Our programme will give you an in-depth understanding of inclusive practice, equality and diversity to prepare you for a aspiring career in teaching. You'll experience placements in different schools and also have an opportunity to work in an Alternative Education Setting.
This course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course equips you to teach primary aged pupils, with a focus on the 5-11 age phase (Key Stage 1 and 2), or 3-7 age phase (Early Years and Key Stage 1), through school-based training, lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You'll gain 60 Master's level credits and be awarded with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
LSBU has a particular focus on social justice and equality that is well matched to the needs of schools in urban and multicultural areas. We encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues.
Why a PGCE at LSBU?
- Our PGCE tutors are qualified teachers and expert practitioners.
- Experience three placements in a range of school settings.
- You'll be allocated a Professional Adviser to act as your mentor during your training.
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- Ranked 3rd among London competitors for Student Satisfaction in Education (Complete University Guide 2022)
- LSBU has extensive links with schools and alternative educational setting across London.
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London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.
Walk or bicycle
The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.
LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.
By train or tube
The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.
London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.
Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.
TfL journey planner
You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.
Entry Level Requirements
- UK or equivalent degree (Lower Second Class or above). This may be in any subject; it does not have to be a National Curriculum subject; and
- a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in mathematics, English language and a science subject or equivalency test passes awarded by A* Star Equivalency and Equivalency Testing. Please note, we do not accept Access to HE courses as equivalent nor Functional Skills. Applicants who have not yet met this requirement are welcome to apply, but will not be able to start the course until they have met this requirement; and
- Two positive references that highlights the candidate's suitability to become a teacher
Applicants for this course must also meet the following additional entry requirements:
All entrants to ITE courses are required to undergo both an enhanced criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), and an Occupational Health check (OH). LSBU pays for both of these checks. Once you accept an offer from us, we will provide you with guidance on how to apply for your DBS check, and your OH check will be completed once you have started your course.
An applicant with a criminal record is not automatically prevented from becoming a teacher. For more information on the DBS and their enhanced checks call them on 0870 90 90 811 or visit the Gov.uk website. You will also need to be able show the certificates from your relevant GCSEs and your degree (if awarded) before enrolment – statements or letters are not applicable, so if you do not have the original certificates this must be sought from the awarding body. This can take some time and so must be done in good time before the course starts
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Tuition fees for home students
Tuition fees for international students
Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees
PGCE Primary (FT) - Year 1
UK fee: £9250.00 International fee: £16900.00 AOS/LSBU code: 5458 Session code: 1FS00
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and, additionally, the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Teacher training students
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses are treated similarly to undergraduate courses for fees and funding purposes. This means, in this instance, postgraduate students can apply for the same student loans and bursaries as undergraduate students but they no longer receive grant funding. Find out more on Gov.uk website.
Home teacher training students are eligible to apply for Student Support funding via Student Finance England (details provided on Gov.uk website) for Tuition Fee loans. Training bursaries are sometimes available from National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) (details provided on the Get Into Teaching website).
The Get Into Teaching fees and funding website provides more details.
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Full-time postgraduate students should apply through the GOV UK scheme.
Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.
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Prepare to start
We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
Level 6 Modules
- The core curriculum
The Core Curriculum modules focus on the subject knowledge and pedagogy you will need to teach the core subjects; English, Mathematics and Science in Primary schools’
- Professional studies
This module underpins the entire PGCE course; it covers all aspects of the professional requirements of being a teacher alongside developing your pedagogical understanding. It covers topics such as how children learn, planning, assessment and pupil progress, classroom management, teaching strategies, working with additional adults and supporting children with particular needs.
- The wider curriculum
As part of the Foundation Subjects module and Computing sessions you will also develop subject knowledge and pedagogy in the foundation subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education.
- School experience
Over the course of the programme you will undertake three school placements.The first placement takes place between October and January. This has a focus on early reading (phonics) and early maths (place value) in order to provide students with an understanding of the basis of learning and curriculum progression. Over the course of this placement students build upto whole class teaching. In March, students undertake the Alternative Education Setting placement (see below).The final placement lasts from March until July – and is where the whole course comes together in practice. Students applying their learning from across the course towards full-time teaching and to demonstrate the achievement of the Teachers’ Standards.
- Alternative education setting
In term two you will arrange your own two week placement following your interests in an Alternative Education Setting. This placement is designed to give you a wider view of education and enable you to develop explicit skills that you will be able to transfer to mainstream practice. For example you may choose to work in a Special Educational Needs setting, a Pupil Referral Unit, or an Early Years setting.
M Level Modules
- Equality, inclusion and citizenship
This Masters level module will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and inclusion in an educational context. You will learn from leading academics and professionals from around the world about topics that affect education such as social class, race and diversity, gender, sexual orientation, asylum seekers and refugee families, inclusive practice, special educational needs and disability, looked after children, digital citizenship and children with English as an additional language. For the assessment of the this module you will undertake a small piece of classroom research based on one of these themes.
- SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
This module discusses and explores how to enable learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to achieve in their learning. If you select this module your Alternative Education Setting placement will be in a Special Needs school.
Completion and employment rates for our PGCE are both above the sector norms. Although we pride ourselves in providing teachers for London schools, successful students enter the teaching profession in a variety of schools within the UK.
All students entering the course have the possibility of gaining up to 60 credits at Masters level, which can be used by students to count towards the award of full Masters qualifications (such as the LSBU MA in Education) gained via further study after graduation.
Academics from other institutions and related industries are invited as guest speakers to form part of the Equality Inclusion and Citizenship module. The Alternative Educational Settings placement provides an opportunity for you to experience teaching and learning in a completely different environment, and is one of the unique aspects of our programme.
During the course you will undertake placements in at least two schools. Placement schools are chosen to provide different experiences, including size, organisation and location. Our partnership works with a wide range schools across London. Placements are allocated as best fit for each trainee, but if you live in outer London or beyond it may require careful planning, so that you are able to work at assigned schools.
In addition, you will undertake a placement in an alternative education setting. The choice of placement will depend on the option you choose and your interest in the education sector. Examples of placements include SEN schools, pupil referral units, hospitals etc.
A key element of the programme is to prepare you to work in multi-cultural, urban settings. In terms of school experience placements, you will normally be required to do at least one practice in an inner or outer London state school.
Teaching and Assessment
We teach through lectures, workshops, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials. The aim throughout is to encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues, aims and objectives. We aim to provide a learning community that actively challenges inequality and injustice.
In particular, the module on Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context.
You will be encouraged to make links between the theoretical and practical elements of the course. We use an interactive model of teaching and learning to encourage you to inform your understanding of effective methods of teaching and learning and how best to apply these in classroom situations.
Professional Advisor Support
You will be assigned a professional advisor during your first three weeks of classes at LSBU. The role of your professional advisor is to be your primary contact for academic guidance and professional development support.
They will help you get the most out of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your advisor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or any other type of problem.
In the first semester of your course you will meet with your professional advisor at least once a week in small group sessions. After this, you'll meet them a minimum of three times for 30-45 minutes throughout your course to discuss and record progress. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email and request additional meetings if required.