London Metropolitan University Primary (3-7) (X110)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Website
https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/routes-into-teaching/postgraduate/

Contents

Course summary

This Primary 3 to 7 course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and to the Master’s Level PGCE qualification. It prepares you to teach 3 to 7 year-olds, while also giving you an understanding of the full age range of primary education

You’ll learn all the skills you need to start teaching in primary schools, with expert guidance from our tutor team and with strong school placements to give you the experience to teach with confidence.

By choosing to train as a teacher of 3 to 7-year-olds at London Met, you’ll be joining a powerful partnership of diverse teachers and schools. You’ll undertake two school placements of 10 and 14 weeks, giving you excellent hands-on practical experience in two different schools. We place an emphasis on teaching in an urban, multicultural environment, which is ideal if you want to teach in a city setting.

This PGCE course benefits from our convenient London location and will broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through study, discussion and teaching, you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and the methods you can use to help them to effectively develop their computing skills.

We place great emphasis on sharing feedback with your peers and colleagues. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher.

In the university-based sessions at our Holloway campus, you’ll learn teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques, as well as discovering the fundamentals of how pupils learn. These sessions will include collaborative projects and school-based projects with other trainees, learning about the principles of planning, teaching and assessment.

Throughout your school placements, your school-based mentors and university tutors will support you in the classroom. By gaining experience both in the classroom and at university, you have the chance to reflect on links between your own teaching practice and theory.

With its high-quality teaching, this course is highly rated by Ofsted, who praised the ‘inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support trainees receive, which enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.’ (Ofsted 2016)

For further information, please see the PGCE Early Years 3-7 course page.

School placements

Placements for all teacher training routes offered or accredited by London Met are arranged by the University. We have a very broad range of partner schools located across the whole of London, though most are in North London.

Trainees undertake two placements (SEA and SEB) in two different schools covering the whole age range that you are training to teach, adding up to a minimum of 120 days in school. This will give you a very strong experience of the range of ages and abilities that you will need to be able to teach. You will learn to teach every subject that pupils study at your given age range.

Once you’ve met the conditions of your offer, we will send you a placement form to complete about where you’re based, modes of transport you have access to and any other information, so that we can arrange placements that are appropriate for you.

If you’ve applied to a particular school, your placements may not necessarily be in that school but may be in partner schools attached to that 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.

All primary teacher training courses require GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent).

If you need to take an equivalency test for any of the required GCSEs, please sign up for A Star Equivalency or Equivalency Testing. They offer all three GCSE equivalencies.

Please be aware that you may need to undertake study towards the exam, either with the equivalency organisation or independently.

Alternatively, you might want to sign up for a college course in the relevant subject, which are offered free to adults by many Further Education Colleges.

Personal qualities

We are looking for dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring trainees. As a teacher, you’ll need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your work. You’ll need a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people’s lives and futures.

Ideally, you should:

  • be able to express why you want to teach
  • have visited a local school to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised
  • have participated in the School Experience Programme
  • be able to discuss current educational thinking and topics e.g. The Times Educational Supplement

Other requirements

All candidates are required to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests. Trainees are subject to enhanced DBS checks and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.

Please note, we will need to see originals of documents and qualification certificates etc. It is usually possible to order duplicates if you no longer have the originals.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,000

Graduates of London Met can save up to 20% on their postgraduate studies with us. This discount is available to home, EU and international graduates of London Met.

International students will be able to apply for a university scholarship of £2,000.

For further details see the London Met website.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for financial support while you study. See the DfE website for further details of bursaries and scholarships available for this course.

You can also explore funding options with the university.

About the training provider

London Met provides an excellent platform to develop your career as a teacher. We offer innovative, inspiring courses in a supportive environment. Our courses are delivered by knowledgeable industry professionals, with employment and completion rates well above the national average. Many students are offered employment in their placement schools.

We are particularly proud of our inclusive intake, with trainees from all backgrounds and experiences increasing the diversity of the teaching profession in our local communities.

Our most recent Ofsted report (2016) acknowledged the “inclusive, welcoming and open ethos”, and said that the “strong moral imperative, instilled by leaders with passion in their work, permeates all aspects of the partnership. Leaders attract local trainees, who in turn work and learn within the locality, and act as strong role models for the children and young people they teach.”

We offer a range of PGCE subjects at Primary and Secondary levels. We have also teamed up with partner schools and teaching school alliances across London and beyond to become a leading provider of the employment-based Graduate Teacher Apprenticeships.

University sessions are taught on our Holloway Road campus, which is easily accessible, with excellent public transport links via London Underground, Overground and national rail services.

Existing teachers with sufficient experience and support in their current school may consider the Assessment Only route to QTS.

Read further details on all these options on the London Met website.[https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/routes-into-teaching/postgraduate]

Interview process

All applications to London Met teacher training programmes, and those offered in conjunction by our Schools Direct partners, are checked and assessed at our Admissions Office.

Interviews and essential maths and English assessments will be undertaken face to face at at our Holloway Road campus. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview morning which will include an introduction to the course, a check of your certificates and maths and English assessments. If you’ve applied to multiple routes of the same course offered by London Met (ie directly to London Met and also to one of our partner schools for the same subject) you’ll only need to attend one interview.

Once you’ve completed your interview, we will normally confirm the decision through Apply within one week. If you’re offered a place at London Met, we will additionally email you to confirm how to meet any conditions of your offer.

If you’re unsuccessful at any stage, the decision will be communicated through Apply. We always give a reason as to why we haven’t been able to offer you a place and suggestions as to how you might prepare yourself for a successful application in the future.

If you have any queries relating to your application, please contact [ITT@londonmet.ac.uk]

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

We aim to be inclusive in our practice and welcome applications from everyone. We can offer support both at interview stage and once students have enrolled. London Met has a dedicated service to support students with disabilities, long-term medical or mental health conditions or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia.

Follow the link to our DDS Service to find out more.[https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/services-and-facilities/disability-support/]

Contact this training provider

Email
courseenquiries@londonmet.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7133 4202
Website
https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/routes-into-teaching/postgraduate/
Address
London Metropolitan University
Admissions Office
166-220 Holloway Road
London
N7 8DB

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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