London South Bank University Primary with Mathematics (2L26)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

This course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. The course equips you to teach primary-aged pupils and covers all areas of the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum, through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You’ll also develop expertise in all areas of primary mathematics teaching and learning.

You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days (24 weeks) training in school. We’ll organise these placements, ensuring that you are placed in at least two contrasting schools. You’ll study the Raising Achievement in Mathematics module at Master’s level and for your alternative educational setting placement will spend time working and teaching in a secondary school mathematics department.

You’ll study two modules at Master’s level and on completion of the course we will award you with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. The Master’s level assignments are broken up into manageable chunks, with clear links to your school-based training and submission dates set after self-study breaks.

The vast majority of the university content is delivered at our Elephant and Castle campus.

Our course is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted (June, 2014).

School placements

We have strong and long standing partnerships with 90 schools across London. Working with you and our partnership schools, we’ll find the placements that best match your needs and interests, your home location, and the requirements of the course. The average distance students have to travel from home to school is three miles.

During the course you’ll have four placements. The first, a mentor placement, focuses on developing your skills in supporting individual pupils and small groups of pupils. The alternative educational setting placement is an opportunity to work with learners in a secondary school mathematics department. You’ll complete two further substantial placements during which you’ll take on the full role of the class teacher. While on placement you’ll get support and guidance from a supervising tutor from the university and from the class teacher in whose class you’re placed.

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.

Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language, Science or Mathematics can demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test with Equivalency Testing ( or A* Equivalency (

Personal qualities

We’re looking for applicants with genuine enthusiasm for working with young learners and a commitment to the principles of social justice.

Your reference will be positive and will highlight your suitability to train to be a teacher.

Your personal written statement should be coherent, written in clear standard English, and include evidence of:

  • your commitment to value and respect diversity;
  • your experience of or commitment to working with young or adult learners in a formal and/or informal setting;
  • your awareness of current issues in education.

Other requirements

For information about all LSBU’s statutory requirements linked to Teacher Training programmes please visit our website.

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 £13,125

These fees apply to courses running in 2018/19. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

Financial support from the training provider

If you have a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD a £6,000 bursary is available for students on the Primary with mathematics course. To receive the bursary, you’ll need an A level in maths at grade B or above (or equivalent).

If the above does not apply, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

If you are an overseas graduate, you’ll find further information on funding and visa requirements here.

About the training provider

London South Bank University is located in the centre of London, a 15 minute walk from Waterloo Station and 20 minutes from the Royal Festival Hall and the River. We were awarded Silver for Teaching Excellence in 2017. In August 2018 we won an Advance HE’s Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence which recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning across the University as a whole. We were the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and in 2019. In The Guardian University league tables 2019 our undergraduate Education courses were in the UK top 10 for graduate level jobs or further professional or higher education study after 6 months.

Courses at LSBU have a particular focus on social justice and equality. This focus is well matched to addressing the needs of schools in urban and multicultural areas. We strongly welcome applications from members of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, as we are keen to ensure the teaching workforce is more representative of London’s diverse population.

Interview process

If we think your application shows that you have the potential to be a great teacher, we’ll invite you to interview, even if you haven’t yet met all of the required entry criteria. On the interview day, we’ll find out about your subject knowledge and you’ll be asked to deliver a short lesson to a group of fellow applicants. You’ll complete a short writing task and you’ll also be interviewed by a member of the PGCE teaching team. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and we’ll take you on a tour of our campus.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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’re committed to removing barriers to your learning and enabling you to get the most out of your time at LSBU. We understand that every student is different and that each person’s disability can affect them in different ways. By discussing potential barriers and tailoring an individual support plan, we aim to help you achieve the success you’re capable of. Our disability advisers can help identify barriers and make reasonable adjustments to remove them for current and prospective students.

Contact this training provider

+44 (0)20 7815 6100
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road

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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