Emmaus TSA
Primary (2XDN)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

If you are looking for a teacher training course in which you spend most of your time in-school while you study, this course may be for you. St. Elphege’s RC Infants’ School has been a teaching school since March 2014 and is the lead school for Emmaus Teaching School Alliance (ETSA). The school is working in partnership with St Mary’s University Twickenham (our accredited teacher training provider) and the following schools:

St Elphege’s RC Junior School Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School Stanley Park Infants’ School Our Lady Queen of Heaven RC School St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School The Avenue Primary Academy

St Mary’s offer training in both Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) however not in the Early Years (EYs).

Interview process

Initial selection

Applications are considered by the school, and selected for interview on the basis of the information within the application. Application forms will be scrutinised for the correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation and we pay particular attention to qualifications, the personal statement, and the references.


For all our primary programmes partnered with St Mary’s, there is a two stage interview process. All shortlisted candidates are required to attend an initial university interview first and if you pass this successfully (which is common) then you would proceed to a school interview (normally within a day or two). If shortlisted for interview, we will upload the first interview date to UCAS and shortly afterwards we will email you to confirm both interview dates and to provide further details regarding the school interview. The university would contact you separately about arrangements for the initial university interview.

The interview email will ask you to confirm your attendance at the interview and will supply the relevant email addresses for this reply. The university interview would include some time for the university registry team to verify various identification documents and qualification certificates. You may be required to undertake group tasks with other candidates. The university will confirm details of their process to you directly. The school interview is likely to include a tour of the school; literacy/numeracy tests; a classroom exercise and panel interview.

How school placements work

This course uses a balance of theory and practice therefore time will be shared between blocks at university and blocks in school. Your training will be predominantly based in your host school. Your host school will be St Elphege’s Infant or Junior school during your training. To find more information about the schools, please visit the website: www.emmaustsa.org.uk. St Mary’s University is situated in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham in South West London. Founded in 1850, it is generally acknowledged to be the oldest Roman Catholic college in the UK. In 2015, St Mary’s celebrated 165 years in Education. With just under 4,000 students training to teach on primary and secondary courses, they are now London’s second largest teacher training course provider and in 2011, St Mary’s was deemed to be ‘outstanding’ by OfSTED during inspection. Course tutors at St Mary’s are all skillful teachers themselves, with many years of experience in schools and higher education.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



2.2 degree or higher

GCSEs A minimum of grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science. GCSE equivalents are offered by St Mary’s University.

The Irish equivalent to GCSE is the Irish Leaving Certificate. In order to qualify to apply for the PGCE Primary programme you must already have a C grade or above (at Ordinary level) or a D grade or above (at Higher level) in all three subjects. The Science subject studied must be Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Skills tests A deadline for passing the Professional Skills Test will be sent with your offer.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes: Ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in written and spoken English Ability to show speaking, reading and listening skills and sufficient understanding of educational language and terminology to be able to respond appropriately at interview (and, later, in school) Awareness of and sensitivity to children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs and to the range of attitudes and behaviours displayed by children in school Knowledge of current educational issues, both general and subject-specific

Other requirements

At least basic Information and Communications Technology skills, with a commitment to developing these both for personal and pedagogical use Openness to advice, guidance and positive professional criticism as part of development; Personal professionalism, including diligence, organisation, smartness of dress, punctuality and a commitment to full attendance Good health, physical and mental, with ability and strategies to cope with stress often generated by the demands of the course and of the teaching profession Commitment to equal opportunities and sensitivity to the variety of communities represented in our partner schools A willingness to work with pupils beyond the school day.

About the training provider

The Emmaus Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) began in 2014 and is based in Wallington, Greater London. The teaching school is part of the Federation of St. Elphege’s and Regina Coeli Catholic Schools and is designated to St. Elphege’s RC Infant School. ETSA aims to improve teaching and learning in all areas of the primary curriculum, working tirelessly to stay at the forefront of government initiatives and pilot schemes. The teaching school focuses on three key areas: Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Continued Professional Development (CPD) and School to School Support (StSS). ITT enables graduates to become qualified teachers through a variety of different routes such as School Direct, Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) placements and Bachelor of Education (Bed) placements. The Alliance offer tailored support for each individual candidate. All student teachers that have been trained at ETSA have completed the course graded good or outstanding and have been employed immediately. Working alongside our alliance partners, we have created a robust and exciting CPD programme for teachers with different levels of experience. ETSA offers courses for NQTs, NQT+1, classroom practitioners, middle leaders and senior leaders covering a variety of subjects and criteria. Our very experienced Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) work alongside other schools to improve and maintain teaching and learning in England. Our SLEs specialise in a host of subjects, for example: Religious Education, Mathematics, English, Music and PE.

About the accredited body

St. Mary’s University are a Catholic university that we work very closely with. Both organisations have foundations based in the Gospel Values and train teachers in catholic settings. Student’s do not have to be catholic to be accepted by this provider but should show an empathy towards the faith.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We will treat all people with dignity and respect, valuing the diversity of all. We will promote equality of opportunity and diversity. We will eliminate all forms of discrimination including race, gender, caring responsibilities, disability, age, social class and religion or belief.

Our aim is to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and prejudice and embed this in all our policies, procedures, day-to-day practices within our schools and the wider community.

Contact details

St Elphege's RC Schools
Mollison Drive


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