Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance
Primary (2BYD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London (University of London)
Financial support
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
16 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into primary teaching. Trainees join other student teachers on the established PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance school (part of the Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance).

Our Primary PGCE 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. We will help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects and ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s (level 7) and one at undergraduate/Bachelor’s (level 6) level and three school placements.

Compulsory modules:

Teaching and Learning (level 7)

Specialism Module (level 7)

Professional Practice (level 6)

Optional modules:

There are no optional modules for this programme

Teaching and learning:

The programme is delivered via a programme of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported through a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of a student's teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.


All Student Teachers take the Professional Practice module which is primarily assessed through the two main school placements, associated tasks and portfolio. Elmhurst Primary School, as the Lead School, will make the arrangements for school experience.

Interview process


We will interview all shortlisted candidates prior to making an offer of training.

The interview process will include:

  • Observation of teaching
  • A written task
  • Subject knowledge test
  • A formal interview

How school placements work

If you are successful you will receive a balance of training provided by UCL and school centred training through three school experiences.

Throughout the year trainees will work alongside the class teacher. There are two longer school experiences based in our alliance schools in contrasting key stages and a further school experience in a contrasting setting to enrich your understanding of primary education.


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 may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Entry requirements:

  • A first degree - A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • A levels
  • GCSEs - English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or 5.

UCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from (www.equivalencytesting.com)

For full details please visit the UCL web page:


Personal qualities

What we are looking for:

  • Highly dedicated individuals who believe they can make a difference to children's lives.
  • Candidates with a strong academic background and evidence of their own positive attitude to learning.
  • Reflective people who show willingness to adapt and change in order to best meet the needs of the children.

Other requirements

School experience:

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

Professional skills test:

You will also need to successfully pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to enrolment. More information on the skills test can be found here:


Contact details

Upton Park Road
Forest Gate
E7 8JY


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