Primary with Mathematics with Eleanor Palmer Primary School Accredited provider: UCL, University College London (University of London)

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

You will join the highly regarded primary PGCE at Institute of Education and have full access to the University's facilities.

The primary PGCE is a highly popular course that develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers.

As part of the programme you will be assigned a university tutor who will support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments.

Successfully completing all aspects of the course will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which also carries 60 M level credits that may be used towards a subsequent masters degree. The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

You will attend university training days at UCL Institute of Education alongside students recruited via other routes and other School Direct partnerships. On the Tuition Fee routes you will carry out academic assignments leading to the award of masters level credits.

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in very criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.”

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All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

Interview process

Eleanor Palmer School is the lead school in our Teaching School Alliance and we will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. We think it's really important that we meet you (and you meet us!) before we short-list. Therefore you should contact Vicky Green as soon as possible by email or phone 020 7485 2155. It is very important that you contact Vicky as soon as possible for a discussion and to book your place on one of our open days so that she can meet you and show you around our school and discuss the programme with you at any convenient time.

If your initial application meets our criteria, you will be invited to attend Eleanor Palmer Primary School for an assessment day which will involve an assessed group exercise with some of our pupils, a short presentation and an interview with a panel of interviewers including a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools and a representative of the Institute of Education.

UCL carries out a second-stage review of all applicants who are referred after school interviews. If you are applying for a secondary specialism on the Tuition Fee route you will be invited to attend a UCL interview day with other applicants for that specialism.

How school placements work

You will be placed in one of our partner schools for the first two terms of your training. After this autumn / spring experience we identify each individual's strengths and areas for development so that we place you in a partnership school for the summer term which is best suited to meet your targets.

Crucially, our students also get together on Thursday afternoons (each time in a different school from within the partnership) and spend time observing lessons, benefiting from additional training and reflecting on practice. This creates a really strong peer group which students find incredibly supportive and valuable. It also adds an important third dimension to your teacher training experience (in addition to UCL/IOE study and the placements).

Your tutor from the Institute of Education will visit you in school on a regular basis and liaise with your school mentor regarding your training and development. Your Institute tutor will carry out your final assessment in school against the national Teachers’ Standards.

In short we offer:

  • Access to teaching practices in outstanding schools in an outstanding borough;
  • Schools that have strong and long standing links with the UCL IOE;
  • The opportunity to ‘front-load’ the training year with the chance to observe outstanding practice;
  • Experience in genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain experience of both very challenging pupils and also some exceptionally high achievers;
  • School-based tutorials as a group led by experienced members of the school leadership team;
  • Learning in schools that share a strong commitment to child centred hands on learning rooted in an exciting topic based approach;
  • The chance to train amongst highly committed, positive professional staff;
  • The opportunity to become part of a school community thus gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of primary teaching.

Strong programme leadership by Eleanor Palmer Deputy Head, Sally Hill and from the UCL IOE. Sally liaises with mentors and classteachers from our across our partner schools to ensure that all students have a very well-supported ITT experience.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:

  • a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
  • at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



UCL requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language and Maths (for Secondary programmes) plus Science (for Primary programmes) at grade C/5 or above. UCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from (

Candidates for the Primary Maths Specialist Programme are also required to hold at least a grade B (or equivalent) in A level maths.

Go to this page to locate the page/URL for the relevant route/subject:-


Personal qualities

As a trainee teacher on our programme, we expect candidates to have:

  • commitment to our approach to learning;
  • a desire to approach curriculum planning in a creative and imaginative way;
  • very high standards for children and themselves;
  • commitment to inclusion;
  • genuine interest in educational thinking and debate;
  • ability and willingness to continuously reflect, improve and learn from mistakes;
  • high interpersonal and communication skills;
  • ability to sustain optimism, energy and a positive outlook under pressure and challenge;
  • capacity for hard work; and
  • a sense of humour!

Other requirements

We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.

About the training provider

Eleanor Palmer leads the Camden Primary Partnership - a group of outstanding schools in an outstanding London borough. We work with the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), provider of first class teacher training for over 100 years.

Our partnership aims to provide an outstanding education for all children in our community. We want to provide this opportunity for trainees because we believe in the importance of collaboration with an emphasis on good primary practice. This is our 7th year running this programme, which receives consistently great feedback. Students are placed within a partner school, choosing their specialist key stage. Students also meet up on Thursday afternoons in one school to observe lessons, creating a peer group which students find incredibly valuable in addition to study and school placements.

This year's programme includes workshops on setting up inspiring classrooms, using literature to enthuse, curriculum as behaviour management, and essentials of effective maths practice.

Our students benefit from an excellent support network including Caroline Heal (consultant and former IoE tutor of 30 years ), a lead partnership mentor, Sally Hill (Eleanor Palmer School), school mentors, class teacher mentors and the student peer group. As the year progresses, our students guide our programme and we base sessions on specific needs and requests. We survey participants after every session for feedback on session impact.

Our partner Camden schools are: Holy Trinity & St. Silas, Kentish Town C of E, Thomas Coram, Torriano, Primrose Hill, Christopher Hatton, Fleet, Netley, Brecknock, Gospel Oak and Rhyl.

About the accredited provider

UCL Institute of Education is the world’s leading centre for research and teaching in education and related social sciences. You can view UCL’s online teacher training prospectus is here:-


Training with disabilities and other needs

School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here:-


Contact details

Eleanor Palmer Primary School
Lupton Street


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 14F
  • Training programme code: 38BM

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Lupton Street, London NW5 2JA

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