Eleanor Palmer Primary School Primary (237V)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
UCL, University College London
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You will attend university training days at UCL Institute of Education alongside students recruited directly by the IoE and from other School Direct partnerships. As part of your PGCE course you will carry out academic assignments leading to the award of 60 masters level credits.

The primary PGCE is a highly popular course that develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers.

As part of the programme you will be assigned a university tutor who will support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments.

Successfully completing all aspects of the course will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) plus masters level credits as well as the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in very criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.

All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

School placements

You will have two placements, either one in Key Stage 1 (ages 5 to 7) and one in Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11) or both placements in Key Stage2.

You will be placed in one of our partner schools for the first two terms of your training. After this autumn / spring experience we identify each individual’s strengths and areas for development so that we place you in a partnership school for the summer term which is best suited to meet your targets and which matches your requested Key Stage placement requirements.

Crucially, our students also get together on Thursdays (each time in a different school from within the partnership) and spend time observing lessons, benefiting from additional training and reflecting on practice. This creates a really strong peer group which students find incredibly supportive and valuable. It also adds an important third dimension to your teacher training experience (in addition to UCL/IOE study and the placements).

In short we offer:

  • Access to teaching practices in fantastic schools in an outstanding borough;
  • Schools that have strong and long standing links with the UCL’s IOE;
  • The opportunity to ‘front-load’ the training year with the chance to observe outstanding practice;
  • Experience in genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain exposure to both very challenging pupils and also some exceptionally high achievers;
  • School-based tutorials as a group led by experienced members of school leadership teams;
  • Learning in schools that share a strong commitment to child centred hands on learning rooted in an exciting topic based approach;
  • The chance to train among highly committed, positive professional staff who love their jobs;
  • The opportunity to become part of a school community, gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of primary teaching.
  • Strong programme leadership by Eleanor Palmer Deputy Head and former CPP SD Programme Graduate), Rosie Thomson

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 5 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

UCL does accept the following in place of GCSEs:-

  • iGCSE in English Language or Maths or Science

UCL does not accept the following in place of GCSEs:-

  • iGCSE for ‘English as a second language’
  • iGCSE or GCSE “applied” or “additional” subjects
  • Functional Skills
  • BTECs
  • Access courses The equivalence of all overseas degrees is verified by UCL according to their requirements. This is in addition to any assessment of equivalence by ECCTIS (NARIC’s new name). Applicants who do not hold the relevant GCSEs will need to demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing tests with either of the following testing organisations:-

http://www.equivalencytesting.com https://astarequivalency.co.uk UCL requires **at least grade 5** and does not accept equivalency tests from any other testing organisations. Please note that UCL does consider candidates

  • with pending GCSEs, or
  • who need to take equivalency tests Any pending qualifications are included as conditions in the UCL offer letter, to be met before enrolment in August 2023.

Personal qualities

As a trainee teacher on our programme, we expect candidates to have:

  • commitment to our approach to learning;
  • a desire to approach curriculum planning in a creative and imaginative way;
  • very high standards for children and themselves;
  • commitment to inclusion;
  • genuine interest in educational thinking and debate;
  • ability and willingness to continuously reflect, improve and learn from mistakes;
  • high interpersonal and communication skills;
  • ability to sustain optimism, energy and a positive outlook under pressure and challenge;
  • capacity for hard work; and
  • a sense of humour!

Other requirements

We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview - both to make you a stronger candidate and to confirm your commitment to this career choice.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Contact UCL’s IOE for more information on international fees.

About the training provider

Eleanor Palmer School leads the Camden Primary Partnership -fifteen fantastic schools in an outstanding London borough. We work with the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) who will provide all academic PGCE content.

Our partnership aims to provide an outstanding education for all children in our community and believe in the importance of collaboration with an emphasis on good primary practice. This is our 10th year running this programme, with consistently great feedback. Students are placed within a partner school, choosing their specialist key stages. Students also meet in partner schools on Thursdays while on placement to observe lessons, creating a peer group which students find incredibly valuable in addition to study and school placements.

Our students benefit from excellent support from Caroline Heal (consultant and former IoE tutor of 30 years ), a lead partnership mentor, Rosie Thomson (Eleanor Palmer School Deputy), school mentors, class teacher mentors and the student peer group. As the year progresses, our students guide our programme and we base sessions on specific needs and requests. We survey participants after every session for feedback on session impact.

Our partner Camden primary schools are: Brecknock Primary School; Christopher Hatton Primary School, Fleet Primary School, Torriano Primary School, Kentish Town CofE Primary School, Rhyl Primary School, Gospel Oak Primary School, Netley Primary School, Holy Trinity CE School NW1, Thomas Coram Early Years Centre, Brookfield Primary School, Rosary Catholic Primary School, West Hampstead Primary School and Primrose Hill Primary School.

Interview process

Eleanor Palmer School is the lead school in our Teaching School Alliance and we will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. We think it’s really important that we meet you (and you meet us!) before we short-list. Therefore you should contact Vicky Green as soon as possible by email vicky@eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk or phone 020 7485 2155 for a discussion and to book your place on one of our open days so that we can meet you and show you around our school and discuss the programme with you.

If your initial application meets our (and UCL’s) academic criteria, you will be invited to attend Eleanor Palmer Primary School for an assessment day which will involve an assessed group exercise with some of our pupils, some group work with other candidates. If you are successful in these, you will then be asked to remain for an interview with a panel of interviewers including a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools and possibly a representative of the Institute of Education. As part of this interview you will be asked to prepare a short presentation.

UCL carries out a second-stage review of all applicants who are referred after school interviews. They do not re-interview Primary PGCE candidates following a successful interview with us.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here:-


Contact this training provider

020 7485 2155
Eleanor Palmer Primary School
Lupton Street

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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