Heronsgate Primary School
Primary (247L)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Greenwich
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

This modular programme runs for one year and is available to high quality graduates. Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Candidates are entitled to a tuition fee loan and may be eligible for a bursary.

The tuition fee programme offers:

  • full-time school-based training with University of Greenwich
  • placement in two Good or Outstanding local schools from the Heronsgate hub
  • approximately 20 weeks in school with remaining time at university
  • visits by your own personal tutor
  • choice to specialise in EYFS, KS1 or KS2
  • support by mentors and experienced teachers

Interview process

The interview process is in two stages:

The first stage will comprise of a Maths and English test.

The second stage will involve an interview with a panel.

How school placements work

There will be two teaching practices during your training year- an initial placement from November to February and a final placement from April to June. These will be in consecutive phases i.e. EYFS and KS1. 
You will also have a two week child, school & community placement at Heronsgate in September.

Trainees will normally be placed in two of the following Greenwich primary schools: Heronsgate, Ealdham, Bishop John Robinson, St Margaret Clitherow, Plumcroft or Wyborne.


The course fees for 2020/2021 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.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Candidates must have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification certified by NARIC
  • English, Maths and Science GCSE or equivalent: Grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications certified by NARIC

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a passion for learning
  • have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of children in our local area
  • can make a unique and positive contribution to the community
  • have an excellent ability to communicate with children and adults
  • possess excellent self organisational skills and ICT skills
  • have good written and spoken English

Other requirements

-Written letter detailing evidence of at least two weeks experience in a UK primary school (before programme commences)

The school/university will also ask you to fill out an occupational health screening and DBS check before commencing the programme.

About the training provider

Our existing teachers, trainees and pupils have access to the very best learning opportunities. It is the aim of Heronsgate Hub to inspire pupils and we endeavour to help them reach their fullest potential academically and socially. We do this by providing shared experiences in learning and believe the cultural diversity of our community and our pupils are our greatest assets.

Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding in March 2019 by Ofsted), working with Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance, take a leading role in co-ordinating teacher training.

Across our Alliance we are hosting a number of School Direct places each year in partnership with the University of Greenwich. This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. We offer School Direct salaried and tuition-fee funded routes into teaching.

Joining our Heronsgate Hub programme provides a more practical, hands-on learning experience supported by outstanding teachers. You will also benefit from the immediate immersion in school life and the chance to build lasting relationships with students and colleagues.

About the accredited body

We have developed a very strong partnership with the University of Greenwich over the years. Our tuition-fee funded PGCE trainees are supported and guided by Heronsgate Hub schools (all schools in the hub are graded good to outstanding by OFSTED) during their initial and final placements and receive pedagogical teaching at the University of Greenwich.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from disabled people and are committed to helping disabled students succeed.

Contact details

020 8317 0809
Heronsgate Primary School
Whinchat Road
SE28 0EA


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: 1EE
  • Training programme code: 247L

Choose a training location

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

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Heronsgate Primary School, Whinchat Road, London, London SE28 0EA
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