Applications are made through UCAS to the Lead School. Each applicant will be considered in consultation with an LJMU admissions tutor and may be asked to attend a selection event in school. Selection is based on performance in teaching and written tasks and interviews which may involve the school’s learners. The selection process will involve the schools’ teachers and senior leaders as well as LJMU tutors. Normally you will need: a first degree of 2.2 or above (some Lead Schools will require a 2:1); GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Maths; a demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants. Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements? Don't hold back from applying for teacher training because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach a specific Secondary subject but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course which could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. Further details can be obtained here. Some offers may be conditional upon completing a subject knowledge enhancement course prior to commencing the PGDE, this will be discussed at interview. Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English. You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found here. If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Months of entry
Take the School Direct route into secondary teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience.
- Train to teach from within a school setting and be involved in school life from the first day of term.
- Follow a curriculum developed and delivered in partnership with outstanding local schools.
- Learn from expert teachers.
- Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher in one of the excellent schools across Merseyside.
- Gain experience of teaching in the 11-16 age range with enhancement opportunities Post 16
This intensive, full time programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic award.
Although you will spend the majority of time in school, the School Direct programmes at LJMU include University-based training sessions take place at the IM Marsh campus. These include: a week long summer school at the end of August, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days or full weeks of training. Additional training and professional development programmes are organised in school by the Lead School. Two of our School Direct programmes at Knutsford and Turton are delivered off site at the school by LJMU staff. Trainees on these programmes are still expected to attend the Summer School.
As this is a postgraduate course, you should expect to undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation, not only to support your course assignments, but also your school-based work.
This intense programme is tightly focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.
Your personal tutor will meet with you to monitor your progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.
You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by an LJMU tutor who will visit school several times during the year to monitor your progress.
The following Secondary programmes may be available for School Direct (tuition fee) but details of available subjects can be found via UCAS:
- Art and Design
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Design and Technology
- Modern Languages
- Performing Arts - Dance
- Performing Arts - Drama
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Social Sciences
LJMU has Secondary School Direct partnerships with:
- Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance
- Knutsford Academy, Cheshire
- The Heath School, Runcorn
- Turton Secondary School, Manchester
- Weatherhead Teaching School Alliance, Wirral
You can search all subjects offered through LJMU School Direct routes via the UCAS Teacher Training search pages.
The University-element of the programme is based around modules focusing on:
- developing your subject and pedagogical knowledge in order to support you in becoming a reflective, skilled and effective practitioner
- critiquing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject and/or age phase
- promoting your ability to design inclusive, engaging and impactful sequences of lessons to meet the diverse needs of all learners
- informed and deliberate use of educational research to improve pupils' learning
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
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Information for international students
LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.
Fees and funding
Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:
- a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees;
- a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses;
- a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back;
- a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back.
You may also be eligible for a tax-free Bursary by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, depending on the subject you are training to teach and the classification of your first degree.
School Direct (tuition fee) trainees will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for their course. Trainees are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students.
- a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees: this money is paid direct to LJMU;
- a means-tested student loan to help cover some of your living expenses;
- a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back.
Please note: you only start repaying your student loans after you graduate and start earning over £21,000.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090