UCL, University College London Primary (2P3S)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training

Contents

Course summary

This programme will prepare students for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). UCL works in partnership with around 200 primary schools to enable students to fully prepare to be a primary teacher. We encourage a wide range of students to study for the Primary PGCE, and have a good record of attracting traditionally under-represented groups.

Our Primary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. We will help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects and ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.

The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s-level (level 7) and one at Undergraduate-level (level 6) and three school placements. You will have to pass all three modules in order to be recommended for QTS. The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported through a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, presentations, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence including observations of teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.

Students will spend 120 days on placements at schools or Early Years Centres, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and mentor.

Students on the Primary PGCE programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at UCL.

Primary PGCE students can gain experience of teaching across one or more key stages; the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2; lower Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 9) and upper Key Stage 2 (ages 9 to 11). Students will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects. They will also select one subject for specialist study from the range that we offer (i.e. Literacy, MFL, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Computing, Science, Art & Design and Applied Drama).

School placements

Our 200+ placement schools are chosen for their quality, excellence in supporting teacher education and to provide comprehensive geographical coverage. You will undertake two substantial placements in different schools and one short, self-selected placement (120 days in total) each with a dedicated school mentor. Both schools will be carefully matched to your needs in terms of location, phase and taking any mobility or carer needs into account. London has more ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools than any other region in England and is a world leader in narrowing the gap between the performance of children from a range of different backgrounds. Training in London will provide you with an ideal platform to launch your career in teaching.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 5 (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 may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via Equivalency Testing or A Star Equivalency and achieving at least a grade 5. For mathematics, equivalency tests in mathematics foundation or mathematics higher with grade 5 are accepted. We do not accept “”applied”” or “”additional”” GCSE subjects. We do not accept BTEC, functional skills or access course qualifications in place of GCSEs. UCL does not accept GCSE grade 4 for entry to our PGCE programmes.

We do not accept English taught as a second language or English literature to meet our GCSE English language requirements.

Personal qualities

Great teachers are as diverse as the communities they serve. We look for candidates who have a real enthusiasm for engaging with young people, who are as excited about the process of learning as they are about teaching, and who understand that they will learn as much from their students as their students will from them. Sound subject knowledge is important, as well as students’ ability to break down their knowledge and see it through the eyes of someone for whom it is new. We particularly welcome a commitment to improving the lives of individuals and communities through education.

Other requirements

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

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 £24,200

Financial support from the training provider

Please see our website for further information about available bursaries and funding: [https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/teacher-training/fees-and-funding/bursaries-and-funding]

About the training provider

IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society is a global leader in teacher education, ranked number one for education for the last nine years in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Our PGCE programmes have been recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in every category.

When you join IOE, you’ll be joining one of the largest teacher training programmes in the UK. We offer unrivalled expertise in teacher education, a broad and exciting range of placements and personalised care from dedicated tutors, enabling our students to become highly successful teachers.

Our programmes have been carefully designed so that you have the time and space to develop the expertise to manage, guide and inspire the children and young people you teach. You will be taught by experts in your subject and education phase, many of whom are conducting world-leading research in their field.

We are committed to supporting education in London, where schools lead the country in performance and pupil progress. We work with around 500 London schools, colleges and early years settings, including long-term partners who work with us to harness our wider research and expertise. By joining IOE, you will benefit from being part of a lively and diverse community of students and academics and will make a positive difference to the lives of young people in London.

Interview process

Candidates whose applications meet the entry criteria will be invited to a remote interview. On your interview day, you will take part in a combination of group presentations, discussions and individual interviews with members of the programme team and school partners. You will also be asked to undertake written tests in English and maths. You will have access to our Recruitment Website with information about the programme and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

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

Please visit our Student Support and Wellbeing website for information about the services they offer to incoming students.

Contact this training provider

Contact form
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/admissions-enquiries
Telephone
0208 059 0939
Website
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training
Address
University College London
Gower Street
London
Greater London
WC1E 6BT

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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