St Mary's University, Twickenham
Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons)
St Mary's University, Twickenham

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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.

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) for the purpose of delivering initial teacher training programmes to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 63 graduates of Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons) at St Mary's University, Twickenham for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Primary Education.

Overall student satisfaction
89 /100
63 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons) at St Mary's University, Twickenham

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27000 £26500 £32000
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £29000 £25000 - £29500 £28500 - £35500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Primary Education

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24629 £23769 £26716
25-75 percentile range £22965 - £28008 £17500 - £27452 £18804 - £31696

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons) at St Mary's University, Twickenham

90% Teaching Professionals
1% Administrative occupations
1% Managers, directors and senior officials
1% Caring personal services
1% Sales occupations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

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.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

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

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Primary Education with QTS, BA (Hons).


Tuition Fees Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £12250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

University Rankings

Positions of St Mary's University, Twickenham in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of St Mary's University, Twickenham in related subject specific rankings.


    • #16 
    • #18 
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #30 
    • #40 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of St Mary's University, Twickenham

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About St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary’s University is a publicly funded, formally Roman Catholic education institution situated in Twickenham, London. This university is best known for the impressive selection of sport and wellbeing degrees that they have on offer, but applicants can also expect to find degrees based on Catholic Education. The Twickenham campus is smaller than that of most other universities that can be found in and around London, and for that reason could be more suited to that learner which truly excels in an environment that isn’t excessively crowded, and where they can consult knowledgeable and experienced tutors easily without long waiting times.

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Where is this programme taught

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