Entry requirements

  • PGCE applicants are expected to have a good degree in (2:2 or above) a related subject.
  • Your degree must normally have a significant proportion of the subject you wish to teach, (but we will consider applicants willing to undertake subject knowledge enhancement courses).
  • GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at level 4 (grade C if taken before 2017) or above(or equivalent). At least one of the GCSEs (or equivalent) must be in place at application GCSE equivalents are offered by St Mary's University.
  • By the end of your teacher training programme you will have to demonstrate that you are competent in functional English and mathematics. This is a Department for Education requirement.
  • Two appropriate references (from an academic tutor or line manager) supporting your suitability for teaching. All references should be from a professional email address.
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Original certification (or certified copies) of all qualifications will be required as evidence.
  • Physical and mental fitness to teach.

Months of entry


Course content

Our experienced tutors work in close partnership with trainees and the placement schools. We offer an extensive range of government funded subject knowledge enhancement courses that will enable applicants to develop their specialism further or ‘top up’ existing knowledge in preparation for the PGCE course.

If you wish to study for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies you will be able to complete several of the modules during your PGCE year. This certificate is often a requirement for teaching in a Catholic school.

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Our PGCE programmes include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Master’s degree credits. A large part of the programme is spent in assessed school placements that our School Partnership team will arrange for you, based on your home residential address.

QTS is required to teach in all state-maintained schools in England.

We offer various PGCE courses. Please see below.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8240 2394