Roehampton University Primary (X121)

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/teacher-training/

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About the course

We will help you to become a confident, highly employable primary teacher. During the course, you will receive excellent training, the majority delivered in small groups by our supportive staff. You will receive input in a broad and balanced curriculum delivered by expert tutors drawing on a range of outstanding resources.

You will gain 120 days of practical placement experience in one of our diverse range of partner schools during the course, providing you with substantial classroom experience appropriately staged throughout the year. During the placements, you will benefit from working with highly trained mentors to develop your professional practice. The course is designed to help you transition successfully to become an Early Career Teacher. Our partners include over 300 primary schools in London and the South East.

Graduates of this programme are qualified to teach children across the full primary age range, but with a specialism in the Early Years/Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (3-7 year old children).

School placements

The University of Roehampton Schools Partnership encompasses a range of different types of school across London and the surrounding counties. These include: local authority schools, academies, free schools and faith schools. The schools we work with also reflect the culturally and ethnically diverse community surrounding the university. Student Teachers benefit enormously from such varied school experiences and it is a key strength of our Partnership. We ensure that Student Teachers are offered two contrasting assessed placements (called Block School Experience 1 and 2), which meet the requirements of the age range for which their course is accredited.

Students spend a minimum of 120 days in school during the programme. Placements are driven first and foremost by the student teachers’ identified learning needs in a rich curriculum to prepare them as primary school teachers. In our 2021 exit survey, 95% of students who had finished the course rated their placement experiences highly.

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.

We recommend A Star equivalency (https://astarequivalency.co.uk/) or Equivalency Testing (www.equivalencytesting.com) as third parties who can provide equivalency testing. Please consult their websites for costs and arrangements.

Other requirements

UK enhanced DBS check is required prior to enrolment and a suitability declaration will be requested when accepting a place. If you have lived outside of the UK for a period of a year over the age of 18 then you will also be required to provide an overseas criminal records check clearance prior to starting the course.

A declaration of health questionnaire is required to assess if you are fit to teach.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The School of Education at Roehampton is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK, with a partnership network of over 400 schools. We have a rich tradition of training teachers dating back to 1841, longer than any other university.

As a student in our School, you will enjoy high quality teaching which will equip you for a successful career with a competitive starting salary. The subject specific expertise of our tutors and the outstanding resources offered by the course will help you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become an Early Career Teacher. 95% of students who left the course in 2020 and 2021 agreed that the course had equipped them to be a good or better teacher (Ofsted survey 2020 and 2021).

We are based on a beautiful parkland campus in south west London, close to Putney and Hammersmith, and just 30 minutes from the West End.

Interview process

A typical interview experience will look like this, although the order of activities may differ slightly depending on the number of people attending.

  • Written English and Maths assessment
  • Course talk
  • One-to-one interviews
  • Group discussion

There will be optional campus tours timetabled throughout the year.

Further information about the interview day will be made available if you are invited to attend.

Whilst it is not a requirement that you have spent time observing in a school, many candidates find this very useful in helping them to understand how classrooms work.

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

The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. Our Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with our Access Centre: Access@SW15.

For new students, we strongly recommend that you get in touch to let us know about your specific disability and support needs. Any information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used to support you with your studies.

We recommend you inform us of your specific learning difference (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

For more information please see our disability services website here.

https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/disability-services/

Contact this training provider

Email
teachertraining@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone
0208 392 3314
Website
https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/teacher-training/
Address
Roehampton University
Roehampton lane
London
SW15 5PU

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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