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

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

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 and across the world.

Successful applicants accepting a place on our course will:

  • Be allocated a place at one of our Partner Primary 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 STEEP Senior Leaders, partner schools and University Tutors

    • 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 Nursery, Reception and a Key Stage 1 placements, 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 ITT 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 your 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.

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 last approximately 2 hours and involves a number of short elements aimed at including:

  • a group task with either adults or children

  • a phonics check

  • a maths check

  • a written task

  • an individual interview

Prior to starting the course your need to provide written confirmation you have completed 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

How school placements work

Our course ensures you have the required 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 two schools:

  1. Reception and Key Stage 1 and placements in your host/base Primary School
  2. Maintained Nursery School - 5 weeks in the Spring term.

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

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 partner Primary Schools. 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. You will also have access to the support and expertise of a multi-skilled Early Years team through the STEEP Maintained Nursery Schools.

Throughout the course you are supported by your Class based mentor and your School based mentor who will support and observe you in your Nursery, Reception and Key Stage One 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.


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

Fee for UK and EU students:

Fee for international students (optional)

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.

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



To apply to need:

  • First or Second Class Degree with Honours

  • GCSE or equivalent in English, Maths and 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 prior to starting the course.

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.

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 details

Chelwood Nursery School
Chelwood Walk


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