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Why study this course?

If you want to teach three to seven-year-olds, this Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)-accredited PGCE Early Years course is an exciting opportunity to launch your teaching career. You’ll study multiculturalism, diversity and more while combining your theoretical training with practical placements in schools.

Trainees of our PGCE Early Years courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with one of their placement schools.

More about this course

This Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)-accredited PGCE Early Years course trains you to teach three to seven-year-olds (Key Stage 1) and leads to Qualified Teacher Status.

The course consists of study sessions at London Met combined with two school placements of 11 and 13 weeks. You’ll extend your knowledge, develop your classroom practice and explore the underlying principles and values that inform current debates around educational issues.

At the University, you’ll learn about teaching in urban, multicultural and multilingual schools as well as addressing language, diversity and equality across the curriculum. Studying within the framework and principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) means you’ll be well equipped to help maximise every child's’ development.

During your school placements, you'll be supported by both school-based mentors and university-linked tutors. The tutors will also deliver your university sessions, ensuring you have continual guidance throughout the course.

Our dedication to training teachers who are reflective, creative, imaginative and responsive to all children’s needs has led to positive reviews from Ofsted:

"The recent Ofsted on-line trainee survey now indicates very high confidence rates [in the course]…trainees are pushed to reach the highest standards."

Ofsted, 2016


Your assessment will consist of four elements:

  • School placement A
  • School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
  • a Professional Practice Portfolio which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
  • the Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

This PGCE course is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

Modular structure

Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

After the course

This PGCE School Direct course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach three to seven year-olds. Our trainees from this course have gone on to become teachers at schools like Grafton Primary, Tudor Primary and Willow Tree Primary.


Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.

PGCE School Direct

This is a PGCE School Direct course.

The School Direct school placements work around the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we can only offer places in Early Years / Primary and in Secondary teaching Maths, Modern Languages and Science with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will attend the training workshops at the university with other regular PGCE students and carry out placements of 120 days in a school or consortium of schools with a School Direct allocation. This time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.

London Met has School Direct partnership with nearly 100 schools. This large body of schools have joined with us 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 placement divided between two partner schools.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

All PGCE and PGCE School Direct applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training (UTT). Use UTT's course search tool to find teacher training routes offered by London Met or our lead partner schools. Applications will continue to be considered while there are places still available. If you are offered a place it might be that you are asked to resubmit your application with a different provider of London Metropolitan University Teacher Training. This allows us to maximise the chance to offer you a place within our core and lead school portfolio, regardless of which route you applied through.

You can apply with London Met or Princess May Primary School using the following provider codes in the search fields:

Please note, depending on availability, you may be assigned to schools different to the one you entered the provider code for.

When to apply

The UCAS application schedule provides guidance on when to apply.

Places are limited by the Teaching Regulation Agency and offered on a first come, first served basis. We also operate waiting lists on these courses.

To find out more, see our information on the process of applying for teacher training courses.

Visit the Early Years (3 - 7) (Princess May) PGCE page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!





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