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!
The majority of students taking the BEd Post-Primary degree course wish to pursue a career in teaching. The course has been developed in consultation with the General Teaching Council Northern Ireland (GTCNI) and fully meets the requirements of the GTCNI and the Department of Education. Graduates have Qualified Teacher Status (necessary to obtain permanent employment as a teacher) and are eligible to register with the GTCNI.
Most graduates enter employment as teachers in post-primary schools within Northern Ireland. However a significant percentage of graduating students decide to apply for and are appointed to teaching posts outside Northern Ireland e.g. recent BEd graduates have been successful in securing permanent teaching posts in England and Scotland whilst others have decided to move further away and secured posts in Europe and Asia.
Beyond teaching, studying for a BEd degree at St Mary’s develops the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Some graduates decide not to teach in schools, but rather, pursue other careers related to education, such as sports development. Other graduates may also decide to pursue their academic studies further and take Masters or Doctoral courses in education or other subject specialisms.
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
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