South Thames Early Education Partnership & Goldsmiths University (STEEPtsa) Primary (2MBS)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

STEEP Primary PGCE with Early Years Specialism Working in partnership with Goldsmiths University, we offer this outstanding School Direct, initial teacher training route, leading to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), with 60 Master’s credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

On completion you will be well equipped to teach in Nursery and Primary schools in inner city London, within the UK, and across the world.

Successful applicants accepting a place on our course will:

  • Be allocated a place at one of our six outstanding Maintained Nursery Schools, where you will join a team of experienced, specialist professionals who are passionate about Early Childhood Education.
  • Receive high quality support and mentoring throughout your training and benefit from the expertise of Senior Leaders across all six settings. 

  • Track how children are supported and develop over the course of an entire academic year and how strong relationships with families is central to this. 

  • Complete a Reception and a Key Stage 1 placement, equipping you well to work in a Nursery, Reception and Primary School environment. 

  • Join our alumni of highly regarded Early Years specialist teachers where 100% of our STEEP students gain employment in their specialist area.

You will:

  • learn about the very latest theory and research, on which our teaching rests
  • have the opportunity to reflect on what theory looks and feels like in practice.
  • join Goldsmiths, University of London’s Primary ITE programme, with full access to University services and facilities, benefitting from the expertise and the research profile of the Goldsmiths’ Primary team
  • focus on 3-7 year-olds (Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1) and spend time working with very young children
  • cover the National Curriculum subjects, including the three core areas of English, Mathematics and Science with additional sessions relevant to teaching in the Foundation Stage

In addition to the University based taught input you will:

  • receive bespoke input from the STEEP partners and attend staff meetings and school in-Service training in their host school
  • attend the annual STEEP Conference, which has an attendance of over 200 and will be able to hear from leading Early Years academics and practitioners

On completing this course you will be well prepared to lead your own class with strong principles of practice, enabling you to provide high quality Early Childhood Education.

School placements

Our course ensures you have the required a minimum of 120 days in school, with additional time to reflect and hone your skills as a teacher and see cycle of the full school year and the development of the children over time.

Over this PGCE year you will have placements in three schools:

  1. Maintained Nursery School, your host/base school and final school placement
  2. Reception class placement in a Primary School - 5 weeks in the Autumn term.
  3. Key Stage 1 placement in a Primary School - 5 weeks in the Spring term.

STEEP arranges all the school placements within our Teaching School Alliance and partner schools.

In advance of each placement you will receive taught content provided by STEEP and Goldsmiths University to support your teaching on school placement.

Host placement: Successful applicants will be allocated a place at one of our six outstanding Maintained Nursery Schools, with access to the support and expertise of a multi-skilled Early Years team. This ‘host’ school will be your base for your the full academic year and the school Leadership and Staff of your host school form a significant part of your support network whilst you train, including when you are on placement in other schools.

Throughout the course you are supported by your Class based mentor and your School based mentor who will visit and support you in your Reception and Key Stage One school placements. This provides vital personalised support and consistency of approach ensuring students can develop and transfer their skills, across the age phases and in different settings.

Alongside this you have blocks of time at Goldsmiths University, and taught sessions, in each of the six STEEP schools, this includes the opportunity to visit each school in the Spring term to follow your own areas of investigation.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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 who are:

  • passionately interested in how young children learn and develop
  • able to communicate effectively with adults and children
  • excited by the unexpected and able to be flexible and adaptable to change
  • reflective and analytical and able to evaluate what is going well and what could be done better
  • positive and optimistic in attitude
  • resilient and have a sense of humour

Other requirements

If you are successful at interview you will need meet the following conditions:

  • Occupational Health check ok (fitness to teach)
  • Clear DBS check
  • Self-declaration of suitability form

It is recommended that you complete 5 days school experience and have this validated by the school prior to interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £17,370

Annual tuition fees Fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year can be found via this link:

Financial support from the training provider

Goldsmiths offers a range of financial support details of which can be found no their website.

Scholarships, bursaries and fee waivers for PGCE students

About the training provider

The South Thames Early Education Partnership are six like-minded London Nursery Schools sharing principles of practice, but unique in identity.

  • Our shared understanding of pedagogy and principles guides our early years practice with children and their families.

  • With Goldsmiths have co-constructed a teacher education program to specialise in the teaching of children early years of their education.

  • Proud of our secure and established Early Years specialism, and the high level of expertise and experience amongst our staff; teachers, nursery nurses and support staff.

  • We share a passion for the importance of putting the needs of the children first and ensuring high quality early education for all our children.

  • We know from experience that children thrive and achieve when the staff who work with them are specialist early years practitioners, who are well qualified in this field and have high levels of expertise, a robust understanding of the development of young children, a knowledge of how young children learn most effectively, and a tireless commitment to put the needs of the child and family, at the heart of their work.

  • Committed to well qualified children’s workforce we are proud to play our part in training the teachers and support staff of the future

‘ there cannot be a compromise on quality and we must be relentless in our desire to improve experiences for young children.’ Cathy Nutbrown in her review of Early Education and Childcare Qualifications.

About the accredited body

Goldsmiths have a strong pedigree in teaching practice – training teachers since 1904 – and have gained recognition from Ofsted for our ‘outstanding contribution’ to widening participation in Initial Teacher Education. This means that as a student here you have the chance to start or continue your studies into primary and secondary teaching including PGCE through a range of routes.

You will be encouraged to be reflective in your learning and engaging in research, and take 
part in conversations that inform group learning, so you can explore education not just from afar but in relation to your own experience.

Interview process

The interview, with tutors from STEEP and the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths College, forms an important part of our selection process and seeks to assess both your ability to communicate effectively and your academic and personal suitability to teach including.

The interview tasks cover the following areas:

  • Interpersonal skills and communication
  • Leadership and passion
  • Support and respect
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Self-organisation and proficiency

The interview process lasts approximately 2 hours and involves a number of short elements including:

  • a group task with either adults or children
  • a written task
  • an individual interview

It is recommended that prior to starting the course you complete a five-day pre-program school placement.

We want to understand more about you, and the relevant experience you have gained which will support you in your Initial Teacher Training.

We are looking for applicants who are:

  • interested in young children and how they learn
  • able to communicate effectively with others, adults and children
  • excited by the unexpected and able to be flexible and adaptable to change
  • reflective and analytical and able to evaluate what is going well and what could be done better
  • interested in their own learning and professional development
  • with a willingness to take “risks” and try out new ideas
  • positive and optimistic in attitude
  • resilient and have a sense of humour

NB. Interviews may be help virtually if the Covid pandemic persists.

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

STEEP and Goldsmiths University are committed to supporting students, and will make reasonable adjustments to allow you to concentrate on your academic studies and support your independence.

Goldsmiths has a dedicated Disability Team, which is part of Student Services. The team is responsible for the co-ordination of support for current and prospective disabled students. The Goldsmiths campus is accessible to students with limited mobility.

STEEP works in partnership with Goldsmiths to make reasonable adjustments to allow students with additional needs or disabilities to participate in Initial Teacher Training and to access their placement schools.

Contact this training provider

020 7639 2514
Chelwood Nursery School
Chelwood Walk

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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