St. Mary’s Learning Alliance Primary (37NX)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
4 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The course is for people who want to train to become teachers, spending the majority of their training time in school alongside qualified teachers. The majority of your time on this course is spent in school. It is a requirement of all QTS courses that you get at least 60 days (or equivalent) training through the year. You will get at least 15 days taught sessions from the University and a course of professional development provided by the school. Your development in school will be supported by a mentor who will help you in your progress towards meeting the standards for QTS. You will be required to undertake a period of placement in a second school that provides a contrast to your base school. The majority of the learning on this course happens in schools. Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There are 15 days taught in university at the Canterbury Campus, similarly at the Brighton Campus. The teaching on these days will be a mixture of lecture and seminar and workshop activity. There is a high level of individual support for learning offered in this course through the mentors in school and the university tutors.

School placements


All applications for School Direct are made via Department of Education. Places are not listed under Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), but under the lead schools who have these places. St Mary’s Learning Alliance offer Primary placements teaching age ranges 4-11. We partner with 8 schools at present. All schools are in close proximity with each other. Each candidate will have two placements within the year.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Godstone Village School
Ivy Mill Lane, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8NH
Holland Junior School
Holland Road, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 9BQ
Hurst Green Infant School and Nursery
Wolfs Wood, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0HJ
Limpsfield Church of England Infant School
Limpsfield Common, Westerham Road, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0EA
Main Site
Silkham Road, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0NP
St Mary’s Church of England Junior School
Silkham Road, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0NP
St Stephens Church of England Primary School
Hunters Chase, South Godstone, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8HR
Tatsfield Primary School
Church Lane, Tatsfield, Westerham, Kent, TN16 2JX

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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

  • A passion for teaching and learning
  • A natural ability/affinity with children
  • Understanding of the role of a school in a child’s life
  • A strong work ethic
  • Good organisation
  • Understanding that being a great teacher means continuously striving to evolve and improve

Other requirements

Applicants are encouraged to spend time working in schools before applying but this is not a requirement. This enables them to get a valuable insight into the role of a class teacher and to use this experience to support their application. We are happy to arrange work experience at any of our alliance schools for students who are interested, please contact us.

An enhanced DBS disclosure and any other required clearances and complete DfE provisional registration requirements. GOV.UK

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,748

Please note: UK and EU Students PGCE plus QTS: £9,250 QTS only route: £7,710 Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund.

Fore more information around fees, please email the finance departments at the partner University. For specific fee queries, please email

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund.

Additional course costs - Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students: Text books Travel to other sites where applicable Library Fees and Fines
Printing & Photocopying

About the training provider

The St Marys Learning Alliance is a Primary Learning Alliance based in Tandridge, Surrey In order to work effectively as a Teaching School, we work with a partnership of local schools in order to ensure that our Teaching School offer is broad, that it draws upon the expertise from a range of schools and school leaders and that it supports the system-led model of school improvement. These partners are essential for the range, depth and quality of our work and offer. Although a small Alliance you will see the breadth of our offer which clearly demonstrates our commitment to the professional development of all who work within schools, and our desire to ensure every child receives high quality teaching and learning. All our partner schools work together, ensuring that we provide training, support and learning in our locality. All our schools are vibrant and inclusive offering the very best education and support for their local communities. We have been successfully offering ITT courses for the past five years linking with both the University of Brighton and Canterbury Christ Church University. We also link with the Surrey South Farnham SCITT Partnership for Teacher Training -

For more information please look at our website ( or through our main site

About the accredited body

Canterbury Christ Church University has received a prestigious Silver award for teaching excellence, ‘exceeding’ national quality requirements for UK universities.

We are delighted that the TEF panel has rated our undergraduate teaching as Silver. The rating demonstrates that our students ‘achieve excellent outcomes in employment or further study’ and indicate ‘high levels of student satisfaction’.

It also reflects our strong commitment to ensuring students of all abilities, and from all backgrounds, succeed and reach their full potential

Interview process

Please contact : for the most current procedure.

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

Choosing to undertake a postgraduate qualification is an important decision– whether you are currently in full-time or part-time study, pursuing your chosen career and aiming to boost your potential, considering a career in academia or simply want to immerse yourself in a subject, you are passionate about. We welcome all applicants. We will support all applicants fully as a Learning Alliance linking with the training University as appropriate.

Contact this training provider

01883 712817
St. Marys CoE Primary School
Silkham Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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