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QTS Only School Direct (Salaried) Early Years (3 - 7) (Cardinal Pole) - PGCE

Why study this course?

This course prepares you to teach three to seven-year-olds and is available within the Department for Education (DfE) School Direct framework. This means London Met is able to offer you salaried training routes to National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Places are limited and will only be open for applications when our partner schools have places available. You should check availability with the University before applying in UCAS.

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Accredited by the NCTL, this course prepares you to teach three to seven-year-olds (Early Years and Key Stage 1) and leads to QTS.

Focusing on in teaching within urban, multicultural, multilingual schools, you’ll address challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum. Your training is also informed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the unique and diverse environment of London schools.

School placements are supported by school-based mentors and University-linked tutors. The tutors also deliver your university sessions, ensuring you have a continuity of support throughout the course.

The course is designed to enable you to develop your understanding of the role of the Primary teacher within the broad field of education. There will be opportunities to extend your knowledge, develop your classroom practice and examine the underlying principles and values that inform current debates around educational issues. Through evaluation and reflection you will be supported in developing a clear understanding of the links between theory and practice.

We aim to facilitate your development as you become a teacher of the highest quality; reflective, creative, imaginative and responsive to all children’s needs.


You're assessed by a university-linked tutor during visits to your placement school and by your school-based mentor through regular assessments.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course, the University will recommend you to the NCTL for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

You will be required to have:

  • a relevant UK degree grade at 2.2 or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSEs at grade C (grade for from 2017) or above in English Language, science and maths (or equivalent)
  • a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (eg a London Metropolitan University Health Check), which you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made
  • at least three years' work experience

You must also have passed the Department for Education’s professional skills tests prior to entry. This will be a condition of your offer, so it would be a good idea to make arrangements to take these tests at the same time as submitting your application.

If you're invited to an interview then your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools will be assessed. As our placements are based in London you should be prepared to display an awareness of the unique context of teaching in urban multicultural schools. You may also be invited to interview based on the work experience information given in your application.

Full GCSEs is recommended for entry but we can also accept equivalences. If you're unable to confirm your holding of full GCSEs, then an internal test in maths or English may be taken if you have been offered a place. This is normally only available if your offer has been made very close to the course start date.

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 NCTL.

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.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements

As this is an employment-based route to QTS, you’ll be employed in a school setting and attend the University for a limited number of training days across the training year. There are no specific modules.

Your University-based work will involve a variety of learning activities, lectures and workshops to provide formal opportunities to extend your subject knowledge and explore the principles of effective teaching.

There will also be opportunities for you to reflect on and discuss your experiences in school, learn from other trainees and critically examine education policy and practices as well as national and local data.

“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 post; 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 as the course supported my learning over the year.”
Jatinder Chohan, Year 5 teacher, Rosedale Hewens Academy, Harlington

This intensive training leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The QTS courses are delivered by a small, dynamic team of lecturers who combine their subject knowledge in areas such as English, mathematics and science with recent and relevant school experience and a clear understanding of excellent classroom practice. This team is fully committed to supporting trainees in their goal to become a qualified teacher who is uniquely trained to meet the challenges in modern London schools.

This is a School Direct course.

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.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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

If you are currently working in a school that would support you undertaking the salaried route it may be possible to bring it into one of our School Direct partnerships. You should contact the University in the first instance. We will advise if places are available or put your school in contact with the partnerships team within the University.

All 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 using the following provider codes in the search fields:

  • for QTS Only School Direct (Salaried) Early Years (3-7) (Cardinal Pole), enter: 21B

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.

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