Frequently asked questions about taking a PGCE course with Teaching London

What qualifications will I study for?

All our trainees study for a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)


How much will I be teaching?

Although this will vary according to your experience and the school’s requirements, we have a carefully structured PGCE course programme in place designed to enable trainees to steadily build up their teaching. We recommend that School Direct trainees should, in most cases, be teaching approximately 50% of a full timetable by the end of the Autumn term progressively building up to teaching 80% of a full timetable by the end of the programme. Core PGCE course trainees build up more gradually but will be teaching at least 80% of a full timetable by the end of their training.


Will I have to travel to another school or to the Teaching London: LDBS SCITT centre?

All trainees do two placements and will be required to travel to these. School Direct trainees will generally do their second placement in one of the other schools in their partnership while Core trainees will be placed in another of our partnership schools. With access to over 60 schools across London, we aim to limit your travel time to a maximum of 90 minutes. Trainees will also need to travel to the Teaching London: LDBS SCITT centre or another venue for taught PGCE course sessions.


What are the advantages/disadvantages of the salaried version of the School Direct programme as opposed to the tuition fee or Core?

  • If you are on the School Direct Salaried route, you will be paid an Unqualified Teacher’s salary. You are an employee of the school and you will not be eligible for bursaries, scholarships, student loans or benefits.
  • If you are on the School Direct Tuition Fee route, you may be eligible for a Student Loan, bursary or scholarship as well as certain student benefits. Some schools may offer to pay all or part of your training fee.
  • If you are on the Core PGCE course route, you should be eligible for a student loan and where applicable, bursaries and student discounts e.g. Oyster Card, council tax etc

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How much is the bursary?

The size of the bursary depends on several factors, principally your degree classification and the subject/age phase you are training to teach. Those with higher degree classifications who wish to teach shortage subjects receive higher bursaries. For details of this year’s bursaries, go to:


Can I do PGCE on both the salaried and unsalaried route?

Yes, all our routes include PGCE study.


Can I apply for Core PGCE as well as School Direct?

You are welcome to do this although if you apply for School Direct and we feel the Core PGCE course route would be a better option for you, we will suggest this after interview.


How do I get school experience?

We recommend that you approach several local schools in plenty of time; they get a lot of such requests so please don’t leave it too late. However, if you are struggling to find a place, do let us know and we will put you in touch with an LDBS school that, subject to a DBS check, should be able to help you.