St Mary’s University, Twickenham Primary - Glyndwr University (3D75)

QTS full time

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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The St. Mary’s University PGCE Primary programme leading to Qualified Teacher status (QTS) in the primary phase is available at Glyndwr University,Wrexham.

Glyndwr University, Wrexham hosts St. Mary’s University PGCE Primary students in Wrexham, with school placements in England.

St. Mary’s University, Twickenham has been graded by Ofsted to be “Outstanding” for Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes (February 2019). The PGCE Primary programme offers excellent academic and pastoral care for trainees which is reflected in high programme completion rates and levels of students’ achievement. A highly successful partnership has been established between the St. Mary’s University Institute of Education and Glyndwr University, Wrexham. .

School placements

You will complete assessed school placements during the PGCE Primary programme. School placements are arranged by Glyndwr University.

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

An experienced teacher acts as mentor during the school placement and contributes to your overall assessment as a new teacher.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University are partners with over 160 schools in England and Wales that support our training programme. During your placements, you will be guided from working with small groups of pupils alongside a class teacher towards taking responsibility for whole class teaching.

The Enhancement Development placement of your choice - could be in a SEND setting, Secondary, Welsh medium, or early years setting in England or Wales. 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 Teachers’ Standards.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

GCSEs or standard equivalent in Mathematics, English and a Science subject.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements - candidates have the opportunity to sit the St. Mary’s University GCSE Equivalency Test, together with named other approved Equivalency Test providers (Details on University website).

TWO of the required GCSEs must be held at point of application.

Degree requirement (or equivalent qualification) 2:2 and above.

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Personal qualities

During the interview and selection process, you will take part in an ONLINE interview and discussion that will allow you to evidence that you have thought carefully about your motives for becoming a teacher and can demonstrate that you have some emerging capability to reflect on what being a teacher means. The interview will be recorded in line with GDPR compliance. We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching, working with and supporting children and an understanding of the resilience needed for teaching.

Other requirements

School observation experience

At Glyndwr University, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision regarding joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school, observing what teachers do can be really insightful and informative. Reviewing teaching and learning resources will also be helpful:

Assessed school placements on the Glyndwr course will take place in England and Wales.

DBS & Fitness to Teach Checks:

Successful completion of a physical and mental Fitness to Teach and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required for teacher training.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

St. Mary’s University is graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted for both Primary and Secondary teacher training.

Come and meet us. The university runs ‘Getting into Teaching’ open events where you can chat with the tutors. Book via

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Trainee teachers at St Mary’s have very high employment statistics, with many securing jobs in in our partnership schools.

Student feedback, and our recent OFSTED report (February 2019), highlights the quality of the pastoral care provided through the training programmes and the support offered by partner schools.

St. Mary’s University is situated in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham - a leafy part of Greater London (5 minute walk from Strawberry Hill mainline from London Waterloo) and good local bus links for other central London connections.

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We will soon celebrate 170 years in Education in south west London. St Mary’s is London’s second largest teacher training course provider, with a significant proportion of our 6,000 students training to teach on primary and secondary initial teacher training courses.

Key Facts Close partnership between the University and partner schools in all aspects of the course Educational theory closely related to practical reality of the classroom Bespoke personal tutor support Strong focus on subject knowledge development Support for those with an area of interest in SEND and EAL High employability rates for PGCE Trainee Teachers Ongoing support into your NQT year and your career beyond Ongoing Masters study opportunities at discounted rates

Interview process

Once we are confident you have met the course entry requirements, we carefully examine your personal statement. This is your opportunity to convince us that you have seriously thought through your journey into teaching in terms of motivation and a genuine understanding of what being a teacher really means. You will almost certainly find it helpful to refer to prior learning and classroom observation experiences and reflect on the implication of what you saw, heard or experienced. It is also your opportunity to connect your prior academic and/or work experiences to the skills and attitudes required for teaching. We want to clearly hear from you some thoughtful consideration of why you believe you will make a great teacher. If you can do this, we will invite you for interview.

At the interview- we want to get to know you and for you to get to know us and the St. Mary’s University PGCE Primary course at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

For details of the interview process - please contact the PGCE Primary team at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

Training with disabilities and other needs

St. Mary’s University has a fully supportive and well-resourced Student Wellbeing service to support trainees with disabilities and other needs.

At interview, we encourage candidates to disclose any additional needs requiring support so that early support can be in place for the PGCE course.

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Contact this training provider

020 8240 2394
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill, Twickenham
Richmond upon Thames

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).

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