University of St Mark & St John

University of St Mark & St John

Primary Education

The over-arching aim of this programme is to prepare the next generation of outstanding teachers. With teaching and support both in the University and in a wide range of partnership schools, graduates from this programme will be critical thinkers and reflective, flexible, caring, confident and knowledgeable professionals. With a strong focus on learning from experienced practitioners, students will spend 24 weeks in school, gaining experience across both key stages 1 and 2. Through three assignments which are an integral part of the programme, students are able to gain 60 credits at Master's level; one third of the 180 credits required for a Master's degree along with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Entry requirements

Applicants must have: GCSE English, science and mathematics grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification); degree class 2.2 or above, or equivalent qualification; 15 days (or equivalent) prior experience working with children over the last 3 years. At least 5 days of this must be a mainstream primary school. This should be detailed in the personal statement and will be discussed at interview. Applicants should be able to clearly and accurately communicate using spoken and written English. Fit to teach and disclosure and barring scheme (DBS) checks must be met, this will be sent to candidates when offers are accepted. Candidates must take part in individual and group interviews with representative from partnership schools and the university.

Course modules

Modules include: Inclusion and the primary classroom (managing difference); understanding the child (a personalised approach to children�s learning); developing a philosophy of learning and teaching across the primary curriculum; final teaching practice.

Assessment methods

3 Master's-level assignments which are closely aligned to all other elements of the programme enable strong links to be made between theory and practice. School-based tasks are integral to the assignments and structured support is provided with academic reading and writing at Master's level. Academic assignments are marked according to University Masters criteria. Professional attainment will be assessed against the Teachers� Standards during teaching placements. All standards (both parts 1 and 2) need to be achieved to gain Qualified Teacher Status.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Mark & St John Plymouth PL6 8BH South West

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