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St Mary's University, Twickenham

Primary Education with QTS

UCAS Code: X120

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,C,C

Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits including at least 45 credits at Level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

at least grade C/4 or above in Mathematics, English Language and Science

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-24

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM-MMM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-MMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

96-104

We will generally make you an offer if your predicted grades are at the top of this range and you meet any subject specific requirements (where applicable). If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we can still consider your application but will also take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSE (or equivalent) profile and/or relevant non-academic achievements, references and your motivation for study.

56%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Primary teaching

St Mary’s is a renowned institution for teacher training and has close connections to many leading primary schools in and around London. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of primary education with three years to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills needed to be an outstanding teacher. In line with our mission statement, we teach you how to educate and inspire future generations. We seek to prepare teachers for both religious and secular schools with special provision for those intending to teach in Roman Catholic and other Christian schools.
Our degree programme trains you to teach children aged 5 to 11 years old. School experience is an integral part of the course and will be in Key Stages 1 and 2. You spend a minimum of seven weeks in school each year where you progress from teaching small groups to whole classes. We promote international links and there are opportunities to study abroad during the course.
You will be supported by a passionate and caring team of experienced tutors who strive for excellence in the theory and practice of teaching. Fantastic resources and support systems will be available for you throughout your degree. Teaching takes place in purpose-built classrooms that mirror those found in primary schools. Tutors model good practice in the use of technology and use lectures, seminars, and group activities to stimulate and encourage you to become reflective practitioners. You will be assessed through essays, rationales, portfolios, lesson plans, presentations, resource innovation and one formal examination. School experience is assessed against the Teacher’s Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Key facts
• Our Primary Education with QTS course has a 98% employment rate (2015/16)
• Our Primary Education courses are judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ - the highest grade attainable in an Ofsted inspection.
• Strong links are made between theory and practice and the degree and school elements are interlinked.
• There is a focus on student-led learning and you are encouraged to take ownership of your professional development.
• You choose four elective subjects in the second year, allowing you to showcase your talents and follow your particular interests.
• Enhancement placements enable you to focus on your strengths and areas for development.

Modules

The first year of the course is an introduction to the skills, knowledge and understanding required to teach effectively in a primary school. Professional Studies and the core subjects of English, mathematics, science, physical education (PE) and modern foreign languages (MFL) are at the centre of the programme. Students also have the opportunity to study all the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum to gain an understanding of the broad base of subjects currently taught in schools. Year Two continues to build the skills, knowledge and understanding required to teach effectively in a primary school. Alongside the core subjects, students choose four elective modules. The third year completes the students' training as well-rounded classroom teachers. The students study the core subjects, one elective subject and complete a research project with a practical, class-based focus.

The Uni


Course location:

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Department:

Institute of Education

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

90%
high
Primary teaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
98%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
98%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

98%
Teaching and educational professionals
1%
Childcare and related personal services
0%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Primary teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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