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 based sessions five days a week and 120 days 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 2017, 98% of primary PGCE trainees secured a teaching post on completion of the programme.