Heronsgate Primary School
Primary (247L)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Greenwich
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This modular programme runs for one year and is available to high quality graduates. Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Candidates are entitled to a tuition fee loan and may be eligible for a bursary.

The tuition fee programme offers:

  • full-time school-based training with University of Greenwich
  • placement in two Good or Outstanding local schools from the Heronsgate hub
  • approximately 20 weeks in school with remaining time at university
  • visits by your own personal tutor
  • choice to specialise in EYFS, KS1 or KS2
  • support by mentors and experienced teachers

Interview process

The interview process is in two stages:

The first stage will comprise of a Maths and English test. The second stage will involve an interview with a panel.

How school placements work

There will be two teaching practices during your training year- an initial placement from November to February and a final placement from April to June. These will be in consecutive phases i.e. EYFS and KS1. 
You will also have a two week child, school & community placement at Heronsgate in September. Trainees will normally be placed in two of the following Greenwich primary schools: Heronsgate, Ealdham, Bishop John Robinson, St Margaret Clitherow, Plumcroft or Wyborne.


The course fees for 2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £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.



Candidates must have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification certified by NARIC
  • English, Maths and Science GCSE or equivalent: Grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications certified by NARIC

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a passion for learning
  • have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of children in our local area
  • can make a unique and positive contribution to the community
  • have an excellent ability to communicate with children and adults
  • possess excellent self organisational skills and ICT skills
  • have good written and spoken English

Other requirements

-Written letter detailing evidence of at least two weeks experience in a UK primary school (before programme commences)

The school/university will also ask you to fill out an occupational health screening and DBS check before commencing the programme.

About the training provider

Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding in March 2019 by Ofsted), working with Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance, take a leading role in co-ordinating teacher training. Across our Alliance we host a number of School Direct places each year in partnership with the University of Greenwich. This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. We offer School Direct salaried and tuition-fee funded routes into teaching.

From June 2020, Heronsgate will be working with Royal Borough of Greenwich Apprenticeships Plus and the University of Greenwich to offer postgraduate teaching apprenticeships.

With our outcomes for children and young people improving each year, Royal Greenwich is a great place to grow up, work and visit. We know teachers can transform lives and whatever their background, we want every child, living in this Royal Borough in a fantastic capital city, to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities available on their doorstep. We hope our trainees will go on to work locally and take advantage of our career long training opportunities.

About the accredited body

Heronsgate Hub has developed a very strong partnership with the University of Greenwich over the years. Heronsgate tuition-fee funded PGCE trainees and postgraduate teaching apprentices receive pedagogical teaching at the University of Greenwich.

The University of Greenwich, which has had its primary provision rated Outstanding in its most recent Ofsted inspection, and its secondary provision as Good, has a long running history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both partnership schools and from university lecturers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from disabled people and are committed to helping disabled students succeed. Advice and guidance is based on your individual needs and long-term medical conditions.

Apprenticeship Plus courses aim to remove all unnecessary barriers for learners from recruitment, induction and throughout courses, learners are encouraged to inform us of their needs and discuss any concerns so that reasonable adjustment can be put in place to ensure equality of access to learning and assessment.

DDA compliance and personal evacuation plans, with adaptations made to accommodate needs. Some sites are fully accessible while others (in older buildings) are not.

All placements offer mentor support. Apprentices employed in Royal Greenwich schools can access RBG staff support. Apprentices can also access support through their university.

Contact details

020 8317 0809
Heronsgate Primary School
Whinchat Road
SE28 0EA


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