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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


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).

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.

How school placements work

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.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 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

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

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.



Degree Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. This may be in any subject: it does not have to be a National Curriculum subject.

GCSEs GCSE English Language, Science and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above. 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.

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.

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 details

+44 (0)20 7815 8058
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road


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Main Site - Southwark Campus
London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA
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