The Bridge London TSA Primary (Special Educational Needs) (37P2)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Ours is a truly unique offer within the teacher training! We have spent over 12 years finding and selecting the very best partners to assist us in bringing together a programme which blends rigour, creativity and genuine depth of learning.

We believe in a model of training that focuses upon developing critical, creative and inclusive teachers. During your time with us we will support you in developing an understanding of what education is today and provide opportunities for you to articulate your own views of what you believe education should be.

Our teacher education programme aims;

  • To develop in students the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to become a responsible professional who can make positive and informed contributions to education

  • To engage students in practical and theoretical enquiry as a key element in their development as teachers

  • To enable students to reflect on their personal and professional development and respond positively to change

  • To provide the experiences necessary to meet the standards for qualified teacher status.

The PGCE (QTS) is both rewarding and demanding. Over the course of the year you will be required to think differently about your own experiences of education and draw upon your own: intelligence; strength; creativity; resilience; dedication and sense of humour.

You will be fully supported by our team of tutors and teachers along this journey. We recognise that every student has individual strengths and that you bring with you a wide range of skills and talents. During your time on our programme, we will work with you to enhance these and provide support with the areas in which you feel less secure.

You need to be prepared for a heavy workload throughout the programme, not just in term-time but also during school holiday periods and weekends.

School placements

At Goldsmiths or at The Bridge London, teaching days start at 9:00 am and finish at 4:00 pm. However, you will also be expected to undertake your own, personal study in addition to this. You will receive a detailed timetable and programme information during induction.

When you are in school, your days will be much longer and will require significant investment of time outside the school day to ensure you are fully prepared.

Our PGCE programme has been designed to include a minimum of 120 days of School Experience. This is a regulation governing all teacher education programmes and will allow sufficient time for you to demonstrate your growing skills and confidence in at least two age phases and in a minimum of two of our Islington based Primary Partner schools.

Expectations for school experience are developmental and will take into account prior experience. However, by the end of your training you will expected to take on the responsibility for managing learning in your classroom for 80% of the school week to ensure that you are fully prepared for your Induction Year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (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.

Personal qualities

We make our decisions based on your enthusiasm, aptitude and commitment to teaching as demonstrated by your application, qualifications, experience, reference and performance at the interview. This can be demonstrated in a number of different ways:

  • experience of activities with young people outside school.

  • evidence of continued interest in your subject.

  • evidence of the ability to interact and communicate successfully with a range of people.

  • evidence of the ability to organise and manage your time effectively.

Other requirements

Applications are mainly handled by The Bridge London who are much more involved in your selection and recruitment than the usual university route. Goldsmiths will review academic criteria and monitor the full recruitment process.

The interview process is also different - you will be interviewed by The Bridge London, broadly following the Goldsmiths experience and the final decision following your interview will be made jointly between the University and the Teaching School.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

In addition to your tuition fees, you’ll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for the Goldsmith ‘study costs’ page.

Financial support from the training provider

Goldsmiths offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for prospective students. Find out more about funding your studies at:

About the training provider

The Bridge London Trust is a unique Multi Academy Trust which consists of three special schools, one primary school, a teaching and development centre and an outreach service.

The Bridge School is a large special school which provides for pupils with severe learning difficulties and/or autism. It is based on two sites, a Primary site and a Secondary site. The Bridge School has been judged outstanding by Ofsted in its last three inspections.

We have always been committed to supporting staff and pupils in other schools and sharing the knowledge we have. It was a natural progression for the CEO/Executive Headteacher to become a National Leader of Education in 2009 and the school to become a Teaching School in 2011, transferring to our Teaching & Development Centre in 2021.

The Bridge London supports schools which may be facing challenging circumstances through facilitating our staff and staff from other schools to provide advice and support, and to share, develop and promote research.

This has enabled us to offer a wide variety of training opportunities to our own staff and staff from other schools and over the last 5 years delivering our own, individual initial teacher education PGCE programme for primary mainstream QTS with an individual SEN enhancement based upon the latest research and evidence in practice.

Our fundamental principles drive us; Pride, Passion, Professionalism, Partnership and Positivity.

Our decisions and developments are anchored on these values. When recruiting we look for staff who embrace and uphold these values.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We are fully committed to equality and diversity. We seek to be as inclusive and accessible as possible in terms of the information we provide, the campus, training environment and facilities, and the services and support we offer to both students and staff.

We are welcoming to people from all backgrounds and seek to reflect this in our learning and teaching activities and overall experience.

Funding may be available via Goldsmiths student centre to pay for additional study related costs incurred by disabled students as a direct result of their condition, impairment or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

Contact this training provider

0207 617 1000
the bridge london
251 hungerford road
n7 9ld

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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