St Mary’s College Primary (3-7) (36M7)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
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.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This Primary course focuses on the age group 3-7 years and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), accredited by Hull SCITT. School placements and mentoring are coordinated by St Mary’s College, an outstanding Catholic school and part of St Cuthbert’s Academy trust, which includes the seven Catholic primary schools in Hull. The core training programme is delivered by Hull SCITT and we also work with the University of Hull to provide the option to undertake the PGCE Masters-level qualification.

This school-based course fully prepares you for the teaching profession. You will spend approximately 160 days in school, working alongside a highly skilled mentor with further support from your School ITT-coordinator and SCITT tutors. You will spend significant time in both foundation stage (3-5 years) and key stage one (5-7 years) developing your understanding of their curricula.

You will undertake a wide range of school tasks which will include significant opportunities to observe a range of teaching approaches in your host school, partnership schools and other early years providers. You will be asked to reflect and record your learning in relation to these tasks which will be followed up in training discussions and feedback.

You will work with your mentor to progress from team teaching and small group work to whole class teaching, both observed and, later, unobserved.

Core training provides a comprehensive introduction to the wide range of curriculum areas and pedagogy needed to become an excellent Primary school teacher. This training is provided by current practitioners ensuring that theory is supported by current practice. Where possible our trainers conduct their sessions in school, for example, our PE trainer will invite you into her school wearing your PE kit ready to observe and engage in training opportunities with each other and the pupils.

Half termly assessments are based upon reviewing the progress of the children you have been teaching. This is evidenced through lesson observation and pupils’ outcomes which are used to identify your achievements and future targets. This process is based upon the current accountability systems in our partnership schools.

School placements

Both your school placements will be in primary schools in St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust. Although we welcome applications from people of any faith background (or none), you will notice that the atmosphere of tolerance, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation within our Trust schools provides both staff and students with the ideal conditions for personal, academic and professional development.

Your host school is the school in which you will be predominantly based and you will become part of the school community. Whilst in your host school you will experience teaching both key stages for which you are being trained foundation stage (3-5 years) and key stage one (5-7 years). Within your host school you will have a mentor with whom you will spend the most significant amount of time. You will also spend 6 weeks in the alternative key stage for which you are being trained.

In addition you will undertake a second placement during the Spring term in a different primary school within our St Cuthbert’s Trust.

Further enhancement visits will also include schools with high proportion of pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), a special school, an early years provider and a nursery school.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Endsleigh Holy Child VC Academy
Inglemire Avenue, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU6 7TE
Our Lady and St Peter Catholic Primary School
George Street, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 3PS
St Anthony’s Voluntary Catholic Academy
Dane Park Road, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU6 9AA
St Charles Voluntary Catholic Academy
Norfolk Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU2 9AA
St John of Beverley Catholic Primary School
Wilberforce Crescent, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 0BU
St Mary & St Joseph Catholic Primary School
Maxwell Road, Pocklington, East Yorkshire, YO42 2HE
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Sancton Road, Market Weighton, North Yorkshire, YO43 3DB
St Mary’s College
St Mary’s College, Cranbrook Avenue, Hull, HU6 7TN
St Mary’s Queen of Martyrs VC Academy
Nidderdale, Sutton Park, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU7 4BS
St Richard’s VC Academy
Marfleet Lane, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU9 5TE
St Thomas More Voluntary Catholic Academy
St Thomas More Road, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU4 7NP
St Vincent’s Voluntary Catholic Academy
Queens Road, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU5 2QR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

A proactive mentality: you show initiative, are self-motivated and seek out useful learning experiences and opportunities.

A love for learning: you reflect upon what you have learnt and constantly strive to improve.

A ‘can do’ attitude: you are resilient, determined and flexible.

A collaborative worker: you work well in a team and engage with others to get the best out of situations.

Excellent communication skills, especially communicating with young people

Excellent organisational skills

Humility, empathy and respect

Professional appearance and manner

Other requirements

You should have an informed understanding of the role of a primary teacher in terms of relevant skills and the time commitments required for the profession.

A commitment to safeguarding young people, equal opportunities and raising standards

Following successful interview, all conditional offers will include:

Health and physical capacity to teach standards met (assessed through an occupational health questionnaire)

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Satisfactory criminal record check for overseas

Satisfactory check to ensure there is no prohibition order to teach in UK or European Economic Area (EEA)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,325.

QTS only programme = £8,325 Optional PGCE = £925 Therefore total QTS and PGCE = £9,250

About the training provider

St Mary’s College has been training outstanding teachers for many years. The college provides an ideal training environment thanks to our strong reputation for academic excellence, student achievement, quality pastoral care, and high standards of student behaviour. We are proud to have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and recognized as a Regional Teaching School Hub, National Support School and World-class school.

St Mary’s College is the lead secondary school for Hull SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). Our partnership consists of other Hull secondary schools as well as the seven Catholic primary schools in Hull, which form St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust, so we are able to offer courses in Early Years and general Primary teacher training, as well as the full range of secondary subjects.

Our schools provide a supportive and caring environment in which to train. St Mary’s College and the other Trust schools have a Catholic ethos, and, whilst we welcome applications from people with any faith background (or none), you will notice that the atmosphere of tolerance, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation provides both staff and students with the ideal conditions for personal, academic and professional development.

We also offer excellent facilities. All four secondary schools in our partnership - St Mary’s College, The Marvell College, Kelvin Hall School and The Boulevard Academy - have benefited from multi-million-pound investment and boast state-of-the-art facilities which provide students and staff with excellent learning and working environments and access to the latest technology.

About the accredited body

St Mary’s College School Direct programme is quality assured and accredited by Hull SCITT, an ITE provider that, since its establishment in 2015, has established a strong reputation for “ensuring a high-quality, well-trained and effective workforce for the young people of Hull.” [Ofsted report, Feb 2022]

Led by the Hull Collaborative Academy Trust, Hull SCITT works in partnership with over 30 schools in the city with an absolute commitment from all partners to its mission to grow future teachers and leaders for Hull’s schools. The SCITT’s success is evident in the high employment rates for its trainees in the region.

Interview process

You will be interviewed by a group of Head teachers/senior leaders from our partnership schools. Our interview day includes a number of tasks, one of which includes visiting one of our partnership schools to work with a group of our pupils.

Outcomes of the interviews are shared with candidates on the day. As part of the interview process you will complete a written task and maths test.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

St Mary’s College and our St Cuthbert Trust primaries are fully accessible for wheelchair users with disabled parking bays, ramps, lifts and toilet facilities.

Reasonable adjustments to our internal literacy and numeracy tests for extra time or other adaptations will be made for applicants with identified needs. Further details will be provided on request.

We are fully committed to ensuring equal opportunities and have a successful track record of training previous applicants with dyslexia, or physical, medical and mental health conditions.

It is important to discuss your requirements with us so that we can best gauge how to support you during the application process.

Contact this training provider

01482 808830
St Mary's College
Cranbrook Avenue
East Yorkshire

Support and advice

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