Roehampton University
Primary (X121)

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

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 gain 120 hours 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 progress from participant observer, via support teacher and sharing teacher, to lead 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).

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.

(*) Optional Campus tour (*) Registration & qualifications check (*) Written English and Maths assessment (*) Course Talk (*) One-to-one Interviews
(*) Group discussion (*) Roehampton Live talk

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

How school placements work

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 approximately 24 weeks in school during the programme. Placements are driven first and foremost by the Student Teachers’ identified learning needs, to ensure they meet the Teachers’ Standards at the highest level and are best prepared for their careers as primary school teachers. High numbers of University of Roehampton students secure their NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) posts in our partnership schools- in 2017/18, 64% of graduates were employed by our partnership schools.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

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.



Applicants should have or be predicted a second class honours degree awarded in the UK, or the equivalent awarded by an approved university outside the UK.

It is a requirement that all those training to teach must have achieved a grade C or above in Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or approved equivalents). Please note that we will only consider applicants who have already achieved two out of the three GCSEs (or approved equivalents) prior to submitting their application. We accept equivalencies from and A* Teachers.

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.

About the training provider

The School of Education at Roehampton is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK, with partnerships with over 701 schools. We have a rich 175-year history and have been providing higher education to women for longer than any other university in the country.

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. Your employment prospects will be excellent: 99% of our teacher training graduates are in work or further study six months after leaving us (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education, 2017 results).

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. Our School is ranked third in London for the quality of our research in the field of Education (Research Excellence Framework 2014), reflecting the world-class expertise of our staff.

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 to 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.

Contact details

0208 392 3314
Roehampton University
Roehampton lane
SW15 5PU


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