Learn to teach five to 11-year-olds on this PGCE Primary (5-11) course that is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). You’ll address theoretical implications around classroom multiculturalism and diversity during sessions at the University, and gain hands-on practical experience during two school placements. With both a diverse teacher and student population, London is an ideal setting if you want to teach in urban environments.
Trainees on our PGCE Primary courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course.
This Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)-accredited PGCE Primary course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach five to 11-year-olds in a primary school environment. You’ll also be able to work in an early years setting.
The course structure gives you room to develop your classroom practice as well as examine the underlying principles and values around educational issues.
The Curriculum Studies module introduces you to the challenges of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You’ll also 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-linked tutors. The latter will also teach your university sessions, providing you with a continuity of support throughout your training. By working in both environments, you also have the chance to reflect on the links between your own teaching theory and practice.
Our emphasis on educational support and high-quality teaching means this course is rated positively by Ofsted:
"Outcomes for trainees are improving strongly. Trainees’ attainment is rising and employment and completion rates are above the sector average for all routes."
Your assessment will consist of four elements:
There are no examinations.
This course is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).
You will be required to have:
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 Overseas Degree Table.
We highly recommend the one-to-one tailored advice on eligibility and equivalency offered by the Department for Education Get Into Teaching service.
Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course:
Prior to the interview for this course, London Met recommends:
Some offers may recommend 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.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Year 1 modules include:
“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.
This intensive PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS),which enables you to teach 5 to 11 year olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure primary teacher roles at schools including Whitings Hill Primary School, Stanford Primary School, Godwin Primary School and more.
Whether you have applied through London Met or School Direct, you’ll have the same opportunities for employment upon successful completion of the course.
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.
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.
All PGCE applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training (UTT0. 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:
Please note, depending on availability, you may be assigned to schools different to the one you entered the provider code for.
Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.
The UCAS application schedule provides guidance on when to apply.
Places are limited by the Teaching Regulation Agency 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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