Secondary PGCE School Direct
- Two-day university induction before beginning first school placement in your alliance school
- University-based days spread across the year where you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning teachers, reflecting on and developing practice
- Second school placement in the spring term
- Subjects offered: English, geography, history, maths, modern languages, science
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- UK undergraduate degree/equivalent – in all cases we will be looking at the relevance of your degree alongside other qualifications in your proposed teaching subject
- GCSE/equivalent – English language and mathematics, 4 (C) or above
- Satisfactory medical report
- Enhanced Disclosure from Disclosure and Barring Service
Your school placements will be supported by university-based teaching days, as well as periods of independent study.
Learning and Teaching in School
This 30-credit module explores teaching and learning in subject disciplines and more generally. An extensive programme of lectures and seminars will enable you to develop a practical knowledge of teaching informed by a critical understanding of theories of teaching and learning. The module is assessed through written assignments, presentations and related classroom-based work.
Schools and Society
This 30-credit module considers various aspects of teachers' wider professional roles as well as social, cultural and legal aspects of schooling. Most of the teaching takes place in cross-subject seminar groups and is assessed through written assignments and presentations, some of which are collaborative. Some subject work also contributes to this module.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
Your practical teaching will be assessed by University tutors and school-based mentors/coordinators and moderated by external examiners. All elements of your work across the year will be taken into account and there are no written exams.
You will need to demonstrate your practical abilities as a teacher and your theoretical understanding of this practice and must fulfil the requirements for the Teacher Standards.
We have a very strong, collaborative partnership with the schools we work with. University tutors and school coordinators/mentors work closely with you, and each other, throughout the year to support and challenge you to develop into the best teacher you can be.
Throughout your time in school you will undertake a wide range of professional development activities to develop your understanding of teaching and learning and the complex role of a teacher. Although placements are intensive and demanding, we carefully structure your progression, with a gradual build-up of teaching commitments, so you are well prepared to teach in different contexts. During your time on placement you will become part of your school's community and work professionally as a member of a team.
As part of your second placement, you will undertake a small-scale research project exploring your subject in relation to schools and society. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a short placement in an alternative educational setting, such as a special school, to further personalise your training and support your ongoing professional development.
In addition to your school placements, you will also complete University-based days spread across the year, where you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning teachers, reflecting on and developing your practice.
How to apply
- Decide which subject you want to teach from the list below
- Use our subject list to identify a placement school that offers places in your chosen subject
- Apply directly to the relevant lead school via UCAS-TT, searching for the lead school by name
- Complete a personal statement
- Suitable candidates will be invited to interview at the University and at your placement school*
- Successful applicants will be offered a place
* During the current Coronavirus restrictions, interviews will be held online.