Gipsy Hill Federation
Primary (29XB)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
London South Bank University
Financial support

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


  • Key Stage 1 and 2 core curriculum (including Maths, English, Science and ICT);
  • Professional Studies;
  • Foundation Subjects;
  • School Experience;
  • An Alternative Educational Setting placement


Compulsory module: Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship.

Options: You will be able to choose an option. The following are examples: SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability); Inquiry Based Science Learning; Raising Achievement in Mathematics; Exploring Mathematics; Connect, Consume, Create: ICT in the Primary School; Language, Literature and Learning; Performing Arts; and Early Years Education.

Interview process


We shortlist trainee teachers who can demonstrate the following, as well as meet our entry requirements:

A personal statement which will be marked against the following criteria:

  • Written in Standard English with no ambiguities or grammatical errors;
  • The candidate's ability to reflect upon what they have learned from their experience in an educational setting;
  • The candidate's ability to reflect upon how their individual qualities and skills would be an asset to primary schools.

Applications must be supported by two strong academic and/or employer references. On enrolment, original certificates of degree awards and GCSEs must be produced.


We will invite shortlisted applicants to an interview.

  • The first part of the interview day will consist of a Maths and English test.
  • Candidates will then be asked to deliver a storytelling session to a class (20 minutes max), followed by a short reflection on this session with the interview panel.
  • Candidates will then be required to give a short presentation demonstrating an awareness of the role of a teacher, as well as some knowledge of current issues in primary education.
  • Finally, candidates will undertake a formal interview which will include a series of questions.

How school placements work

Students will undertake two placements during their training year.

The first placement will take place in an Alternative Education Setting (AES) for 12 days in the latter part of the Autumn Term. This placement is arranged by the trainee and must take place in a 'school' setting in England as defined in Section C2.3 ITT Criteria (2016, p.19-20), e.g. a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) or a Special School.

The second placement is in a consecutive Key Stage in a different school to your main setting. This placement lasts for 18 days and takes place in the latter part of the Spring Term. Students will be allocated a placement in a school within Gipsy Hill Federation. The placement is a teaching placement and teaching will be graded.


Students will receive a salary on the unqualified teacher scale at point one (UQ01) for Inner London.

University fees will be covered by the Federation.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification from abroad.

​GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.

Equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing ( or A*Star Equivalency ( . Science equivalency test MUST be in combined science.

All equivalency tests must be passed by 1 May 2018.

If you’ve got qualifications from outside the UK, you’ll need to get a statement of comparability from NARIC.

QTS Skills Tests must be passed before 1 May 2018.

We strongly recommend that candidates have some recent experience in a primary school.

Personal qualities

We’re looking for applications from:

  • Inspirational people who will bring commitment, enthusiasm and energy to our schools
  • People with ambition and determination to be the best they can be in whatever direction they want their career to go - we provide the opportunities and welcome ambition
  • Creative people who can think ‘out of the box’
  • Someone with ‘fire in their belly’ who will fight for our children to succeed and really care about them.

Other requirements

Gipsy Hill Federation, Lambeth and Southwark council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff will be expected to hold or be willing to obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure for this authority.

Contact details

020 8670 3576
Kingswood Primary School Upper Site
188 Gipsy Road
SE27 9RD


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: 1BC
  • Training programme code: 29XB

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Name Address Code
Main Site Kingswood Lower site, 55 Gipsy Road, London SE27 9NP -

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