Primary with London South Bank University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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

This course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. The course equips you to teach primary-aged pupils and covers all areas of the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

You'll spend a minimum of 120 days (24 weeks) training in school. We'll organise these placements, ensuring that you are placed in at least two contrasting schools.

You'll study two modules at Master's level and on completion of the course we'll award you with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. The Master's level assignments are broken up into manageable chunks, with clear links to your school-based training and submission dates set after self-study breaks. For one of the Master's level Options module, you'll choose a particular area in which to develop expertise.

The vast majority of the university content is delivered at our Elephant and Castle campus.

Our course is rated 'good' by Ofsted (June, 2014).

Interview process

If we think your application shows that you have the potential to be a great teacher, we'll invite you to interview, even if you haven't yet met all of the required entry criteria. You'll attend one interview event that will last no more than half a day. You'll sit an English test and be asked to deliver a short lesson to a group of fellow applicants. You will also be interviewed by a member of the PGCE teaching team. You'll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and we'll take you on a tour of our campus.

How school placements work

We have strong and long standing partnerships with 90 schools across London. Working with you and our partnership schools, we'll find the placements that best match your needs and interests, your home location, and the requirements of the course. The average distance students have to travel from home to school is three miles.

During the course you'll have four placements. The first, a mentor placement, focuses on developing your skills in supporting individual pupils and small groups of pupils. The alternative educational setting placement is an opportunity to work with learners in a setting other than a mainstream primary school. You'll complete two further substantial placements during which you'll take on the full role of the class teacher.

While on placement you'll get support and guidance from a supervising tutor from the university and from the class teacher in whose class you're placed.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,125

These fees apply to courses running in 2018/19. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

If you are an overseas graduate, you'll find further information on funding and visa requirements here.



*A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. This may be in any subject: it does not have to be a National Curriculum subject.

*GCSE English Language, Science and Mathematics at grade C/ 4 or above. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language, Science or Mathematics can demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test with Equivalency Testing or A* Equivalency.

*Passes in the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy.

Personal qualities

We're looking for applicants with genuine enthusiasm for working with young learners and a commitment to the principles of social justice.

Your reference will be positive and will highlight your suitability to train to be a teacher.

Your personal written statement should be coherent, written in clear standard English, and include evidence of:

*your commitment to value and respect diversity;

*your experience of or commitment to working with young or adult learners in a formal and/or informal setting;

*your awareness of current issues in education.

Other requirements

For information about all LSBU's statutory requirements linked to Teacher Training programmes please visit our website.

About the training provider

London South Bank University is located in the centre of London, a 15 minute walk from Waterloo Station and 20 minutes from the Royal Festival Hall and the River. We were awarded Silver for Teaching Excellence in 2017. In August 2018 we won an Advance HE’s Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence which recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning across the University as a whole. We were the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and in 2019. In The Guardian University league tables 2019 our undergraduate Education courses were in the UK top 10 for graduate level jobs or further professional or higher education study after 6 months.

Courses at LSBU have a particular focus on social justice and equality. This focus is well matched to addressing the needs of schools in urban and multicultural areas.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We’re committed to removing barriers to your learning and enabling you to get the most out of your time at LSBU. We understand that every student is different and that each person’s disability can affect them in different ways. By discussing potential barriers and tailoring an individual support plan, we aim to help you achieve the success you’re capable of. Our disability advisers can help identify barriers and make reasonable adjustments to remove them for current and prospective students.

Contact details

020 7815 7815
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road


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: L75
  • Training programme code: X104

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

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