The School of Education at St Mary's is a successful and expanding school. Provision of teaching programmes is inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) on a regular basis, and St Mary's is identified as a high-quality provider of initial teacher training.
St Mary’s Primary and Secondary Initial Education programmes have been judged by OfSTED, the government department that regulates teacher training, to be ‘outstanding’ – the highest grade attainable in an OfSTED inspection.
The programmes were deemed to be outstanding for both ‘overall effectiveness’ and the ‘capacity for further improvement and/or sustaining overall quality’ following the inspection, which was conducted in March 2011.
The PGCE course offers a rich opportunity to embark on an educational journey that will lead to a career that is fulfilling, challenging and rewarding. All students register for the PGCE on the Master's pathway which incorporates teaching and learning in a critical and reflective framework. Some students may choose to follow the honours level pathway and make this decision, with support from tutors, during the academic year.
Full-Time or Part-Time
Full-time and part-time modes of study are offered.Full-time provision runs over three school terms from September to July, with taught sessions five days a week.
The part-time mode of study has been established at St Mary's for a number of years and is designed to meet the needs of those applicants who would like to become qualified primary teachers but also have to meet other commitments and responsibilities.
Part-time provision runs over five school terms, commencing in April with taught sessions on three days a week. Hours for example are between the hours of 11am and 4pm or 9am until 2 pm- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All school placements are full-time.
- A first or second class degree of a United Kingdom university or equivalent.
- A minimum of grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science.
- The Irish equivalent to GCSE's is the Irish Leaving Certificate. In order to qualify to apply for the PGCE Primary Programme at St Mary's University all applicants must already have a C grade or above (at Ordinary level) or a D grade or above (at Higher level) in all three subjects. With regards to the Science, the subject studied must be Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Home Economics and Agricultural Science at Leaving Certificate level is not recognised as be being a science subject. Science studied up to Junior Cert level is not sufficient.
- Observation in a primary school. Applicants are expected to have organised and undertaken a minimum of 2 weeks recent school observation in a primary school.
- Physical and mental fitness to teach.
- Satisfactory criminal record check.
- All entries for Primary PGCE must be received by 1st December in the proceeding entry year.
Last updated July 31, 2015