PGCE Primary (Viridis) - PGCE
Why study this course?
Learn to teach five to 11-year-olds on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited PGCE course. You’ll address the challenges of teaching in multicultural classrooms and gain hands-on practical experience during school placements. With both a diverse teacher and student population, London is the ideal location if you want to teach in an urban environment.
Trainees on our PGCE Primary courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to gain employment, often in one of their placement schools.
This exciting NCTL-accredited PGCE Primary course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and will prepare you to teach five to 11-year-olds (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) at primary school level. You’ll also be equipped to work in early years settings.
The Viridis Schools partnership is made up of seven successful primary school and nursery settings in Hackney, east London.
The structure of the course gives you room to develop your skills in the classroom as well as examining the underlying principles and values around educational issues.
In the Curriculum Studies module, you’ll address the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum and learn how to teach core subjects including English, mathematics and science.
The Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module includes two extended school placements of 11 and 13 weeks. With its clear links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), you’ll have a responsible framework for meeting the needs of every child you teach.
Throughout your school placements you'll be supported by school-based mentors and University tutors. The latter will also teach your university sessions, providing you with continued guidance throughout your training. By working in both environments, you’ll have the chance to reflect on the links between teaching theory and practice.
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
- an Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue
There are no examinations.
This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
You will be required to have:
- a UK degree at 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 at grade C 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 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 our entry 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 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)
- 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.
This is a year-long course.
Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
- the theoretical underpinning of the practice that you'll take into the classroom
- access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well-structured lessons in the primary curriculum
- sessions on pedagogy, English language and literature, mathematics, science and foundation subjects
- training to assess school pupils’ progress in each of the 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 different aspects of inclusive education
- introduction to the whole school 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 primary schools
In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensuring up-to-date subject knowledge.
“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 and 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.
This is a PGCE School Direct course.
The School Direct teaching programme aligns the training calendar of the student teacher with the traditional PGCE offered at the University. This means we can only offer places in early years, primary and in secondary level teaching in maths, modern languages and science with a specialism in biology, chemistry or physics.
You’ll attend training workshops at the University with other traditional PGCE students and carry out placements lasting a total 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.
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 chances of offering you a place within our core and lead school portfolio, regardless of which route you applied through.
You can apply to London Met or the Viridis partnership using the following provider codes in the search fields:
- for London Metropolitan University, enter: L68
- for Viridis Schools, enter: 2CN
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 served-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.