Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance
Primary (2BYD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of East 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into primary teaching. Trainees join other student teachers on the established PGCE programme at the University of East London (UEL), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance school (part of the Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance).

Our Primary PGCE 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. We will help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects and ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.

Teaching and learning: The programme is delivered via a programme of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported through a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of a student’s teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.

Placement: All Student Teachers take the Professional Practice module which is primarily assessed through the two main school placements, associated tasks and portfolio. Elmhurst Primary School, as the Lead School, will make the arrangements for school experience.

Interview process

Interview: We will interview all shortlisted candidates prior to making an offer of training.

The interview process will include:

  • Observation of teaching
  • A written task
  • Subject knowledge test in maths
  • A formal interview

All successful applicants will then have a follow up interview with UEL before a place can be offered.

How school placements work

If you are successful you will receive a balance of training provided by UEL and school centred training through three school experiences.

Throughout the year trainees will work alongside the class teacher. There are two long school experiences based in our alliance schools in contrasting key stages and a further school experience in a contrasting setting to enrich your understanding of primary education.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Entry requirements:

  • A first degree - A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • A levels desirable
  • GCSEs - English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or 4 or higher. UEL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UEL can guide you to the appropriate equivalence testing centre that you can use.

Personal qualities

What we are looking for:

  • Highly dedicated individuals who believe they can make a difference to children’s lives.
  • Candidates with a strong academic background and evidence of their own positive attitude to learning.
  • Reflective people who show willingness to adapt and change in order to best meet the needs of the children.

Other requirements

School experience: We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.

About the training provider

You can train to be a teacher in East London with Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance. The School Direct scheme is designed to train up the next generation of high-quality primary teachers, and at ETSA, we draw upon the experience and excellence of our schools across East London to ensure our trainees have a supportive start to their teaching careers. In partnership with the University of East London (UEL), our trainees work to gain Qualified Teacher Status in one academic year.

If you want to work in a diverse and exciting area, make a profound difference to children’s lives and earn a competitive salary, then you should consider becoming a teacher with ETSA.

There are two routes – Salaried and Tuition-Funded. Explore your options to decide which routes you are eligible for, and which one is most suitable for you.

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability that you need to declare we can discuss at interview stage how we can best accomodate your needs.

Contact details

Elmhurst Primary School
Upton Park Road
Forest Gate
E7 8JY


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Upton Park Road, Forest Gate, London, E7 8JY
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