasa Rutherford

Programme Director for Education in Context & Work Based Route Programmes

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Study alongside your work: you will attend St Mary's University one day a week whilst continuing to work with children and young people for at least half of the week.

Why study Primary Education (Work-Based Route)?

Working with children and young people in a primary setting is a challenging career, but is incredibly rewarding. This one-year course allows graduates of our Education in Context foundation degree to complete a Bachelor's degree.

Studying part-time whilst, at the same time, working within education provides you with a unique opportunity to apply your learning in a practical environment throughout the course.

Choosing the Work-Based Route to gain a Qualified Teacher Status 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?

Students on the course come from a range of settings including Primary and Early Years, special education needs and those working in faith and secular contexts and people special needs.

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 and supporting them through school experience. They also contribute to University-based modules.

St Mary's also offers two work-based degree courses that lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS):

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.

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.

Key facts

  • 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

Course content

Over the one year programme the course will focus on educational support.

Year one

  • Assessment in Practice 
  • Creativity in Education 
  • Learning Outside the Classroom 
  • Professional Studies One 
  • Using and Applying ICT 
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.

Career opportunities

This non-QTS pathway will help you improve upon your classroom practice and develop your career within the education sector.

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.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,100
International: coming soon

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee 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

Further information

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