St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Primary (X100)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

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


About the course

St. Mary’s University has been graded by Ofsted to be “Outstanding” for Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes (February 2019). Our 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 a range of partner schools to provide initial teacher education, leading to Qualified Teacher status (QTS) in the primary phase. The enthusiasm, expertise and professionalism of all staff in support of these outcomes, including the development of students’ capacity to reflect on and analyse their own practice, is widely recognised.

Our course tutors are all skilful, qualified teachers themselves, with many years of successful teaching experience in the state sector and higher education.

Successful completion of the Primary PGCE programme will result in the award of a Post Graduate Certificate of Education with 60 Masters Credits and Qualified Teacher Status.

The opportunity to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is also available.

The programme structure incorporates a balance of learning experiences in University and schools. You will develop discrete subject knowledge, understanding and skills across the full range of core subjects, PE, RE and computing, alongside foundation subjects. Professional Studies underpin the pedagogy and practice of being a teacher, including themes of managing behaviour for learning, SEND, lesson planning for progression and working with children in challenging circumstances.

Modules for Masters support your development across all areas.

The PGCE Primary course demands engagement, commitment, participation and self-motivated study. Strong academic support is readily available from course tutors.

The course runs over three school terms from early September to early July, with University campus and online sessions five days a week and school -centred learning in partnership placements. The typical day at University starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm or 6pm.

An optional additional 30 Masters credits can be undertaken through our Masters Summer School prior to starting your NQT year.

We have a very successful Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) employment record after the course, with over two thirds of our student teachers beginning their teaching career in one of the two schools in which they trained and many gaining their first job in one of our partner schools.

In 2018, 98% of primary PGCE trainees secured a teaching post on completion of the programme.

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 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. Do this successfully and 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 PGCE Primary course at St. Mary’s University.

Interviews will be online for 2021 programmes.

Prior to your interview, you will have the opportunity to hear a presentation from the Programme Director explaining the structure of the course, school placements, the Enhancement Development placement, Masters Modules and assessments. You will also have the opportunity to have a virtual tour of the campus and view the excellent facilities that St. Mary’s University offers its students and trainee teachers.

We look forward to meeting you and supporting you to become an Outstanding teacher for primary school children.

Come & meet us at a monthly online Open Events!

How school placements work

You will complete assessed school placements during the PGCE Primary programme in order to meet the Teachers’ Standards. School placements are arranged by the Institute of Education Partnership team and the schools selected are based on your home/residential address.

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.

At St Mary’s University, we have the strongest commitment to student teacher support, regularly visiting student teachers in school over the duration of the course. We see tutors retaining contact with student teachers while they are school-based, away from University as a major factor in our support success. The consistent support available for students is, we think, outstanding.

In addition, we offer our PGCE Primary trainees an “Enhancement Development Placement” - our trainees choose and arrange this classroom placement. It can be far away or “just around the corner” - you get to choose! You will be able to focus on the targets identified at the end of your first assessed placement and develop the skills and knowledge to meet them with confidence.

St. Mary’s University is in partnership with over 700 schools - many of our trainees go on to become NQT’s in these partner schools.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,950

Home/EU Tuition Fee of £9250 is subject to change based on approved Fee changes. For further details - please visit the University website pages on Fees and Student Finance:


Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

St. Mary’s University Alumni are able to receive a 10% discount on the PGCE Tuition fee:


International students may be able to apply for a St. Mary’s University International Scholarship: (



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.

Full details of entry requirements: (

Candidates without a degree (or equivalent qualification), can apply for the BA Primary Education course ( or Work based routes to gain qualified teacher status (QTS) (

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

At St Mary’s University, 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. If this is difficult to arrange, review the resources on:

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.

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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Where to find us: ( Student Life: (

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.

Public Transport:

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

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.

For further information on Disability Access: (

Contact details

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


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