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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) 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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


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

School placements

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. 
 Trainees will normally be placed in two of the following Greenwich primary schools: Heronsgate, Ealdham, Bishop John Robinson, St Margaret Clitherow, Plumcroft or Wyborne.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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.

Fees and financial support

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

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.

Heronsgate are also now 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.

Interview process

The interview process is in two stages:

The first stage will involve an English task. The second stage will involve an interview with a panel.

Training with disabilities and other needs

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

Our courses aim to remove all unnecessary barriers for trainees from recruitment, induction and throughout courses, trainees 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.

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

Contact this training provider

020 8317 0809
Heronsgate Primary School
Whinchat Road
SE28 0EA

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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