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QTS Only School Direct (Salaried) Primary (5 - 11) (Cardinal Pole) - PGCE

Why study this course?

This course takes advantage of London Met’s position within the Department for Education (DfE) School Direct framework, meaning we can offer you salaried training routes within our partner school so you can work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There will be a mix of university and school-based learning, as well as a continuity of support from mentors and tutors who will contribute to your development as a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. Places are limited on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course, so please check with the University for availability before applying through UCAS.

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This is an exciting one year course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Preparing you to teach five to 11-year-olds at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, this qualification also allows you to teach at the Early Years level.

Specialising in teaching within urban, multicultural, multilingual schools, you’ll addresses the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum. The course will be taught within the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the unique London school environment.

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 key goal is to help you develop your understanding of the primary teacher role within the 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’ll be supported in developing a clear understanding of the links between theory and practice.

We aim to facilitate your development into a teacher of the highest quality; one who is 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:

  • minimum of a 2.2 UK degree or master’s (MA/MSc)
  • 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) which you will be advised to apply for after an offer is made
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent, see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers

We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

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.

Professional requirements

Before you can be permitted to enrol to 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 in a school
  • you are prepared for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
  • you have an awareness of multiculturalism and other contexts unique to urban schools
  • you're aware you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, so please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience

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. EU nationals may be considered for admission, as well as overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

As this is an employment-based route to QTS, you’ll be employed in your 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 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

Graduates of this course have continued their careers as primary school teachers in institutions such as Highgate Primary School.

Our 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) Primary (5-11) (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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