Teacher Training Code
1 year full-time
We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.
All changes will be considered through the College's established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published to the programme changes page.
If government guidelines change, it may mean we need to make further adjustments to teaching arrangements. If this is the case, you will be notified of any further changes.
Our PGCE with Maths programme will support you to become a reflective, inclusive and creative primary school teacher. In addition, as a maths specialist, it will provide you with an enhanced understanding of maths teaching across all primary age phases.
Our Vision and Mission
We support the development of exceptional teachers for world-class schools. Our Teacher Education Partnership believes that to achieve this vision and to make a difference to young peoples' lives, it needs to be committed to:
- Promoting reflection to help you develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience
- Recognising inclusivity to be rights-respecting, and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions of practice
- Celebrating creativity, taking informed risks, and using innovative strategies to support learning
- Developing confidence and engagement enabling you to participate fully in steering the course of the teaching profession locally, nationally, and globally
Why Train with Goldsmiths?
You will be given a balanced and challenging introduction to teaching that is well matched to urban primary school and early years settings and is responsive to the needs of the wide range of schools we partner with. We currently have partnerships with more than 300 schools across London and beyond. During your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme, you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings, which will provide breadth to your understanding of your role as a teacher.
Drawing on a range of expert colleagues from school settings and the university, we provide a wealth of experience and opportunities carefully designed to support you in developing excellent subject, pedagogical, and curriculum knowledge to provide a firm foundation for your future career.
Much of our university-based teaching takes place in seminar groups, providing opportunities for purposeful discussion and debate. When in school, you will learn from expert colleagues and mentors who will provide opportunities for you to consolidate your learning, as well as targeted and supportive feedback to help shape your teaching practice.
You will also be supported to make meaningful connections between theory and practice. This programme is taught and assessed at MA level which means that in addition to the award of QTS, you will graduate with 60 MA-level credits if you pass all academic elements of the programme at an appropriate level – this is equivalent to one-third of a master's degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment, regardless of your prior experiences.
We provide opportunities for you to reflect on your own mental health and wellbeing from the outset of the programme and throughout the year. This is supported by a strong pastoral care system within the department.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Una Coyne.
What you’ll study
The Primary PGCE (QTS) programme is made up of the following three modules:
- Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE)
- Curriculum Studies
- School Experience
The SPIRE module focuses specifically on issues with the highest impact on young peoples' experience of education in the 21st Century. You will be asked to consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion, and engage with research and policy while linking all of this to your own experience in the classroom.
This module will give have the opportunity to understand in greater depth the principles that inform maths teaching across the primary age phase. Taught in addition to the subject sessions that all students receive, this module will support you in undertaking a small-scale research project during your school placement, designed to provide a more focused understanding of an aspect of mathematics education that most interests you.
You will spend a minimum of 120 days in a school which will be divided into two-block school experiences. During your placement, you will have the opportunity to practise and apply the knowledge and skills learned in university sessions in the age phase(s) you have chosen to focus on.
The Primary PGCE Programme at Goldsmiths offers you the opportunity to specialise in one of two age phases.
- 5-11 (with placement in Key Stages 1 and 2)
- 7-11 (with placements in Upper and Lower Key Stage 2).
You will be asked at interview to select the age phase you are most interested in working with.
You will have two extended placements during your programme during the Autumn and Summer terms. Placements are allocated for you once you have enrolled. We consider any care responsibilities or personal circumstances, and we will locate a school for you that is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home where required.
For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.
How to apply
There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.
Learning & teaching
A range of teaching methods is employed across all our PGCE programmes, including:
- Taught subject sessions
- Practical workshops
- Compulsory lectures
- Group and Individual tutorials
- Individual and group presentations
- Supported self-study
- to meet our fitness to train requirements
- a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English, Mathematics, and a Science subject (either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or combined Science). Please note, we can only accept some UK and international GCSE equivalent qualifications. A complete list of accepted UK GCSE equivalencies can be found here. If you have a non-UK qualification that you believe is GCSE equivalent, you must check this with the Admissions team.
- an undergraduate honours degree, at 2:2 or above from a university in the United Kingdom or an international equivalent.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £17370
Get into Teaching Funding
The Department for Education offers tax-free scholarships and bursaries to trainees on eligible PGCE programmes. Bursary amounts vary depending on your previous qualifications and the subject in which you're training to teach.
For more information about PGCE funding visit the Get into Teaching website.
Please note: These bursaries are not controlled by Goldsmiths and are subject to change.
If your fees are not listed here, please contact the Fees Office - fees (@gold.ac.uk).
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for prospective students, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.