PGCE Early Years (3 - 7) (Princess May) - PGCE
Why study this course?
If you want to teach three to seven-year-olds, this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited PGCE Early Years course is an exciting opportunity to launch your teaching career. You’ll study issues of multiculturalism, diversity and more while combining your theoretical training with practical placements in schools. Trainees of our PGCE Early Years courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with one of their placement schools.
This NCTL-accredited PGCE Early Years course trains you to teach three to seven-year-olds (Key Stage 1) and leads to Qualified Teacher Status.
The course consists of study sessions at London Met combined with two school placements of 11 and 13 weeks. You’ll extend your knowledge, develop your classroom practice and explore the underlying principles and values that inform current debates around educational issues.
At the University, you’ll learn about teaching in urban, multicultural and multilingual schools as well as addressing the issues of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum. Studying within the framework and principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) means you’ll be well equipped to help maximise every child's’ development.
During your school placements, you'll be supported by both school-based mentors and university-linked tutors. The tutors will also deliver your university sessions, ensuring you have continual guidance throughout the course.
Our dedication to training teachers who are reflective, creative, imaginative and responsive to all children’s needs has led to positive reviews from Ofsted:
"The recent Ofsted on-line trainee survey now indicates very high confidence rates [in the course]…trainees are 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:
- UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent
- Professional Skills Tests in 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, 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
- you should have an awareness of multiculturalism and other challenges when teaching in urban schools
- you 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 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
“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 three to seven year-olds. Our 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.
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 2017. 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 and PGCE School Direct 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 Princess May Primary School using the following provider codes in the search fields:
- for London Metropolitan University, enter: L68
- 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.