PGCE Early Years (3 - 7) - PGCE
Why study this course?
If you want to teach three to seven-year-olds, this PGCE Early Years course is an exciting opportunity to launch your teaching career. Addressing multiculturalism, diversity and more, our National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) accredited course combines your theoretical training with two practical placements at the school. Attendees of our PGCE Early Years courses attain high results, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with their placement schools.
This NCTL accredited PGCE Early Years course at London Met and one of our partner schools prepares you to teach 3 to 7-year-olds (Key Stage 1) and leads to Qualified Teacher Status.
You will study at London Met and attend two placements at a partnership school of 11 and 13 weeks. We’ll extend your knowledge, develop your classroom practice and help you examine the underlying principles and values that inform current debates around educational issues.
At London Met, you’ll learn about teaching in urban, multicultural and multilingual schools and will address language, diversity and equality across the curriculum. Training within the framework and principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the unique London context, you’ll be well equipped to help maximise every child's’ development.
Your time at our partnership school will be supported by school-based mentors and University-linked tutors. The tutors will also deliver your University sessions, ensuring a continuity of support throughout the course.
Overall, the purpose of the course is to develop you into a teacher of the highest quality. One who is reflective, creative, imaginative and responsive to all children’s needs. This approach has led to positive reviews by Ofsted:
"The recent Ofsted online trainee survey now indicates very high confidence rates... trainees are therefore pushed to reach the highest standards."
Your assessment will consist of four elements:
- School placement A
- School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
- a Professional Practice Portfolio which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
- the Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue
There are no examinations.
This PGCE course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
You will be required to have:
- a UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent
- a pass in professional skills tests for literacy and numeracy
- a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (eg a London Metropolitan University Health Check) - you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made
- GCSE English, Mathematics and Science grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent, see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers)
Applicants with third class degrees can apply on the condition that this qualification is strongly supported by postgraduate study at master's level and relevant work experience.
We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.
If you feel your qualifications are outside of the requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.
The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Before you can be permitted to enrol on this course:
- you must take and pass the Professional skills tests as required by the NCTL - if you have not already passed these tests this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion (in practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview)
- you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country
Prior to the interview for this course, London Met strongly recommends you:
- have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school
- prepare for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
- have an awareness of multiculturalism and other contexts unique to urban schools
- ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience, as you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application
Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required.
Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start)
This module provides a flexible framework within which student teachers learn about the school curriculum relevant to their age / subject specialism. In addition student teachers also learn about the relevant assessment frameworks and the pedagogic traditions associated with their route. The content covered in teaching sessions will be tailored to reflect the school curriculum and planned developments, external assessment frameworks (including relevant examinations) and the route students are following.
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start)
This module introduces students to some of the key contemporary issues in education and schooling through the lens of children’s rights. The UNCRC introduces three key themes, provision (inclusion and access), protection (child protection, pastoral system, health and safety) and participation (student voice). Students are also supported to undertake a research project of their own in a school or alternative educational setting to investigate issues related to these themes.
This module currently runs:
- autumn semester
The module consists of school or professional placement experience during which students undertake a range of observations, teaching practice and in-school training. The length of, and timing of, the assessed practice is specified by the university, but guided by external requirements. School mentors and university supervising tutors complete observations and a final report is completed with Pass/Fail assessment, with grading against the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teachers Standards for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
The prerequisite for the module is enrolment on the PGCE (Early Years, Primary or a Secondary course), the EYTS course or the QTS only course (for Salaried Trainees).
The assessment period is normally during the Autumn term. There will be a practical Pass/Fail assessment of teaching experience (100% weighting).
Whilst this module is similar to School Experience to Progress Point 5, it is intended as an initial module in which students demonstrate they can make progress towards the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teachers Standards for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). It is not a requirement that they achieve the level required for a recommendation of QTS/EYTS at this stage.
This module currently runs:
- spring semester
The module consists of school or professional placement experience during which students undertake a range of observations, teaching practice and in-school training. The length of, and timing of, the assessed practice is specified by the university, but guided by external requirements. School mentors and university supervising tutors complete observations and a final report is completed with Pass/Fail assessment, with indicative grading in relation to the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teachers Standards for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
The prerequisite for the module is enrolment on the PGCE (Early Years, Primary or a Secondary course), the EYTS course or the QTS only course (for Salaried Trainees) and satisfactory completion of the School Experience to Progress Point 2 modiule
The assessment period will normally be in the Summer term. There will be a practical Pass/Fail assessment of teaching experience (100% weighting) with a recommended grade (1-3) reflecting grading criteria based on nationally approved documentation.
In this module, as opposed to School Experience to Progress Point 2, students are required to consistently meet all of the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teachers Standards for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
This is a year long course.
Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
- the theoretical underpinning of the practice that you'll implement in the classroom
- access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well-structured lessons in Early Year’s curriculum
- lessons on subjects including pedagogy, English and mathematics, science and foundation subjects
- training to assess school pupil’s progress in each of these curriculum areas
Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:
- support for your wider professional development as a teacher
- discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
- understanding of the different aspects of inclusive education
- introduction to the school structure and wider children’s workforce
- teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas
- 120 days in two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in Early Years Key Stage 1 settings
“I really enjoyed my course at London Metropolitan University. There was a lot to learn, but the support and guidance from my tutor and mentors was excellent throughout. By the end of the course I really felt prepared to take on my first mainstream teaching assignment. The tutors and lecturers helped me set the right goals for my development as a teacher as well as giving me the tools to succeed. I had two great school placements arranged by the University and I feel these were key to building my confidence. I was really happy to be offered a job by one of these schools – my PGCE year couldn’t have ended better.”
Maira Rodrigues, London Met trainee and Year 4 teacher at Lloyd Williamson Primary School, Kensington.
Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
How to apply
All PGCE applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training (UTT). Use UTT's course search tool to find teacher training routes offered by London Met or our lead partner schools.
Applications will continue to be considered while there are places still available for your chosen subject or course. If you are offered a place it might be that you are asked to resubmit your application with a different provider of London Metropolitan University Teacher Training. This allows us to maximise the chance to offer you a place within our core and lead school portfolio, regardless of which route you applied through.
You can apply with London Met or one of our lead schools using the following provider codes in the search fields:
• for London Metropolitan University, enter: L68
• for Aylward Academy, enter: 1YO
• for Cardinal Pole Roman Catholic School, enter: 21B
• for Princess May Primary School, enter: 234
Please note, depending on availability, you may be assigned to schools different to the one you entered the provider code for.
When to apply
The UCAS application schedule provides guidance on when to apply.
Places are limited by the NCTL and offered on a first come first serve basis. We also operate waiting lists on these courses.
To find out more, see our information on the process of applying for teacher training courses.