Vita London
Primary (2JWR)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Goldsmiths, University of London
Financial support

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

The Primary PGCE Programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in one of two age phases. These are: 3-7 ( with placement in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1) 5-11 (with placement in Key Stages 1 and 2)

This course is: 5-11 (with placement in Key Stages 1 and 2) The PGCE fees for School Direct Training Route 2018-19 entry are: £9,250 for Home and EU students £14,600 for International Students

Candidates will need to meet the entry requirements of both the School Direct partnership and Goldsmith’s. Candidates must hold a GCSE A*-C or equivalent in Mathematics, English Language and Science. Requirements must be met by the commencement of the course.

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 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.

Interview process

The interview process will be in three parts:

  1. 30 minute observation
  2. Maths and Literacy test
  3. Interview
  4. Numeracy and Literacy Assurance

How school placements work

The student will train in two schools following an ABA structure with the chance to teach in KS1 and KS2. They will have a designated mentor who will support them along their journey. The middle (B) placement will be 6 weeks at a nearby partnering school.


The PGCE fees for School Direct Training Route 2018-19 entry are: £9,250 for Home and EU students £14600 for International Students

Salaried positions will be calculated using unqualified teaching pay scales.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



Candidates will need to meet the entry requirements of both the School Direct partnership and Goldsmith’s. Candidates must hold a GCSE A*-C or equivalent in mathematics, English Language and science. Requirements must be met by the commencement of the course.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban settings 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.

Other requirements

You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we do ask that you spend 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

Vita is a group of schools, led by the Federated Schools of St Mary’s and St Saviour’s, who are working in partnership with Goldsmith’s University offering School Direct, a school-led route into teaching.

This new path into teaching is a way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training at Goldsmith’s with ‘learning on the job’. Successful completion leads to a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Vita is Latin for ‘life’ and all the schools in our Schools Direct group are committed to lifelong learning, for our pupils, staff and any trainees who work with us. We look forward to supporting our School Direct trainees in their journey to becoming outstanding teachers.

Vita London is proud to provide individualised support and training. Our vision is for each School Direct candidate to feel part of the team from day one. It can be scary to start something new and we understand that providing personal support is the best way to mentor. Unlike some larger SD chains, we feel that high quality training starts with getting the attention and direction in a more intimate setting. This allows our candidates to feel part of their training and the school community from the start. We aspire to have our candidates join our schools or link schools after their successful training.

About the accredited body

Goldsmith’s has been educating teachers since 1904, and is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. The partnership you will be joining as a student has a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools.
The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmith’s has been designed to:
Promote Reflection: develop a strong sense of identity Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: respecting rights and challenging political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice. Celebrate Creativity: using innovative strategies to support learning. Develop Confidence and Engagement: steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our buildings are accessible for those with mobility issues. We have robust equality policies in line with The Equality Act 2010. We welcome applications from all candidates meeting entry requirements. 

Contact details

Brooke Road
E17 9HJ


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