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St Mary’s School Direct Partnership Programme Primary (33YT)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste University
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course is full-time course, studying for 3-7 age phase or 5-11 age phase.

The full-time course is for one year with at least 120 days in school and 60 days training. School placements are carefully structured to ensure gradual development of your confidence as an effective teacher through building up experiences by working with other trainees, link tutors and teachers.

Depending on the age range you choose, you will be trained to teach all National Curriculum subjects. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is also studied for those on the 3-7 routes with an emphasis on the core subjects and ICT.

At present, you register for the course at Post Graduate level, gaining 60 masters credits (level 7) or you can gain a professional graduate qualification with either 60 credits at level 6 or 30 credits at level 6 and 30 at level 7.

The modules relate to the professional role of the teacher, the need to be a reflective practitioner, to developing your own knowledge of subjects and areas taught within primary schools and early years settings and how you teach to support children in effective learning.

The course will include lectures, seminars, workshops, Independent Study, tutorials, school-based training and will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The University-based sessions are very much a starting point for the training undertaken in schools through observation and working alongside experienced teachers.

School placements

Trainees are in their main training school from the first day of the academic year, thereby gaining an insight into how teachers establish the learning environment and build relationships with pupils and staff. Trainees are in school four days a week throughout the year with one day per week spent in training.

In addition, after the Christmas break trainees have a second placement in a contrasting school to develop their awareness of a range of school settings.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science at the time of application. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.
  • An honours degree, or prediction to achieve, at a 2:2 classification or above

If you are unsure as to the relevance of your degree, please call Admissions (01522 583658) or email

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone who has a love of learning and who wishes to ensure that others do too.

Besides academic qualifications we are looking for a confident communicator who has a passion for learning. Someone who is well organised and has the ability and desire to become a team player. Your interpersonal skills are important as is your curriculum knowledge. We want to work with people who want to make a difference to young people’s lives.

Other requirements

  • Experience – We encourage you to gain some experience in schools as this is a good starting point for you to gain an interview for the Primary PGCE

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

Financial support from the training provider

Find more info about financial support on our website

About the training provider

St Mary’s is a lead school in partnership with 10 other schools along the East coast. We can offer a bespoke training package to meet the needs of the student.

Aspiring teachers on our School Direct programme have the opportunity to work and train within a partnership of schools with diversity at its core. Our alliance of schools is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged young people in the area.

We work with you to create a tailored package to support you through your teacher training, included school based learning and training, as well as specific placements to help you achieve your goals.

St Mary’s Teaching Partnership works in union with Bishop Grosseteste University to offer our School Direct programme for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) across all primary school phases. This school-led programme enables successful trainees to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and 60 credits towards a Masters level qualification.

BGU has been commended in 2015 as a good provider for all its school-based ITT provision. If you are ambitious, enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and working with young people, we want to hear from you!

About the accredited body

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has been educating students in the Lincoln for over 150 years. Our campus is located just a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln Cathedral.

We’re exceptionally proud that over the past 150 years, our commitment to first-class teacher training has remained consistent. Life after BGU is also extremely important to us and we offer many different methods of support for our trainees as they begin their teaching careers. Figures released by the Higher Education Statistic Agency (HESA) in July 2018 show that 97% of BGU graduates find work or are continuing to study six months following graduation.

Interview process

Your interview will take place in a school and be conducted by the programme leaders of the course in conjunction with school leaders.

The selection activities may include:

  • A formal interview
  • A small group activity with primary school children
  • A literacy and numeracy task

During the interview, preferences for training schools and locations will be discussed with applicants.

A formal offer of training will then be made to you through UCAS Teacher Training.

Following your successful interview, you may be invited to spend some time in a primary school which may then provide your training.

At the school visit you will have the opportunity to meet with senior leaders and staff members in the school and spend time in the classroom.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We really care about all of our trainees and aim to support them all of the way through their studies, from application to graduation. Here at BGU we recognise that trainees may require additional assistance to engage fully with their studies due to a range of access needs. Student Advice plays a key role in co-ordinating services available to BGU’s disabled and sensory impaired students, and/or with specific learning differences or other access needs before and during their studies. In order to assess the level of support trainees may require, we use the legal definition of disability, which is wide ranging but includes:

  • Specific learning differences including dyslexia
  • Physical mobility difficulties
  • Hearing impairments
  • Visual impairments
  • Persons requiring personal care
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or asthma

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list – trainees may have access needs that are not listed above. If you are unsure whether you have access needs which are covered by disability legislation, please contact Student Advice – we will be happy to offer advice and guidance.

Contact this training provider

01205 362092
Boston St Mary's RC Primary Academy
Ashlawn Drive
PE21 9PX

Support and advice

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You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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