Full-time and part-time programme.
Prestigious, rigorous and popular routes into primary teaching.
PGCE Primary Course Brochure (PDF File)
Start Month: September
Suitable for Tier 4 Student Visa Holders: Yes
Distance / Blended Learning: No
The School of Education at St Mary's is a successful and expanding school. Provision of teaching programmes is inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) on a regular basis, and St Mary's is identified as a high-quality provider of initial teacher training.
St Mary’s Primary and Secondary Initial Education courses have been judged by OfSTED, the government department that regulates teacher training, to be ‘outstanding’ – the highest grade attainable in an OfSTED inspection.
The courses were deemed to be outstanding for both ‘overall effectiveness’ and the ‘capacity for further improvement and/or sustaining overall quality’ following the inspection, which was conducted in March 2011.
The PGCE course offers a rich opportunity to embark on an educational journey that will lead to a career that is fulfilling, challenging and rewarding. All students register for the PGCE on the Master's pathway which incorporates teaching and learning in a critical and reflective framework. Some students may choose to follow the honours level pathway and make this decision, with support from tutors, during the academic year.
Full-time and part-time modes of study are offered.Full-time provision runs over three school terms from September to July, with taught sessions five days a week.
The part-time mode of study has been established at St Mary's for a number of years and is designed to meet the needs of those applicants who would like to become qualified primary teachers but also have to meet other commitments and responsibilities.
Part-time provision runs over five school terms, commencing in April with taught sessions on three days a week. Hours for example are between the hours of 11am and 4pm or 9am until 2 pm- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All school placements are full-time.
Both the full-time and part-time modes of study address the DfE / NCTL requirements and standards for ITT and are designed in pursuit of excellent primary teachers. Substantial amounts of time of self-directed study are required. The success rate of Newly Qualified Teachers securing employment is very high.