The success of students is at the heart of St Mary’s. It is a teaching college that provides an inviting environment with a work force that encourages, assists and guides all students. St Mary’s offers a wide range of opportunities in sport, in the community and within the college. It’s not all about book work, St Mary’s ensures their students have fun too!
Subject Study – Business Studies
Business Studies is a multi-disciplinary subject and includes a broad range of courses including economics, financial and management accounts, human resource management, marketing, statistics and operations research, information technology and business strategy and policy. While the course entails theoretical study through lectures, seminars and tutorials, there is also a programme of field courses and visits to industrial organisations, supplemented by guest speakers at lectures and seminars. Assessment is conducted through a broad mix of formal examination and continuous assessment. As a practical subject, a substantial part of the teaching and assessment is undertaken through the use of practical case studies which enable students to contextualise the theoretical concepts studied and develop team-building and collaborative skills, which are so essential for future employability.
This aspect of the programme facilitates the development of the professional knowledge and understanding underpinning successful teaching. The modules address a wide range of topics such as: philosophical perspectives on learning and teaching; child development and psychology; the curriculum in schools; Safeguarding and Children’s Rights; the social aspects of schooling; principles of effective teaching and learning; issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion; and the education of children who experience Special Educational Needs.
There is a strong emphasis across the BEd Programme on the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, and Using ICT (UICT), along with the practical application and development of these areas to practice during School Experience.
Professional Development and School Experience
The PDSE element enables students to establish theory-practice relationships through the development of reflective and reflexive practice. Each year, students are asked to demonstrate increasing levels of proficiency in the classroom in line with the GTCNI teaching competence framework. Students are provided with opportunities to teach children of varying ages and abilities in a range of different contexts.
This element of the course also addresses issues relating to the Revised Curriculum and the Entitlement Framework. Areas of study include for example; Learning for Life and Work; Local and Global citizenship; Education for Employability; Education for Sustainability; and Literacy and Numeracy across the curriculum.
Students must be successful in School Experience each year in order to proceed to the next stage of the course.
Subject Studies and Subject Application
The subject study element enables students to develop their understanding of a traditional academic discipline and provides them with specific expertise. It enhances the intellectual formation of the student teacher and facilitates the development of their curriculum leadership capacity. Subject application is a distinctive aspect of subject study which supports students to integrate their learning in the chosen subject area with their professional development as teachers.
Students can choose English, History, ICT or Science as their subsidiary subject.
One aspect that stood out to me the most was the warmth of the people at St Mary’s. From the administrative staff to the students, everyone was approachable, kind, and genuinely interested in each other’s well-being. The tight-knit community made me feel like I was part of a big family. Overall, my experience at St Mary’s was incredibly positive. I highly recommend St Mary’s to anyone seeking an exceptional educational experience in a welcoming and supportive environment.
Classes are small allowing you to get to know your classmates and lecturers very well
How to Apply
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