Are you thinking of training to be a teacher?

  • Early Years, Primary and Secondary training places available for September 2018 start.

  • Government bursaries worth up to £30k available to support trainee teachers.

  • For more information, visit our main site:

Tuesday 13th March 2018
5-7pm St Mary’s College, sixth form building

To reserve a place or find out more about our courses:
Tel: 01482 808807

We have training places for 2018-19 in Primary, Primary (Early Years), and these secondary subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French/Spanish), Music, Physics, and Religious Education.

St Mary’s College is pleased to announce that we are building on the success of our long experience of teacher training to offer more primary and secondary training places for 2018-19. Our School Direct secondary programmes are 100% school-based and lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of Masters-level PGCE.

St Mary’s College has a long and successful record of providing outstanding teacher training and support. We have been involved with ‘School Direct’ training since its launch in 2012 and all of our trainees from previous cohorts have been successful at finding employment in schools in the region and many are now working as teachers at St Mary’s College or in our partner schools.


Open Days

Would you like to spend a day in St Mary’s College, The Marvell College or St Cuthbert’s Catholic primaries to gain an insight into the reality of the school day and observe lessons in your chosen subject/age phase?

We are pleased to welcome anyone who is considering a career in teaching to visit our schools in order to gain some school experience. Please  our School Direct administrator Kerry Kirby at St Mary’s College directly (Tel 01482 808807) or email  to reserve a place on one of our open days – see our main website ( ) for available dates and times. 

Numbers are limited for each open day and it will not always be possible to accommodate all requests to come in.


How to apply for our School Direct places

Applications for School Direct are made on-line via UCAS.   The UCAS window for applications for teacher training in 2018-19 will open on 24th October 2017.

Successful applicants will need to hold at least a second class honours degree in a closely related subject and have GCSE C grade equivalent in English and Mathematics (and Science for Primary places).

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training

In addition, all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.

There is also a School Direct (salaried) route which is aimed at career changers who wish to enter the teaching profession. Therefore, in addition to the requirements outlined above, applicants for our School Direct (salaried) place in Physics or Mathematics ideally need to have worked for a minimum of 3 years since leaving university. This does not need to have been in an educational setting; we value entrants to the teaching profession from all walks of life.

Once we receive your application, we will write to you asking for further information and for photocopies of your academic qualifications.  You will also be invited to take our internal literacy and numeracy audit.

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