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PGCE Early Years/KS1 PGCE

Course Description

By choosing to train as a teacher with London Metropolitan University, you will be joining a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work with the University to offer you an exciting and challenging course to launch your career. Previous students have told us that you will be exceptionally well supported by 'inspirational' (Ofsted 2011) tutors who act as 'critical friends'.

Our trainees attain highly with 99% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course. Employment prospects are excellent with many students offered employment in their placement schools. London schools are the “international education success story of the past 10 years” (Husbands, IOE, 2014). Come to London Met and be part of this success.

About the course

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 [email protected] 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.

"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.


Coursework consists of a Reflective Portfolio comprising several formative patches that will be completed throughout the PGCE year, ending with one synoptic piece of writing plus an educational research assignment, which will be completed in the last two weeks of the PGCE, where students are given the opportunity to explore an educational issue covered within the Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module in relation to Children’s Rights.

Modular structure

The PGCE Early Years /Key Stage 1 is a year long course, which is both rewarding and demanding. The course is a blend of taught sessions at the university and school-based training. The university sessions are designed to be as interactive and collaborative as possible, to ensure that you experience a range of learning approaches.

The course includes 120 days in two London placements in Early Years/Key Stage 1 settings learning to teach with a mentor (an experienced classroom teacher) where classroom experience is extended with University set tasks and practical research. In both contexts, self-directed study is extremely important throughout the course to support your development in purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensuring up-to-date subject knowledge.

During University sessions, the course consists of the two modules:

The Curriculum Studies module is the theoretical underpinning of the practice that students take into the classroom and as such provides access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well structured lessons in Early Year’s curriculum and pedagogy, english and mathematics, science and foundation subjects, and assess pupil’s progress in each of the these curriculum areas.
The PiP sessions support the wider professional development of each student teacher. This programme provides discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships; understanding of different aspects of inclusive education; introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce and team work and collaborative discussion across different subject areas.

Both modules involve reflection on personal learning experiences and their application to the process of becoming a teacher in relation to the Teachers’ Standards and critical examination of education policy and practices as well as national and local data.

After the course

This intensive PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach either 3 to 7 year olds (Early Years) or 5 to 11 year olds (Primary). Whether you have applied for PGCE or PGCE by School Direct our students can have the same expectations for employment upon successful completion of the course.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the PGCE Early Years/KS1 PGCE page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

For PGCE / PGCE by School Direct; you must have a relevant UK degree grade 2.2 or above, or an equivalent qualification from overseas.You will also require GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or equivalent). PGCE Primary or Early Years applicants will also need GCSE Science at grade C or above (or equivalent).There is also the requirement before you can be permitted to enrol to take and pass the QTS skills tests as required by the NCTL. This will be a condition of your offer

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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