PGCE  Early Years Programme

If you are a trainee on our School Direct PGCE Early Years programme you will have a minimum of 30 days of centre-based training and undertake three separate school experiences. You will go to your first PGCE placement school in the Autumn term, a second in the Spring term and return to the first school for your final Summer term placement. We have 70 fantastic schools working with us across London. 

What are the benefits of a School Direct PGCE Early Years?

The main difference between a straight, university led PGCE in Early years and our School Direct PGCE Early Years course lies is the number of days you get to spend in school. If you are on our School Direct PGCE, we firmly believe that you should be immersed in the everyday life of a school from very early on, that you should spend a lot of time getting to know your class, observing the very best teachers and having the time to practise your teaching skills and try out new ideas in a safe, supportive environment.

To complete the training, we also know that our trainees benefit greatly from the lectures and studying that they do for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Lecture Content

During lectures, you will focus particularly on the development of your subject knowledge in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Included in the London PGCE Early Years training you will also cover:

  • Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • Theories of Learning
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Effective Planning
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Working with pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • Working with pupils who speak English as an additional language
  • Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education and the ways in which these link with Fundamental British Values
  • Religious Education
  • Core and Foundation subjects and related pedagogies (Primary trainees)

How you are assessed

We undertake a wide range of assessment activities and track your progress against the Teachers’ Standards. These take a variety of forms including:

  • The application and interview process
  • Subject knowledge audits
  • Weekly teaching observations
  • Visits from your link tutor
  • Weekly meetings with your school-based mentor
  • Regular review points throughout the academic year to monitor your progress towards QTS
  • Written assignments and presentationsPGCE Primary and PGCE Early Years phonics teaching is superb

The University of St Mark and St John (Marjon), our validating body, will award your PGCE. They quality assure all aspects of your academic progress and outcomes to ensure it remains of the highest quality.  

To be considered for a place on this teacher training course you apply to Teaching London via the UCAS website. If accepted, we arrange all your school-based training and additional placements. You will need to pay a tuition fee for this programme.

How to make your application for our Early Years PGCE via UCAS

To apply for an EYFS PGCE you need to apply for a Teaching London SCITT place rather than apply via one of our schools. If you are offered a place then we will find you the best matched school within our large partnership of schools.

On UCAS, the course to apply for is the bottom of the three SCITT options – Primary FS/KS1.

This is what it will look like:

PGCE Early Years UCAS application for Teaching London

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