Halstow Primary School
Primary (2CLZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Goldsmiths, University of 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The School Direct PGCE (QTS) programme with Halstow has three distinct modules. These are:

  • School Experience
  • Studies and Professional Issues in Education
  • Curriculum Studies

School Experience

You will spend approximately 6 weeks of the programme in University. In this time you will experience a mixture of lectures and small group seminars to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of the subjects you will be teaching in the primary classroom. Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.

The remainder of your time will be spent in schools; the bulk of your experience will be spent in your main school, with an alternative 6 week placement in another hub school. We try to ensure that your 6 week alternative placement provides you with a contrasting context so that you develop a broader range of professional skills.

Our school based training sessions take part in schools across the hub and give all trainees the opportunity to come together regularly for a whole day to observe excellent teaching and to develop key professional skills. This also provides a mutually supportive context for trainees.

The Primary PGCE (QTS) Programme is taught and assessed at Masters Level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme you will also leave with level 7 credits, which is equivalent to one third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.

Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
The SPIRE module focuses upon issues that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In sessions you will be asked to: consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy; and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you will choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply.

Curriculum Studies
For students following a School Direct pathway this module will focus specifically upon Learning Theory and will ask students to reflect upon the impact that research in this area has on the policy and practice of their school.

Interview process

Once a candidate is selected for interview you will be invited to a selection day at one of our hub schools. The selection process consists of:

  • A small group activity with children that the candidate plans and delivers whilst being observed
  • Three short assessments covering phonics, mathematics and English
  • Group discussion task
  • Interview

How school placements work

The Primary PGCE Programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in one of three age phases. These are:

  • 3-7 (with placement in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1)
  • 5-11 (with placement in Key Stages 1 and 2)
  • 7-11 (with placements in Upper and Lower Key Stage 2).

You will be asked at interview to select the age phase you are most interested in working with.

Your school-based time will be spent in two hub schools with the bulk of your experience spent in your main school, and an alternative 6 week placement in another hub school. We try to ensure that your 6 week alternative placement provides you with a contrasting context so that you develop a broader range of professional skills.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £14,600

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.



Applicants will need to meet our fitness to train requirements A GCSE Grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English Language, Mathematics, and a science subject (including Combined Science)

An undergraduate honours degree, usually a 2:1 or above, from a university in the United Kingdom. Ideally this degree will be related to primary education.

The PGCE (Primary) is also open to you if you have an A-level in one of these subjects in addition to a degree or you studied one of these subjects as part of your degree.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban setting and a have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with children. You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others to create positive, happy and ambitious environments for children to thrive in.

Other requirements

You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we do ask that you have spent a minimum of 5 days in a primary school in the last 5 years to ensure that you are fully aware that the profession is right for you.

About the training provider

Halstow Primary School is one of the lead teaching schools in the Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance, orchestrating initial teacher training across a hub of local primary schools. We work in partnership with the wider group of alliance schools to ensure we provide students with the best possible learning experiences for life in the classroom. Halstow Primary is also a member of The Compass Partnership of Schools; a multi-academy trust of five primary schools and one special school, with a reputation for research-led, innovative practice, and expertise in school improvement. By having a special school in the group, with both a primary and secondary phase, we offer students unique access to the best practice in special educational needs. Our schools are vibrant, happy and dynamic places to learn in and our school based training programme enables all trainees to take part in development sessions across the schools.

The Halstow teaching school works in partnership with Goldsmiths University to host a growing number of School Direct places each year. We are delighted to be part of the School Direct programme and look forward to working with trainees who are interested in a career in the classroom. We firmly believe that it is an excellent way to learn and qualify to become a teacher giving candidates the opportunity to gain practical experience that is personalised to the needs of the individual trainee, supported by the very best that universities have to offer.

About the accredited body

Goldsmiths is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths aims to:

  • Promote Reflection: to develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience.
  • Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: to be rights respecting and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.
  • Celebrate Creativity: to take informed risks and use imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.
  • Develop Confidence and Engagement: to participate fully in steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Goldsmiths welcome applications from students with additional needs. For further details of support you can expect to receive please refer to: https://www.gold.ac.uk/students/disability-support/

Halstow hub schools are fully inclusive schools and fully accessible. Please contact us should you require any further information or details.

Contact details

Halstow Primary School
Halstow Road
SE10 0LD


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