Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School Primary (39NZ)

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

Accredited body
London Metropolitan University
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 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

This course is aimed at Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) who are working in schools and want to progress in their career. Applicants can not be considered if they are not already employed.

Applicants must have the support of their headteacher before they apply and must currently be employed in a school as an unqualified teacher or teaching assistant.

Apprentices will be working in schools teaching classes for 9/10 days across two weeks. One day per fortnight will be training at the London Metropolitan University. Apprentices have a timetable of classes and will be responsible for teaching classes from day one in September.

Successful applicants gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and their apprenticeship.

Trainees will be asked to specialise in one of the following age ranges: 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11. The specific age range will be chosen in conjunction with the employer school.

School placements

Apprentices work mainly in the school where they are employed. Apprentices are required to complete a second placement in another school. The second placement is a minimum of 6 weeks.

We will support in finding the second placements but cannot guarantee this. Applicants may have to find their own placement.

Apprentices will have a school based mentor and a work plan that is devised with their university tutor.

There will be tasks to complete in school to support their off the job training.

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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

If you are working in a school, have the required qualifications and want to become a teacher then this may be the route for you. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about improving the life chances of young people, who want to be part of building the future and who see education as a process that goes beyond subject teaching, to developing the whole child. Candidates need to be resilient; able to work as part of a team and find creative solutions. Teaching is hard work but is very rewarding and you will never be bored.

Other requirements

All candidates will need to pass literacy and numeracy tests set by London Metropolitan University and trainees are subject to enhanced DBS checks. Candidates will complete a self declaration on their suitability for teaching.


Apprentices are paid as unqualified teachers by the employing school.

Fees are £9,250 and are paid by the employer. Employers may be able to reclaim fees from the apprenticeship levy pot.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School is an outstanding inner city 11-16 girls community school. We have been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted since 2005 and our progress 8 scores are significantly positive.

We are committed to supporting the well-being of staff and students. Everything we do is based on our core belief that every student can achieve in whatever field they chose, regardless of their starting point or background.

Train with us and make a difference to the lives of young people, many of whom are disadvantaged. You will be part of a peer group of trainees across our alliance that receives high quality training and support. Our trainees undertake professional studies across the alliance, and at times, across phases, to maximise learning. We hope our trainees will go on to work locally and take advantage of our career long training opportunities. We are located close to good transport hubs (Angel Islington and Kings Cross). Islington is a thriving borough with many opportunities for social activities. We are close to central London and all that offers.


Interview process

Applicants are interviewed and employed as an unqualified teacher by their current school.

Applicants then apply via https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training and will be interviewed at the London Metropolitan University.

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

Candidates with disabilities and other needs are supported by DDA compliance and personal evacuation plans, with adaptations made to accommodate needs. Some sites are fully accessible while others (in older buildings) are not. We will interview candidates at accessible sites and ensure placements take place at suitable sites and with appropriate adjustments.

All placements offer mentor support. Trainees who are employed in Islington schools (apprentices) can access Islington staff support. Apprentices can also access support through their university.

Contact this training provider

Donegal Street
N1 9QG

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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