Aspire Education Alliance
Primary (2Q3G)

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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The School Direct PGCE (QTS) programme has three distinct modules. These are:

  • School Experience
  • Studies and Professional Issues in Education
  • Curriculum Studies

School Experience Outline how School Experience works in your context You will spend approximately 6 weeks of the programme in University. In this time you will have mix of lectures and small group seminars to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of the subjects you will be teaching in the primary classroom. Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.

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.

Curriculum Studies
For students following a School Direct pathway this module will focus specifically upon Learning Theory and will ask students to reflect upon the impact that research in this area has on the policy and practice of their school.

Interview process

The interview panel will normally consist of two people, one person from the Lead School (where the interview is taking place) and one person from Goldsmiths. There will be a number of steps to complete as part of the interview which includes a small group task and the face-to-face interview. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions specifically about the PGCE Programme and school placements.

How school placements work

The Primary PGCE Programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in one of three 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)
  • 7-11 (with placements in Upper and Lower Key Stage 2).

You will be asked at interview to select the age phase you are most interested in working with.

You will be based in your ‘host school’ from the first day of term and spend the training year in the same class, except from approximately six weeks which is spent in your second placement school. The second placement will be in a different school in a contrasting primary age phase- or in a mainstream setting if your host school is a Special school.


As a salaried trainee your salary will be calculated using the the unqualified teachers’ pay scales. Your host school will pay the university fee.

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.



You’ll need: to meet our fitness to train requirements a GCSE Grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English Language, Mathematics, and a science subject (including Combined Science) an undergraduate honours degree, usually 2:1 or above, from a UK university, ideally related to primary education. It could, for example, be in English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, PE, Child Development, Educational Studies or Early Childhood Education.

The PGCE (Primary) is also open to you if you you have an A-level in one of these subjects in addition to a degree.

Personal qualities

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

Warren Junior School (Aspire Education Alliance) is the Lead School for School Direct in the primary phase including special, offering salaried and tuition placements. Our host schools are good or outstanding schools. We deliver a supportive Professional Study programme, for trainees and mentors, which runs alongside the university PGCE programme.

We have a 100% success rate with trainees all transitioning into their NQT year, mostly within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
Our purpose built Teaching School building ensures all trainees have an excellent environment to study, with facilitators who are outstanding school leaders and classroom practitioners.

The School Direct training programme is open to both top graduates and career changers. It offers talented individuals the chance to be part of a teaching team from day one by combining teacher training with on the job learning. The support and guidance given to all trainees ensure that the placements are successful and work in harmony with the university. Trainees are based in their ‘host school’ for the year with a second placement of up to six weeks in a contrasting age range during the spring term. All mentors are experienced teachers and senior leaders.

Why choose School Direct with us?

  • High quality school-based training
  • Train in supportive, creative, good and outstanding schools
  • Outstanding practitioners and lead teachers delivering the programme
  • A proven track record of successful teacher training
  • All trainees will benefit from an experience in a special school setting

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About the accredited body

We work in partnership with Goldsmith’s University of London to provide Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct programme. Goldsmith’s is one of the largest providers of teacher training and a world renowned leader in the field. Goldsmiths has a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools.

Applications and interviews are handled by the Lead School- you will be interviewed by the University and the Lead School and the final decision following your interview will be made in jointly between the University tutor and the Lead School member of staff.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We recognise inclusivity and diversity- we support individuals that require special assistance and have additional needs.

Contact details

0208 270 4680
Warren Junior School, Gordon Road
Chadwell Heath


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