Taught course

School Direct Early Years

Institution
London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

For PGCE or PGCE School Direct the minimum entry requirements are as follows: UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent, GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent), GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent) GCSE Science grade C or above (or equivalent), QTS Skills Tests in English and Mathematics , A Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (London Metropolitan University Health Check) you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made. Further details: Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course you must take and pass the QTS skills tests as required by the NCTL. If you have not already passed this test this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion. In practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview. Prior to interview London Met strongly recommends that you have a minimum of ten working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school. In the interview your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools will be assessed. In particular,as our placements are based in London you should have an awareness of multiculturalism and other arising issues when teaching in urban based schools. You may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience. Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required. A full GCSE is recommended but we can also accept equivalences (see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers). If these routes to confirm a GCSE are unavailable then an internal test in maths or English may be offered to applicants that have been offered a place. This is normally only available if your offer has been made very close to the course start date. Applicants with 3rd class degrees can apply on the condition that this qualification is strongly supported by postgraduate study at Master's level and relevant work experience. Note that you will be in competition for a place with applicants that meet and exceed our minimum entry requirements. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. If you feel your qualifications are outside of the requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying. We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The course aims to facilitate trainees to become teachers who are of the highest quality; reflective, creative, imaginative and responsive to all children’s needs. The course is designed to enable you to develop your understanding of the role of the early years and the primary teacher within the broad field of education. There will be opportunities to extend your knowledge, develop your classroom practice and examine the underlying principles and values that inform current debates around educational issues. Through evaluation and reflection you will be supported in developing a clear understanding of the links between theory and practice.

We are proud to be one of the first courses to formally embed the principles of children’s rights (UNCRC) into our programme providing a universal values framework within which teachers can work to develop education which meets the needs of the children they teach.

This course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status whether you apply to London Met for PGCE or through the PGCE School Direct at London Met application process. Note that a salaried option with very limited places is available. The salaried course does not lead to a PGCE however you would gain QTS upon completion of that route. Please see the How to Apply section for the UCAS Provider details of our partner schools.

PGCE Schools Direct
The School Direct model we are adopting is one which aligns the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we will only be able to offer places in Primary / Early Years, and in Secondary in Citizenship, English, Maths, MFL, PE and Science (with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics). Student teachers will attend the training workshops at the university with regular PGCE students. The placements will be planned to take place within the school / consortium of schools with the School Direct allocation. Within the overall requirement of 120 days in school, this time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.

The consortium is part of the much larger family of nearly 100 School Direct at London Met schools. It represents a large body of schools that have joined together with London Metropolitan University to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University, and the school experience divided between two partner schools. A small number of primary schools have requested School Direct salaried trainees; they will host the trainee for the majority of the course, and release them to the university, for tuition.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
020 7133 4202