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Paradigm Teaching School Primary (3B7T)

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.

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

Our School Direct trainees work alongside St Mary’s PGCE students in all of the university-led aspects. These sessions take place at their historic Strawberry Hill Campus.

The University-based aspect of the programme comprises curriculum subjects and the wider professional role of the teacher. We aim to develop the pedagogical and practical skills necessary to be an outstanding teacher, as well enhancing subject knowledge.

You will leave St Mary’s achieving a standard of good or outstanding. On the programme you may choose to study two Master’s’ modules leading to 60 credits at postgraduate level. These are transferable if you choose later in your career to further your postgraduate studies.

Assessments are used to ensure you understand and can apply the knowledge gained while on the course - both in schools and on campus. This is done through a range of methods:

Self-assessment Audit of subject knowledge for maths, English and science Presentations Micro-teaching Posters Essays Practical sessions

Assessment is ongoing and tracked against the Teachers Standards. High standards of attendance, punctuality and participation are requirements of all course elements. Assessment is ongoing while on school placements.

School placements

You will spend 120 days in school (COVID permitting!) and this is organised and co-ordinated from our Paradigm office in liaison with you. These placements are supported by the school and link tutors from St Mary’s.

During your placements, you will be developed as a teacher, from working with small groups of pupils alongside a class teacher towards taking responsibility for whole class teaching.

Placement One is from October to Christmas and Placement Two is from April to July. With these two placements we aim to give you a range of experiences in both keys stages and in size of school.

In addition, you have an enhancement period - a four-week placement of your choice - could be an SEND, secondary or early years setting. This is a self-assessed placement and is measured against the targets set by you and your Academic Tutor from your first school experience. This is an opportunity to work in schools or educational settings to further enhance your skills in a variety of ways and incorporate one or more of the Standards for Teachers 2012.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A degree at 2:2 or above.

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

For more information regarding international qualifications, please get in touch.

Personal qualities

We hope to recruit trainees who are enthusiastic, motivated and inspiring to our children. Trainees who believe that we continue to learn as we grow and who are open to developing their teaching skill-set are the sort of trainee we are looking for. Excellent communication skills, organisation and the ability to reflect honestly on your own practice are essential.

Prior experience with children or in a school setting is always valuable, as are the most important two characteristics: adaptability and a sense of humour!

Other requirements

School observation We would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning can be really insightful and informative.

DBS check Successful completion of a physical and mental fitness to teach and a Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required.

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 £12,730

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen at St Mary’s and other projects undertaken, for example, the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies (CCRS).

About the training provider

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Epsom, is proud to be part of nurturing the next generation of teachers into the profession. St Joseph’s was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in November 2017 and has an excellent track record of recruiting and retaining staff right from their earliest days as trainees.

We believe that we offer the best of both worlds - personalised and supportive school experiences in our close network of schools alongside the academic rigour and expertise of an outstanding PGCE (QTS) programme delivered by experts in their fields at both St Mary’s and Roehampton. The option of Masters level credits is also available to you if you choose.

Our placements are hosted in our network of Catholic primary schools across Banstead, Leatherhead, Caterham, Ewell, Dorking, Redhill and Epsom. These placements are agreed right from the start of your year so you are as prepared for the logistics of your training year as possible as we appreciate trainees are often juggling family and other commitments. We have a strong relationship with all of these schools and work closely together in order to ensure that your training year is as manageable and comprehensive as possible. Superb mentors and wonderful children will make your PGCE year one to remember!

About the accredited body

St Mary’s has been recognised as one of the highest quality providers of training for primary teachers in the country. The Primary PGCE programme provides an intense training experience that combines academic rigour with personal and professional learning experiences. The training is designed to meet the needs of each trainee to support and develop the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to start a teaching career.

Teaching students at St Mary’s have one of the highest employment ratings in the UK with 98% of 2016 Primary PGCE graduates in employment.

Interview process

Our interview process has two phases:

a session at St Mary’s where trainees are asked to participate in a group presentation and discussion, and to confirm their qualifications.

a session at St Joseph’s, Epsom where you will be asked to lead a group of children in an activity prepared in advance. You will also be interviewed by some senior leaders from schools in our teaching school network.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Just as every child is unique, so are our trainees! If you believe you have a need which will require additional support, contact us to talk through your concerns.

Contact this training provider

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Rosebank, West Street
KT18 7RT

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021