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PGCE Early Years (3 - 7) (Aylward Academy) - PGCE

Why study this course?

If you want to train as a teacher of three to seven-year-olds, this National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited PGCE Early Years partnership between London Met and our partnership schools is an exciting opportunity to launch your teaching career. With both a diverse staff and student population, this is the ideal setting if you want to teach in multicultural urban environments.

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. 

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This NCTL-accredited PGCE Early Years course at London Met and its partnership schools prepares you to teach three to seven-year-olds (Key Stage 1) and leads to Qualified Teacher Status.

The course consists of theoretical study at London Met and with two practical school placements 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 school placements will be supported by school-based mentors and university-linked tutors. The tutors will also deliver your university sessions, ensuring you have a continuity of support during the PGCE.

Successfully complete the course to become a teacher of the highest quality. One who is reflective, creative, imaginative and responsive to all children’s needs. Our thorough approach means this course highly rated by Ofsted:

"The recent Ofsted online trainee survey now indicates very high confidence rates… trainees are therefore pushed to reach the highest standards."
Ofsted, 2016

Assessment

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 across 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, where you will explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

This PGCE course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

You will be required to have:

Applicants with third class degrees can apply on the condition that this qualification is supported by a completed Master's degree 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.

Further details

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
  • should 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.

This is a year-long course.

Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:

  • the theoretical underpinning of the practice you'll implement in the classroom
  • access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well-structured lessons in the Early Years  curriculum
  • sessions on pedagogy, English language and literature, mathematics, science and foundation subjects
  • training to assess school pupils’ progress in each of these curriculum areas

Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:

  • support for your wider professional development as a student 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

Work placement:

  • 120 days in two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in primary schools

“London Met was very proactive in providing support and guidance for my new teaching post. The team educated me on everything necessary to prepare me for my forthcoming role; they are highly skilled professionals who were able to support me through my interview process as well as answer any queries regarding the teaching industry. With regards to course content, I felt everything covered during lectures and the professional studies sessions was relevant to my development and future prospects as a teacher.”
Jatinder Chohan, London Met trainee and Year 5 teacher at Rosedale Hewens Academy, Harlington.

“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.

This PGCE School Direct course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which enables you to teach either three to seven-year-olds. Trainees from this course have gone on to become teachers at schools like Grafton Primary, Tudor Primary and Willow Tree Primary.

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.

This is a PGCE School Direct course.

The School Direct school placements work around the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we can only offer places in Early Years / Primary and in Secondary teaching Maths, Modern Languages and Science with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will attend the training workshops at the university with other regular PGCE students and carry out placements of 120 days in a school or consortium of schools with a School Direct allocation. This time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.

London Met has School Direct partnership with nearly 100 schools. This large body of schools have joined with us to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University and the school placement divided between two partner schools.

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. 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 Aylward Academy using the following provider codes in the search fields:

  • for London Metropolitan University, enter: L68
  • for Aylward Academy, enter: 1YO

Please note, depending on availability, you may be assigned to schools different to the one you entered the provider code for.

When to apply

For guidance on when to apply the application schedule is detailed on the UCAS website.

All UTT routes places are limited by the NCTL and places are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. We also operate waiting lists on these courses.

Further information on the process for all routes accredited by London Metropolitan University is available from London Met’s teacher training webpages.

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