Princess May Primary School
Primary (2LLH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
London Metropolitan University
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

‘The partnership provides good and sometimes outstanding trainees and newly qualified teachers, who enhance the quality of teaching and education for pupils in London. Trainees benefit from very high quality, specialist centrally-based university training. They make very effective use of educational research to improve their practice and share best practice with their colleagues.’ Ofsted 2016

By choosing to train as a teacher with Princess May Primary School and London Metropolitan University, you will be joining a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work together.

Our training model offers the best of a traditional PGCE route, with excellent initial training at the university, and strong tutor support, combined with the rigour of spending considerable time getting hands on experience within a strong partnership of schools who are committed to training outstanding teachers for London schools.

The course leading to Qualified Teacher Status, preparing you to teach 5 to 11 year olds (KS1 & KS2). Specialising in teaching at urban, multicultural, multilingual schools, we address issues of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum, with clear links to the unique London context, backed up with a strong basis in educational theory and practice.

The course is rigorous, with short blocks at University interspersed with 2 extended school placements of 10 and 12 weeks, which offers trainees the chance to reflect on the links between theory and practice and to critically reflect on their own teaching practice.

Practical teaching experience across two placements is assessed in relation to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. You will complete a number of formative assignments aimed at developing your knowledge of teaching and learning. These will help make up your Professional Practice portfolio, something which is compiled across the year and details your personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience. These formative assignments lead to a synoptic piece of writing focusing on teaching, learning and curriculum development.

In the last weeks of your teaching practice you will be given time to complete an educational research assignment focusing on broader issues and policies related to primary education. In addition, a great emphasis is placed on formative feedback from your peers within the group, and from colleagues on placement. You will be expected to complete a weekly reflection on our virtual learning environment and contribute to online discussions.

There are no written examinations.

Interview process

The Selection Process

Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short-listing criteria will be invited to an Interview Day. These will be run at regular intervals, from October 2018 until the courses are filled.

Candidates are encouraged to have passed the 2 Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to attending interview.

The selection process will usually involve:

  • A range of tasks over the day including classroom and written based activities.
  • Time with staff/departments
  • A formal interview

The interview will take place at London Metropolitan University.

How school placements work

School-based training: the course includes 120 days in two London schools and or early years settings, learning to teach with a mentor (an experienced classroom teacher); starting with structured observation, you will gradually take more responsibility for aspects of pupils learning. This classroom experience is extended with University set tasks and practical research.

School Experience A takes place in the Autumn term and School Experience B starts in the Spring term and continues through to the Summer term.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,890

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



For PGCE School Direct; The minimum entry requirements are as follows:

UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent.

GCSE English grade C/4 or above (or equivalent),

GCSE Maths grade C/4 or above (or equivalent),

GCSE Science grade C/4 or above (or equivalent),

QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy ,

Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (LMU Health Check).

If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements you should contact for further advice before applying.

Personal qualities

We are looking for...

...dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and innovative trainees!

School Direct at London Met: Princess May are looking for inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching and have a desire to make a real difference to young peoples' lives and futures.

Other requirements

In addition it is desirable that you:

  • Have visited a local school and arranged to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised in an educational environment.
  • Have read and can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement at or the Department for Education website

About the training provider

At Princess May Primary School we are committed to ensuring all of our children have the best possible start to their learning journey. We create a safe, welcoming, nurturing environment which fosters a sense of belonging. We are a highly inclusive school. In September 2017 Princess May Primary School received a School for Success Award from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, which recognises exceptional schools in the capital. Princess May was recognised in the Schools for Success Awards because they have achieved results above the expected rate of progress for significant numbers of pupils, including the disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils.

Princess May is proud to be a Lead School for ‘Schools Direct @ London Met’, with a partnership of schools, and we are now recruiting trainee teachers for September 2019. We specialise in providing PGCE’s in Primary with QTS. Princess May has a long standing involvement and commitment to teacher training, in partnership with London Metropolitan University. Our School Direct route leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE, which carries 60 Masters Level credits. We offer a blend of school-based experience and university-led learning which ensures a breadth and depth of experience and exposure to a wide range of teaching practices. Students will be part of a school team from the start, based in an identified class with an experienced teacher. Many of our class teachers started their teaching careers as schools direct students themselves, so they have a wealth of experience to offer.

About the accredited body

London Metropolitan University has a long history of providing high quality Initial Teacher Education from its base in Holloway Road, and is a principal trainer of teachers wishing to work in and around London. Its diverse student body reflects the multicultural contexts in which they teach. The ITE provision it offers has been rated as ‘Good’, by Ofsted. London Metropolitan University have devised the training programmes and will be the provider of the tuition for School Direct students.

Schools Direct @ London Met is a partnership of schools working together with London Metropolitan University to provide high-quality teacher training places.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a school we are happy to discuss individual access requirements. Facilities at present include a disabled toilet located on the ground floor. The ground floor of the building is wheel chair accessible from the nursery only.

Contact details

Princess May Road
N16 8DF


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: 234
  • Training programme code: 2LLH

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
Princess May Road, London N16 8DF
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