Vita London Primary (3-7) (2JWV)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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)

3-7 ( with placement in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1) The PGCE fees for School Direct Training Route 2018-19 entry are: £9,250 for Home and EU students £14600 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.

School placements

The student will train in two schools following an ABA structure with the chance to teach in EYFS and KS1. 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.

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 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.


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.

Fees and financial support

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.

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

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

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 this training provider

Brooke Road
E17 9HJ

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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