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PEDNEYRA - PGCE Early Years (3 - 7) (Aylward Academy)

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Postgraduate Certificate in Education Level Masters
Possible interim awards Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Total credits for course 120
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Professions
Subject Area Education
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 1 YEARS 3 YEARS
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Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

This PGCE course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

Applicants with third class degrees can apply on the condition that this qualification is supported by a completed Master's degree and relevant work experience.

We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

If you feel your qualifications are outside of the requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Further details

Before you can be permitted to enrol on this course:

  • you must take and pass the Professional skills tests as required by the NCTL - if you have not already passed these tests this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion (in practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview)
  • you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country

Prior to the interview for this course, London Met recommends you:

  • have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school
  • prepare for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
  • should have an awareness of multiculturalism and other contexts unique to urban schools
  • You're aware you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application

Some offers may recommend further school experience if required.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2017/18 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Jan 2017 Last validation date 01 Jan 2017  
Sources of funding NCTL
JACS codes 100510 (early years teaching): 100%
Route code DNEYRA